Deep Conditioning: The Healthy Hair Secret

Deep Conditioning

DIY Insider How To Secrets of Deep Conditioning

The phrase “deep conditioning” sounds mysterious, complicated, and sophisticated. Well, it can be, if you want it to be. But actually, it’s none of those three things. Deep conditioning is not new, it’s not mysterious, it’s actually very simple, and the only thing sophisticated about it is how sophisticated your hair will look when you’re done.

Why do I need to deep condition my hair?

Deep conditioning is critical to hair that is healthy, particularly if your hair characteristics include any of the following:

  • Dry and damaged
  • Bleached
  • Color-treated
  • Permed
  • Chemically relaxed

Deep conditioning will give you luxurious and bouncy hair.

How often do I deep condition?

It depends on the general condition of your hair, your lifestyle, and the opinion of your stylist. Severely damaged hair can benefit from twice-weekly deep conditioning. When the hair begins to recover, most stylists recommend weekly deep conditioning.

Some guidelines:

Natural hair that is not chemically processed or severely damaged:

  • Deep condition biweekly with a moisturizing deep conditioner
  • Use a protein deep conditioner once per month – not usually more.

Hair that is color-treated, porous, weak, or naturally curly:

  • Deep condition weekly with a moisturizing deep conditioner
  • Use a protein deep conditioning biweekly.

Are there hair types that require more frequent deep conditioning?

Naturally curly or porous hair doesn’t usually hold moisture well. If this is your hair, you will need to use more frequent protein deep conditioning products that people with different hair types. The protein reinforces hair structure and makes your hair much more breakage-resistant and stronger.

What is the process of deep conditioning?

There are two types of deep conditioning:

  • Moisturizing deep conditioning
  • Protein-based deep conditioning – also known as reconstructor treatments

Moisturizing deep conditioning is usually done more often than protein reconstructor treatments.

Here is a sample guide to the steps. Your stylist may have different steps.

  • Make sure your hair is freshly washed and clean. This will allow for lifting of the cuticle, allowing for maximum cuticle penetration
  • Apply product and cover your hair with a plastic cap
  • Most deep conditioning treatments require heat to achieve maximum cuticle penetration. Heat is generally kept on the hair for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the severity of your damage
  • Rinse hair in cool water. This will smooth and close the cuticle
  • Proceed with protein deep conditioning if your stylist has recommended it. This can also be mixed with your moisturizing treatment with your stylist’s approval.

What are the different types of deep conditioning products?

Look for products that are creamy and have a thick consistency. If you have fine hair, use a lighter creamy conditioner that has fewer heavy oils. Products can include natural ingredients such as avocado and coconut oils, hydrolyzed proteins, and salon-grade products.

Finally, remember that you’re paying your stylist for her expert opinion. Please don’t put anything on your hair without discussing it with her. No one knows your hair as she does.