Deep conditioning my hair can sometimes feel like the bane of my existence. Truth is, I hate the process. It takes forever, which lengthens the amount of time I have to dedicate to doing my hair or getting my hair done. It’s an all-around bore.
I don’t like it, but I completely respect the fact that it’s a necessary evil. For any head of hair to be its healthiest, a deep conditioning step of your routine is vital.
There are many myths floating around about what deep conditioners actually do, whether or not they’re necessary and what happens to your hair if you skip the step entirely. Let’s explore some of those myths and figure out what happens if you skip deep conditioning.
What deep conditioners do
First things first. What does deep conditioning* do? The short answer is that it benefits your hair. How, exactly that happens, can be somewhat of a mystery.
If you’re unsure or down right wrong about what you think deep conditioners do, you may be missing out on the real benefits it can provide. And, yes, there are real benefits to deep conditioning* your hair regularly.
Hydrates the follicles
The follicle of your hair is often neglected. Because it sits near the base of the scalp, many times hair products aren’t even applied to the follicle. The follicle can do its intended job with or without deep conditioner* or other products, but tending to this area of your hair is helpful.
Deep conditioners moisturize the follicle. A moisturized environment is best to promote healthy and steady hair growth. When the strands of your hair grow in at their healthiest, the things we do to them once they’re grown out have less of a chance of causing damage to the hair.
Ashley Chatman says
I have to DC every time I wash, about every 7-8 days for about 15 minutes with heat. My fine strands take it personally if I don’t.
Christina J says
Good article! I absolutely love to relax as I deep condition my hair. Kinda like my “me-time.” But yes I believe deep conditioning is very important!