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How are you doing your DTs? Wet hair, dry hair, does it make a difference?

I'm going to do a DT tonight with some thick condish, honey and oil. I haven't decided on whether to use olive oil or jojoba oil. Any preferences on the two? If so, why do you like/not like? I've always just stuck my head under the faucet to wet my hair and then do my DT and then hop in the shower when it's over to rinse it out and do the rest of my shower stuff. Does anyone use a shampoo before doing a DT? Tell me your DT routine.
How are you doing your DTs? Wet hair, dry hair, does it make a difference?

I'm going to do a DT tonight with some thick condish, honey and oil. I haven't decided on whether to use olive oil or jojoba oil. Any preferences on the two? If so, why do you like/not like? I've always just stuck my head under the faucet to wet my hair and then do my DT and then hop in the shower when it's over to rinse it out and do the rest of my shower stuff. Does anyone use a shampoo before doing a DT? Tell me your DT routine.
Originally Posted by tinah
I mix up my DT, cowash, then apply it wet hair. I put on a shower cap and leave it for about 30 minutes, then rinse, moisturize and style.

I would go with the olive. It's heavier.
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I DT on unwashed hair mostly because I don't want to bother with two showers/cleanings.

I also prefer to DT on dry (or just misted/dampened hair). First, because the DT isn't as likely to drip or run on dryer hair. Second, because I figure that if my hair is already saturated with water, it won't drink up the DT as readily.

I use all sorts of mixtures but usually use a base of coconut milk. I may or may not use coconut oil (which I liquify before mixing the DT), olive oil (not too much for my hair), or sweet almond oil. I usually blend some banana (blend very very well), some avocado, and some honey or agave nectar, plus some aloe vera gel into my DT. I may use some CO or not. For a protein DT I start with a base of plain natural yogurt and maybe an egg.

I stand in the tub and slather/rake it all through, and put on two plastic caps. I recently got a micro heat wrap (LOVE), so I put that on and let 'er rip for about 30 minutes; I might then reheat the cap for more. Before the heat cap, I'd soak a towel in hot water, wring it out, and wrap my head up with it.

Afterward, I rinse very well then proceed as usual. Warning: when I use an egg in my DT, I first rinse well with COOL water only so as not to "cook" the egg in my hair -- very messy!

Sometimes I like to do a simpler DT that I sleep in -- usually just oils smoothed, raked, then carefully combed thru my hair. Wrap up well, go to sleep, then CO-wash in the morning.
2-something? Coarse, medium underneath. Mid-back. On CG since 5/9/07.
Washing COs: VO5 Blackberry, Suave Cherry
Detangle and leave-in: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm -- I found my HG CO!
Seal with camellia oil
Leave-in: Aura cherry almond
Gels: Homemade FSG, Eco-styler
Plus: SOTC or smooth with camellia oil, JC Nourish & Shine
Homemade food-based DTs
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I meant to say that while I like jojoba for styling and smoothing, from what I've read, the oils that are best for your hair, and are actually absorbed by it, are olive, coconut, avocado, palm, and IIRC, almond oil. Olive oil can be quite heavy in my hair, coconut works great, as does Ojon (which is palm-based, I think).

Be sure to check the "recipes" board for lots of great threads with recipes for all sorts of DTs.
2-something? Coarse, medium underneath. Mid-back. On CG since 5/9/07.
Washing COs: VO5 Blackberry, Suave Cherry
Detangle and leave-in: Sally's GVP Conditioning Balm -- I found my HG CO!
Seal with camellia oil
Leave-in: Aura cherry almond
Gels: Homemade FSG, Eco-styler
Plus: SOTC or smooth with camellia oil, JC Nourish & Shine
Homemade food-based DTs
RC color
I recently got a micro heat wrap (LOVE),I recently got a micro heat wrap (LOVE),
Ooo, where did you get it from? I've been thinking about getting one of these!!!

Thanks for the info and I'll definitely check the recipe boards. Usually I have all kinds of things I can use but I really need to go grocery shopping so the pickins' are a little slim today!

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