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So today we are going to talk all about deep conditioning natural hair the right way and how you can benefit from deep conditioning natural hair without breaking the bank!
The Best Deep Conditioning Natural Hair Hacks That Actually Work!
Before we get into the nice stuff its important that you know the basics of deep conditioning natural hair, you ready? let’s get started
Why you should be deep conditioning your natural hair?
Deep conditioning purpose is to condition your hair strands to prevent breakage, repair any damage strand, and to provide great of moisture.
Proper deep conditioning sessions equate to more moisture which will result in healthier looking hair.
Healthy hair is the product of a balance of protein, moisture, and adequate hair habits. Also, health hair looks shinier, more luster, less breakage and split ends, and more elasticity. Because of its properties, deep conditioning is a necessary must for anyone who seeks to reach their healthiest hair possible.
Deep conditioners can be categorized by their most dominant quality. They can provide the most moisture, repair chemical damage, or create better detangling sessions plus a ton of other conditions.
Knowing what your hair needs from a deep conditioner, will be your best determining factor is choosing which product would work best your hair needs.
WHO SHOULD DEEP CONDITION?
HOW TO DEEP CONDITION NATURAL HAIR
To have the most effective deep conditioning session, you want to consider a few things.
- Firstly, you want to choose the best conditioner for your hair need. If you’re experiencing dry hair, you would want to choose a product with extra moisturizing qualities and ingredients.
- If your hair is recovering from chemical and/or heat damage, you’re going to want a product with protein.
- If shedding or curl definition is an issue, a product that’s fit for scalp treatment or an intensive mask that is cleansing conditioner.
- Once you’ve chosen your product, you’ll choose your schedule. A general regimen calls for deep conditioning at least every two weeks. Naturals who deep condition weekly see better results than any plan that requires anything less. Working with your lifestyle is a major factor in picking a deep conditioning schedule, so remain mindful of a realistic compromise.
- How often you will deep condition is one thing and how long your deep conditioning session will last is another. Ideally, most deep conditioner brand owners recommend allowing the product to set in your hair up to 45 minutes.Others have found it beneficial to deep condition overnight as well as multiple hours as they complete other tasks. Both are equally important and will be pertinent to what conditioner you choose as well as the schedule. For example, a busy mom and/or professional may not have much time to dedicate to their hair. Therefore, devoting 30 minutes to shampooing her hair than 45 minutes to deep conditioning is not realistic.
- Finding a cleansing conditioner such a Rhassoul clay or Bentonite clay can be extremely beneficial and turn a 2+ hour wash + condition session into a one hour wash day including styling.
- Next, the application is crucial. Depending on your hair’s length, your application may differ. For longer textures, you would find it more useful and easier to work in 4 different sections. You want to ensure you are applying conditioner from your tips to roots, detangling as your work your way up. This method will make sure that you are preventing mechanical breakage, covering every hair strand with product, and utilizing the product for detangling in the most efficient manner.
- Lastly, you can sabotage your efforts with the way you remove your deep conditioner. A deep conditioner opens the pores of your hair strands and infuses them with necessary nutrients for maximum health.When you rinse your hair, you can possibly rinse out all of the nutrients you work so hard to attain. To avoid such a tragedy, you must refrain from rinsing with hot water. It’s not recommended that you use frigid water, but it’s most effective if you use colder water to rinse out conditioner.
This method will ensure that your hair pores are closed with the new moisture and nutrients you just work so hard to attain.
HOW TO DEEP CONDITION NATURAL HAIR WITH REGULAR CONDITIONER
If you don’t happen to have any deep conditioner on hand, knowing how to deep condition natural hair with regular conditioner can be a lifesaver. It’s a great way to add nutrients, protein and moisture to your hair. It also saves money using products you may already have around.
To deep condition natural hair with regular conditioner, take a small amount of your conditioner and put it into a small bowl. Add a tiny amount of your favorite oil or some melted Shea butter to the conditioner and mix. Add the mixture to your clean and damp hair, making sure every strand is covered. This is also a good time to massage your scalp with the mixture for a few minutes. Cover with a shower cap and sit under a dryer if you have one.
