Traditionally prepooing is just the use of oils applied to the hair for a while before washing but many have found that they can cause an runny oily mess, especially if you are too generous with the oil. One way to combat that is to add your cheap conditioner to your prepoo mix.
Your conditioner will be thicker than your oil and help keep it in place…on your hair and not on your floor, bed, sink or on you. The cheap conditioner will also also aid in detangling so let your oils and your conditioner make your washday more positive and productive.
4. Cowashes in between your regular washes – I cowash to cleanse about once a week but I condition wash (rewetting hair and applying conditioner) a few times during the week.
There’s no need to use your cleansing conditioner each time you are just re-wetting your hair as that is wasteful and if you are like me, my cleansing conditioner (As I Am Coconut Cowash) is not cheap. I love it so I buy it but at $12 for a jar I’m not trying to waste it.
On the other hand my recent condition wash favorite (Nourishing Coconut Milk Conditioner by Organix) only costs me $4 at Walgreens so I can be as generous with it as I please!
It’s a no-brainer to see why I use my cleansing conditioner sparingly and my cheap ones as often as I please. They do serve different purposes so it’s not necessary to use them for both routines. Having just expensive products in your shower will become too costly over time so start thinking about finding a cheap one for the times you don’t absolutely need the pricey one.
If you don’t cowash then rotate one wash day with your expensive conditioner and another wash day with your cheap one to help save a few bucks without harming your hair.
5. Detangling before DC’ing – Detangling is a mother of a headache for most naturals across the board. If you’ve been lazy and allowed your hair to knot up by neglect (hey, we ALL do it sometimes so don’t hang you’re your head in shame) then you already know the problem you will face after cleansing your hair and having to work the tangles out of your tresses.
I use tons of conditioner when I’m being good and washing regularly but when I wait too long to get in that shower and wash my hair…I can go through almost an entire bottle.
Don’t waste your detangling sessions on expensive conditioners. You can use them for the DC’ing (deep conditioning) process, instead use this opportunity to make use of your cheap conditioner instead. It’s cheap so slather it on to make your detangling session much easier and you won’t be worried about how much of it you are using.
Cheap conditioners have a purpose for naturals and although they may not work as great as your favorite or more expensive ones they can still be lifesavers. Keep your expensive products for the heavy-duty projects and use your cheap ones for the small stuff.
What is your favorite cheap conditioner?