If you spend any time at all in natural hair forums, you have heard mention of the Anthony Dickie method. His technique for cleansing and conditioning natural hair has been THE conversation as hundreds of naturals try his techniques and rave about the difference in their curls.
Just this week, an article and video appeared in The Huffington Post about Dickie’s famous New York salon, showing us a step by step consultation with HuffPo Style & Beauty editor Julee Wilson, who was desperate to tame her dry, shrunken mane of natural hair.
After listening to Anthony Dickie explain his cleansing and conditioning process step-by-step, I came away with these hair care tips:
- Focus on the texture of the hair – he emphasizes working with and celebrating YOUR hair texture instead of trying to change it to fit a one-size-fits-all model.
- Program is super easy and designed to be done in the shower in less than 15 minutes.
- Any product can be used, as long as it is used liberally. Do not be stingy with the products. He markets his own line which may be worth trying out for comparison with your own products.
- Anthony Dickie uses a daily cleansing creme, not a shampoo, and elongates the hair with fingers, alternating with scrubbing the scalp.
- After about a minute of that, rinse out the non-sudsing creme cleanser.
- Do not skimp on conditioner/cleansing creme, etc.! Most of us don’t use enough product. The goal should be hair that is totally saturated and juicy with the cleansing creme.
- Conditioning is the step that helps you to reveal your curl pattern. Massage conditioner through hair while finger combing. He states that co-washing frequently helps soften and elongate the hair over time.
- Conditioner is prepping your hair for your styling product and a mandatory step in the process.
- Rinse out conditioner after finger combing through the hair about 5 minutes.
- Put on styling product while hair is sopping wet and you’re still in the shower. Use enough of it to saturate your hair. Do not skimp! This helps capture your curl pattern. Squeeze and elongate the styling product through the hair. Add water to the hair after putting the product in, which helps the hair to hang and elongate.
- Avoid over-manipulating your hair. Do not touch your hair with a comb!
- Notice that he uses NO HEAVY OILS as he is trying to achieve movement.
- Let it air dry completely before you touch it to avoid changing the “sopping wet, elongated with conditioner” curl pattern which is the ultimate goal.
- Once your hair is completely dry (air dry, hood dry or diffuser), fluff hair and there you go!
- At night, put a big scrunchie on your hair and put it into a pineapple on the top of your head. In the morning, let them out, take your shower and everything will fall back into place from the humidity.
Women have expressed a concern about using great amounts of conditioner and styling product, and the possible expense incurred. Understandable, but your conditioner doesn’t have to be wildly expensive to provide great moisture, slip and detangling.
Check into brands that naturals all over the web love like Suave, Tresemme, Aussie Moist, Eden Body Works Cleansing Cowash, Trader Joe’s Nourish Spa (my personal favorite), Pantene Natural conditioner, Nothing But Co-Washing Conditioner, Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Co-Wash Conditioner, L’Oreal Evercurl, As I Am Cleansing Pudding or Coconut Cowash, or Darcy’s Botanicals Daily Cleansing Conditioner Creme. Prices for the products above range from $4 to $10 per bottle, and are carried at chain stores like Sally’s Beauty Supply, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart and Target.
The video of Julee’s consultation with Anthony Dickie takes you through the process, and provides a detailed explanation of how he works. If you haven’t yet seen the video, check this out!
We’d love to see your results and hear what you have to say about this method once you try it on your hair. Feel free to upload a picture in the comments section below.
About the Author (Author Profile)Blogger, writer, relationships/dating expert, fitness trainer and natural hair enthusiast since 1997. Sharing information from grandmomma, books and scientific journals, as well as my personal discoveries and experiences with natural hair as we journey from relaxers, flat irons and weaves together.
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