Naturals, recently I posed the question, “What is the biggest problem you have with your hair,” to my 4k +following on Instagram. The most common concerns I got were breakage, frizz and maintaining length. I’m going to address all three of those concerns with one simple solution DEEP CONDITIONING. Yes! The first question that came to mind when I saw all those comments under the post were, “Well how often do you deep condition?”
To my surprised many does not deep condition their hair often or at all! And yes I responded to almost all of these comments. Because I want to provide informative information about your problems, that’s why I ask questions. I don’t want to provide unnecessary information you don’t need. It defeats the purpose of this blog.
What is a deep conditioner?
If you are reading this and do not know what a deep conditioner is, it’s okay don’t feel bad! It’s a lot of work being natural. At times it’s very high maintenance. I get lazy sometimes and when I don’t feel like doing my hair. I slap a protective style on my hair and call it a month (LOL). A deep conditioner is thicker in substance and contains ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft. The purpose of a deep conditioner is to TEMPORARILY repair and nourish the hair cuticles with higher viscosity. Because the deep conditioner is thicker it needs to be left on the hair longer to penetrate the hair shaft. When you use heat with your deep conditioners it allows for the conditioner to penetrate the hair easier. Deep conditioners are like a temporary fix. It’s something you should do regularly.
Here comes an important part, depending on the ingredients in your deep conditioner it can also help fight frizz, dryness and those damaged strands in your hair. To grow long and healthy hair I believe deep conditioning regularly is a key component to get to your desired length.
I want you to understand the importance of deep conditioning your hair, it is vital to the overall HEALTH of your hair. I stress a lot about focusing on the health of your hair, naturals. Don’t worry about the length it will come later once your hair is healthy. It makes no sense if your hair is growing and it’s damaged. Did you know deep conditioning your hair at least once a week makes your hair less prone to breakage and helps to retain length? Depending on the needs of your hair you may have to deep condition twice a week or every two weeks. Only YOU know the state of your hair. I have heard some people say they deep condition every two weeks and it works for them. Then there are others who deep condition every time they wash their hair. My hair can’t afford to wait two weeks because I have highly porous hair and locking in moisture is a major problem for me. So I deep condition once a week.
You don’t want to skip out on deep conditioning your hair it can cause serious breakage to your hair. Why is it important to deep condition your hair? It can help prevent heat damage and replace moisture and protein in your hair shaft. If your hair is dry and brittle it makes it easy to snap or break with tension. Especially if you don’t do low manipulation styles on your hair. The overall goal is to prevent breakage so you need to nourish, strengthen and always keep your hair moisturized. When you deep condition your hair often it helps to restore the elasticity of your hair and prevent hair loss. For naturals with colored dye in your hair, we canNOT afford to skip deep conditioning our hair. Coloring your hair can alter your hair strands and weaken your hair. Leaving it open to breakage. The best way to avoid any more damage is to deep condition your hair regularly but not too regular. You don’t want to over condition your hair. You will know if your hair is over-conditioned if it starts looking limp or lifeless. If that happens then adjust how often your deep condition. An easy fix for over-conditioned hair is to do a protein treatment.
Nevertheless, It’s important to incorporate deep conditioning into your hair regimen. I’m going to share 6 deep conditioners with you. Many of you asked me if I could recommend some and I will. Again, I am NOT a hairstylist or expert. I’m just sharing my personal experience and what I have learned with you. What may work on my hair may not work for you. But I provide the information to you that will hopefully lead you in the right direction. Some of these conditioners I’ve tried and others have great reviews online. You can also check out the reviews for a product before you purchase it. That’s what I do most of the time. So If you choose to try it and it works great. If it does not work for you, at least you know there is one less product that does not work on your hair. I always say you won’t know unless you try.
I know these products are hella expensive. Honestly, nothing is cheap anymore. I had to try countless products before I arrived at the ones I’m currently using. I’m going to list the product and its description taken from the brand’s site directly. The reason why I’m doing this, because for those of you who don’t know how to select the right products for your hair. It’s very important to look at the ingredients and description of the product when you purchase it. You need to know if it applies to what your hair needs. If your hair is currently experiencing breakage look for products that fight breakage. Those are things you need to look for when you’re buying products. I also included the link for each product so you can read what others are saying about the products. This is NOT a paid advertising and I have nothing to gain by selecting those products. I’m just another concerned naturalista trying to help out any way I can.
Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner by Mielle Organics $14.99: I LOVE this deep conditioner. It’s part of my hair care regimen routine. I deep condition with it once a month. I use this product for the protein. I have colored dye in my hair and I have high porosity hair.
