Healthy hair is often looked at as something you either have or you don’t. Regardless of your hair type, for our previous post on the types of hair to keep and how click here , the leading cause of bad hair is the lack of moisture.
Deep conditioning is basically applying a deep (thicker) conditioner in your hair for an amount of time to treat it and repair damaged hair or to add whatever is lost back in to the hair. It penetrates the hair strands to do this. Deep conditioners need heat in order for them to penetrate into the hair shaft.
There are two types of deep conditioners, protein and moisture. You need both for balance.
Deep conditioning is an important part of a healthy hair regimen. It helps eliminate frizz, hydrate dry hair and strengthen hair. Deep conditioning your hair can give it a second life If it’s done the right way.
1. USE THE CORRECT CONDITIONER
This is probably the most important step of deep conditioning. You have to know that not all conditioners are deep conditioners. Deep conditioners have ingredients that penetrate your hair shaft versus sitting on top of your hair like rinse out conditioners.
So when looking for a deep conditioner it should say it’s is deep conditioner (like in the picture below) , have instructions to leave on your hair for 15 minutes or more (though there may be some exceptions) and lastly it should address your hair type.
2. DO IT REGULARLY
Regular varies person-to-person. Some people only deep condition once a month, others every other week but I mostly recommend to deep condition once a week every time you wash your hair; and you will notice a big difference in how soft and and manageable it feels.
When applying the deep conditioner, do it in sections and start applying it to the oldest and driest part of the hair which is mostly at the ends. Avoid applying it to the scalp because it can cause irritation.
3. USE HEAT OR STEAM.
This is probably one of the few times that heat is good for your hair. When the deep conditioner is warmed up it penetrates the hair shaft better. Among the ways you can heat up your deep conditioner is to wear heating cap or sit under a hooded dryer for about 20 minutes.
Another way to help the deep conditioner penetrate your hair shaft is to steam your hair. Using steam helps the hair cuticle to lift which is what allows for greater penetration of the deep conditioner.
4. COOL AND RINSE
If you use heat or steamed your hair it’s a good idea to let it cool before you start rinsing it. Let the hair cool for atleast 10 minutes.
After cooling, rinse your hair with cool water because it seals the cuticles and keep moisture in. This gives hair smoother and shiner look.
There are so many deep conditioning treatments that are bound to improve the health of your hair. You can start your journey to the beautiful hair today by making deep conditioning part of your hair care routine.
Let me share some great DIY recipe for Deep Conditioning your hair! These are ingredients you can find basically in your kitchen.
COCONUT OIL & HONEY ( moisture DC)
1 tablespoon of organic raw honey. 1 tablespoon organic Coconut oil.
Mix the two together. Warm over the stove top or in the microwave for few seconds. Apply to the hair. Relax for 20 – 30 minutes and Rinse with lukewarm water.
EGG YOLK & OLIVE OIL( protein DC)
1 tablespoon olive oil. 1 or 2 egg yolk depending on your hair thickness.
Follow the same procedure for the coconut oil and honey but do not warm the mixture or else you would have cooked the egg and you don’t need a cooked yolk.
That would be all guys, let me know if you will be trying out any of this tips. I would love to know if you found it useful.☺