Sunday, January 9, 2011

Ultimate Deep Conditioning Challenge 2011

Hey all!

As you all know, I am a member of many hair forums, but Black Hair Planet has to be my favorite. I am running an Ultimate Deep Conditioning Challenge for 20ll (until Dec.10th, 2011).

The purpose of the challenge is to help enforce healthy hair habits for the new year. Deep conditioning is a vital part of healthy hair care, as it helps restore moisture into the hair, or protein, depending on the type of the conditioner you use. (Tip: Conditioners like Hair Mayonnaise, or contains eggs are considered hard protein)

Protein based treatment/conditioner should not be used on a weekly basis, or you may experience protein overload. Protein overload results in excessive shedding/breakage. Too much moisture results in limp, gummy, hair, so you really have to make sure you do not have too much of moisture or protein in your regimen. As well as what is in your leave in's.

Like for instance, my 'Super Moisturizing Homemade Coconut Leave In' can be considered protein based because of the coconut oil. It is okay to use, and alternate between a purely moisturizing leave in. Which is something I learned, I did not realize that my conditioner was protein based, and could not figure out why my hair would sometimes feel hard.

For now I will be alternating between my coconut leave in, and diluted VO5 Moisturizing Milks mixed with Home Health Castor Oil.

( Look out for Soy/Silk/Wheat Proteins, they're not bad by any means, it just means your product contains a bit of protein)

Anyway, getting to the point, the challenge is mainly about just that, finding YOUR balance. Although I think it is best for people to do a hard protein treatment, once every 4-6 weeks, it depends on the person. (Tip: A quick homemade recipe for a hard treatment... Eggs and Mayo, how much of each depends on you, you can also add a bit of conditioner for a thicker consistency) Some people cannot take hard protein, so they will do a light protein instead, or twice a month.

Moisturizing Deep Conditioners
Alter Ego Energizing and Rebalancing Cream
Alter Ego Nourishing Rebalancing Conditioner
Aubrey Organics White Camellia Conditioner
Aubrey Organics GPB Balancing Conditioner
Aubrey Organics Green Algae Hair Rescue Conditioning Mask 
Aubrey Organic Honeysuckle Rose Conditioner Aubrey Organis Isand naturals Conditioner
Aveda Sap Moss Conditioning detangler
Biolage Hydrating and Ultra Hydrating Conditioning Balm
Carols Daughter Black Vanilla Smoothie
Creme Of Nature Nourishing ConditionerFederic Fekai Hair Mask with Shea Butter J/A/S/O/N/ Sea Kelp Conditioner
Freeman's mango Papaya Conditioner
GVP Conditioning Balm (from Sally's)
Hairveda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioning Mask
ICON Inner Home Moisture Mask
Jason Natural Biotin Conditioner 
Jason Natural Jojoba Conditioner
Jason Natural Thin to Thick hair &Scalp Therapy Extra Volume Conditioner
Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment
Joico K Pak Intensive Hydrator Conditioner Joico Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm
Kenra Moisturizing Conditioner
Keracare Humecto
Loreal Nature's Therapy Mega Moisture ConditionerLustrasilk Shea Butter Cholesterol Plus Mango
Mizani Microfusion Conditioner
Mizani Moisturefuse
Mizani Thermasmooth
MOP C-System ConditionerNeutragena Triple Moisture Mask
Nioxin Intensive Therapy Weightless Reconstructive Masque
Nioxin Scalp Therapy
Ojon Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
Pantene Relaxed & Natural Breakage Defense Hair Conditioning Mask Pantene Restoratives Time Renewal Replenishing Mask
Redken All Soft Heavy Cream
Shapely's Mane N Tail
Shescentit Banana Brulee  
Silicon Mix Conditioner
Silk Elements Megasilk Moisturizing Treatment
Silk Elements Megasilk Olive Moisturizing Treatment
Tresemme Natural Conditioner
Ultra Black Hair Deep Conditioner (by Cathy Howse)
Ultra Sheen Duo Tex Protein Conditioner

Light Protein/Moisturizing Deep Conditioners
Biolage Fortetherapie Cera-Repair Treatment
Biolage Hydratherapie Cera-Repair treatment
Elucence Extended Moisture Repair Treatment
Elucence Moisture Balancing Conditioner Mizani Fulfyl Conditioning Treatment
Organic Root Stimulator Replenising Pak/Conditioner
Queen Helene Cholesterol

Protein Deep Conditoners/Treatments
 Affirm 5 in 1 Reconstructor
Alter Ego Garlic Treatment Oil Conditioner
Aphogee Keratin 2 Minute Reconstructor
Creme Of Nature Conditioning Reconstructor 
Jason Natural Lavender Strengthening Conditioner
Joico K Pak Deep Penetrating Reconstructor 
Kenra Platinum Shea Butter Reconstructor
LeKair Cholesterol 
Mills Creek Keratin Conditioner
Miss Key 10 in 1 ConditionerNature's Gate Biotin Strengthening Conditioner
Nexxus Emergencee
NuNaat Keratin Conditioner
Organics Africa's Best Hair Mayonnaise Treatment for Damaged Hair 
Organic Root Stimulator Hair Mayaonnaise
Rene Furtere Karite Intense Nourishing Mask
Salerm 21 Wheat Germ Mask
(Credit for list due to Godiva)

Those are just examples (and suggestions) of what conditioners provide what kind of treatment for your hair. You can also create your own deep conditioners from scratch, or use one of your cowashing conditioners as a base for a dc.

Here are the rules of the challenge
The DC challenge is back in full effect for the new year! The Ultimate Deep Conditioning Challenge 2011, will Begin Monday, January 10th, 2011.

To Join: Please post a starting picture if you can, or just list the two deep conditioners (protein & moisturizing) that you will be using. You have the option of switching any of your two main dc's, until Monday, January 24th, 2011. Please just be sure to post what you will be switching two, so I can update the list.

Also while signing up, let us know a few things about your hair, ie. whether you are relaxed, texlaxed, transitioning, or natural. Also your hair length, and whether you will be deep conditioning with/without heat, or using a cap. Again, listing conditioners that you will be using is mandatory.

Check In dates will be the 10th of every 3rd month.
Thursday March 10th, 2011
Friday June 10th, 2011
Saturday September 10th, 2011
Saturday December 10th, 2011


  1. You are required to deep condition for at least once a week!
  2. You can deep condition on wet or dry hair (whatever your preference)
  3. Deep condition with heat for at least 30 minutes
  4. If deep conditioning without heat, leave it in for at least 1-2 hours
  5. You can make any additions to your deep conditioner, just post what you added(Oils, honey, eggs, or any ingredient of your choosing)
  6. You can also make your own deep conditioners
  7. Passes are to be used when you do not use one of the two conditioners you listed to be your main conditioners for this challenge
  8. You are allowed 2 passes a month.
  9. Please post when a Pass is used

You can join on BHP from the link provided above, or simply just comment that you will be participating.

For now my main Dc's for this challenge will be LUSH Retread & Tropical Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Mayonnaise Protein Conditioner. I may be changing again by the 24th, we'll see.

I will have to use a pass this week, because of my braids, but I will be able to start participating next week, as I plan to start taking down my braids next Friday (Jan. 21st), which I am super excited about, but also nervous. I will also be doing a strand test to see if I have gained any growth in the past two months.

I hope you all will consider deep conditioning at least once a week, if you are not already!


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