10-01-2012, 11:13 PM
Join Date: Aug 2011
I overconditioned my low-po hair once by completely eliminating protein and doing a DT every day for a few days in a row. I think I may have even done two in one day during that time, i don't recall. (Um, yeah, a little overboard...) The second time I overconditioned, I was still not using protein and after maybe a week or so of daily RO conditioning, my hair was limp and lifeless and very little wave let alone any curls. I finally determined my hair likes a regular dose of AVG as it's strengthener -- maybe once a week or so I will apply an AVG/CJSC as a RO. I follow this with a conditioner only RO and use that same conditioner as a leave in. (I am still determining how frequently I need to do this AVG application for optimal balance.)
To help my low-po hair condition well, which is what I think you are really asking, I do the following: rinse hair well for several minutes in very warm water, apply conditioner and work through with fingers adding a tiny bit of water and more conditioner as needed. Comb through. Cover with shower cap and let very warm water run over cap for several minutes. Leave cap on while finishing other showering stuff. Remove cap, rinse conditioner well. If I feel my hair needs it, I apply a little more conditioner, comb through, rinse well. Apply leave-in while still in shower and comb through. I have done this several times now and I know that is not much but the results have been amazing -- and consistent!
Best technique I have found so far for my hair -- of course, ymmv.
remember, with all advice or suggestions for your hair, YMMV!!
2b wavy, medium texture, low porosity, med-high density. Protein finicky.
Cleansing: DCNP, every 4-5 days (occasionally use CJ cleansers).
RO: CJSC, occasionally use JCDC
LI: KCKT or CJSL
Gel: KCCC, CJCIAB for 2nd day hair (sometimes third)
Heat is my friend: warm water rinses, steam caps, and diffuse dry. I love CLU cloths and my Denman.