In every blog post, I’ve probably written since January, at some point or another, I have rattled on about DEEP CONDITIONING. I know by now we have all heard it a million times but how do you know how to deep conditioning and if it really works for you. Depending on your hair type and texture you may need to do it more frequently and look for different ingredients. Deep conditioning can be a huge deal to some people, but until recently, it wasn’t a massive necessity for my hair care routine. With all that being said deep conditioning can be simple and effective; assuming you are doing it correctly so that you aren’t wasting time! Wait, you can deep condition the wrong way? How is that even a thing? Keep reading! I want to help you guys get the very most out of your deep conditioning sessions.
As I always say, consistency is key! I’ve even written posts about being persistent and maintaining a sustainable routine. How often you deep condition depends on your lifestyle, your wash schedule, and so on. Since I dyed my hair purple and started going
to the gym regularly, I’ve had to ensure I deep condition so my hair can stay soft and moisturised. You can’t expect your hair to bounce back from damage after deep conditioning one time, and you can’t expect to maintain the health of your hair if you only deep condition once in a while. Deep conditioning on a frequent and consistent basis is proven to provide results. We all have our lazy days, and our days where we are rushing through wash day, but if you are as consistent as you can be you’ll be able to maintain happy healthy curls reach your hair goals faster!
I get product build up and if you deep condition or use too many products too frequently, you will too, regardless of the products you use( silicon and sulphate free or not). It happens to everyone. Product residue, oils and butters and even the minerals in our water, love to hang out on our hair. If you aren’t regularly removing that build up, your hair will not able to take in all the moisture you’re trying to provide with your deep conditioner and also your styling products. Co-washing is great, but it cannot be your only form of cleansing. Although I co-wash during the week I also give my hair a good cleanse with shampoo on the weekends really working it into my scalp so I can feel it breathe. Of course, you don’t have to clarify every other week if you don’t think you need to. This is just the schedule I have found works best for me. Another example of a cleansing schedule could be co-washing once or twice a week, and clarifying once a month. An apple cider vinegar (ACV) rinse is another way you can clarify your hair. You can do this once or twice a month to leave your scalp extra clean. It’s really simple, just mix equal parts of water and ACV and pour it over your hair and scalp. Leave it on for a few minutes, rinse and deep condition. Always do what works best for you! Don’t be afraid to try a new technique because you may find your new holy grail.
Moisture vs. Protein
Healthy natural hair needs a good balance of both moisture and protein. Moisture prevents dryness and protein gives strength. If your hair needs moisture but you are giving it protein it will feel stiff and dry. If your hair needs protein, but only gets moisture your hair will feel mushy, look frizzy and the curls won’t have much bounce. I can’t tell you how often you need protein because I don’t know your hair. A few years back I would do a protein treatment pretty much every week mixing up a concoction with egg and yoghurt but depending how my hair felt I would mix some coconut milk with honey for moisture instead. If you need some hair mask inspo in my previous post I gave you guys some of my go-to hair masks so definitely try them out.
Do you know the porosity of your hair and are you using that to your advantage? If your response was “WTH is porosity?” then head over to this post to discover your hair type! Porosity is your hair’s ability to both take in moisture and hold on to it. This is super relevant to deep conditioning because that’s the point right? To moisturize your hair. High porosity hair has the cuticle layers wide open and ready to easily accept water and products. On the other hand, low porosity hair has the cuticle layers tightly closed and resists water penetration. If you have low porosity hair you have to work a little harder to get the deep conditioner to fully penetrate your hair. Adding heat or steam will lift the cuticles and allow the product in. If you don’t have a steamer, a hooded dryer or a deep conditioning cap, you can soak a towel in hot water and wrap it around your covered hair. Once the towel gets cold you can repeat this step until you reach your desired time! Easy and free. If you have high porosity hair like mine, deep conditioning doesn’t really need to have heat or steam because the cuticles are already open. If you enjoy doing it anyway, 10-15 off added heat or steam is probably more than enough!
That’s it guys those are 4 simple things that may be holding you back a bit when it comes to deep conditioning. If you don’t already deep condition weekly, I want to challenge you to do so! No matter where you are in your hair journey, take a photo of your naked curls next wash day, and do so again in a few months. If you deep condition weekly as part of your hair care regimen, I know you’ll see a difference!
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