Deep Conditioning Secrets- Getting the Most Out of Your Wash Day

There's nothing better for my curls than a good deep conditioning. I love how rich and creamy deep conditioners are, and how my hair soaks up all of its goodness as it marinates under my hooded dryer or Hot Heat Thermal Deep Conditioning Cap. Every time I deep condition with one of my favorites, my curls are shiny, soft, de-frizzed, silky, and smooth. That's because like I always say, deep conditioners can cover a multitude of hair sins. They are most widely used to restore internal hydration to the hair and provide intense moisture. They can also balance the pH of the hair, closing the cuticles which enhances shine, smooths the hair, cuts down on frizz, and helps maintain the internal moisture balance of the hair. Deep conditioners can also restore elasticity to the hair, strengthening it and preventing breakage by temporarily patching up areas of damage with proteins, amino acids, and ceramide-rich oils.

Although deep conditioning is an intense treat for your hair, it doesn't have to be an intense process at all. There's an over-abundance of information online that makes deep conditioning seem like rocket science, but it is really simple. Actually, getting the most out of your deep conditioner is really simple.

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Deep Conditioning Tips for Long Natural Hair- Cool and Seal!

by Shelli of Hairscapades

Several years ago, my youngest sister gave me a couple little deep conditioning tips. You see, I had been ogling the Ouidad Deep Treatment, because I had been reading so many rave reviews about it. However, the joker was $50 for 8 ounces (8.5 now)!  I just couldn’t see myself spending that much for a conditioner. $18 for 8 ounces of Carol’s Daughter Tui Hair Smoothie was already hurting my wallet!
So, my sister says to me one day, “I don’t think it’s the conditioner per se, I think it might be the technique.” She tells me to allow my DC to cool for 15 minutes after I remove the heat source and then, put my regular daily conditioner over the DC before rinsing them both. Well, I tried this shortly thereafter and it really seemed to make a difference in how my hair felt after rinsing the DC!

Protein Treatments for Natural Hair Health

What are proteins?
Medical News Today defines proteins as large molecules consisting of amino acids that our bodies and the cells within them need to function properly. They are important to our existence that our body structures, functions, and regulation of the body’s cells, tissues, and organs could not exist without them! Proteins are made up of amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. Amino acids are necessary in the body’s processes for healthy skin and hair, as they simply encourage the growth of stronger hair when in conjunction with a healthy diet.

How do you get proteins into your hair?
The best way is through a proper diet but you can supplement through hair products, especially if your diet is not up to snuff. Like I mentioned above, one cannot just slather some proteins onto your hair and expect absorption. Yolanda Anderson, M.Ed. (Chemistry) explains that proteins like keratin and collagen are extremely large and need to be broken down so they can be absorbed or rather stick to the hair. That process is called hydrolysis and cannot be done by you or me but in a lab.

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Deep Conditioning Natural Hair- Dry or Wet?

Is the notion that hair absorbs ingredients better when it is dry, true? This notion has puzzled us for so long. So, what do we do when we are not sure about something? We try it out to see if we feel a difference. Well, you know how this ends. We tried it, and if you are like me then you tried it once and ended up with no real tangible data to support a yes or a no? So, let’s take a look to see where the truth lies.
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The Benefits of Steaming Natural Hair

Natural hair vlogger, Kelsey Janae, explains how regularly utilizing a steamer has improved the health of her curls!

Dry Natural Hair and How to Fix It!

At some point in our natural hair journey, we've all been there. Or maybe you're there now, and that's why you're reading this. Whatever the case may be, nobody likes the feeling of dry, crispy, overworked hair that breaks off into thin wisps at the slightest touch.

But before we get in to a product frenzy, let's get a few things out of the way. First, a regimen check. If you're experiencing chronic dryness, ask yourself the following:

When was the last time you clarified your hair?

How often are you deep conditioning?

How are you layering your products after styling?

