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How often do you deep condition (DC) your hair? I DC once a week. The reason I DC weekly is because 4c hair is prone to dryness. Our bossy, tightly spun coils make it hard for the natural oils produced by our body to flow all the way down our hair shaft. As a result, dryness is a common problem among 4c Hair Chicks.
Deep conditioning treatments help lock moisture in your hair strands, so I’m always on the look out for deep conditioners that really get the job done. Trial and error taught me that not all DCs are equal. Some DCs work wonders on my hair, others do nothing, and some actually have an adverse effect and leave my hair dry. Because my DC results vary, I’m not married to one specific brand. That’s why I have a running list of DCs that work on my hair and ones that don’t. When hair wash time rolls around I pick a DC treatment from my “works” list and I treat my hair.
As I grow my list of deep conditioner options I’ll be sharing my results via a post series called #4cHairDCs. To see all the posts from the series search this website for #4cHairDCs.
DC review #1 is the Natty Cupuacu and Rhassoul Deep Conditioner (#4cHairDCs)
Who Makes Natty Cupuacu and Rhassoul Deep Conditioner?
All Things O’Natural is the maker of the Natty product line. Their tagline is Live the Natty Lifestyle. I was turned on to Natty products because I’ve been a long time reader of Dominique’s blog All Things O’Natural. It was evident to me that Dominique knows her hair so I was excited to try her product line on my hair.
What is in Natty Cupuacu and Rhassoul Deep Conditioner?
The two star ingredients of this product are known for their moisturizing properties. Cupuacu comes from the cupuacu trees in the Amazon rainforest and Rhassoul is a mineral clay from Morrocco. Below are full ingredient descriptions and benefits as seen on Living the Natty Lifestyle Blogspot.
- Cupuacu Butter: Similar to Cocoa Butter, but has a softer, creamier consistency. It comes from the fruit tree of the chocolate family in the Amazon. It contains essential fatty acids and phytosterols, and is very moisturizing for skin and hair. It also offers natural protection from UV-A and UV-B rays. It can be used to treat skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis and adds shine and replenishes moisture in hair.
- Rhassoul Clay: A very fine clay whose soapy properties reduce dryness and flakiness. It also degreases the scalp, strengthens hair without stripping out natural oils, and increases its volume.
- Aloe Vera Juice: Helps in preventing hair loss due to its stimulation of the production of new hair. Packed with essential vitamins, aloe vera is a wonderful ingredient that helps restore hair’s strength and beauty. The natural enzymes found in aloe vera help soothe and moisturize the scalp, helping to relieve and eliminate dry scalp. Aloe vera is also known as a natural conditioning agent that restores the sheen luster and shine. An awesome addition that helps to restore the pH balance in the hair, which helps to naturally combat frizziness.
- Cocoa Butter: Containing a high volume of Vitamin E, protein, potassium, calcium, magnesium and copper, cocoa butter is an excellent butter for dry, itchy scalp. Cocoa butter also stimulates the growth of hair follicles, which makes it a key ingredient for those suffering from hair loss. It increases hair’s flexibility and is known to thicken hair, similar to castor oil. Cocoa butter is also an excellent protector against chemical and chlorine damage, making it an awesome choice before swimming in chlorinated pools.
- Raw Cacao Powder: A raw live unprocessed superfood that is, high in antioxidants. Due to its high volume of sulfur, it helps promote strong beautiful hair.
- Healing herbs of Irish Moss and Marshmallow Root: Excellent herbs helpful in providing slip, to the hair making it easier to detangle (which limits breakage).
- Healing herbs of Brahmi, Neem, Hibiscus, Lavender and Calendula: Wonderful cooling herbs that nourish the hair. Makes hair dense and promotes healthy hair growth.Aids in the treatment of scalp problems. Controls hair loss and premature greying. Helps relieve symptoms of dandruff and scalp problems.
- Panthenol: Also known as Vitamin B5 helps to strengthen and repair hair, making it less prone to breakage. Known to penetrate the hair shaft and coat and bind to the hair follicle. It also softens and moisturizes the hair, making it easier to comb through. It enhances the gloss and elasticity of the hair.
- Raw Honey: Excellent ingredient that draws moisture to the hair
- BTMS: This is not a sulfate. BTMS is a natural emulsifier derived from Colza Oil. Has excellent detangling properties and leaves hair with body and spring. Works excellent as a leave-in for hair.
- Guar Conditioner: A natural emulsifying (helps bind water with oil) agent from the legume family that conditions without causing polymer buildup. Helps control flyaway and frizzy hair. Promotes shine.
- Raw Apple Cider Vinegar: Helps to ensure shiny, soft and silky hair by helping the hair close the cuticle. Helps protect the hair and scalp from contaminants such as; bacteria, fungi and other contaminants. Helps soothe itchy scalp. Helps aid in ridding scalp of dandruff and dry scalp.
- Potassium Sorbate: Natural Anti Microbial to keep natural and food grade products from molding
How did it work on 4c Hair?
Natty Cupuacu and Rhassoul Deep Conditioner is on my yes list. This DC worked magic with my hair.
- I loved the texture of the product
- I liked the smell – it did not over power me
- I loved that the PH of the product was clearly labelled on the packaging
I can tell when a product is working well with my hair because my curl pattern will become somewhat defined. As I racked the Natty Cupuaco and Rhassoul conditioner through my hair sections, my hair started springing up into curls. That was a dead giveaway that my hair liked the product. Another thing I look out for is hair slick. Sometimes a product feels great when it’s in, but as soon as you wash it out your hair can feel dry. If I wash out a product and my hair feels soft and has some slide to it I know it’s moisturized. Natty passed both my tests – I got softness and curl definition from the product.
Here is video of how I applied the deep conditioner to my hair.
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