well I have been reading everything I could find about my cone dilemma and I've decided to stay on them. From my readings on the LHF I learned that a lot of women experience hair breakage only if they stop
using cones. I also learned that women who bleach their hair can get to classic length if they use cones because the hair becomes plasticized or entirely filled with silicone which strengthens their fragile worn out hair. Coconut oils also plasticize the cortex of the hair like silicone, making it stronger to a degree, but not as well as silicones. I certainly have fragile worn out hair so I think I need to benefit from some of that too. The only "problems" that some women mentioned on LHF was that their curl pattern loosened and the hair looked sleeker or less big when on cones. Those can all be seen as good things depending on how you like to wear your hair. The silicone also adds weight to the hair. I have learned from Teri LaFlesh
that WEIGHT is one of the must haves that we actually should REQUIRE from a conditioner for it to be appropriate for her program involving certain hair types. I've always thought as much. When my hair has felt fried and puffed out like shocked with electricity, I've always thought it needed to be weighed down a bit and lubricated like when it is wet. It naturally has too much puff and not enough SWING!
So the weight is actually a GOOD thing for my fuzz ball hair type
, to keep it defined and healthy looking. Cotton candy hair like mine welcomes
weight and according to Teri, should REQUIRE weight from any conditioner. In fact she says, if a product does not weigh the hair down sufficiently, folk with our hair type should PUT IT BACK ON THE SHELF and walk away! (Everyone's needs are different.) The only other problem was IF they used sulfate shampoo to take it off. The bleached subjects who kept the silicone in and did not remove it w/ shampoo did not experience problems from sulfate drying. Since I want to KEEP the weight and the plasticization, their is no need to remove any of my precious coatings with sulfates. I also learned that there is no scientific evidence of hair drying out from silicones. Those stories are all unsubstantiated rumors on hair forums that are not backed by scientists. If anything the hair dries from the sulfate shampoos. But I just don't plan to use those at all.
So based on all of this and since I'm already on them, I've decided to use myself as a guinea pig and go all out silicone for the rest of this challenge. Now granted I am starting with significant breakage on my tips from relaxer transition and I am a naturally thin haired lady. I will never have thick hair. So maybe I am not the best test subject, but I'm all I have
I do know that lately now that I am using the Kanechom conditioners, I absolutely LOVE the way the cones are making my hair feel. My hair is damaged from color and the tips from Japanese perm. That is not going to change. The silicones make it FEEL and perform so much better given its weak and fragile state. I am not going to stop coloring my hair even though I am natural. And my hair is always going to be cotton candy-like with no weight (flyaway) So I will always need the weight and plasticization that silicone offer. I also DO like the sleeker effect and the slight loosening of my curl pattern that it offers. These are all very good things based on what I want for my hair.
Instead of going on to all natural conditioners as I had considered, I will be going full fledge all silicone for the rest of the challenge...
I know this is contrary to what folk are tending to do these days, but I decided to stand up and be an individual instead of following the crowd... come what may, I will stick with my decision
Wish me luck
Edited by LadyAradia - Mar 04 2014 at 12:39pm