Deep conditioning your hair is very beneficial lets see why. A regular conditioner only works on the outside by softening your strands to help smooth out your cuticles. When you rinse out the conditioner, the conditioning agents are left behind which keeps your hair feeling soft and manageable coining the term deep conditioner. The purpose of a deep conditioner is to restore and repair your hair to achieve its optimal strength, elasticity, and moisture.
Deep conditioner has been misused in the hair industry as a way to deceive consumers. How to deep condition hair with regular shampoo can become DIY. If a deep conditioner doesn’t have any penetrating ingredients, such as coconut oil, olive oil, castor oil, avocado oil, or hydrolyzed wheat protein just to name a few it’s not a deep conditioner, it’s a regular conditioner or just a regular styling cream. Companies like to add the word deep conditioner for advertisement purposes for you to spend money without doing any research. Often these brands deep conditioners’ can come with a hefty price tag. When you add penetrating oils to a regular conditioner to become a deep conditioner .
Here is a DIY you can try below:
- You can add 2 tablespoons of either of penetrating oil of your choice or two, such as coconut oil or olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of hydrolyzed wheat protein
- 1-2 cups of regular conditioner
- Mix well and apply to hair for 30 minutes under a steamer or hooded dyer with a plastic cap.
- Rinse out and proceed with your normal hair regimen
Deep conditioning your hair can be done as often as you’d like just keep in mind that is not a protein treatment. Deep conditioning your hair often is different for everyone. It all depends on how damaged your hair is made by either mechanical, environmental, or chemical forces. It also depends on your hair type based on hair porosity level. Remember conditioners work best on damaged hair because it tends to settle in those damage d gaps and uneven surfaces. The more damage or porous your hair is the more time you should let the deep conditioner sit in your hair to fill in those gaps either with steam from a shower cap or steamer. Try not to go past 30 minutes or you run the risk of Hydra fatigue, such as if you sleep in it overnight or over drying if you sit under the dryer for too long.
Remember damaged hair that has any injury or impairment to the cuticle can cause any strands to increase in porosity. Your hair porosity levels fluctuate throughout your life based on how you handle your hair. Your health, lifestyle, heat tools, chemicals, and the environment can increase hair porosity. This leads to breakage and split ends. One common mistake I found that is simply treating your hair like it doesn’t have any damage can lead to damage. I’m not saying to deep condition your hair every time you shampoo. Just be aware of your hair needs as each hair is unique to you. Too much moisture can hygral fatigue that can cause the protein bonds to weaken due to excess swelling and contracting of the strands. Hair becomes limp and loses its elasticity. This will need to be corrected with a protein treatment to have balance, such as Aphogee 2 Step Protein Treatment.
Deep conditioning your hair depends on how it is behaving. For example, if your hair is really dry then deep condition. If not just do a regular rinse conditioner after shampooing. If your hair is normal with no indication of damage or too dry. Then you can deep condition twice to three times a month. If your hair has increased damaged or dryness, then deep condition your hair every time you wash your hair. For natural hair it is important to at least condition your hair if you’re not deep conditioning. Use a sulphate free shampoo and conditioner your hair for at least 10 minutes this way it has enough time to soothe and moisturize the cuticles.