How often are you using heat?

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Hot Head Deep Conditioning Heat Cap for Natural Hair

by Shelli of Hairscapades 

As some of you know, I have been using a Hair Therapy Thermal Turban Heat Wrap for several years now with great success. However, a few months ago I saw posts from my curlfriends and fellow bloggers, RadiantBrownBeauty andAHairStory, about the Hot Head Deep Conditioning Heat Cap. I loved the look of the cap and both Michelle and Rece had positive reviews. So, needless to say, I was intrigued.

Therefore, a couple of weeks ago, I reached out to the creator of Hot Heads and Etsy shop owner, Sandra, to see if she would send me a cap to review. She graciously obliged and I got a chance to try out my new cap this past weekend.

But first, the deets.

via Hot Head:
The Hot Head heat cap is filled with renewable flax seed which will generate heat when warmed in the microwave. It’s reusable and is the most environmentally friendly way to deep condition your hair with heat at home. There is no need to plug it into an outlet or use batteries to power the heat. With a few minutes in the microwave, Hot Head will produce up to 30-45 minutes of gentle moist heat. The fact that there are no cords and no plugs means that you are free to move about while deep conditioning your hair. 
Hot Head is available in multiple styles and is also reversible so that your look can fit your mood. When using Hot Head you can feel good about the way you look while conditioning your hair, and dramatically improve the results of your hair treatment.

The MOST Important Step in Your Hair Care Regimen

by Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness

Now this is just me; but in my opinion nothing is as important as a step in hair care regimens that many naturals rush through. No, it’s not detangling (although that is uber important) and it’s not necessarily moisturizing the hair (also important). It’s the step that makes a lot of those other aspects of your regimen a lot easier.

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Deep Conditioning Your Natural Hair TWA

Watch as Shekia Renea teaches you how to hydrate your situation using a thermal heat cap:

Daily Conditioner vs. Deep Conditioners and Natural Hair Care

Conditioners have always been a hot topic of discussion in the curly hair realm. Are we using the right products for adequate conditioning? What is the best way to condition? Once the hair has grown from the hair follicle, it must be conditioned for the best preservation. We can find this external nourishment via hair product ingredients found in our daily conditioners and deep conditioners.

What’s in a daily conditioner?
A daily conditioner is also known as a surface conditioner, cream rinse, or finishing rinse. These are usually formulated to be used in conjunction with a shampoo. They are designed for daily maintenance and manageability for your hair by conditioning the cuticle, making it lie smooth, enhancing shine, and reducing frizz. Manufacturers usually recommend leaving a daily conditioner on the hair for 1-5 minutes before rinsing. The purpose of a daily conditioning rinse is to moderately adsorb ingredients onto the surface of your hair. According to our Curl Chemist Tonya McKay, "adsorption describes the process when atoms or molecules are attracted to the surface of a material (hair)."

Yogurt Hair Mask Benefits- DIY

If you are looking for an effective and inexpensive deep conditioner for your hair, head on over to your local supermarket and pick up a container of Yogurt! You want to get yogurt that is plain, non-flavored and with no added fruit.

Check out the benefits of what deep conditioning with yogurt can do:
  • Leaves hair feeling soft
  • Adds extra shine
  • Provides extra moisture/replaces moisture in moisture lost hair
  • Makes hair easier to detangle
  • Helps fight frizz in warm, humid months
  • Can promote hair growth due to the zinc and lactic acid when massaged into scalp
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Coconut Nectar Deep Conditioner for Softer Natural Hair

