There has been quite a debate on the effectiveness of deep conditioning* for a variety of reasons. Some believe that the penetration that is supposed to happen from leaving conditioner on your hair for hours is quite frankly impossible due to the molecular structures of some of the ingredients in the conditioner.
Others think ‘well my hair grows regardless!’ so why bother with the extra step. If you haven’t made up your mind yet on what side of the fence you fall, my suggestion would be to challenge yourself to see what the hoopla is about. When you have decided to take better care of your hair natural or relaxed you have to have a simple plan that is easy for you to stick to, one of the key ingredients to better hair care is definitely consistency, so we don’t want something that will fail like every New Year’s resolution ever made! (Are people still doing that?).
Here is a simple guide to taking on a deep conditioning* challenge.
1. Pick the right conditioner
Whether you decided to make your own concoction or buy a deep conditioner*, the ingredients should have some form of protein, hydrolyzed protein is ideal, some form of sealant, and something that conditions and adds moisture.
For a home made conditioner you can use: Honey* which is great for moisture, castor oil* or olive oil* which are great for sealing and eggs which are a decent protein, although they are not hydrolysed. For a hydrolysed protein, gelatin is a better option.
For a store bought conditioner one of the first few ingredients should indicate hydrolyzed protein, this important because protein is what your hair is made of. Whether you believe it or not, we are in the business of wreaking havoc on the protein bonds that make up our hair shaft just from pure manipulation. Because we do this often, it is only right that we fix what we have broken. Hydrolyzed proteins do just that, they patch the hair strand from the inside out restoring areas to the hair that we have essentially stripped away using, combs, brushes, color, heat and water!
Examples of hydrolysed proteins that you would find in store bought conditioners include oat protein, silk protein, soy protein, hydrolysed keratin, and wheat protein.
How do you deep condition when you have box braids or weaves?
And what will be the best way to treat your hair when wearing braids or weaves anyway?
Please let me know.
I warm my deep conditioning in the micro wave for about 20 seconds, apply to my hair then apply oil to seal. Put on a plastic cap for anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. Even my crispy ends are soft.
Tsehai Lewis says
Who doesn’t do that?
Cristen Moore says
Did it yesterday
Christina DT Kirtz says
Doing mines today
Angie Jackson says
Use to deep condition every week then wore protective styles for 5 months getting it redone every month & I can surely tell the difference now. I have to start over retraining my hair for moisture so it really does make a difference
Mary Catherine Brewer says
Do it every time I wash, so a few times a week.
Doris Lorraine Woods says
yeah, who? i’ve been deep conditioning my hair for years and now that i wear loc’s; i condition over night as well.
Lynda Brooks says
Just finished prepo, co-wash and deep conditioning. I follow this regime once every week.