Conditioner Only Method and Low Porosity

I'm curious: How does the conditioner only method (Teri LaFlesh from Tightlycurly.com) fair with low porosity hair? Do you have flakes? Is it a no-go? Does your hair respond well to this method?

TIA!
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Winter Regimen
Pre-poo: Hempseed oil
Cowash: HE The Sleeker The Butter, Trader Joe's Moisture Conditioner
Shampoo/Clarifier:various
PT:Not for a while...
DT:
Smooth Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Conditioner
LI/Detangler: It's a 10!, CURLS Cashmere Curls leave-in
Stylers: various
Sealers: Tamanu oil, The Body Shop Wild Argan Solid Oil

*experimenting and loving it!


For me, it was fine. I started to use natural soap bars to cleanse when they were popular three years ago--and it was WOW! They are much gentler then nopoo, just a little more then lowpoo. I think people with low porosity hair seem to like them the best.
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Last edited by kathymack; 06-26-2013 at 06:36 AM.
Are you asking about the styling method or something related to poo?

I have used the TC method a couple of times and it was fine for me. I believe I went as long as 4 days that way? Can't remember. My hair was very defined and moisturized for quite a while (even after low-poo/condish on Day 4). Both times I've done it, I used Oyin Honey Hemp as the conditioner, mixed with a slight bit of EVOO and honey (which my hair loves all 3).

I had to be sure I wasn't too heavy handed...which I have a tendency to be sometimes.
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Are you asking about the styling method or something related to poo?...
Originally Posted by lashawnb
I was referring to the styling method (leaving the conditioner in the hair and detangling with it-no rinsing out).
Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
This list is not exhaustive...
Winter Regimen
Pre-poo: Hempseed oil
Cowash: HE The Sleeker The Butter, Trader Joe's Moisture Conditioner
Shampoo/Clarifier:various
PT:Not for a while...
DT:
Smooth Sexy Hair Sulfate-Free Smoothing Conditioner
LI/Detangler: It's a 10!, CURLS Cashmere Curls leave-in
Stylers: various
Sealers: Tamanu oil, The Body Shop Wild Argan Solid Oil

*experimenting and loving it!


The biggest problem with no rinsing out all of your rinse out conditioner is "control." You really don't know how much you are leaving in your hair. That's why a lot of people who use the same product rinse it all out and reapply the amount they want.
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HGs: Anything Sevi; Curly Kinks Satin Roots, Curlycue ReNew and Coil Jam; homemade FSG and okra gel; soap bars; UFD Curly Magic (now Hello Curly Curl Stimulater); Botanical Spirits Jellies, CJ Repair Me, Aloe Fix and CCCC
In my opinion, the Teri LaFlesh method is just fine for low porosity hair. I've tried leaving in the conditioner/using conditioner only a couple of times. One time with DevaCurl OneC and with Kenra Moisturizing conditioner. The thing is, if you are applying the conditioner to wet hair in the warm shower, then the cuticles are properly open and the hair will absorb all the conditioner it needs. So I let it sit in my hair for a few minutes. I didn't define every single curl like she does, but I just squeeze the excess water and conditioner out (which is basically what she does but faster). So my hair has only what it needs. This is also quite similar to Lorraine Massey's routine directions for fractal/zig-zag curls (except she suggests adding gel afterwards).

All this to say, the hair will only absorb what it needs if it's healthy. I used more OneC than I did Kenra, which is thicker. If it has too much conditioner, you'll know and you can do something about it before it dries (ie, smooth or scrunch it out).

Hope this answers your question OP.
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Last edited by artemis513; 11-04-2011 at 03:03 PM.
Terri's method wasn't a hit for me although I really wanted it to be since I bought her book. My curls looked great but my hair couldn't absord the amount of conditioner she recommends which is a palm full for each half of your hair. My hair stayed white for a long time.
Terri's method wasn't a hit for me although I really wanted it to be since I bought her book. My curls looked great but my hair couldn't absord the amount of conditioner she recommends which is a palm full for each half of your hair. My hair stayed white for a long time.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Maybe you needed less conditioner than what Teri recommended?
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Terri's method wasn't a hit for me although I really wanted it to be since I bought her book. My curls looked great but my hair couldn't absord the amount of conditioner she recommends which is a palm full for each half of your hair. My hair stayed white for a long time.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Maybe you needed less conditioner than what Teri recommended?
Originally Posted by multicultcurly
I agree with this. Trying to figure out how much conditioner I need to leave in has been hit or miss for me. It fluctuates depending on a few factors (weather being one of them). And Terri has a ton of hair, so it makes sense that she would require a ton of conditioner. I consider the amount I use on my hair to be a lot, but it's nothing like how much she uses since my hair is not that long. But I still need more than what is directed on the bottle because my coils are dense/tight.

So it's certainly a YMMV/trial-and-error thing.
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I'm curious: How does the conditioner only method (Teri LaFlesh from Tightlycurly.com) fair with low porosity hair? Do you have flakes? Is it a no-go? Does your hair respond well to this method?

TIA!
Originally Posted by Greatcurls
The method works for me with some modification. One is that I leave my conditioner on with a plastic cap and get my hair warm either with a towel or a heat cap for about thirty minutes. Then I detangle with hands only and I seal with oil when my hair is almost dry. I cannot do her refreshing method. I have to rake more than a dime size conditioner to refresh. I have to warm my hair always or my hair will get too dry.

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