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What Is Deep Conditioning – A Simple But Complete Guide

When it comes to caring for my hair, deep conditioning is everything. This is a great part of the hair regimen that everyone should consider for the health of the hair.

Remember their’s no other part of the body that is attacked by the environmental effects and products usage like the hair.

deep conditioningThe most diminishing of them all and it’s the one we might not be able to do much about is the UV rays. Aside from that, we have hair dryers, hair coloring and many other reasons that make you want to treat the hair with a lot of love.

It took me a while to learn this but I know that the best way to rejuvenate the hair is in deep conditioning. This works for all hair types as it will nourish, moisturize and repair even your damaged hair over time.

So, What Is Deep Conditioning?

In simple terms, deep conditioning is the process of treating your hair by healing and restoring the hair. You do this using the moisturizing as well as protein-based conditioner. So, the conditioner you buy for this purpose is different from the regular one.

Hair Deep ConditioningIt should work towards adding extra moisture or protein to the hair. This will then ensure that your hair remains strong and healthy. It further makes the hair manageable; it improves its look and the way that it feels. It will then have a better texture color and strength in the end.

If you will maintain the deep conditioning process your hair will have no choice but to regain and maintain its health. For you to maintain the healthy hair you ought to balance between the protein and moisture. The hair is made using keratin protein.

When your hair lacks protein, it will often feel brittle and dry. It even lacks the elasticity it ought to have. In the end, if you can balance the moisture and protein, you will create a conducive environment for your hair to grow.

As usual, the deep conditioning comes with various promises, some say they will repair your damaged hair while others say they will restore the hair but others claim to make it easy to comb and avoid tangles. But generally, they all infuse moisture to the hair.

What Really Leads to The Hair Damage?

We shouldn’t assume the reason as to why deep conditioning is necessary. You should understand the factors that lead to the hair damage for you to understand why everyone needs to deep condition.

Hair Damage

  • UV rays are mostly inevitable.
  • Heat styling tools like blow dry, dryer, rolling iron among others.
  • Sometimes even hard water or constantly wetting the hair for those who love to swim.
  • The constant manipulation of the hair. From brushing, detangling, combing then styling the hair.
  • Weather changes that range from the cold breeze, high frost or low temperatures.
  • Salt or chlorinated water.
  • The chemical treatments like relaxers, dyes, bleaches, and keratin.

In short these are the reasons why you need to deep condition your hair to regain natural health.

The benefits

  • It hydrates your hair

As we have already mentioned before the ingredients within the deep conditioning are designed to hydrate the hair then soften the hair that is damaged by chemicals. Some of the chemical processes include the perming of the hair, hair coloring, heat exposure and more.

  • Increases its elasticity

In restoring the moisture, your hair regains its elasticity thus making it easy to stretch the hair strands without having to go through so much tension. Your hair ends up looking healthier and softer. It prevents and combats breakages.

  • Moisturizes

There’s nothing more important for your hair than having its moisture on. With the moisturizing conditioner, you have just enough ingredients to keep it moisturized. Unless you moisturize the hair, it will become dry and brittle. Also, it breaks easy.

  • Nourishes

The ingredients used in its production are meant to nourish your hair. This mesa that once you apply the deep conditioning you should leave the hair for a couple of minutes before you rinse it. This will help it to penetrate the hair strands.

  • Improves the shine

Over time the kind of products you use and the environment where you subject your hair will lead to it losing the natural shine and moisture. So, if the hair is dull and dry, deep conditioning will repair the damage then smoothen it again.

This then imparts the natural luster to the hair and it also regains its shine.

Do You Have Color Treated Hair?

Coloring your hair may over time take a toll on your natural hair. The coloring is a method that will often alter the hair structure that you have. If you aren’t careful the hair weakens and it stays open to dryness and breakage.

To avoid such features, you may use deep conditioning to keep it safe.

What Deep Conditioning Does

From the summary, you now know what deep conditioning will do to your hair. But just to highlight that it will moisturize the hair. It will then keep your hair being shiny and hydrated but most importantly it reduces the frizzes.

It further enhances the body while adding softness and shine.

Is Deep Conditioning Good for Your Hair?

So, I would ask what do you think? Is it good for your hair from what you have read so far?

