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Curly Nikki

Hair Tip of the Day

By January 27th, 202138 Comments

I’m re-posting the below article because I’ve yet to return to this routine! This is my goal- to DT once a week again…and to start taking my dang vitamins! I haven’t regularly taken vitamins since last year.


Weekly Deep Conditioning…I can’t stress this enough. I fell off the bandwagon, and haven’t done a DT with heat for several weeks, and I can definitely see a difference!!! My hair, especially my ends, are much drier and more prone to breakage.

If you don’t do anything else for yourself, I beg you to DT once a week (or more if you have the time) with or without heat.

My favorite DT’s are Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose, Aubrey Organics White Camellia, or Pantene R&N Breakage Defense Mask. After conditioning and detangling my hair, I apply one or a couple of the above three, and don a plastic cap. I use my Micro Heat Cap to warm things up, and rinse about 45 minutes later. If you choose not to use heat, make sure you leave it in for a substantial amount of time.

If done on a consistent basis, your hair will grow to greater lengths, thicken up, and generally feel and look healthier.

So, who is with me? At least a weekly DT through the end of the summer, and beyond…no matter how tired, how over booked we are…we must pamper our tresses!

Later Gators,


  • Anonymous says:

    Did one last week with heat, haven’t done that in a long time and I can see the difference. I will try to DC 2x per week. I usually use the AO HSR with organic johoba oil

  • b. says:

    Anonymous…DT=deep treatment. DC=deep conditioning. Same thing, both wonderful for the hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m in! It’s all about the deep conditioning. And AO Honeysuckle Rose is the truth!

  • Anonymous says:

    I love AO GBP and Honeysuckle Rose too but the White Camelia doesn’t hold a candle to the HSR. It just isn’t a great conditioner in my opinion. It’s not horrible but it’s similar to most other natural products you find on the market. I have to add kitchen ingredients to it to strengthen its moisturizing capability. I actually gave mines away to a friend. IMO stick with HSR for moisture and GBP for your protein and leave the white camelia off the list.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am late but what does DT stand for??

  • Unknown says:

    Funny you should bring this up – definitely need to get back on track. Did one last week, but need to get it into the routine instead of so sporadically. Trying to convince a girlfriend of the importance of this, too!

  • Queen says:

    I accept your challenge!!

  • CurlyTD says:

    Nikki- you must be hiding behind me b/c just last night I said enough is enough! I need to get back on the weekly DT bandwagon! I’m gonna start next week!

  • Maria says:

    Nikki, you got me hooked to the Aubrey Organics Honey Suckle Rose last fall. Right now I DT with Yes to Carrots Hair Mask. I loves it! I am with you on this challenge.

  • CENJackson says:

    I am down!

  • Mochacurl says:

    I’m down…my daughters as well *yikes*

  • KeetaRay says:

    I am going to try hard!! B/c I definitely need to do better with DC. I need to do better w/my vitamins, too, for overall health.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m down! Took it out of my routine for a while and then thought, “Why?”

  • twolips says:

    I’m with you all the way…I haven’t done a good DT in a little while, and not with heat, and i notice my hair is dry…my ends don’t look great…and my scalp is flaky and itchier! So I promise tonight to take at least and hour to DT!

  • puff says:

    i’m in! i’m gonna have to chop off my ends as they’re a frazzled split mess as a result of neglecting the DC :( but all that changes tonight – organix coconut instant repair treatment + carol’s daughter lisa’s elixir = magic for my hair

  • Anonymous says:

    you don’t need no stinking vitamins!

  • SHADOW says:

    Conditioner washing daily has literally eradicated any need for me to deep condition anymore. I never enjoyed doing it, and because my hair is always full of moisture from the daily washes, it never has a need. Since being natural (and thanks to you, now having Henna in my routine for strength/shine ect), my hair care is very basic. I haven’t done a traditional ‘deep condition’ in close to 2 yrs almost, and my hair has still thrived.

    Although I should note that since I started Henna a few weeks ago I DO need to restore pliability to my hair with my Joico’s Moisture Recovery Balm, with a shower cap for a half hour of so, no heat. So that may count, but it isn’t necessary to do such a condition otherwise.

