Deep conditioners are a regular part of my natural hair regimen. Now that we are approaching the fall/winter season deep conditioning is especially important because the cooler temperatures can wreak havoc on our hair. Deep conditioners restore moisture to hair, help maintain elasticity, strengthens hair strands, restores your hairs natural sheen, and helps to prevent and/or reverse damage.
The type of deep conditioner you use on your hair will depend on your hair’s needs. If your hair is fine and limp, you will need a conditioner that adds body to your hair. You should use moisturizing deep conditioners with a lot of oils, on hair that is very dry and needs added moisture. A reconstructor containing protein should be used on hair that is damaged.
Keep in mind that just because a product is expensive does not mean that it will work better. There are a lot of cheaper brands that work just as well (if not better) than the pricier ones. I wrote an article on budget-friendly conditioners for your natural hair here.
In order to reap the maximum benefits of deep conditioning, let the conditioner sit on your hair for about 30 minutes to 1 hour. For added moisturization, add heat to your hair when conditioning. You can place a plastic cap on your hair and sit under a hooded dryer or you can use a thermal conditioning cap. You could also try warming your deep conditioners by placing them in an applicator bottle, immersing the bottle in hot water and allowing the conditioner to warm before applying it to your hair.
Some naturals deep condition their hair twice a week, some once or twice a month. I personally deep condition my hair on a weekly basis. I do this as a preventative measure. If your hair is feeling a bit dry, you may want to try deep conditioning twice a week. If you are just starting out with deep conditioning you may want to do it on a bi-weekly basis. However, you should find a routine that works best for you and your hair.
Beware of over conditioning your hair as well. I know that we tend to think that the longer conditioner sits on our hair the better, but that’s not the case. Over conditioning will cause your hair to become soft and fragile, and more prone to breakage.
Be sure not to neglect your ends. Our ends are the oldest and driest parts of our hair and therefore they need a little extra TLC. When applying conditioner, I have a habit of starting at my roots and working towards the ends of my hair. If you are honest, you are probably guilty of this too. Conditioner should be applied to your ends first and worked upwards towards your roots.
Here are 5 amazing deep conditioners to use on your natural hair.
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