What is Deep Conditioning For Your Hair?
Everybody loves healthy clean and manageable hair. However, hair driers, curling irons, and various hair products including shampoos and styling gels can build up on the hair, dry out both the hair and scalp, and result in severe damage to your hair.
Haircare product companies have been manufacturing deep conditioners in order to help people keep their hair healthier and stronger.
But what exactly is deep conditioning and does it really help to make your hair healthier?
What is Deep Conditioner?
A deep conditioner is a hair conditioner that is designed to be absorbed by your hair strands and follicles into your scalp to add moisture, repair split ends, reduce tangling, and strengthen the hair strands.
Unlike common conditioners, deep conditioners are left in your hair for several minutes to ½ hour and you can normally use an application of heat to help it absorb the product better.
Most of these products contain moisturizing oils or hair butter or both which contain proteins in order to help restore your hair’s health. Some types of oils you may find include sweet almond oil, argan oil, coconut oil, or olive oil.
Some people may think that they can deep condition their hair by using a regular conditioner and simply leaving it on longer but that is not true since you need a special product made for deep conditioning. All you have to do is look for the phrase “deep conditioning” on the jar or bottle prior to purchasing a deep conditioning hair product.
Do keep in mind that these products are not the same as hot oil treatment which is normally applied and then your hair is washed after the treatment is completed. Deep conditioners are applied to clean hair and once the treatment is complete, the hair should be rinsed and not washed out.
Why Should You Deep Condition Your Hair?
While deep conditioning treatment for damaged hair can help to strengthen and moisturize your hair, you don’t have to wait until your hair actually shows damage.
Deep conditioning for healthy hair keeps it from tangling, makes it softer, and adds more shine to it. It is suggested that you deep condition your hair on a regular basis, once a week or once every two weeks.
How to Deep Condition Your Hair
The procedure is simple, but it does take a bit of time. So, here is what you should do:
# Step 1: Choose a deep conditioner with hair healthy ingredients.
# Step 2: Wash your hair and towel dry it, leaving it slightly damp.
# Step 3: Divide your hair into sections.
# Step 4: Take one section at a time and apply the conditioner evenly (you may want to apply more at the tips of your hair.)
# Step 5: Once all of your hair is conditioned, cover it with a plastic cap (a shower cap will work.)
# Step 6: Apply heat. A towel heated in the dryer or in the microwave and wrapped around the plastic cap works extremely well.
# Step 7: Leave the conditioner on for a set amount of time (15 to 30 minutes.)
# Step 8: When the time is up, thoroughly rinse the conditioner out of the hair. This may take a considerable amount of time.
# Step 9: Towel dry and then style as you normally would.
Keep in mind, that even deep conditioning may only temporarily make your hair look healthy. The only way to permanently have healthy hair is to cut off the damaged hair and let new healthy hair growth.
This may take a period of time depending on how damaged your hair may be. In the meantime, using a deep conditioner can help your hair and scalp look and feel better.