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Conditioning combo mix works with Cantu, ORS

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ORS replenishing conditioner, Cantu Shea Butter leave-in conditioning repair cream

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As many hair enthusiasts have learned, just because a product is marketed to an African-American audience doesn't mean it's for all hair types, textures and maintenance schedules. One other thing to keep in mind when shopping for new products is how well they mesh together.

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It's easy enough to purchase products all with the same brand, but what happens when one brand doesn't sell all types of products? Or, when a hair product is out of stock or sold only online? It's not a bad idea to try to test out other products, but for the more hesitant hair care product buyers, be very careful with blending new ingredients. Sometimes they work. Other times they fight against each other. And some mixed combos are better than the original brands.

One winner of a combo for medium-to-thick hair types is Organic Root Stimulator (ORS) Replenishing Conditioner and Cantu's Shea Butter leave-in conditioning repair cream. ORS conditioner is great for bringing moisture back into hair after shampooing. Sit under a warm dryer for 10 to 15 minutes after it's been massaged into the scalp or let the conditioner stay on hair for 45 minutes to one hour without extra heat. While putting conditioner on hair and then sitting under a hair dryer may seem like it defeats the purpose of "adding moisture," ORS conditioner -- and other conditioners -- aren't meant to stay in the scalp anyway. The instructions for most conditioners include rinsing it out.

This is where leave-in conditioners come in. For consumers who want to skip past sitting under a hair dryer, try Cantu Shea Butter repair cream. It's geared for damaged, dry or coarse hair. For people who prefer to let their hair air dry, the perk of this product over just using a replenishing conditioner (such as ORS) is it's also a styling cream. After hair has been shampooed, use a generous amount and let it settle overnight before styling hair though. The instructions recommend using a shower cap for "intense conditioning," but for wild sleepers, wearing plastic caps on wet hair is a bit of a challenge. Stick to laying a satin pillowcase or towel down so wet, conditioned hair won't stain the material.

And for maximum conditioning, use both in the same session. Olive Oil conditioners (and shampoos) don't always smell the best, but this one smells like tropical fruit oil. Cantu has a sweet scent, too. While the fragrances have an inviting aroma, two conditioning products may be overkill for those who don't have a problem with dry hair. If hair feels just as dry after using replenishing conditioners as it did before using them, leave-in conditioners are strongly recommended. If not, then leave hair results as is. Test one out with the other and then both together to make a final decision between the two.

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