WHAT IS DEEP CONDITIONING?
Deep conditioning is the process of providing your hair with additional moisture, nutrients and restoring essential oils that are lost when shampooing via a deep conditioner which cannot be obtained from using a regular conditioner. A deep conditioner is a more intensive version of a conditioner.
WHY DEEP CONDITION?
Natural hair generally loses moisture over time due to exposure to weather conditions, excessive heat from heat styling tools, cleansing hair via shampoos etc… Deep conditioning your hair on a regular basis for example once or twice per week, is very beneficial to your hair as it restores moisture that was lost due to the above mentioned factors which help promote healthier hair.
TYPES OF DEEP CONDITIONERS
There are many different types of deep conditioners which provide different benefits to your hair such as:
- Moisturizing Deep Conditioners – Provides additional moisture and restores moisture to dry thirsty hair strands. (can be used once or twice per week)
- Reconstructing Deep Conditioners – Helps heal damaged hair. (can be used weekly)
- Protein Deep Conditioners – Provides protein and essential nutrients to help build stronger and healthier hair strands. If your hair is protein sensitive, i would recommend that you use this conditioner at least once a month. Protein Deep Conditioners tend to be a bit drying, so you must follow up with a good moisturizer.
- DIY Deep Conditioners – Many naturals prefer to create their own deep conditioners using various items in their household which works just as well as store bought deep conditioners or even better, based on their hair needs for moisture, protein, damage etc…
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN HAIR MASKS, HAIR TREATMENTS AND DEEP CONDITIONERS
I have been using hair masks, treatments and deep conditioners over the past and in my opinion, there is not really a difference. All three products basically perform the same function, the only difference is that they may vary in texture and ingredients.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DON’T DEEP CONDITION?
We all know that on our hair’s wash day routine, it is quite time consuming for some more than others. Many naturals may not have the time due to their busy schedules to deep condition on a regular basis that is once or twice per week, but may deep condition every two weeks or a month due to time constraint.
Not deep conditioning your hair on a regular basis especially for those who have dry, damaged or dyed hair can actually aid in deteriorating your hair’s health even further and it is not advisable. There are many deep conditioners available now that get the job done in 3, 5, 10 or 15 minutes.
For those of us who’s hair is already in a healthy state, you can get away with deep conditioning maybe every two weeks but I personally cannot and would not deep condition once per month due to my hair needs and because of the climate conditions which i live in. I normally prefer to deep condition once or when i have the time twice per week. In the week when I’m pressed for time I would deep condition for at least 5 minutes and on my weekend hair’s wash day, I would deep condition for 30 minutes to an hour in order to maintain the overall health of my hair. This is what works for me and as always you would need to experiment with different deep conditioning procedures, to find the best one that works for you.
As always happy, healthy hair journey!