When I first went natural, I didn’t really incorporate deep conditioning into my weekly hair care routine. But, it didn’t take me long to realize how important it was. Deep conditioning is such an important part of a healthy hair regimen, especially if your hair is color treated or heat styled often. Deep conditioning helps improve and maintain the moisture-protein balance of our hair, which helps improve elasticity.
Here are some tips to get the most out of your deep conditioning session.
Access your hair’s needs. Our hair needs both moisture and protein to thrive. While adding moisture is always key, adding protein when your hair is healthy, low porosity, and free of chemical processing can do more harm than good. When excess protein coats the hair strand and hardens, it can cause the hair to break. It can also block moisture from penetrating the hair follicle as well.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions. All deep conditioners are not created equal. So while generally most deep conditioners are left on the hair for 15-30 minutes before rinsing out, it’s always best to follow the manufacturer’s directions so you ensure you get the best results.
Use heat to improve absorption. Heat helps to open the hair strands so that the deep conditioner can penetrate and go to work. You can wrap your head in a warm towel, use a heated head wrap, or put on a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer.
Give hair steaming a try. If you have low porosity hair strands, hair steaming is a great way to help hydrating products penetrate the strands for to improve moisture balance. Steaming assists in opening the cuticle layer, which makes it easier to infuse products into the hair. This helps you get the most out of your conditioning and deep conditioning treatments, and even save money because you can use less product to get results.
Use Mielle Organics! My personal favorite is the Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner because it infuses the hair with both protein and moisture for elasticity. Babassu Oil is high in sterols and tocopherols to improve hair and scalp health. It is also enriched with fatty acids and natural oils that help reduce frizz and fly-aways. If you’re looking for a protein-free option, Mielle’s Hydrating Conditioner is ultra moisturizing and PROTEIN-FREE for softening and silkening the hair. Formulated with Sub-Saharan African Mongongo Oil for restoring health and shine. It’s perfect for protein sensitive hair.
If you haven’t gotten serious about deep conditioning, now is the time to add this essential step to your hair care routine. Why not start with Mielle Organics deep conditioners?