Deep conditioning natural hair is a critical aspect of an effective hair regimen because it keeps our hair hydrated, supple and healthy.
What is Deep Conditioning?
Deep conditioning natural hair means to apply a conditioner to the hair and let it sit for a specified period, usually 15 to 30 minutes. Deep conditioning can be accomplished with or without heat. To take it one step further, deep conditioning can be accomplished with moist heat or dry heat.
Deep conditioning keeps our hair hydrated and healthy. When hair is hydrated, it looks healthier, shinier and performs better. Best of all, it breaks less.
What are Deep Conditioners?
Conditioners are not made equal. Therefore, you cannot grab any conditioner off the product aisle and expect it to properly hydrate and restore moisture to your hair. Rather than getting into a scientific lesson of what ingredients penetrate the hair strands, let’s take an easier approach. When shopping for deep conditioner, look for conditioners that recommend leaving it on for 15 minutes or more and/or recommend using it with heat. If you’re lucky, you might even see the words “deep conditioner” on the product packaging or within the directions. Examples include Sally’s GVP Nexxus Humectress, Silk Elements Kera Minerals, Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment and Carol’s Daughter Monoi Repairing Hair Mask.
What are Rinse Out Conditioners?
Rinse out conditioners are NOT deep conditioners. These conditioners sit on top of the hair vs. deeply penetrating the strands. They instructions usually suggest leaving it on for 2 to 3 minutes. Examples include Aussie Moist, Carol’s Daughter Repairing Conditioner and Tresemme Naturals Nourishing Conditioner.
How Long and How Often to Deep Condition
You should deep condition once a week or at least every two weeks for 15 to 30 minutes. For best results, add heat!
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