What Does Deep Conditioner Do?

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If your hair is dry, damaged, or needs some TLC, it is essential to deep condition it about once per month. Those with coily, kinky, and curly hair have the textured hair type. These are already naturally drier than the straighter hair types.

When left untreated, your hair suffers bad breakage to flyaway frizz. What does deep conditioner do to fight the frizz?

Deep conditioning:

  • Prevents your hair from getting damaged
  • Works to add much-needed moisture to your hair shafts
  • Helps hair elasticity, so you have less hair breakage

In this article, we’ll go over everything you need to know about deep conditioning. We’ll discuss why deep conditioning is important, how deep conditioning works, and what you need to do to get the best results. 


How Does Deep Conditioning Help Your Hair?

Argan Oil Hair Mask Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioning treatments are often quite powerful for those with dry, frizzy hair — particularly those with low hair porosity.

If your hair is curly and wiry, it’s quite likely you have low-porosity hair and you should avoid some ingredients. If you’re not sure, you can take a hair porosity test (it takes 2 minutes) to find out your hair’s status. If you do have low porosity hair, you’ll want to deep condition more frequently than those who have higher porosity hair.

If you do have low porosity, you’ll want to deep condition more frequently than those who have higher porosity hair.

Now let’s take a look at what deep conditioning will do to your hair.

1. Creates Moisture

Moisture is what you need in droves for healthy hair. If you have itchy dandruff from a dry scalp, you need a deep conditioner ASAP.

If you use a moisturizing conditioner, ensure it includes nutrients such as proteins, water, and essential oils. This is needed to help your hair grow healthy.

A lack of proper moisture can lead to dry, brittle, and breakable hair. You can also keep your curls strong by deep conditioning, often with heat, and maintaining a healthy moisture balance.

2. Protects Against Damage

It is important to deep condition your hair to prevent damage. When you deep condition your hair, you prevent split ends and improve your hair health. No matter how healthy your hair is, adding regular deep conditioning treatments to your regimen will keep it healthy.

3. Enhances Shine

When your hair gets that dry, dull look, it craves nutrients. This is what your conditioner can provide.

Styling products and appliances can quickly strip your hair of its natural shine. A deep conditioner will ensure the shaft is smooth, supple, and moisturized.

4. Elasticity is Promoted

Dry, brittle hair will likely snap and break under tension. It is important to nourish and strengthen the hair to prevent this, and deep conditioning accomplishes just that.


How to Use a Deep Conditioner

Redkin Deep Conditioner Before and After

Here are the basics of how most deep conditioners work. Always follow your individual instructions, but

Step 1

Following a thorough shampooing of your hair, divide it into several sections. Apply a deep conditioner to wet hair, ensuring all hair absorbs the product, root to tip. The deep conditioner enhances absorption and smoothes detangling when applied to wet hair.

Step 2

With a wide-toothed comb or curl-friendly brush in hand, separate your hair into sections and gently twist them to prevent tangling. From roots to ends, a detangling comb  evenly distributes deep conditioner while removing stubborn tangles gently.

Step 3

Plastic caps or wraps should be used to cover your hair. Sit under a steamer or hooded dryer, or just hold a hair dryer over the cap to warm it.

Warming up your hair helps the deep conditioner penetrate the hair cuticle. This is important for those who have hair that doesn’t absorb products well. Leave it on for 45 mins or longer if possible.

Step 4

In order to close the cuticle of the hair, rinse it with cold water after deep conditioning. After that, you can go ahead and style your hair.

Try to avoid heat products for a little while if you can. Otherwise, you’ll lose all the hard work you just did.

Try to avoid heat products for a little while if you can. Otherwise, you’ll lose all the hard work you just did.


A Few Tips for Deep Conditioning

In light of how beneficial deep conditioning your hair is, here are some tips for deep conditioning your hair properly.

  • Maintain a regular deep conditioning routine, usually every month or slightly under that.
  • Avoid over-conditioning your hair.
  • If you deep condition your hair, use heat — your hair shaft will benefit from the conditioner’s penetration.
  • Use cool water to rinse your hair. The cuticle of your hair will be sealed, and moisture will be retained.

How Often Do I Need to Use a Deep Conditioner? 

Hair deep conditioning needs will vary depending on your individual hair care needs, as well as your hair type and texture.

Naturally-haired persons usually deep condition their hair once a week, usually after they wash it. Many people deep condition once a month. Those who have bleached hair should deep condition weekly or so.

It is definitely a good idea to deep condition your hair more often if it feels extremely dry. Reduce the frequency of deep conditioning if your hair feels limp.

It is definitely a good idea to deep condition your hair more often if it feels extremely dry. Reduce the frequency of deep conditioning if your hair feels limp.


Can I Leave the Deep Conditioner in Overnight?

You may be able to restore moisture to your hair by deep conditioning overnight if your hair is extremely dry. There are a few brands that sell overnight deep conditioning masks.

If deep conditioning is done too much, however, it can lead to hydration fatigue and result in limp, brittle hair.

Instead, try a deep conditioner that balances hair and is protein-rich to restore the hair’s elasticity overnight. 

You may be able to restore moisture to your hair by deep conditioning overnight if your hair is extremely dry.


Which Type of Deep Conditioner Do I Need?

Is your hair dry, damaged, and frizzy? Make sure the conditioner you use contains humectants, emollients, plant-derived fats, glycerin, honey, and cetyl alcohol, giving you intense moisture.

These are great for all porosity levels (as discussed above). 

Is your hair limp, weak, or processed?

Try formulas that have amino acids, hydrolyzed proteins, and emollients like mango seed butter, wheat, and protein. These will aid in the restoration of protein/moisture balance and strengthen and repair damaged hair.

Avoid adding the conditioner to the scalp if you have very oily roots. Instead, only apply halfway down and to the ends.


Conclusion

If your hair is dry and damaged or dull and lifeless, it can benefit from a deep conditioner! Whether you choose a quick conditioner or an overnight product, these masks will give your hair nutrients and balance moisture levels.

Make sure when choosing a conditioner that you get one suitable for your hair type to gain the most benefits. 

Follow the instructions properly to ensure it works as it should. Adding one of these to your hair routine should see your hair more healthy and shiny within a matter of weeks, if not less. Enjoy beautiful hair!

Written by Kayla Young

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