Whether you have natural or relaxed hair, if you want to maintain your hair’s moisture and restore strength and shine, deep conditioning your hair should be regular a part of your hair care regimen. If you can’t always make it to the salon, deep conditioning your hair at home is a great option in-between appointments.
How Does Deep Conditioner Work?
Deep conditioner is made of a thick, replenishing, and moisturizing formula that is designed to penetrate the hair strands. These types of conditioners need heat to swell the hair shaft. Once the hair shaft swells, the conditioner penetrates it, repairing the flaws in the hair shaft. It is important to allow the conditioner to sit on the hair in order to get the deep conditioning.
Now that you know how deep conditioning works and why you should add it to your hair care regimen, here are two methods you can try to deep condition your hair at home:
Deep Conditioning Hair at Home with a Dryer
- Using a sulfate-free shampoo, lather and rinse your hair (preferably twice). Use warm water for the final rinse.
- Beginning at the ends of your hair and avoiding the scalp, apply the deep conditioner. Makes sure to apply the conditioner from root to tip. However, applying conditioner to the scalp can have an adverse effect on your hair’s natural oils and cause build up.
- Once you have completely covered the strands of your hair with conditioner, cover your hair with a plastic cap. Next, sit under a hooded dryer for 20 – 30 minutes. The heat causes the hair shaft to open and the deep conditioner to penetrate the shaft. Avoid using a high heat setting as this can cause damage to your hair.
- After you are done under the dryer, allow your hair to cool to room temperature and wash the conditioner out. Use cold water for your final rinse to seal the hair cuticles.
Deep Conditioning Hair at Home with a Towel
Some people do not like to use heat so the above method isn’t ideal for them. Your hair can still be deep conditioned using a hot towel. This method is more time consuming, but it works just the same.
- After shampooing, rinse your hair with warm water – make sure the water is not too hot – it should be not burn.
- Squeeze out excess water and apply the deep conditioner on your hot hair. This will allow the deep conditioner to immediately start working.
- Cover your hair with a plastic cap and place a towel over the plastic cap.
- After about 10 minutes, place the towel in hot water, squeeze out the excess water, and wrap the hair with it. Repeat this step every time the towel gets cold (Do this for at least a half hour).
- Cover the plastic cap with an old T-shirt or head wrap and keep the plastic cap on for another half an hour. Your tresses should be properly deep conditioned!
Our Favorite Deep Conditioners
Now that you know how to deep condition your hair at home, if you’re looking for a great deep conditioner, here are a few we recommend.
What is your favorite deep conditioner and how do you deep condition your hair at home? Let us know in the comments below!