It’s also possible to put a heating pad on a low setting on top of the shower cap. If you don’t have a heating pad, a hand-held hair dryer on medium heat can also be used. Be sure to direct the dryer to different spots as soon as the shower cap becomes warm. Do not leave the dryer in one spot for too long to avoid melting the shower cap. Continue adding heat for 20 to 30 minutes. If applying heat is not an option, simply leave the mixture on for an hour to ensure it penetrates the hair shaft thoroughly.
After the recommended time has passed, remove the shower cap and rinse with cool water to close the hair cuticle. Seal in the moisture with your favorite oil and allow your hair to air dry. Style as you normally do.
DIY DEEP CONDITIONERS
DIY Deep conditioners are a perfect option for the conscious ingredient naturalista. Also, it’s a great alternative for someone who is looking for an affordable method to get the moisture, repair, and damage prevention deep conditioners provide straight from natural ingredients.
Because of its popularity, a lot of hair products have turned to using more organic and natural ingredients. Creating your own DIY deep conditioner is super easy, and only requires a few inexpensive items from your local grocery store.
Reaching healthy hair is super easy! It’s all about mastering effective practices, such as deep conditioning. As you can see, deep conditioning natural hair is super essential on a deeper level than we ever could of imagine.
HOW TO DEEP CONDITION NATURAL HAIR WITH COCONUT OIL
Learning how to deep condition natural hair with coconut oil is a very simple and effective way to add moisture, softness and shine to your hair. It is a popular method that many people swear by. To use this method, it’s important to use extra virgin, organic coconut oil as it penetrates the hair more easily. Simply add a small amount to a bowl and place into a larger bowl of warm water. Coconut oil melts very easily.
It is not recommended to microwave or heat on a stove as the oil can become too hot. Apply the coconut oil to damp hair, massaging the oil into the scalp. If your scalp tend to be oily, do not add the oil to the scalp and apply only to the hair about one inch from the scalp. Cover with a shower cap and leave on for 30 minutes or longer. It can also be left on overnight. It is not necessary to apply heat when deep conditioning with coconut oil. Rinse with warm water then allow your hair to air dry.
Remember that with coconut oil, a little goes a long way.
DEEP CONDITIONING NATURAL HAIR OVERNIGHT
Deep conditioning natural hair overnight is another way to add vital nutrients and moisture to the hair. It can make the hair super soft and easy to detangle. However, depending on the person, it’s possible to add too much moisture. This is especially true if a deep conditioner is used. Deep conditioners when used overnight could cause an imbalance between the protein and moisture in the hair which weakens the hair. This makes the hair susceptible to breakage and shedding.
If you would like to deep condition your hair overnight, it’s best to use a lightweight oil. First, thoroughly apply the oil to clean, detangled, and dry hair. Pay special attention to the ends. Cover the hair with a shower cap and leave it on overnight. In the morning, shampoo with a gentle shampoo and follow with your favorite conditioner. Allow your hair to naturally dry then style as you normally do.
HOW TO DEEP CONDITION NATURAL HAIR WITHOUT HEAT
There may be some who are wondering how to deep condition natural hair without heat. While most deep conditioning treatments require heat of some kind, direct heat with dryers isn’t necessary. Many times, wearing a shower cap alone will work. This is because the head generates enough heat to activate the conditioner, enabling it to soak into the hair shaft. Of course, it will take a bit longer for the deep conditioner to work. Usually about an hour.
If you don’t want to sit around for an hour, there are people who exercise or do housework while their hair is being deep conditioned. This is a clever way of keeping track of the time and multitasking at the same time. When time is up, simply rinse and condition your hair with a washout conditioner. As always, allow your hair to air dry then style your hair.
DO YOU USE CONDITIONER AFTER DEEP CONDITIONING?
A common question many people have asked is, “Do you use conditioner after deep conditioning?” The answer is absolute yes. It isn’t a good idea to shampoo after deep conditioning because it would be counterproductive to the deep conditioning. However, it really is best to condition your hair with a water based conditioner that rinses out. This adds a little more moisture to the hair and helps your hair retain the nutrients you just worked so hard to put in.
