No matter what, everyone needs deep conditioning for their hair. We all rely on a sleeping skin mask every week or so to keep our skin supple, so why not do the same for your hair? Your hair also deserves a little extra every once in a while to stay shiny and healthy. Here’s why you need to deep condition your hair, along with some extra tips for the best results.
More about deep conditioning
Deep conditioning is a vital part of haircare that involves nourishing hair with a moisturising agent. This involves masking or oiling your hair from root to tip and leaving it on for a while. This technique provides your hair with all necessary nutrients and makes your hair healthier. Deep conditioning once in a while helps your hair retain moisture, improves elasticity and prevents roughness. Best way to deep condition your hair is by using humectants, emollients and occlusives. Aloe vera, honey and glycerin are great examples of humectants. Ceramides, oils and butters fall under the emollient category. Petroleum jelly, beeswax and coconut oil are occlusives. Humectants provide hair with hydration to maintain healthy cell activity, emollients add moisture to keep hair shiny and soft, and occlusives lock in the hydration and moisturisation.
How often should you deep condition?
The amount of deep conditioning you require depends on your hair type. Dry hair can deep condition twice or thrice a week, followed by a mild shampoo to wash it off. Oily hair peeps can deep condition once a week. Even if you think your hair doesn’t need it, you should definitely try it because you can never be sure which nutrients your hair could be lacking.
In any case, minimum once a week could be beneficial for all.
Bonus tips for deep conditioning
- Always deep condition on clean hair. If you oil or mask your hair when it is dirty, the gunk on top will prevent your conditioner from reaching deep into your hair and skin. You will not experience the full potential of whatever you’re using if your scalp and hair are not clean.
- You should not keep oil or hair masks in your hair overnight. Depending on what you’re using, keep it on for anywhere between 5-45 minutes only.
- When working with hair masks, start from the tips and make your way up. Too much hair mask can make your scalp look greasy and make your hair look thinner.
- Don’t use too much product. If you use too much hair mask, it will weigh down your hair and take away the volume. And if you go for a hair oil for deep conditioning, excess hair oil will be tough to wash and you might just end up stripping away natural oils in the process to get rid of the topical oil.
- Use heat for better results. Tie your hair after conditioning and put on a shower cap. This will generate heat and thin the products, helping them seep into the skin and follicles better.