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Old 02-15-2007, 04:53 AM   #1
 
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Default How much conditioner left in, and how do you leave it in?

I know I have asked this before a long while ago, but I can't seem to find the thread. I do apologise, but I am returning to CG and trying to figure out how much conditioner I should leave in and/or how exactly to do it.

Do you use the same conditioner you condition with as a leave-in?

Do I just add the conditioner after washing or rinsing and just rinse a little, leaving it in? Do I rinse all the conditioner out and then add a bit in as a leave in? What are the methods you use?

Also, if you add the leave-in after rinsing out the regular conditioner, do I do it before or after I scrunch out the excess water?

I am an analytical sort of person, and that is why so many questions.

Thank you so much for your help. I am working toward finding the right routine for my hip-length, fine, wavy hair.
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Old 02-15-2007, 07:06 AM   #2
 
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All of those methods are stuff we all use. Sometimes I just rinse a few seconds and leave most of my conditioner in as a leave in but usually I rinse well and then apply a leave in to really wet hair, scrunch out some extra water then apply my gel.

You'll have to experiment to see what works best for your particular hair
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Old 02-15-2007, 07:10 AM   #3
 
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It depends on the conditioner I use. Some just do better as leave-ins than others. The heavier ones tend to weigh my hair down too much if left in. When I use Elucence conditioner, I usually leave some in by just not rinsing it all the way out. I stop rinsing when my hair still feels slippery. Recently, I've been really loving the GF Curl & Shine leave-in or Curl Junkie Hibiscus & Banana, so I've been rinsing my regular conditioner out thoroughly, then applying leave-in. I scrunch my hair once to get a little bit of water out, but it's still very wet when I apply my leave in and other products.
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Old 02-15-2007, 10:13 AM   #4
 
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Thanks so much.

I guess I have some experimenting to do.
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Old 02-15-2007, 11:39 AM   #5
 
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Personally I leave the conditioner in. I don't wash it out. I put in the conditioner on the length, and make sure I don't get any on my scalp. Usually when I distribute my gel, a little of the conditioner spreads onto the part of my hair on my crown that I didn't wallop with conditioner in the shower LOL.
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Hi Snowy- are you same SM from the LHC forum?

In answer to your question, I am a relatively new CGer, however I use a SKR as a leave in. I literally tip the bottle upside down and wait for a couple of drops to fall in my hand, use that on my canopy, same underneath and on each side. I then stand under the shower for about 5 seconds, just to add a bit of water and help it work along the lengths of my hair.

I probably don't use anymore than 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon. The CG book suggests using 1/2 tsp on each of the 4 sections, but I find that a bit too heavy on my hair. My hair is about 21" long, 2c, M, ii and is relatively dry thanks to over straightening.
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Hi Snowy- are you same SM from the LHC forum?

In answer to your question, I am a relatively new CGer, however I use a SKR as a leave in. I literally tip the bottle upside down and wait for a couple of drops to fall in my hand, use that on my canopy, same underneath and on each side. I then stand under the shower for about 5 seconds, just to add a bit of water and help it work along the lengths of my hair.

I probably don't use anymore than 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon. The CG book suggests using 1/2 tsp on each of the 4 sections, but I find that a bit too heavy on my hair. My hair is about 21" long, 2c, M, ii and is relatively dry thanks to over straightening.
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Hi Snowy- are you same SM from the LHC forum?

In answer to your question, I am a relatively new CGer, however I use a SKR as a leave in. I literally tip the bottle upside down and wait for a couple of drops to fall in my hand, use that on my canopy, same underneath and on each side. I then stand under the shower for about 5 seconds, just to add a bit of water and help it work along the lengths of my hair.

I probably don't use anymore than 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon. The CG book suggests using 1/2 tsp on each of the 4 sections, but I find that a bit too heavy on my hair. My hair is about 21" long, 2c, M, ii and is relatively dry thanks to over straightening.
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Sorry- triple post#
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Yep, I am the same Snowy.

I used to do what you describe with the SKR, just a bit and then rinse for a few seconds.

It just seemed that over time I had buildup no matter what I did. I would rather avoid that. I want the moisture without the heaviness or buildup. I am tryig to figure out if I need more conditioner or less. >.<
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Old 02-15-2007, 08:13 PM   #11
 
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Here's what I do, for what it's worth.

1. CO wash with White Rain extra body condish or Devacare Low Poo.
2. Apply a handful of One C or Lamas Soy Hydrating conditioner to my hair, massage in well and leave for a few minutes, then rinse out completely.
3. Squeeze out excess water and put 2-3 tablespoons of Jessicurl Aloeba in my hair, concentrating on the ends. Rinse briefly with cool water, leaving most of the conditioner in.

After all that I wrap my hair in a microfiber towel to absorb the excess water for 5 minutes, then apply Curl Keeper and whatever gel strikes my fancy. My hair is just above waistlength now, but I used the same method when it was longer.
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I rinse all of it out, but then put a little bit back in. I use Robert Craig.
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