by Amanda Starghill of NaturallyCurly

Deep conditioning is an essential element in which coily hair
thrives. Coily hair requires enriched moisture reinforcements due to its
high potential to experience dryness. Because the circumference of
coily hair is smaller than that of curly hair, the sebum from your scalp
takes longer to travel down the hair shaft. Since sebum takes forever
to get from roots to ends, you need to take measures to avoid dryness
and breakage. Deep conditioners are filled with proteins, lubricants and
oils to help your hair maintain elasticity, prevent breakage and
restore strength. Here are six top tips for deep conditioning and
washing your coils.

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1. Use All Natural Conditioner

Deep
conditioning is the time to rejuvinate your hair from manipulation and
weather elements. Selecting a deep conditioner that is
free of
non-soluble silicones,
non-permeable oils and drying alcohols
will allow your hair to absorb
more nutrients and decrease the rate of product build-up. No one wants
to wash their hair just to experience dryness two days later. Natural
conditioners are the best route to prevent decreasing your strand’s
absorption capacity.

 2. Look for Behentrimonium Chloride

This cationic surfactant is an awesome lubricant that helps to give
your hair slip as you detangle. Coily hair is bound to become interwine,
especially when activated with water. The last thing you want is to be
excited for wash day, hop in the shower, run water on your hair and
apply a conditioner that doesn’t have any slip. That’s the formula to an
extremely matted mess! Slip is a must. Behentrimonium chloride provides
slip that is equally effective as silicones minus the product build-up.

3. Add Penetrating Oils

Avocado
oil, coconut oil and olive oil are three oils that penetrate the hair
shaft and reach the cortex. Because coily hair has a tendency to dry
out, oils help to slow down the rate of moisture loss. Check out these deep conditioners rich in oils: 

4. Be Sure to Look for Hydrolyzed Proteins

Hydrolyzed proteins are proteins that have been altered to seep into the cuticle
and fill in the cortex. They help coily hair to regain strength from
daily wear and tear by replacing proteins that are lost through
manipulation. CurlyNikki’s
Finding Your Perfect Deep Conditioner – The Ultimate Guide is a great reference for a list of hydrolyzed proteins and more information.

5. Use heat

Deep conditioning with a processing cap under a hooded dryer for a
minimum of 15 minutes is just divine. It is possible for your hair to
absorb nutrients from conditioners without confined heat, but it will
take longer. Not only does using heat expand the hair shaft to give the
conditioner more access to seep through, but it also helps certain
ingredients bond to the cuticle.

6. Rinse with Cool water

Rinsing your hair with cool water after deep conditioning helps to
close the cuticle. By rinsing with warm water, you re-open the hair
shaft and possibly lose nutrients that were just put into the hair.

Whenever moisturizing and sealing don’t work and your hair keeps
laughing at your co-wash conditioner, it’s probably time to deep
condition. Your hair thrives when it starts with a good foundation. A
great analogy is your body’s need for hydration. To some, a Coke sounds
great on a hot summer day, but the body is not truly hydrated without
water. Your hair is the same. Product build-up and synthetic ingredients
are like that false sense of hydration. You keep drinking looking to
quench that thirst until you finally drink water. Deep condition your
coils with the best of the best and you will definitely see a
difference.

How often do you deep treat? What’s your process?  


This article was originally published on August 2012 and has been updated for grammar and clarity.