You are so welcome. We have been counseling clients on this alot.
After much consideration, we actually decided to go with an excellent moisture conditioner called MORENourisheTMMoisture Retention because it is formulated into a weightless detangling moisturizing cream-lotion. The good news is that it is also concentrated with fruit and vegetable oils to protect the hair shaft from dryness from the sun and other natural elements. The viscosity of these oils gives the hair more controlled silky body and shine without the flake so it is really a two-in-one product. It is great for natural styles & locks too. We use it directly after we do a shampoo to really seal in moisture.
pampering the senses
LaRetta Ann Taylor
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Subject: RE: [naturalhair-35] Why Hot Oil Treatments Don't Work
From: AJ msn.com>
Date: Wed, July 23,[masked]:15 pm
To: [address removed]
Great Article! Thanks for the info. Any suggestions for a good conditioner
as indicated in the article --- "an excellent alternative is a professional
conditioner with moisture retention properties that has a good balance of
protein (important for strength and elasticity) and preferably of food grade
quality. Your hair will stay moisturized longer and be more manageable."
>From: LaRetta Ann Taylor <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: [naturalhair-35] Why Hot Oil Treatments Don't Work
>Date: Wed, 23 Jul[masked]:24:15 -0400
>by LaRetta Ann Taylor
>I remember when using a hot oil treatments was considered the deep
>conditioner that was supposedly the miracle remedy for dry or damaged
>hair. But do they really work?
>First lets break down and examine the process of using a Hot Oil
>Treatment. First we wash our hair and then the hot oil treatment is
>applied. According to the chemistry of
oil, by nature it does not mix with
>water. As a matter of fact, oil repels water. Add to that the molecular
>structure of oil which is just too big to penetrate into your hair shaft.
>So the oil can not get to the hair because the oil is being repelled by the
>water and the oil is literally just sitting on the surface of some of your
>To further complicate the matter, we put a plastic cap on our hair after we
>apply the oil which further draws out moisture. To understand this concept,
>think about when you go into an enclosed steam room. The steam makes us
>sweat, drawing out moisture from our bodies, much like that plastic cap
>is doing when the moisture inside the cap heats up. Some of this moisture
>converts to a gas state not benefiting our hair at all. While a bit of the
>oil mixture may adheres to the hair, most of it gets rinsed down the
>So where did this oil aka grease practice come from? The African American
>relationship with oil and butterfat goes back to our everyday survival
>during enslavement. Early black Americans knew oils did not evaporate. Oil
>stayed on the surface until rubbed off. This was perfect for protecting
>whatever it was applied to. Black people began to erroneously apply oil
>directly to the hair and the scalp which clogs the hair follicle.
>Manufacturers followed our lead in the duplication of this cultural
>When oil is applied to dry hair it does coat the cuticle of the hair shaft,
>which is the outer layer of your hair but is not being absorbed into your
>hair. The test for this is to run your fingers through your hair a few
>hours after oil is applied and check your hands. We also think that our
>hair is soaking up the oil, but check
your pillow cases, headrests and
>hair scarves to see where the oil is really going. Now here is where the
>real problem comes in when you apply oil to dry hair. The oil act as a
>barrier actually preventing hydration, repelling needed moisture thus
>resulting in dehydrated, dry and brittle hair.
>This leads us to another misnomer that black hair is dryer than other
>textures, this is simply not true. It would not be dry if we gave it what
>our natural hair texture really craves which is MOISTURE to flourish. Ever
>notice how much easier your hair is to comb while it is wet? Moisture
>lubricates and hydrates our hair strands. Since we cannot walk around with
>water spray bottles, an excellent alternative is a professional conditioner
>with moisture retention properties that has a good balance of protein
>(important for strength and elasticity) and preferably of
>quality. Your hair will stay moisturized longer and be more manageable.
>Oils true place in our hair care regime is to use it as a styling aid to
>maintain control and sheen on the hair only (not the scalp) rather than as
>a conditioner. But be cautioned here because oil can buildup on the hair
>causing dehydration if not shampooed and clarified off of the hair
>regularly. Oil can be a good complement to your natural hair management
>system if used sparingly and only AFTER a moisture treatment.
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