Monday, 17 October 2011

Doing the Deep Conditioning (DC) on your Natural Hair

Without speaking too much grammar, DC is an abbreviation for Deep Conditioning. Over time, doing the DC regularly changes the texture of your hair, makes it softer and more manageable. The most encouraging part of this is that it is very easy. For me, DCing with natural products is the way to go for naturalistas and you can almost predict the results of doing this regularly with natural products.
So how do you do a DC on your natural hair?

Everyday DC
 The simplest form of doing DC is by mixing water and olive oil in a spray bottle and spraying it on your hair, before covering it with a satin scarf or bonnet. Some other methods is mixing rosemary or coconut oil with water. It just depends on the one you are most comfortable with. Though, I must mention that coconut oil and olive oil are the two oils that have been known to penetrate the hair easiest. When doing the DC, please, make sure you try to reach every area of your hair. In about three minutes, you are done. The change is faster if you do this every morning and night.
Please note that having extensions or weaves on your natural hair shouldn’t stop you from doing the DC. In fact, that is when you should DC the most because your hair is more prone to breakage in that state. Lift your braids or weaves up and spray the mixture on the scalp and you hair line. This is very important

DC before you wash (some call it prepoo)
There are so many methods of doing this. You can get our African Naturalistas Deep Conditioning Mayonnaise here. You can also mix olive oil, mayonnaise, shea butter, coconut oil, honey and tea tree oil. Some others mix avocado, egg, vinegar and other essential oils. You just have to find what works for you, but the important ingredient is the olive oil, honey and any form of protein. After mixing your DC ingredient, apply it all over your hair and cover with a plastic bag before and then a satin bonnet or scarf. You can sit under a dryer for about for about thirty minutes to one hour or just leave it on for about one hour, some regions are warmer than the others. To get better results, you can keep it on over night or for the whole day. I used to keep it on for one hour before but I liked what I saw when left it on overnight. Some others leave it on all day and just tie a turban when going out. My advice is that this form of DC should be done whenever you want to wash your hair.
Please, if you want to put extensions on your natural hair, this form of DC is strongly advisable before you go ahead to do put anything on your hair

Benefits
  • It provides the hair follicle of the required nutrients
  • It adds shine to the hair
  • It boosts the health of our hair by constantly hydrating it
  •  It prevents hair damage and if the hair is already damaged, it helps in repairing it
  • It improves hair elasticity

There are lots of other benefits that I can’t begin to count. But one thing I know, try the DC and you will be glad you did

31 comments :

  1. true one! DC is the way to go..and good thing is u dont have to buy any fancy product to do it...

    i have been using coconut and honey and i love how my hair and princess hair turn out. Will try with olive oil as well.

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  2. I have been using Avocado and honey. I am looking for a mixture to help with breakag, any suggestions?

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  3. @ aloted: You are on the right course. Olive oil and coconut oil can be used interchangeably or together. Olive oil is a cheaper option

    @ 9jaFOODie: Hmmm! You need a combination of more protein and moisture. The main thing you should know is that the more the protein, the less the breakage. Protein toughens your strands and reduces breakage.

    Please, moisturise, moisturise and moisturise. Do it daily and try to avoid tight hairstyles.
    I will have to do blogpost on this, just for you

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  4. I've never tried olive oil but coconut oil has worked well for months!
    Unfortunately, i still get those flakes sometimes.

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  6. Good post. Regarding daily conditioning, I don't consider it deep conditioning, but it's every bit as essential to hair health as deep conditioning. I'm also a mixologist :-) so it's good to "meet" another mixologist :-)

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  7. Tea tree oil is very good for those with dandruff. You know where and how one can find this in Nig? I want to refer a friend that was asking for it
    thks

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  8. @ PET Projects: Aaaahhh, I prefer olive oil to coconut oil any day, largely due to price sha. Lol. What flakes are you talking about?

    @ Okeoghene: I guess we use similar prepoo methids, What is important is that it works

    @ screwyhair: Really, lol. I am not a ;mixologist o, lol. I have been to your blog and tried your formula on the shea mix, but I made a mistake and messed it up. lol. I got some more questions for you, haha.

    @ MsJB: I got Tea tree oil in a supermarket in my area. I stay in Gbagada. She can contact me via the 'contact me' tab and I will give directions

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  9. tea tree oil in gbagada.... what supermarket?

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  10. just found your blog! i am very new to the natural world so please excuse the ignorance in my question.
    so after you do the DC as described. do you wash it out then shampoo? won't the shampoo be stripping all the goodness you just added to it?

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    1. Hmm. There's nothing like an ignorant question o. I normally do the DC before washing my hair.

      The shampoo you use matters a lot. As long as you don't use shampoos that strip the moisture off your hair, I believe you should be fine.

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    2. can i just wash my DC without shampoo.. using just water?

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  11. I need serious help with my hair.....it's been years of breakage.

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    1. Aww, sorry about that. Are you natural or relaxed now?

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  12. Am new to this. Do you rinse out the daily DC or it's a leave on conditioner?

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    1. Its deep condition, not leave-in. The second method needs to be washed out.

      The daily one is just you spraying your hair like a hairspray.

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  13. for my DC i mix one egg with third cup olive oil and 2T honey , but i would like to try yours , please tell me how much of the olive oil, mayonnaise, shea butter, coconut oil, honey and tea tree oil you mix - what quantities??

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    1. Funny enough, for this particular recipe, I don't measure them. I have the size of everything somewhere in my head. And as my hair gets longer, the stuff increases.

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  14. What about cholesterol. will that do?

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    1. I have never used cholesterol on my hair, but when I hear cholesterol, my mind immediately goes to protein.

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  15. Hello, I just read how you deep condition your hair with mayonnaise, honey, olive oil, shea butter and leave-in-conditioner. Please can tell me in what quantity did you use from each product?

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  16. I'm in love with my hair buy it keeps getting so dry....please what's the fastest remedy for a highly soft hair?

    P.S thanks for the good work you do. Highly appreciated

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    1. Please, check this post out. http://www.africanaturalistas.com/2012/05/how-to-make-your-natural-hair-softer.html

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  17. I hope this gets seen cos I'm just on the verge of applying relaxer on my daughter's virgin hair!! I need help desperately. her sister has the naturally soft nice curly afro, while hers was previously damaged from retouching gone wrong, got the big chop but I do not have that really nice big afro I had pre relaxer. The hair is very "unsoft" as.we musnt say "tough" LOL. I actually have my fingers cut when I make conrows for her. Plus her scalp is toooo sensitive her hair keeps pulling out with her braids especially her edges. What do I do please?! The whole essence of having the natural hair is seriously defeated cos I can't even leave her natural hair out even for an.hour as it doesn't look nice atall because of those littleunbrushable balls around her edges.

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    1. I am really sorry about your ordeal. You sound very frustrated. But please, don't give up. Please, check this post by Discovering Naturals out. It might be able to help you.

      www.africanaturalistas.com/2014/04/7-hairstyles-for-tender-headed-kids.html

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  18. Pls wat kind of mayonnaise? D one we use 4 salad or thrz a particular 1 4 hair

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    1. Hi Gloria, you can get a good mayonnaise for your hair here. http://africanaturalistas.com/ourstore/product/deep-conditioning-mayonnaise-2/

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  19. This might be a dumb question but do you use the oils from hair stores or the hair section in grocery stores

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  20. I was wondering if the oils you use are the ones from hair stores or even the hair sections in grocery stores

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