A question I get from a lot of clients is how to properly deep condition their hair. I'd be lying if I said there was only one way...but there are some universal truths about the proper way to deep condition. One universal truth is that you want the conditioner to coat your hair liberally. Moreover, and most importantly, you want the conditioner to touch ALL your hair...not just the top layer. 

Universal Truth Number One: Conditioner needs to actually touch all of your hair to work. How do I execute this? Thanks for asking, lol. I use the old fashioned "relaxer application" process of applying conditioner to my hair. I part my hair into 4 parts and then section those parts and apply the conditioner liberally from root to tip.

Next, somehow...someway...get some heat to your head. Body heat, hooded dryer heat, steamer, etc. Heat opens the cuticles of your hair so that the good stuff, the conditioner and all of its moisture and oils, can get inside to strengthen and nourish your strands. 

Universal Truth Number Two: Conditioner needs to get *inside* your cuticles to be most effective. As stated previously, there are a number of ways to make this happen. I prefer using a hair steamer to open my cuticles. However, if I'm having a particularly lazy weekend, or if I am traveling, I will use the green house effect. The greenhouse effect simply requires using your body heat to draw heat to your head. I put on a plastic cap and wrap the plastic cap with a warm towel and proceed to clean house, cook, read, etc. The caveat with this method is that I have to leave conditioner on my hair longer to see the most benefit. 

A few things to note: 

  • Your conditioner is your KEY weapon to combating damage done to your hair on a daily basis.  Be sure to pamper your hair with conditioners that contain high quality oils and moisturizers--stay away from conditioners filled with chemicals that do nothing for the health of your hair. SoVAiN focuses on organic ingredients to deliver the most health to your hair. 
  • You should deep condition your hair at least once a week. Increase this to twice a week if you use heat styling on a daily basis. 
  • Conditioning your hair is a cumulative process. The more you do it the healthier your hair gets.  BUT NOTE: do not over manipulate your hair. I don't believe hair can be over conditioned (not if you are maintaining a proper protein and moisture balance) but I do believe that your hair can be over manipulated. You don't want to keep opening and closing the cuticles of your hair. That leads to 
  • I still deep condition my hair with heat even if I co-wash my hair. Co-washing and deep conditioning are two separate things.


How do you prefer to condition your hair? How often?

Written by SoVAiN Williams — March 29, 2012

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