Deep conditioning is meant to help your hair deeply. It nourishes your hair deeply and this leads to an increase in hair health. It will even make your hair frizz-free, shiny and moisturized.

Deep Conditioning before and afterThe deep conditioning products are ideal they are meant to uphold the texture and therefore maintain its curls as well as the straight textures. Your hair then becomes easy to maintain. This is, therefore, to say deep conditioning is not only good but also mandatory.

How to Deep Condition

  • How about just reading the label first

Before you use any kind of deep conditioning on your hair, read the label but most of all don’t fall for traps in the marketing strategies terms like ‘a great moisturizer’, ‘all natural’ and more. Go and check the ingredients that have been used for its production.

Only choose deep conditioning products that use either of the following or a mix of a few of them. The ingredients include avocado oil, almond oil, Aloe Vera, rosehip oil, argan oil, coconut oil, and sunflower seed oil.

Of all the ingredients I often use the avocado oil and coconut oil ingredients found in the deep conditioning.

  • Keep your focus on the ends

If you don’t know it then you should know that your ends are usually the driest part of your hair. This might be because the products you use will take a longer time to work down the ends of your hair. For this reason, you will always wash away the products before working on the ends.

Now is the time to focus on the ends. Apply more conditioning to the ends thereby leading to your hair oils restoration. In the end, you prevent breakage and split ends.

  • Cover the hair

Next, apply the conditioner to all other parts of the hair then cover the hair with a plastic bag and subject it to low heat. This will help your hair cuticles to quickly open. In the end, the deep conditioner penetrates each strand.

Leave the conditioner in the hair of at least 20 minutes. Although some people even leave it for 40 minutes.

  • Rinse, rinse and rinse

Using cold water, rinse out the deep conditioning. This will close the hair cuticles and help the hair retain its moisture and nutrients. If you want at this point, you can rinse with your normal shampoo and conditioner.

  • Repeat regularly

You don’t expect to notice the difference magically and at once. You need to deep condition again and again to see the results. They will be slow in coming. The one major thing you need when trying to get your hair back in shape is consistency and time.

Fall in love with your hair and take care of it regularly and you will be amazed at how much service it offers you.

Deep Conditioning before and afterImportant Tips of Consideration for Deep Conditioning

  • You should give your deep conditioner time to penetrate into your hair. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes. This time is enough for it to absorb the nutrients and hydrations.
  • You can deep condition your hair while you are in the shower. You do this by cleansing your hair, then applying the conditioner as you take on other roles like shaving. You use the steam in the bath to help your conditioner to penetrate into the strands.
  • Apply the deep conditioner and let it be for a long while only remember not to cover the hair at this time.
  • Deep condition the hair then sit under a lamp or dryer to help the conditioner penetrate the cuticles.
  • Only use the deep conditioning once you have shampooed your hair. It works best when you are using clean hair.
  • To apply the conditioner, start at the ends and move down to the scalp.
  • While you want the conditioner to work, don’t apply too much conditioning or else you risk weighing the hair down.
  • When rinsing the deep conditioner, use cold water. The cooled water seals of the moisture and it will even close the cuticles. Now the nourishing nutrients remain in the hair strands.

The Dos and Don’ts of Deep Conditioning

The reason you are deep conditioning is to make sure your hair remains healthy. So, the dos and don’ts will help you in the process

The Do’s

  • Regularly deep condition

You shouldn’t do the deep conditioning just once a year. Instead do it regularly. This makes sure your hair becomes more manageable, softer, less prone to damage and generally, you acquire healthy hair.

Now regular deep conditioning is what you set as regular. You can decide to condition your hair twice a week, once a week or even once in two weeks. It’s all dependent on your hair structure.

  • Heat the hair

If you want the conditioner to work fast and effectively make it open the cuticles, heat it up under low heat. Just heat it to 35 degrees.

  • Alternate

If you can maintain the balance of your hair protein and moisture you will have healthy hair. Use the deep conditioning meant to add moisture and then one meant to add protein. You will develop strong and healthy hair.

If you are going for moisture only choose hair conditioners that contain fatty alcohols, emollient butter and oils like aloe.

For the proteins and strength, choose products that have hydrolyzed proteins, amino acids, keratin and even henna.

  • Steaming

Another way to hydrate your hair is to maintain the steam. It will heat up the conditioner then lift your cuticles to allow for the nourishing of the strands. It will help to retain moisture and keep the hair hydrated. A good product for this is Q-Redew.