Ever heard of Coconut Nectar? Yea, me neither lol, until I received a newsletter from Hairfinity (see below).  By quitting time that same day I’d already planned my route to beat traffic to get to Whole PayCheck Foods. I figured, I love deep conditioning with coconut oil and cooking with coconut milk, so nectar can’t be too bad. Right?
Raw coconut nectar is an excellent way to infuse your hair with moisture to combat dryness. Coconut nectar is made from coconut tree sap. This sap contains loads of healthy vitamins, amino acids, and vitamins that help to neutralize the pH balance levels in your hair. When coconut nectar is added to your deep conditioning treatments it helps to flatten out the hair cuticles allowing them to lye straight and smooth so, that your hair will become softer, less frizzy and easier to manage. 
To use coconut nectar in your deep conditioner simply pour as much as you feel necessary directly into your product and stir it in completely. Depending on your hair length and density will better determine exactly how much you will need. Adding in other natural ingredients like olive oil, coconut oil, or whole leaf aloe vera gel will help to further bring forth plenty of moisture and hair manageability. 
Divide your hair into 4-8 sections, then distribute your deep conditioning mixture from the top of your roots to the very ends of the strands of your hair. Allow the mixture to sit on your hair from 30-60 minutes with heat or without heat. Using heat will help to maximize the strength of your treatment and yield the best results. Raw coconut nectar can be found in most grocery stores or online.

Top 20 Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair

There are so many reasons for using a deep conditioner regularly. For starters, it keeps your hair in check for things we have no control over like wind, pollutants, and the sun. It also protects our tresses from ourselves! Sometimes we are our hair’s worst enemy with all the manipulation, coloring, heat styling and hair accessories. Deep conditioners are great for preventive measures too, so don’t wait until you see damage to want to use it. A good deep conditioner is worth its weight in gold so don’t skip it in your weekly wash routine. With added heat, they bring life back to your hair and add bounce and body.

Wildly popular, Curl Junkie’s hair treatment rains down a rich cocktail of aloe, herbs and healing butters that revitalize, restore and reclaim your hair’s moisture.

*Jessicurl Deep Conditioning Treatment
Made to work better and harder with heat, this conditioning treatment uses cocoa butter and Shea butter to give maximum moisture to your tired, dry strands. Infused with horsetail and peppermint this treatment is great for all hair types.

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How to Deep Condition for Soft, Healthy Hair

By Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness

So how do you deep condition? And how do you know if your deep conditioner is good or not? Do you rely on price? Not necessarily as an expensive product doesn’t mean the product is good, nor does a cheap product mean it doesn’t work. So what should you look for? The answer to this question is to become ingredient savvy. Having an understanding of ingredients will help you determine, at least at first glance, if a deep conditioner is going to be effective for you or not.

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Deep Conditioning Natural Hair for Elasticity and Preventing Breakage

hair therapy wrap for heated conditioning treatments 

by Susan Walker of DrWalkerWellness

So I’ve gone blonde. Well not entirely blonde but there are some blonde hi-lights in my hair. And I absolutely love them. However the lighter I go, the more damaged and dry my hair becomes. So I have to make an extra effort to ensure I deep condition my hair.

This is a practice that I preach to so many women; yet I admit that I don’t have the time to do it much myself. And I could get away with it before because my hair was as natural as it could be.

Not anymore. Not I have some serious colour and a higher chance of breakage, dryness and brittleness due to that colour.

So now I have to DC – deep condition.

There are many different ways women deep condition their hair. But what is the proper way to get the most benefit to the hair? Why are some methods more important than others and what is a complete waste of time. The purpose of this post is to sift through all of the information to give the real truth about this process, and how to get the results your looking for.

So let’s start with…

What is conditioning?

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The Dos and Dont's of Deep Conditioning Natural Hair

Should you leave your conditioner on for 30 minutes, or 3 hours? Protein or moisture based? Does a $8 deep conditioner work just as well as a $38 one? Can I use food to deep condition my hair?

If your deep conditioning sessions consist of a lot of trial and even more error, then you need these no-fuss dos and don'ts of successful deep conditioning:


Keep it Regular
Hair that is deep conditioned regularly is more manageable, softer, less prone to breakage and frizz, and is able to retain length.