Some people have been known to use leave-in conditioners but it really isn’t necessary. In some cases it can over condition the hair. Instead, follow up with a touch of your favorite oil to seal in all the moisture you’ve just added. Allow your hair to dry naturally. Once your hair is dry, style it like you usually do.
THERMAL DEEP CONDITIONING CAPS
A thermal deep conditioning cap is a cap that has been designed to help heat the hair while deep conditioning. One kind of thermal cap has flax seeds or similar filling. The cap is put into a microwave for a couple of minutes which heats up the seeds. The thermal cap is then put on over a shower cap and the heated seeds send heat to the hair, activating the deep conditioner. It’s a convenient way to add heat to the hair and have mobility.
There aren’t any plugs or cords and come in a variety of colors. The other kind of thermal deep conditioning cap is made of metallic finished plastic that uses your body heat to reflect back onto your hair. While they don’t last as long as the seed-filled cap, they are also very effective in adding that needed heat and very inexpensive.
5 BENEFITS OF DEEP CONDITIONING NATURAL HAIR
HOW TO DEEP CONDITION
HELPS PROMOTE ELASTICITY
RESTORES NATURAL SHINE
HELPS WITH COLOR TREATED HAIR
DEEP CONDITIONING KEEPS YOUR HAIR MOISTURIZED
DEEP CONDITIONING TIPS
- Deep Condition on a regular basis but not too regular.
- You want to make sure that you are not over conditioning your hair.
- Use heat when deep conditioning. Using heat will help you penetrate your hair shaft.
- When you apply your conditioner make sure that you blot off the excess water in your hair if your hair is too wet, the conditioner will slide off, and it won’t penetrate well.
- When rinsing your hair, use cool water. Using cool water helps to close the hair cuticle and keep the moisture in your hair.
Deep conditioners (we sometimes call them “hair masks”) are an essential part of a healthy hair regimen- whether you’re natural or not, and no matter your curl type. And yet, so many people don’t know how to properly deep condition their hair, or neglect the practice altogether! Here are five simple tips to a deep conditioning routine.
1. READ THE LABEL and don’t be fooled by words like “all-natural” or “moisturizing” or “rapid repair.” Check the ingredients, and only use a deep conditioner with coconut oil, olive oil, or avocado: these are the only ingredients that can truly penetrate the hair shaft. (NaturAll Club’s conditioners use all three!) Other conditioners will just coat and sit on your hair.
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2. Focus on your ends. They are usually the most dry, since natural oils take a while to work down the length of your hair strands. Applying a deep conditioner to your ends will restore oils, preventing breakage and split ends.
3. After applying a deep conditioner, cover your hair with a shower cap or plastic bag and add low heat (wrap a warm, damp towel around your head.) This opens up the cuticle and allows the deep conditioner to penetrate your hair. Leave in the DC for at least 20 minutes (we recommend 20-40.)
4. Rinse out deep conditioner with cold water, which closes the hair’s cuticle and helps the strands retain moisture. You can rinse with your normal shampoo and conditioning products!
5. And most importantly: Do it REGULARLY. Hair masks and deep conditioners aren’t a magic solution to hair problems, and results will come slowly. Just like getting in shape after a long period of inactivity, hair growth and repair takes TIME and CONSISTENCY. This is why NaturAll Club offers subscription boxes of our Deep Conditioner Solution Box: every month, you’ll get everything you need to treat your hair with an all-natural, fresh, nutrient-rich solution. Browse our products and subscriptions here.
DO KEEP IT REGULAR
Hair that is deep conditioned regularly is more manageable, softer, less prone to breakage and frizz, and is able to retain length.
Remember that whatever “regularly” means is determined by you. Some naturals and transitioners deep condition their hair every 3-4 days. Some, every 2 weeks. I personally aim for once a week, twice a week if I’m lucky. My recommendation is to start out weekly – if your hair begins feeling weak and limp, lessen to every two or three weeks. If it still feels dry, pump it up to twice a week.
