What’s the cure to dry hair? Deep conditioning! Well, that always been the answer whenever my hair is dry or feels brittle. I hardly EVER miss this step during wash days. Whether I plan on rocking a protective style, twists outs or braid outs, this is MY foundation. Without deep conditioning, my hair is unruly, dry and the styles just don’t look as shiny or as healthy. This is how I deep condition natural hair…
Tip #1: Take Your Time
I’m the person who tends to “miss a spot” when applying product. To ensure I don’t do this, after shampooing, I’ll sit down at my vanity, part my hair into small sections (about 6-8) and then I’ll apply the product to each individual section. Just remember to spritz your hair with warm water if it starts to get dry.
Tip #2: Use a Quality Deep Conditioner
This should be a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how many women (and men) use the wrong type of deep conditioner. The thicker hair, the thicker the product should be! Thick, coarse hair (like mine) requires heavier ingredients like castor oil and shea butter. But someone with fine hair can opt for products containing coconut oil or mango butter. All ingredients are great, just depends on the hair texture and moisture need. But remember, choose deep conditioners that are slippery. That REALLY helps with detangling!
Tip #3: Use a Wide Tooth comb
Nothing saddens me more than watching someone detangle their hair with a fine tooth comb. Unless you have fine hair, your shouldn’t be using it! Even then, a wide tooth comb will still make the detangling process easier. Just apply an appropriate amount and it the tangles should begin to melt away. The comb just puts a little more “umph” into to it. Finger detangling is great too. Less breakage, guaranteed!
Tip #4: Use Heat
Have you ever deep conditioned, but your hair wasn’t soft afterwards? Did you use heat? Adding heat will allow the product to penetrate the hair, making it easier to absorb. Be sure to wear a plastic cap, sit under a dryer or you can use a handheld blow dryer. I recently started using the Q-Redew handheld steamer and it is amazing! I steam my hair with the product on it it and let it sit for about 30-45 min. If I want intense moisture, I let it “marinate” overnight. It’s YOUR choice!
There you have it. Pretty simple right? You can always add in oils like Coconut or Jamaican Black Castor for an extra boost of hydration! My favorite deep conditioners are Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque and Shea Moisture’s Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Masque .
How do you deep condition? Share your tips with me below. I’d love to hear em!