Remember that whatever "regularly" means is determined by you. Some naturals and transitioners deep condition their hair every 3-4 days. Some, every 2 weeks. I personally aim for once a week, twice a week if I'm lucky. My recommendation is to start out weekly - if your hair begins feeling weak and limp, lessen to every two or three weeks. If it still feels dry, pump it up to twice a week.

Heat it Up
If you want your deep conditioner to work double duty and make your hair feel super soft and smooth (or super strong if it is protein based), heat it up. According to JC of The Natural Haven, heating your deep conditioner up to 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit) increases the amount and effectiveness of adsorption (the good stuff that sticks to the hair) of said conditioner. Long story short, warm conditioner works better.

Try heating your deep conditioner in a hot water bath instead of the microwave for best results.

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Laila’s SheaBiscus Rainforest Deep Treatment

If you are a DIY natural looking to change things up, Laila from Fusion of Cultures has a deep conditioner that leaves you with a sweet tooth for raspberry sorbet. Her conditioner is named SheaBiscus Rainforest Deep Treatment because it incorporates shea butter, hibiscus and a steamer. Laila uses the treatment as a pre-poo but is can be used as a pre-poo or deep conditioner.

How Do Hair Conditioners Work?

via TheBeautyBrains- 

What are hair conditioners supposed to do?
Remember that hair is dead! It’s a common misconception that hair can be healthy. Hair can be no more healthy than a shoe lace, a cotton blouse, or any other non-living fiber. The hair on your head is not living tissue. It is dead, keratinized protein. Hair cannot be healthy. Of course, it can look healthy or not-healthy but that’s not the same thing. Conditioners help give your hair a healthier appearance (and reduce breakage) by smoothing the hair.

The biology of hair (cuticle versus cortex)
Look at your hair under a microscope, or, if you don’t have a microscope handy, you can Google a picture of it. You’ll see it’s covered by small scales, known as cuticles, that look a little like the shingles on a roof. As the hair grows, the cuticles form in such a way that the leading edge is facing toward the end of your hair shaft.

When you back comb, you’re scraping the edge of the cuticle in the opposition direction. This action causes lifts the cuticle up and makes it stand away from the hair shaft. The more cuticles you lift up, the more volume your hair will have because each little piece of cuticle will push away the hair shaft laying next to it. You can create tons of volume by combing this way.

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Hot Oil Treatment for Natural Hair

She'Kia Renea breaks down the hot oil treatment process and describes the purposes of each oil! 

Protein "Pre-Poo" Treatment For Strong, Healthy Hair

by Tina Minzu of MissT1806

Understanding the balance between moisture and protein goes a long way in retaining healthy, strong, long hair!

With natural hair, your protein needs are a little less compared to someone with chemically relaxed or colored treated tresses, but nonetheless it a necessity in a healthy hair regimen. When I have talked to people about protein, many have proclaimed,  'my hair doesn't like protein! It left my hair so hard". I must confess that I thought the same thing at one point until I did further research.

All proteins are not equal! There are varying degrees of protein treatment depending on the condition of your hair - severely damaged hair needs something like a reconstructor, while healthy hair will benefit from simple conditioning packs, all available at your local hair and beauty supply store. Of course, there are tons of home remedies too- using eggs, avocado, yoghurt that offer great benefits as well.

Access your hair before you select a protein treatment. If you are unable to determine the state of your hair, consult a hair stylist/specialist for help. Typically I know I need a protein treatment when I've used significant amounts of heat over a short period, or if my wet hair feels limp, cannot seem to hold a style and stretches forever before breaking! I may do a protein treatment once every 2-3 months depending on the state of my hair.  For more info on selecting the right protein for your situation, click HERE.

CN Says-
I use Aubrey's GPB at nearly every wash (it's balanced protein) and often add full fat, plain yogurt to my pre-poos.  These two additions to my routine meet my protein needs in a very cost effective way!  

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