DO HEAT IT UP
If you want your deep conditioner to work double duty and make your hair feel super soft and smooth (or super strong if it is protein based), heat it up. According to this article by JC of The Natural Haven, heating your deep conditioner up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) increases the amount and effectiveness of adsorption (the good stuff that sticks to the hair) of said conditioner. Long story short, warm conditioner works better.
Try heating your deep conditioner in a hot water bath instead of the microwave for best results.
One of the keys to healthier hair is a proper protein to moisture balance. Alternating your deep conditioning sessions between moisture and protein will help keep your hair soft, strong, nourished, and minimize breakage, aiding in growth and length retention. For moisture and softness, stick to conditioners that have fatty alcohols like cetyl, stearyl, and cetearyl, plus emollient butters and oils, humectants like glycerin and aloe vera, and ceramides. For strengthening treatments, look for ingredients like hydrolyzed proteins, amino acids, keratin, and henna.
DO GET STEAMY
My pre-poo, detangling, and deep conditioning life forever changed when I got my hands on the Q-Redew. Steam is one of the major ways I keep my hair hydrated and give myself a moisture boost during deep conditioning sessions, and for mid-week refreshing. Steam not only heats up conditioner (bounce back to #2), but it also lifts the cuticle gently to allow for better penetration of conditioning ingredients. Steaming hair while covered in deep conditioner also helps improve elasticity, and moisture retention. Even if you don’t have a steamer, you can DIY your own at-home steam treatment when you follow this tutorial.
DO FOCUS ON YOUR ENDS
Have you ever actually read the directions on the back of your jar of deep conditioner? Most of them say to start and concentrate on the ends of your hair first. I know personally, I’m guilty of the exact opposite. However, starting with the ends of your hair is the most beneficial, because your ends are the oldest, driest, and most prone to breakage and splitting. By starting with your ends, you allow them a little more time to soak up and adsorb all of the deep conditioning goodness your product has to offer.
And now, for the don’ts…
DON’T OVERDO IT
Don’t deep condition overnight or for hours on end. The obvious exception to this rule is treatments like henna, that require hours to take to the hair.
But for your everyday run-of-the-mill deep conditioner, it should begin to work instantly, and reach maximum capacity at around the 20 or 30 minute mark. If your deep conditioner doesn’t work after 30 minutes, it’s time to ditch it for one that’s more effective. Also, there is a such thing as over-conditioning the hair that can result in mushy, weak hair that has a more fragile keratin coiling. This is called hygral fatigue.
Don’t use your DC to co-wash or as a leave-in conditioner. Deep conditioners are specially formulated to be especially adept at what they do – providing intense conditioning to the hair. And while they may feel nice in the hair, and can in some cases make pretty sweet curl definers, using them to cowash or as leave-ins is generally a no-no. Deep conditioners tend to contain higher concentrations of cationic surfactants (their primary function is to stick to the hair), and will likely lead to even more buildup if used as a cowash or leave-in.
DON’T BLOW YOUR BUDGET
For the most part, deep conditioner base recipes tend to be the same:
- fatty alcohol (ceteryl, stearyl, cetearyl)
- gentle surfactant (behentrimonium chloride, methosulfate, etc.)
- humectant (glycerin, propylene glycol, honey, sugar, aloe vera, etc.)
- emollients (oils, butters)
- hydrolyzed protein (optional)
The order in which these ingredients appear may differ, as will the concentration and types of ingredients. This does not mean all deep conditioners are the same – these variations in formulation can mean the difference between a holy grail product and a horror. What this does mean, is to be price savvy. Take some time and compare the ingredient lists from your favorite expensive deep conditioners with a few drugstore brands. Often times, you’ll discover the cheaper brand will be just as good, if not better.
DON’T INVITE BACTERIA
Don’t let your DCs sit in storage long-term. Whether it’s a DIY mix of avocados, greek yogurt, and Hello Hydration, or you stir your two favorite conditioners together, it is never a good idea to keep mixes for longer than a few days.