  • Your ends

While naturally, you will want to start applying the product from the scalp you shouldn’t. Start it from the ends. This nourishes the hair and makes you have thicker ends.

The Don’ts

  • Never overdo

Everything done in moderation is perfect. While some other people recommend deep conditioning overnight, it’s not good for you. You see the regular deep conditioning begins to work immediately and it will reach its maximum by the 30 minutes mark.

If you over condition it, you will lead to mushy, fragile and weak hair.

  • Avoid multitasking

Deep conditioners aren’t meant for co-washing or meant to work as a leave in conditioner. They are meant to give your hair the deep conditioning. Do not use them for any other purpose. Remember they contain surfactants and this will make you form even more buildups.

  • Don’t allow bacteria

This is in regards to storage. Don’t let it stay in your bathroom for many months. In fact, if you made a DIY conditioner you shouldn’t have it sitting in for longer than just a few days.

While store-bought conditioners also have preservatives you don’t want to let them stay for long.

  • Be vigilant

It’s easy for you to be fooled by the manufacturers marketing terms but don’t buy into it. There are only about 5 most important ingredients that you should have in the deep conditioner every other ingredient is what I like to call balderdash.

When to Deep Condition Your Hair

While you may deep condition your hair after every single wash it’s unnecessary. In fact, washing your hair more than twice a week is in itself tiring let alone conditioning it.

You have to be careful because over conditioning could lead to over moisturized hair that will then lead to a lack of balance. This is something essential for the healthy growth of your hair.

If you have to use it more time let it not be more than once or twice a week.

How does over conditioned hair look like?

The name given to over conditioned hair is hygral fatigue. The hair is often mushy, lifeless and limp. In most cases, this hair is either over moisturized or sometimes over conditioned. Now, what you need to do is introduce the protein treatment to balance the problem.

The other thing you should do is work towards just deep conditioning your hair once a week or even once in two weeks. However, if you can see that it is responding well to the frequent conditioning go ahead with your regimen as long as you can.

If you have color treated hair or you frequently use heating tool on the hair it will need more conditioning, therefore, let the hair show you how much conditioning it needs.

Always maintain a proper protein-moisture balance. But look out for the signs of over conditioning.

Should You Deep Condition on Wet Hair, Dry Hair or The Freshly Washed Hair?

It’s advisable for you to start deep conditioning your freshly washed hair as that makes it works more. You can follow this procedure, shampoo the hair, rinse then deep condition. In this method, you will deep condition on the wet hair.

Nevertheless, some women will deep condition on dry hair. They then shampoo the hair a little later. But the regular method to follow is to condition your freshly washed hair.

As time goes by you will develop a formula that works best for your hair. Whether to condition dry hair or wet one.

Do You Use Conditioner After Deep Conditioning?

Why would you use the conditioner between shampoo and deep conditioner yet they serve almost the same purpose? You should use either one. Choose to use the conditioner or deep conditioner.

Just remember that the deep conditioner is used less often and when you aren’t using the deep conditioner you can use the daily use conditioner.

Difference Between A Hair Conditioner and Hair Masks

I don’t know about you but I have heard the mention of the word hair mask several times in the salon. One may think ‘they serve the same purpose so why buy it’. They are pretty essential especially when you have damaged hair.

The hair mask works on your hair from the inside out.

Here are the differences

  • How they work

The hair conditioner which is more popular conditions the hair and mostly does so on the outer part of your strands but the hair mask nourishes the hair.

The hair conditioner works to nourish, protect and strengthen the hair. You will always find specific conditioners designed for different hair types.

The hair mask, on the other hand, has no precise properties. It gets deep into the hair structure and even goes below the scalp to the follicles to work from there. It works to regenerate your hair; it then gives you deep nourishment and, in the end, your hair grows healthy.

  • Application

One applies hair mask on the dry hair. It comes before you wash the hair. While the best way to apply the conditioning is on freshly washed hair. You can also use leave-in conditioning which you don’t have to rinse.

  • The time

For the deep conditioners you should take at most 30 minutes before you rinse it off and begin to style, regular conditioners take 10 minutes. Hair mask, on the other hand, will take more time for it to work. You should have it on for a ½ hour to 12 hrs.

