By Dr. Phoenyx Austin

I’ve noticed that there’s a considerably broad range of times frames that women will deep condition their hair. For example, I know many women who are fans of deep conditioning treatments that can last from 30 minutes and up to 60 minutes. Then there are some women who like to deep condition their hair overnight.

I’ve heard all the debate and questions about whether deep conditioning is a myth and how long you should deep condition. I don’t concern myself too much with it. Overall, I’m a big advocate of going with what makes me and my hair feel good. Personally, I’ve found that 15 minutes with a small amount of heat is sufficient time for a deep conditioning treatment to work on my hair. That’s just how I do it and I don’t find longer times necessary.

Truth be told, there was even a time when I hated deep conditioning my hair. When I was a little girl, I got my hair deep conditioned on Saturday mornings. I still have flashbacks of those trips to the salon. That Jamaican stylist used to make me sit under that dryer with a deep conditioner for at least 45 minutes. Even then I would complain that 45 minutes was completely unnecessary for my hair. Those 45 minutes were some of the angriest moments of my life. And yes Mom, I’m still a little pissed off about missing episodes of The Smurfs.

How long do you deep condition your hair? Do you notice a difference in your hair when you deep condition for a longer period of time? What was your favorite Saturday morning cartoon?

Dr. Phoenyx Austin is a physician, writer, lifestyle & natural hair blogger, and media personality. If you’d like to send a comment/question to Dr. Phoenyx Austin, you can find her on Facebook and Twitter.