How about both! A reader inquired which do I prefer, deep condition or baggy. I actually use both methods to force feed hydration to my hair on wash day and subsequently, throughout the week.
Deep Conditioning – I dry deep condition occasionally when I am being lazy but my go-to process is to deep condition after cleansing. I apply my conditioners with using the relaxer method, ensuring product is applied from root to tip. I then steam for 30 minutes minimum. I love thick, creamy conditioners as they hydrate my hair better than thinner conditioners. Faves include: Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose, Bee Mine Beeutiful, Annabelle’s White Chocolate Mousse Intense Moisture Mask and HairVeda SitriNillah. These conditioners deliver awesome moisture to my hair.
Low porosity hair has a tendency to be dry and thirsty. While the above conditioners usually pack a powerful punch, there are weeks when my hair is not having it. My hair feels great on wash day but 24 hours later, it’s dry like wash day never happened. This is where baggying comes in handy.
Baggy – On average, I whole-head, overnight baggy 5 to 7 nights per week. My hair loves it. It thrives on it. I am never left with mushy, over moisturized hair. Ok so stop and read this slowly — I don’t advise you to follow my lead on this because not everyone’s hair can endure such an aggressive baggying regimen. However, my hair simply adores it.
I started out baggying a few nights a week and realized how great it made my hair feel. I kept increasing the frequently until I finally realized I can baggy nightly without issue. I actually notice a tremendous difference when I don’t baggy nightly. My hair, especially the roots, is much drier.
One might argue I’m not using the right conditioners on wash day. However, I beg to differ. I’ve tried a range of products and just know that it’s the low porosity hair that causes the recurring dryness. Baggying solves that and restores moisture nightly.
I baggy by spritzing my hair with water (or some moisturizing spritz) before applying moisturizer. I then throw on a plastic cap, scarf and call it a night. If my hair is really low on moisture, I will also spray the inside of my plastic cap with water before putting it on my head. This helps to create a good steam throughout the night. By morning, my hair is slightly damp but not drenched. I re-apply my moisturizer, seal and then style.
It’s really as simple as that — that’s how I incorporate both deep conditioning and baggying into my regimen.
What’s Your Go To For Combating Dryness?