Hair Talk: How Often Should You Deep Condition?

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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"

SOME OF MY FAV DEEP CONDITIONERS

SOME OF MY FAV DEEP CONDITIONERS

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

Hydrated Curls after deep conditioning under the steamer

Hydrated Curls after deep conditioning under the steamer

  1. Deep condition after every shampoo day.

  2. 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).

  3. 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.....

Bantu Knot Out on Transitioning Hair feat. CURLS whipped cream

bantu knot out

Happy Wednesday Loves!

In this tutorial, I'm going to show you how I achieved a fierce bantu knot out on my friend Tiana's transitioning 4B hair with the CURLS whipped styling cream. 

PRODUCTS USED

  • Herbalife Strengthening Shampoo. Repairs damage by leaving the hair 10x stronger and reduces breakage by 90% in the 1st use! It contains plant-derived micro-proteins (which strengthen hair) and coconut-derived cleansers that create a reach lather. A plus (my naturalistas) is that this shampoo is color-preserving, sulfate AND paraben free!
  • Herbalife Strengthening Conditioner. This microprotein infused conditioner strengthens hair strands for a softer and silkier feel after one use. Just like the shampoo, it contains hydrolyzed wheat protein (helps to strengthen and aids in repairing the hair), jojoba seed extract (known to be chemically similar to the oils in human skin, it helps improve elasticity and moisturizes) and yucca extract (thickens hair while adding volume).
  • JessiCurl Deep Conditioning Treatment. This thick deep conditioner contains ingredients like moisturizing coca and shea butters deliver intense moisture for your hair especially when used with heat.
  • CURLS Cashmere Curl Leave in Conditioner. This leave in is formulated with cashmere extract (derived from proteins found in goat hair that condition and soften the hair), certified organic aloe leaf (plant derived and contains about 75 nutrients known to promote hair growth, soothes scalp and adds strength to name a few) and coconut milk (extracted from coconuts- it nourishes, de-tangles and conditions the hair) to strengthen, repair and moisturize hair. It also bonds to the hair shaft to strengthen 3 layers of the hair to enhance your curl pattern.

 

  • CURLS Whipped Cream. A thick rich cream that contains ingredients like sunflower oil (light oil high in vitamins A, B, D and E), shea butter, aloe leaf juice and Tahitian coconut oil & gardenia essential oil (re-hydrates, restores shine and bounce) to provide curl definition, frizz protection, moisture and sheen.
  • Pantene Pro-V Truly Natural Shine Serum + Argan Oil. The key ingredient in this product- argan oil, extracted from the Moroccan Argan tree, this oil is rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E to provide intense moisture and long lasting shine.

 

 

Are you currently transitioning from straight to curly? What are your go to styles? Comment below...