  • The results

Conditioners will give you temporary improvements and you can notice them as soon as you use the conditioner.

Hair mask works slowly and regenerates the hair construction, therefore, you expect to notice the difference in the long run.

  • Texture

Another difference you will notice is the difference in texture. Mask is thicker and less viscous while the regular conditioner is creamy and runny. The mask won’t spread and break down easily when it comes to contact with the hair water.

it rather gives your hair a relatively thick coating when applied.

  • Softening and strengthening

Deep conditioning is ideally made to soften the hair. The hair mask is made to both strengthen and soften it. So, if you have natural hair that is more of dry you just need deep conditioning to moisturize it.

However, if you have relaxed or treated hair and you are experiencing some damage then the mask is what you need to retain its structure.

Benefits of Using the Hair Masks

  • Instant gratification

You will notice that masks will give you instant success. Your hair comes out feeling soft and moisturized in fact it will have fewer flyaways.

  • It will then give you a shiny effect.

It works best for you if your hair is over processed. Especially when you experience lots of damage. It’s further ideal for your ends as the hair will stop producing split ends.

The cons

  • This hair mask is so beneficial you may find yourself wanting to use it much more frequently. However, if the hair is fully restored then quit using the product every day. Because it will create a product build up.
  • If you are on a busy schedule you will know that waiting for 20 minutes is the time you don’t have so you will always postpone the masking to another day.

Nevertheless, we have more advantages than we do the disadvantages. Therefore, we should all start hair masking

What Is Hair Treatment?

I know the most common treatments I come across are the color locking treatment as well as moisturizing treatments. It’s advisable to go for treatment once you have been blow drying your hair frequently.

The treatment also works to restore your hair moisture and shine. It will even provide deeper care than your regular masks. This means that you will develop longlasting effects.

Consider using the following kinds of treatment

  • Moisturizing color blocking treatments that are meant for dry hair.
  • The quick fix treatment is meant to work while you are at home.
  • Reconstructive treatment works for heavily damaged hair.
  • Purifying treatments work to get clear of all the hair build ups.
  • Energizing treatment works to stimulate blood circulation.

You see all of these products are important because they serve your hair at different times.

Best Products for Deep Conditioning

1. SheaMoisture 13 oz Coconut & Hibiscus Curl & Shine Conditioner

If you are looking to have hair conditioner that will give you a smooth and shiny finish then this is yours to buy. I’m a champion of shea butter products they never disappoint. While it works with all hair types it works best with your curly hair and especially to tame the frizz.

Being an organic conditioner, it works to deliver a smooth and shiny hair with ease. It will, in fact, hydrate your dry and brittle hair to regain its body and moisture. This works because it has the jojoba seeds oil and mango butter.

The silk protein and neem oil work to protect your hair. They shield them from outside pollutants. It further has the olive oil to even give you the moisture to soften the coarse hair. This then makes them even more manageable.

You then have the aloe and rosemary which will work to detangle your hair strands. They further nourish the hair. The shea moisture coconut will work to lock in the moisture in order to keep your curls safe. This one is specifically designed for those with curls.

2. Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Mask and Deep Conditioner

This is designed for the professional salon treatment and it works to deliver the soft, smooth and silky hair like structure. This even makes it easy to manage. The hair product is great for your deep conditioning regimen especially if you are looking to restore the health and repair it.

It works to balance your over processed hair. It will promote a healthy look as it’s promoting natural hair growth. When it comes to deep conditioning it detangles, hydrates then give your dull hair strands body.

This then makes it manageable and elastic while delivering the perfect shine for your hair. You will enhance the softness while making it ultra-soft and shiny. You all know how vital the argan oil is to your natural hair.

It’s designed for all those who have dry and damaged hair or those who are just looking to maintain a particular texture. It will make you love the way you look and feel. It protects your hair and shields it from your damaged hair that is caused by heat.

3. SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque

This hair conditioner is made for the super conditioning of your hair but most importantly it has the ultra-nourishing argan oil. Other nourishing oils include sea kelp, avocado oil among others. Shea butter, on the other hand, makes it soft.

The deep conditioner is creamy which gives you a pack of moisturizing to mostly serve your hair during the transitioning stages. So, in the end, you have the shea butter softening the hair thereby increasing manageability while the other oils like argan oil work on the scalp.

