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You've heard about deep conditioning. You sometimes do it, but are you deep conditioning your hair the right way? I wasn't until a few months ago.
There were many times that I would go to the salon and the stylist would tell me my relaxed hair felt dry. I couldn't understand why my hair felt dry. I was deep conditioning my relaxed hair so why wasn't it working?
After having this happen a few times I told the stylist I was deep conditioning. So she asked me what conditioner I was using and how I was using it. I then told the stylist the conditioner I was using, how I applied it to my hair, that I'd leave it on for about five minutes and then rinse it out. After hearing this she gasped and said "that's not how you deep condition your hair." The stylist then went on to share with me these four steps for proper deep conditioning.
1. Choose the correct conditioner
- The container should say deep conditioner or hair masque
- It has instructions to leave on for 15 minutes or more, though there may be some exceptions
- The conditioner should address your hair type (e.g. fine, chemically-treated) or hair issue (e.g. high porosity, dry)
- Has ingredients that penetrate the hair versus sitting on the hair
- The deep conditioner I'm currently using is the SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque
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2. Apply each wash
- Deep condition each time you wash your hair or at least weekly
- Section your hair, apply it to the ends first and work your way up each section
- Avoid applying it to the scalp which can cause irritation and it isn't necessary
3. Use heat or steam
- This helps the deep conditioner penetrate the hair shaft better
- After applying the deep conditioner cover your hair with a plastic cap or bag
- Wear a heating cap or sit under a hooded dryer or steamer for at least 20 minutes
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4. Cool and rinse
- Let your hair cool for a few minutes. I like to let my hair cool for at least 10 minutes
- Completely rinse your hair using cool water to seal the cuticles
You're good to go!
What are your steps for deep conditioning your hair?