Think of deep conditioning like this- when you stop your life to watch Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder and Empire. Yes ladies, it's THAT NECESSARY! Deep conditioning, especially for my natural chicas is essential if you want to have healthy hair. Not only does deep conditioning install moisture, improve elasticity and make your hair manageable for styling, it also provides key vitamins and nutrients to sustain your hair until your next wash day.
For me, I deep condition under my steamer after every wash, which is usually once every 2-3 weeks. The results leave my hair softer with more moisture, and less frizz when my hair is styled versus when I just co wash.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A GOOD DEEP CONDITIONER
Penetration. A good deep conditioner should "go deep" into the hair shaft and stay there.
Emollients and Humectants. Your deep conditioner should contain lubricants that will help coat the hair for added slip and help to seal the cuticle which in turn will help prevent your hair from losing moisture and help alleviate frizz.
Protein. This is the most important ingredient that a deep conditioner should contain because protein is a macro nutrient that your body is made up of and needs multiple times a day. Protein will help your hair grow as well as build, strengthen and repair keratin.
INGREDIENTS THAT "GO DEEP"
Here are some ingredients you should look for in your deep conditioner that will penetrate the hair shaft because of their small molecular weight...
- Hydrolyzed Protein
- Olive Oil (extra virgin)
- Argan Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Castor Oil
INGREDIENTS WITH SEALING PROPERTIES
Here are some emollients and humectants that will stay on top of the hair to seal in moisture because of their high molecular weight...
- Shea Butter
- Vitamin B5 (panthenol)
- Mango Butter
- Fatty alcohols(ex: lauryl, cetyl, stearyl, cetearyl, lanolin, isocetyl and isostearyl act as softeners for your hair)
- Aloe Vera
EugeniaShea.com has an amazing Shea butter that also includes Shea oil, Baobob oil, and Moringa oil that gives your hair a one stop shop to receiving antioxidants, vitamins A,D,E & F as well as essential fatty acids.
TIPS FOR DEEP CONDITIONING
Deep condition after every shampoo day.
Add heat with a steamer or hooded dryer for at least 30 minutes to open your hair shaft to penetrate and increase absorption rate (time depends on hair porosity).
Rinse with cool water to close the cuticle and prep for styling.
How do you deep condition? What are some of your favorite products? Comment below.....