The vitamins A and E are responsible for the scalp health. They even help to protect it against the UV rays. You will also prevent damage from free radicals. It then helps you to maintain hair elasticity.

The sea kelp promotes shine and moisture retention. They do so in sealing your hair cuticles. This is why we say if you have the chemically treated hair, consider using this hair. For all those with dry hair, this product is yours to buy.

Use the shea butter to achieve uncompromised healthy hair.

4. SheaMoisture Low Porosity Protein-Free Set w/Baobab & Tea Tree Oils

This product is designed for use if you are protein sensitive or you just want to avoid protein. It will work to hydrate your low porous hair. Also, it moisturizes your hair even if its moisture resistant. It then removes the buildup and maintains a great shine.

The baobab oil will work to deeply moisturize the hair. It has more antioxidants and vitamins to help you in the shine effect of the hair. It works to promote your scalp health. Tea tree oil will even add more moisture to the hair making it healthy.

It matters not the kind of hair you have since the conditioner works with all hair types. It’s much gentler and works best for your color treated hair as well as the protein sensitive ones. It makes your hair manageable.

You should use it in combination with the ideal shampoo to provide the utmost results. It then rejuvenates your hair making it more elastic. These products are fast absorbing and will take only a few uses for you to notice the difference in the structure of your hair.

When Choosing A Deep Conditioner

Like every other item that you would want to buy for the first time, there are things you ought to look for. Check your hair and conclude whether it needs the strength or the moisture. It should always balance between health and moisture and if you notice a deficit buy the right item.

  • Protein content

This is the most important ingredient in the moisturization of your hair. It’s especially responsible for the structure of the hair. It even works when you have over conditioned your hair or over moisturized it.

It’s best used when your hair is limp or lifeless. Your body needs proteins a number of times in a day. It’s ideal when you are looking to build keratin or hair growth. However, for those who are protein sensitive, you ought to stay away from such products.

  • Moisture

You will know that your hair is moisturized if water still remains on your hair once you have dried it. You should use deep conditioning ingredients that work towards hydrating the hair. It’s important to use it only if your hair has started shedding or when you have colored the hair.

  • Emollients and humectants

These are ingredients that help to seal and coat the hair thus making it even more slippery. It will also seal the strands with moisture and make it prevent the loss of moisture. It also keeps you frizz resistant.

Does it penetrate?

With the right ingredients, your protein or moisture rich deep conditioner should penetrate the strands of your hair. The nutrients should then sit there.

So, What Will Happen If You Don’t Rinse Out the Conditioner?

While there are two types of conditioner called the leave in conditioner and the rinse out conditioner, you can only leave the leave-in conditioner on the hair.

The rinse out one is normally heavier. You only use it after the shampooing of the hair and then finish off by rinsing it out. It has surfactants, fatty acids, and oils.

When you leave the rinse out conditioner on, then it will do the reverse of what it should by causing the protein in the conditioner to draw out moisture thus getting dry and brittle.

It may also cause irritation to your scalp. Some people naturally react to conditioners with protein and if you don’t rinse it out chances are that you will cause an allergic reaction.

Does It Cause Build Up?

Naturally, the deep conditioning causes build up because of the nutrients that are deposited on the hair. You see the conditioner even has a positive charge while the shampoo has a negative charge.

If you use a lot of the conditioner and not such a great shampoo, the shampoo just attaches itself to the conditioner Nd causes more build up.

Deep Conditioning Before and After

While some people may want to deep condition before washing, the deep conditioning is meant for use after. Notice that the shampoo works to open the cuticles and make them ready for conditioning.

Deep conditioner, on the other hand, works to close the cuticle and seal in the moisture once you are through. They both have surfactants but they work differently. The deep conditioner is therefore not as effective before as it is after.

If you want to use a product after then take the hair mask.

Tips for Conditioning Curly Hair

Since the wavy and curly hair has porous strands, they need for you to deep condition them.

  • Wavy hair

Here you should use a lightweight conditioner that has coconut. It rejuvenates your curls but doesn’t weigh the hair down.

  • Curly hair

You can use the shea butter because it keeps your hair off the detangling yet it moisturizes it.

  • Kinky curls

Shea butter again works best as it has rich emollient.

You can also use cetyl alcohol since it’s a fatty alcohol.

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