‘Cause I mean, it should be!
I mean, I know you remember that time Oprah was screaming “You get a deep conditioner! You get a deep conditioner! And YOU get a deep conditioner!”
No? Okay, well…
If there is one thing I hope to convince all naturalistas of doing no matter what their hair type or needs might be, it is to DEEP CONDITION! I am a firm believer in the power of deep conditioning and what it can do for our curls, but if you need more convincing, here are some of the ways in which deep conditioning can contribute to healthy hair.
Why is my regular conditioner not good enough?
Because it’s just not!
Well, it’s not that it’s not good enough… How about we just reframe this question.
Think of your rinse-out or daily conditioner as a surface treatment. The ingredients found in daily conditioners are meant to absorb to the surface of the hair and smooth the hair cuticle. Daily conditioners last longer than a leave-in treatment, yet shorter than a deep treatment, making them suitable for daily usage.
Deep conditioners, on the other hand, are highly viscous meaning they are much thicker in consistency. They contain ingredients that go beyond the surface of our strands to penetrate the hair and nourish the gaps within the hair cuticle, creating a more lasting effect than the former.
Both conditioners should have a place in your hair regimen, but they ultimately serve different purposes.
When should I use deep conditioners?
I recommend grabbing that deep conditioner:
- If you use sulfate shampoos
- After clarifying
- If you’re color treated
- After heat styling
- If you have highly porous hair
- When the temps drop
- Basically… All the time!
Alright, so I realize that list was far from exclusive, but that’s because I believe everyone should be pro deep conditioning and here’s why…
Why should I deep condition?
Deep conditioners are not just for repairing already damaged hair. In fact, they are just as equally preventative as they are restorative.
Using them can improve your hair’s elasticity, moisture, color, and overall health because of the emollients and other moisturizing ingredients found inside them.
So whether you’re suffering from damage or your hair is healthy, incorporating deep conditioning into your regimen will help you achieve and maintain both happy and healthy hair.
So now that I have hopefully convinced you…
How often should I deep condition?
Personally, I aim to deep condition about once a week because I have determined that is what works best for my hair and my overall schedule.
Generally, I recommend completing a deep treatment about once every 1-2 weeks to y’know, please the natural hair gods and such.
Usually, you can depend on a deep conditioner to have its own instructions for how long to keep the treatment in, so feel free to refer to that, but I have found that deep conditioning for anywhere between 10-30 minutes is optimal to reap the full benefits of the conditioner.
*Note that if you are using heat, such as a hot towel or hooded dryer, to improve the penetration of your conditioner, you will fall at the lower end of that range.
Well now that you’ve opened a new tab and are clearly searching for deep conditioners to buy on your next trip to the store, you may wondering where to start.
Look out for my next post where I share exactly which deep conditioners hold the key to my heart.
In the meantime, comment below and share some of your favorite deep conditioners for me check out. And if you don’t already deep condition, what are you waiting for!