This is my own tried and tested method and it has never failed me, regardless of however many different shampoos I use.
When I go on my massive bouts of "no straightener use", I do this procedure about once a week. When I do straighten my hair, I do it about once a month.
Here's what you do:
Make sure your hair is dry and in need of a wash.
Whack on some clothes that you don't mind getting dirty..my current attire is a Dangermouse t-shirt.
Pick up a few hair clips (I use a mixture of these and these, which by the way, are really good. They don't pull at your hair or anything..and they last ages, I've had mine for about 3 years now).
The mixture is a result of trial and error. It has worked for me for the past three years. Quarter a tub of Tresemme Moisture Rich Treatment and three quarters a tub of Boots Ingredients Camomile and Lemon Balm Intensive Hair Mask.. I have done some experimentations with this and you can substitute the Tresemme deep conditioner for any other in their range but the Boots conditioner I use works best. It's best if the mixture is more yellow than white.
Get a glob in your hand and smooth it through your hair. Comb your hair with your fingers and then with a comb. As I'm a hard nut, I go straight to the finer toothed part of the comb. The first few times I did this, I did use the thicker part first and then the thinner part to get rid of any leftover knots. You can feel the mixture smoothing your hair as you go.
Your hand will hurt a bit. That fleshy part of the palm always starts to wimp out but I keep it together.
I find that the knots are worse on the ends and at the nape of the neck so I pin up what I've already sorted through and then add more conditioner there and work through it. This is why you need the clips. It is messy work!
Do this to both sides.
Pin up all your hair, you will look stupid so it's best to do it at a time when nobody will call. What this time is, I don't know because I've always been interrupted whilst looking this sexy:
Leave it on for as long as you wish, I find that 20 minutes is enough but when I want to give my hair a real treat, I leave it on for a lot longer (it's been 2 hours today). There's no funky smell or anything and you can go about your (at home) business as you please.
Then comes the washing off part. Now, you've had a deep conditioner on your head for the best part of either 20 minutes or a lot longer. A normal shampoo won't cut it. You need a good clarifying shampoo, I tend to use this:
This is quite hard to find sometimes so I do also use this one by Pantene.
Wash your hair using the clarifying shampoo.
You need no other shampoo.
|This photo has only been edited to add my text, my curls are as smooth as they look in the pic when I follow this method.|