I wrote on this topic in a recent newsletter but I think it is worth posting as a stand alone article to help the newbies among you decide what conditioner or deep conditioner* to use weekly in your HHJ.
What do you use to condition your hair every week?
Do you usually use a protein or moisturizing conditioner* and how do you know what to choose or when to switch anyway? Hair will have different needs depending on the texture of your hair and whether you have used any chemical services (including color) or in fact the weather outside.
For natural ladies with coarse wiry hair that is usually worn in natural styles, you should err on the side of moisture with steaming sessions to reduce brittleness and increase elasticity in your strands. Protein conditioners can take a back seat with once a month being plenty.
For those with fine strands the sensible option would be to err on the side of protein. Your hair is fragile and if you style it often, breakage is even more likely so you need something to help your hair stand up to the constant attention. A light protein conditioner every other week should be plenty.
If you are a natural who straightens regularly, remember that you lose a lot of protein while styling so protein conditioning will need to be bumped up to once every couple of weeks.
If like me you are a natural who both wears your hair straight often and colors (lightens) you hair, then a light protein deep conditioner* even as often as weekly will benefit rather than hinder your progress.
For relaxed heads, I would suggest that you err on the side of protein as a starting point. Include a light protein conditioner every two weeks until you can tell instantly what your hair needs.
It is entirely possible however to be relaxed and still have wiry coarse hair in which case, steaming and moisturizing conditioners will be your best friend to begin with. Again don’t forget the protein, your hair loses a lot of it during chemical relaxing and it needs to be constantly replenished to keep your hair healthy.
What conditioners to use
For moisture you can always use a cheapie moisturizing conditioner* like V05 Tea Therapy conditioner or the ever popular Tresemme Naturals conditioner. You can always bump up your moisture levels by combining your conditioner with a steaming session.