  • Newly Nappy says:

    I’m in!!! I have set a goal AT LEAST once a week, preferrably twice (wed and Sun) 30 to 45 mins under the hood dryer on low. i did one yesterday before my tnc, oh my so soft are we! lol, plus i got a new trim/cut. Yeah can’t tell me nothn… so beautiful ha!

  • KayC, The Quiet Storm says:

    *raising hand*

    I confess that I can’t remember the last time I had a DT. Okay, I will try my best to do a weekly DT. I have no excuses since we go to 4-day work weeks for the summer.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’m in!!!! I’ve been trying to DT every week but I forget sometimes. I also need to start taking vitamins to0!!!

  • afroburbs says:

    I’m DOWN! I’ve been looking like a big frizz ball so I deep condished on Sunday and will be doing it once a week for now on.

  • OrganicBloom says:

    I just did my first DC in months because I was experiencing some frizz and dryness post-henna. I love AO GBP and Honeysuckle Rose. And comments on how thay compare or how the White Camelia smells?

  • Afrocentric Mocha says:

    I’m definitely in..I need to STOP being lazy and increase how much I DC my hair. How about choosing a particular day during the week that we all will DC our hair….I need to be put on a schedule…LOL

  • NappySince10/01/08 says:

    Im for the 09 edition :)
    I fell of horribly b/c of a very tight budget. This isnt my idea DC but it hasnt done me wrong. When I get paid, I’ll pick up a few jars of Lustrasilk Cholesterol plus Olive Oil. I love DT/DC’ing though! Shame on me for ever letting go of this…

  • Skibies says:

    I will start doing this also, I just read about how important it is to DT at least every week.

  • Anonymous says:

    Count me in!

  • Soleado says:

    I totally agree! Deep conditioning with heat is a absolute must for me! Whenever I get lazy and just think that I can leave on conditioner for a long time and that will be enough I am always in for a rude awakening. I also mix in oils with my conditioners too for an extra oomph!

  • ~a says:

    Deep conditioning every two weeks with heat is an absolute must for me and I’m LOVING Mizani’s Renew Strength Reconstructing Masque.

    It smells great and works even better!

  • Anonymous says:

    Sunday nites are devoted to my hair. I cassia then DT overnite.

  • Anonymous says:

    OMG!! I thought I was the only one slacking on my DT’s. I’ve done quick conditioning while in the shower for about the past month and I can definitely tell the difference. I too will make a pact to slow down and take enough time to properly condition my hair. It deserves it and I know better!!

  • Afrocentric Mocha says:

    Great tip…I need to get back to DC my hair on a more regular basis (especially w/ heat)

  • Anonymous says:

    This sounds like an excellent idea. I am joining the bandwagon on this one.

  • Chanel says:

    if you dont want to use heat you could always wet hair with warm or hot water, put conditioner on and then wrap hair in a towel while you take a hot shower or bath. i’ve found that this works pretty well too

  • BLOG CLOSED says:

    I’m with you girl!! Power to the DT!!
    My hair can’t survive without it…it really makes a difference.

  • Anonymous says:

    I am soooo with you on this one. I’ve definitely fallen off of doing this important step in taking care of my hair due to lazyness. Now that it is the winter, it is important that I get back into the habit. I made a pack with myself to allocate Sundays for deep conditioning treatments. So far, I’ve done well the past two weeks, and tomorrow its already part of my morning plan. I hope to stick to this through the new year, I know I will see the difference and my hair will thank me for it!

  • Anonymous says:

    I DT weekly when my tresses are out of protective styles – braids, cornrows, etc. I finally tried the coconut milk DT so many rave about and my super dry hair was so soft. Love it but it was kinda messy, running everywhere! I added in a tablespoon of EVOO to thicken it up a bit.

  • Black Hoya Chick says:

    i am close enough. i deep condition every 9 days because that is when i shampoo (my third “cowash” because i cowash every 3 days and shampoo every 3rd wash)

  • Anonymous says:

    I am with you! I am doing a DT as I speak; or shall I say as I type.

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