Monday, November 26, 2012

Deep Conditioning is Key


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Why? 
Deep conditioning is essential for healthy hair growth for all hair types. It is most important for those with curly textured hair. Sebum is an oil that secretes from the sebaceous glands of the skin and scalp. Those with straight hair often complain of having oily hair because sebum oil can freely travel down the hair shaft with less “traffic”. Unfortunately for curly hair, sebum oil does not travel as freely down the hair shaft, often times not making it to the ends of the hair resulting in dry hair and splits. For this reason, deep conditioning is essential.

How often?
How often one should deep condition their hair is solely based on the needs of the hair at that particular time. To determine which type of deep conditioning treatment your hair needs, consider revisiting our post on protein vs moisturizing.
As a fellow natural, I deep condition my hair a minimum of once a week. If my hair is a bit dryer than usual, I opt for bi-weekly deep conditioning. If the conditioner alone does very little for your hair, mix in a few oils. 

In a separate bowl, I add 3 tablespoons of castor oil, coconut oil, and jojoba oil each and warm them up in the microwave for about 10 seconds. Then I add the conditioner to the bowl, enough to saturate the hair and 2 to 3 drops of an essential oil like rosemary.

How much? How long? 
How much deep conditioner you choose to use is based on personal preference. After I completely saturate my hair with conditioner, I place a plastic cap on my head then place a bonnet or towel over the plastic cap to insulate the heat. Heat is key in deep conditioning because it opens up the cuticle layer of your hair allowing the conditioner to penetrate and nourish the hair strands. I normally do my hair on my days off so that I can deep condition all day. However, deep conditioning for an hour or more should suffice.

Regardless of hair type remember, deep conditioning is key for healthy natural hair. Hope this helps!

XOXO,

Amaka

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