The Best Conditioner for Dry African-American Hair

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Choosing a conditioner for dry hair requires you to look at a few key things. Learn about the best conditioner for dry African-American hair with help from a hair professional in this free video clip. - Sponsor Content from L'Oreal

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Hi, I'm celebrity hairstylist, Darico Jackson and today I'm going to help you choose the best conditioner for dry African-American hair. So when you're choosing the right conditioner for dry African-American hair, you must first identify your curl type. Secondly you want to know the condition of the hair and most importantly how to apply it so that you can have the most effective conditioning treatment that you can get. So to identify Sheree's curl type I'm going to use the Mazani Natural Curl Key. The Natural Curl Key is fun because it's kind of like a Bible of hair and it has all the textures in here so Sheree is a type 5 because her hair has, you can stretch it out and it has minimal return. That usually identifies a type 5. It's also a little drier on the ends. Because it's a type 5 it becomes a little frizzier faster as you can see so you kind of lose a little of the definition, so it's important to go back and recondition it from the ends to the scalp so that you can repair that moisture and get that curl back into the hair. So African-American hair has a tendency to be a little dry anyway and then curly hair is also dry because the oil that your body produces naturally doesn't get an opportunity to make it past the knuckle of the curl. It kind of gets caught up in there. So you want to choose a product that's going to be moisturizing especially to the ends and you want one that has natural oil so that your body has an ability to use it, also stay away from silicones because silicones keep the oil from absorbing into the hair and it's going to prevent the hair from getting the moisture that it needs. So to deep condition Sheree's hair, today I'm going to use the Mazani Supreme Oil Mask. The Supreme Oil Mask is a great mask to use for extremely dry hair because it has avocado oil, argon oil and shea butter which are all great things for penetrating and moisturizing curly hair. So after the hair has been shampooed and towel dried, you want to go through and separate the hair and just kind of divide it. When you have a lot of hair like this, you want to try and get as much of it out of the way so that you can work it through in smaller sections. So I'm just going to go ahead and divide her hair with my hands and it's really simple. The parts doesn't have to be really straight when you're doing it, but you just want to get some of the hair out of the way for control so you can see where you're going to put the conditioner. You don't have to necessarily have clips but they are nice to have because it's kind of like having an extension of your hands. It gives you three extra hands if you will. So you want to take probably like about a dime size or a quarter size I guess that would be, like maybe a quarter size, emulsify it in your hands and that just means to stretch it out and warm it up and then you're going to go in and remember I was saying you're going to go in and get all of the hair. You want to get it down at the scalp as well as on the hair. So you want to moisturize the scalp as well because the scalp is just as important as the hair. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp and then you want to work it all the way through the strand. So you're going to go through and you're layering the product. So you want to take small sections and go in and apply it section by section just to make sure that the conditioner is evenly distributed over all of the strands because you don't want to miss any, you might end up with some inconsistent curl patterns in there. What's great about this product is as you can see the curl is starting to restore itself instantly. This product is very quick because it's light and because again it has absorbing oil so it goes right to the problem and works on it and this happens in about three to five minutes, the hair is conditioned. So you don't have to put it under the dryer because it has penetrating oils and as you can see, her curl is starting to come back especially like right here where I started. And the reason that it's working so fast is because it has no silicone in it. A lot of products that have silicones, conditioners that have silicones and minerals, it kind of stops the conditioner and the conditioning process because it stops it from absorbing down into the hair. And as you can see this one is absorbing very very fast. So Sheree's hair is natural but also you want to definitely go in and deep condition hair that is chemically treated because it's going to be a little bit more porous. So you're trying to restore the moisture and the protein content in that hair so that the hair is less porous, has more elasticity and is shiny and healthy and bouncy. Now we have the conditioner all layered in there and you can feel the difference. One thing you want to do as you're going to through there, start to feel where you need the conditioner because you can feel the hair start to relax and start to get conditioned and feel soft as you go along so then that way you'll need to know if you need to add a little bit more product. We're going to leave it on for three to five minutes, rinse it out, style it and show you the results. We finished the styling process, Sheree's hair is nice, done and blown. We conditioned it back to health, it's shiny. Look at it, it reflects off the light, it's bouncy. Shake it Sheree. That's wonderful. And that's how you deep condition African-American hair. I'm Darico Jackson. Thanks for watching.


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