This begins the Hair Regimen series where I will feature the three steps I follow for my type 4 low porosity hair. I am starting with Step 2, Deep conditioning, because it really is the most important step for me.
In my experience, a good conditioner contains a balance of cationic surfactants (static-frizz reducers) and fatty alcohols (conditioning emulsifiers). One without the other could spell stripped hair or buildup so I look for both, which is not hard to find. I also look for herbal extracts or botanicals of some kind that offer natural conditioning and hydration.
For deep conditioning, I look for the same properties, but I also look for a product that has penetrating ingredients like avocado, olive or coconut oil. Hydrolyzed proteins are also penetrating ingredients but they should be low on the list or not included at all in a conditioner that will keep Type 4 hair at its best. I have listed the three most effective deep conditioners for my texture below, and they get rave reviews from others with type 4, low porosity hair.
Camille Rose Coconut Water Penetrating Hair Treatment (pictured above)
Why? Offers a balance of moisture + strengthening and leaves my hair feeling nourished with elasticity and a high sheen that lasts days after application.
Curl Junkie Curl Rehab Moisturizing Hair Treatment
Why? Provides superior moisture in dry weather, light sheen and is protein-free. The fact that it is all-natural means that I can also leave it in my hair (as leave-in) so it is multi-purpose.
Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm (Sally's Beauty Generic Value Product)
Why? The most moisturizing conditioner I own. This infuses moisture into my hair in under one minute. Unfortunately, it is not all-natural so I cannot leave it in my hair. I have tried, and it left my hair frizzy, dull, limp and over conditioned. The reality of having low porosity hair is that you cannot leave in large quantities of heavy conditioner.
Next, Step 3, Leave-in Conditioner & Moisturizers.