Understanding the rationale behind mixing conditioners: a MUST-READ!!!

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Hi dear people. Last year was a major year of experimenting for me and I tried my hands at mixology. I really really enjoyed the results I got but I have decided to simplify my regimen as much as I can (it’s still a bit long but better I think. Plus, mixing up stuff takes up my time when I can just use an already manufactured conditioner. THIS YEAR, I HAVE DECIDED TO REDUCE MY HABIT OF MIXING.

Anyways, this post is for those ladies who have read my wash day posts where I mixed stuff OR are generally interested in mixing up conditioners and/or oils.

Before you mix conditioners together, I advise the following:

  1. Know your hair, its behaviour and its needs. If you are just starting a hair journey or you still don’t understand your hair, IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO START MIXING TOO MANY PRODUCTS TOGETHER.
  2. Know how it reacts to each constituent product of your intended mixture. Don’t try mixing products you have not tested on their own.
  3. Be careful. Proceed with caution. Even though you know how each individual product in your mix behaves, it might not behave the same way when they are mixed together.

The next question you need to ask yourself is: Why am I mixing these conditioners and/oils? These are MY major reasons for mixing up conditioners:

  1. Save time. For example, if I want to use  protein conditioner on my hair but I don’t want to apply the protein conditioner first, rinse it out and then use a moisturizing conditioner, I might sometimes just mix the protein conditioner and moisturizing conditioner together. I do this by adding only a little of the protein conditioner to the moisturizing conditioner.  This essentially dilutes the heavy protein conditioner to make it a light protein conditioner. PLUS I get the benefits of moisturization in addition to the protein. If you do have time, it is usually better to do the protein conditioner and then the moisturizing conditioner.Read more The difference between moisturizing and protein conditioners 
  2. Enhance a moisturizing conditioner by adding oils. Coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil are oils that can penetrate the hair strand. I sometimes add them to my conditioners to enhance their effect. I might also add rice bran oil and hempseed oil because they contain ceramides which help to smoothen the hair cuticle. Adding essential oils to conditioners are also nice because of their hair growth and scalp benefits.
  3. Easy application of ayurvedic powders. Ayurvedic powders, in my opinion, are difficult to apply when mixed with only water. I sometimes mix them with conditioner and/or oils to make them easy to apply.
  4. To get the benefit of many different ingredients. There are so many lovely ingredients we read about and sometimes, we just want to try them all. 

 

Read more

Oils that penetrate the hair: olive, coconut and avocado oil

Q: Should a light protein deep conditioner be followed up by a moisture conditioner?

Protein conditioners: I love!!!

 

About the author
Dr Fomsky

Nigerian-born Dr Fomsky is a God-lover, a wife, a mom of three, a medical doctor by day. Plus she owns a Nigerian-based online hair product store called Sizzelle.
Dr Fomsky is very passionate about hair, skin and weight management. Since she's had her babies, she's been struggling to keep her weight and her tummy down!
At night, she likes to read books, write blog posts and leave comments on other blogs. She lives in Alberta, Canada and is also the author of Solving your relaxed hair breakage book .
DR FOMSKY'S HAIR TYPE: Relaxed hair, High porosity, Fine hair strands, low to moderate density
CURRENT HAIR LENGTH: Between shoulder and armpit length
FAVOURITE DEEP CONDITIONER: ??
LONG-TERM PLAN: Grow out the front and crown hair sections to match the length of the back and sides.

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