Refrigeration may buy you a week but no longer — unless it is a henna mix that you can freeze for months. The general idea here is that all store-bought conditioners are formulated with a certain concentration of antimicrobials and preservatives that keep them from molding on the shelves. Home DIY mixes have no preservatives, unless you just happen to keep food grade preservatives on hand (essential oils only last so long). To keep the mold away from your mane, only mix enough deep conditioner for a single use every time, and use clean kitchen utensils to mix and stir.
DON’T BE FOOLED
Don’t be fooled by marketing gimmicks and pixie dust. As you may know, only the first 5 ingredients after water (with a few exceptions) have the most impact on your hair.
Given point #3 about most deep conditioner bases being similar, spending tons of cash may not be the wisest thing. Add to that, not falling for marketing gimmicks and pixie dust. There are tons of products that will showcase exotic ingredients and extracts emblazoned across the label, but when you turn that label over, said ingredient is 32nd on the list right before the preservatives. Unless the miracle ingredient you’re looking for is in the top 6 (top 10 to stretch) ingredients, you’re setting yourself up to become a victim of a marketing ploy. If it is an oil or butter you’re after (like coconut, jojoba, olive, macadamia, or sweet almond), you might be better off buying a cheapie conditioner and adding said oil in pure form yourself.
1. Do Make Your Own DIY Deep Conditioner
Personally, I haven’t had much luck with OTC deep conditioners. Using a DIY deep conditioner is the best and cheapest way to give your hair important nutrients based on your own hair needs. Of course, that does involve a level of understanding your hair needs and being familiar with your ingredients. My latest deep conditioner contains black castor oil, avocado, rosemary essential oil, clove essential oil, and coconut oil.
2. Don’t Keep Purchasing A Deep Conditioner That Isn’t Giving You Results
For whatever reason, our hair gets used to a deep conditioner and then we find ourselves needing to go on a quest to replace what we thought was the best deep conditioner for natural hair. For me, it took several months for me to admit that my beloved Jane Carter Solution Deep Conditioner was just not doing it for my ‘fro anymore. Typically, this isn’t a result of your hair changing, it’s a result of your hair needing a new emollient.
3. Do Start from the Bottom for True Hair Success
If my ends could walk, they would go directly to the police precinct and accuse me of attempted murder. The truth is, like many of us, I don’t hate my ends at all, I just completely forget about them all the time. That, of course, is why they split, get tangled, and break off. Condition the ends of your hair first, working your way up to the root. This gives your ends extra time with the conditioner.
4. Don’t Follow Someone Else’s Hair Regimen
Listen to your hair, y’all. I have a pal whose hair could not be more coarse and eventually her lack of deep conditioning (and detangling) had her cutting off her ‘fro and now rockin’ quite an adorable short haircut. The thing is, it was never the length that was the problem: It was the fact that she only deep conditioned once a month because one of her hair crushes did that. Her hair crush had a completely different hair texture and curl pattern than hers, so the routine worked for her — but not my friend.
5. Do Listen to Your Hair’s Cries For Help
Personally, my hair speaks to me in my dreams: “You’ve moved off your satin pillow and now you are on straight up cotton” or “I’d like to be in a hat tomorrow; it feels windy” or “Wake up, I’m dry.” If my hair is dry then I either need to deep condition MORE often than once a week or that means I need to switch up my deep conditioning recipes.
6. Don’t Be Scared of the Heat
Not all of us have the luxury of owning a snazzy hair dryer, but you can achieve similar results by using a heating cap while you deep condition and using a moderate heat setting on your blow dryer. Another trick to utilizing heat while you deep condition is to warm up your bottle in a hot water bath. Resist the urge to nuke your mixture — you want to keep all those nutrients for your hair, not zap them away.
What do the ingredients say?
The best ingredients for deep conditioners are cationic surfactants, cationic polymers, emollients, oils, and silicones.
If you check many essential oils and products in your kitchen have all the things we need to make an awesome deep conditioner.
You can special attention to ingredients on the back of your deep conditioner.
Don’t Leave Your Deep Conditioner In Too Long!
Since most conditioners are heavier, you shouldn’t leave them in for hours or overnight. I think the maximum time is about 30 minutes with the minimum being 20 minutes.
There you have it, The Best Deep Conditioning Natural Hair Hacks That Actually Work!
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