Product Description is taken from their website:
Our Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner infuses hair with protein and moisture to restore dry and damaged hair. Babassu Oil is derived from an Amazonian palm fruit that is high in sterols and tocopherols to improve hair and scalp health. Our product is enriched with fatty acids and natural oils that help reduce frizz and fly-aways. This deep penetrating conditioner is made with complex amino acids from wheat, soy and other natural ingredients that help restore moisture to damaged and dry hair. Safe to use on color-treated hair. Made with certified organic ingredients.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque by Shea Moisture $13.99. This is my regular weekly deep conditioner. If you notice on the label it says this conditioner is for natural, chemically processed, or heat style hair. Because of the colored dye, I’ve used this conditioner. But now that my hair is growing out, I have a little under 1 inch of color left at the end of my hair. Once I cut the rest of it out. I’m going to switch to a deep conditioner. I’m already testing other conditioners out for when the time comes to update my hair regimen. But I use this conditioner at least three times a month and the Mielle once a month.
Product Description is taken from their website: This deep conditioning masque restores strength and resilience to damaged, brittle, or chemically processed hair. Perfect for those who regularly color, straighten, perm, or heat style their hair, as well as kinky, curly, or wavy natural styles. Formulated with nutrient-rich Jamaican Black Castor Oil and certified organic Shea Butter to replenish moisture and soften while strengthening hair. Helps promote natural growth by supporting hair’s elasticity, reducing the appearance of breakage and shedding. Peppermint stimulates the scalp for an invigorating experience. Leaves hair soft, manageable and shiny.
Avocado Cream moisture repairing mask by Alikay Naturals $15.99 on their site ($14.99 at target). So I tried this product for the first time and I have to admit this product may be a contender to replace the JBCO masque by Shea Moisture. You can read my review of this product here.
Product Description is taken from their website: Think your hair is damaged beyond repair? Think again! Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Hair Mask comes to the rescue by providing deep, much-needed nourishment to each individual hair strand from root to tip. Avocados contain beta-carotene, vitamins B, C, E and essential fats that provide vital nutrients needed for replenishing hair’s strength, moisture, and shine. The result is moisturized hair that feels wonderfully soft and elastic with significantly reduced breakage. This means longer hair growth!
Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Mask by Mane Choice $19.99: Naturals I have not tried this product honestly the price is a little expensive for my liking one and two I find the container to be very small. I went to target on two separate occasions to purchase it and when I got to the self-checkout. I put it back y ’all (LOL). Maybe one day, I’ll stop being cheap and purchase it. But as of right now, I’m not in hurry to purchase this product. Have you tried this product? If so I would love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below.
Product Description is taken from their website: Heavenly Halo Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Mask helps to restore moisture-depleted hair with intense hydration. Highly concentrated with essential hydrating ingredients to help deliver vital moisture to each strand. Our premium blend of Umutanga Oil, Palmarosa Oil, Yashtimadhu Root, Yucca Root, Burdock Root Oil and Soy deeply hydrates, promotes hair growth, combats dry, flaky scalp, strengthens and nourishes hair, imparting remarkable shine and moisture from the inside out.
- Deeply penetrate to intensely hydrate
- Noticeably restore hydration in dry, thirsty hair
- Superior hydrating formula calms frizz and improves elasticity
- Leaves hair feeling soft, supple, and tangle-free
- Helps to minimize shedding & breakage
Yucca & Plantain Anti-Breakage Strengthening Masque by Shea Moisture $13.99: I’m only recommending this product because it really worked for my hair when I went through shedding stage with my hair. If your hair is currently experiencing breakage, you should definitely give this a try to see how well your hair will respond to it. I still use the anti-breakage frizz free shine mist to this day from this Yucca & Plantain line.
Product Description is taken from their website: This intensive treatment deeply penetrates to condition and smooth frazzled strands with a nutrient-rich fortifying formula. Transforms frizzy hair into sleek, healthy strands. Helps bind split ends and improves the overall appearance of hair. Certified organic Shea Butter, Plantain and Yucca combine in a strengthening formula that helps weak hair resist breakage. Baobab Oil and Cilantro Extract help refresh and boost shine.
Rapid Recovery Treatment by Miss Jessie $14.00: I’ve never used this product again I see great reviews online. I’ve always heard great things about Miss Jessie brand. You can always give it a try and see if it works for your hair. If not then you keep trying products until you find the right ones. But you will not know until you try something.
Product Description is taken from their website:
This once weekly intense luxurious deep treatment is the essential weapon for ensuring that your curls regain their healthy shiny bounce week to week. Rich Shea butter and avocado cream oil penetrate for a radiant sheen that reinforces a smooth tangle free curl. Quite simply, your curls just behave better with a weekly dose of Rapid Recovery Treatment.
Naturals did you find this post helpful? Have you tried any of these deep conditioners? (Let’s chat in the comment section below)
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