Natural hair always includes regular deep conditioning sessions. Why? Because natural hair deep conditioning is the best way to manage your curls and promote hair health and growth.
What does natural hair deep conditioning do?
Natural hair is gorgeous but it can also be dry and prone to damage and breakage. Sebum (the hair’s natural oil), which is formed in the roots of our hair, doesn’t easily travel down to the ends of natural hair due to its curly texture. An effective deep conditioning routine can solve this problem. How? Deep conditioning makes the hair shaft smoother and this in turns makes it easier for the hair’s natural oils to travel the length of the strands.
Why you should develop a natural hair deep conditioning routine?
Every woman (or man) with curly hair should make deep conditioning a priority because let’s face it, everyone wants healthy hair. Deep conditioning also has some additional benefits that are often overlooked.
- Natural hair deep conditioning can reduce and even prevent the damage caused by washing, styling, and combing kinky and curly hair.
- It also makes hair more elastic. More elasticity means less breakage.
- Deep conditioning can also help moisture penetrate the shaft of low porosity hair much more than regular conditioning.
Two best natural hair deep conditioning techniques
Contrary to popular belief, deep conditioning is much more than slathering your hair with a conditioner and rinsing it off after a period of time. There are many tips and methods that can be followed to ensure an effective and successful deep condition. Use the tips below to upgrade your method and achieve the best results.
- Boost moisture
- Try a moisture-rich deep conditioner.
- Wash and dampen your hair, apply the deep conditioner while focusing on the ends.
- Try a steam treatment to improve penetration. Steam helps to open the cuticles and increases This can be done by wrapping your hair in a hot wet towel and covering it with a shower cap for 15- 20 minutes.
- To seal the cuticle layer and retain the most moisture, rinse your hair with cold water.
- Apply a finishing touch of a moisturizing leave-in conditioner.
- Boost protein
- If your hair is colored or you use heat frequently, protein may be a welcomed addition to your hair care routine. Look for ingredients such as keratin, collagen or amino acid while purchasing a deep conditioner.
- Wash your hair and apply the protein-rich conditioner from the roots, focusing on the ends and avoiding the scalp.
- The heat treatment for protein deep conditioner requires covering your hair with a thermal cap. If you don’t have one, you can wear a plastic cap covered with a bandana or towel.
- If you are deep conditioning your natural hair with a protein conditioner, you should follow the instructions provided on the bottle. Leaving protein conditioners on your hair for longer than suggested by the manufacturer can cause dry and brittle hair.
- Rinse your hair with cold water and apply a leave-in conditioner that has no protein. Style as usual.
Natural hair deep conditioning is a must and it has benefits that are undeniable. Include deep conditioning in your healthy hair routine and watch your hair flourish.
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