Understanding the rationale behind mixing conditioners: a MUST-READ!!!

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Hi dear people. Last year was a major year of experimenting for me and I tried my hands at mixology. I really really enjoyed the results I got but I have decided to simplify my regimen as much as I can (it’s still a bit long but better I think. Plus, mixing up stuff takes up my time when I can just use an already manufactured conditioner. THIS YEAR, I HAVE DECIDED TO REDUCE MY HABIT OF MIXING.

Anyways, this post is for those ladies who have read my wash day posts where I mixed stuff OR are generally interested in mixing up conditioners and/or oils.

Before you mix conditioners together, I advise the following:

  1. Know your hair, its behaviour and its needs. If you are just starting a hair journey or you still don’t understand your hair, IT IS NOT A GOOD IDEA TO START MIXING TOO MANY PRODUCTS TOGETHER.
  2. Know how your hair reacts to each constituent product of your intended mixture. Don’t try mixing products you have not tested on their own.
  3. Be careful. Proceed with caution. Even though you know how each individual product in your mix behaves, it might not behave the same way when they are mixed together.

The next question you need to ask yourself is: Why am I mixing these conditioners and/oils? These are MY major reasons for mixing up conditioners:

  1. Save time. For example, if I want to use a protein conditioner on my hair but I don’t want to apply the protein conditioner first, rinse it out and then use a moisturizing conditioner, I might sometimes just mix the protein conditioner and moisturizing conditioner together. I do this by adding only a little of the protein conditioner to the moisturizing conditioner.  This essentially dilutes the heavy protein conditioner to make it a light protein conditioner. PLUS I get the benefits of moisturization in addition to the protein. If you do have time, it is usually better to do the protein conditioner and then the moisturizing conditioner.Read more Moisture vs protein conditioners 
  2. Enhance a moisturizing conditioner by adding oils. Coconut oil, avocado oil and olive oil are oils that can penetrate the hair strand. I sometimes add them to my conditioners to enhance their effect. I might also add rice bran oil and hempseed oil because they contain ceramides which help to smoothen the hair cuticle. Adding essential oils to conditioners are also nice because of their hair growth and scalp benefits.
  3. Easy application of ayurvedic powders. Ayurvedic powders, in my opinion, are difficult to apply when mixed with only water. I sometimes mix them with conditioner and/or oils to make them easy to apply.
  4. To get the benefits of different ingredients. There are so many ingredients that are beneficial to the hair and sometimes, mixing conditioners is the only way you can get them all. 🙂


Read more

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My love for protein conditioners


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