Deep Conditioning Natural Hair

The Deep Condition
By: Geraldine The Great

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Deep conditioning natural hair is important.  Deep conditioning is the process of fortifying the hair with moisture or protein. From time to time, your hair might feel dry and brittle. You might also experience excessive breakage or splitting along the hair shaft. These things can be an indication that a deep conditioning treatment is needed.  Usually, at this point, you can use a deep conditioning treatment to retroactively remedy those problems. Some people deep condition as part of their regular hair routine.

Personally, I deep condition as a preventative measure. I like to include it into my routine, because it allows me to reign in any damage that might be exacerbated if deep conditioning wasn’t a regular part of my regimen. I find it easier to handle a steady monthly appointment — even a slight inconvenience –than it is to deal with hair that snaps or pops from neglect that could be preventable.  Deep conditioners might have key identifiers in their names. Lookout for words like: ‘treatment’, ‘masque’, ‘deep’, ‘penetrating’, ‘hydrating’, ‘strengthening’, ‘restorative’.


Moisturizing Deep Conditioners

Most deep conditioners are usually thick and creamy in consistency. They are designed to penetrate the hair follicle and deposit nutrients that promote moisture retention and hair elasticity. Increased moisture content in the hair equates to increased hair elasticity. In layman’s terms, if moisture is infused into your hair shaft, it will allow the hair strand to stretch when stressed, without snapping or breaking off. If your hair feels dry and brittle, then it needs moisture. If your water based leave-ins do not seem to remedy the problem, then your hair probably needs to be deep conditioned.

5 of the Best Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Natural Hair

Protein Conditioners

Other deep conditioners will have ingredients that increase strength. These conditioners are full of proteins, which reinforce the hair structure. Strength and elasticity are a coupled element in hair.  Read more about Protein Conditioners


Moisture/Protein Balance

There needs to be a balance between the two. You don’t want your hair to be uber saturated with protein, that it causes your hair to be extremely stiff and hard. Contrarily, you also, do not want to contend with hair that is so saturated with moisture, that it becomes too soft and mushy. There is a fine balance.

Finding the Perfect Deep Conditioner

When sorting through the bevy of conditioners on the market, I do the following:

1. I check the ingredients. Always important. Water should be the first ingredient, as it is the ultimate moisturizer for hair. Other ingredients that promote hydration are panthenol, honey, and aloe vera.

Protein conditioners usually include ingredients like keratin, placenta, wheat and collagen. They usually explicitly say ‘protein’.

2. I check the consistency. Creaminess rules! Since I detangle with my deep conditioners, I always need them to be creamy with a lot of slip. I can also stretch creamy products more.
3. Oils can also be applied as deep conditioners because they penetrate the follicles. Olive, avocado, and coconut are three oils that naturally do this.

How often should you treat your hair? We will discuss this and more. Stay Tuned.

 What’s Your Favorite Deep Conditioner?

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  1. so about using heat with the deep co. I’ve yet to invest in a hooded dryer and I’m skeptical about the heated caps you can put on (mixed reviews on almost every product). So far i’ve been applying a deep co and then putting a cap on in the shower to use heat with it but it always ends up me never feeling like being in there for a half hour. That said, I have a hand help blow dryer. Can i blow dry my hair (maybe with a cap on?) to heat activate the deep conditioner or is that a bad idea?

  2. I make my own deep conditioner. I got wary of all the chemicals. Read about it here>>>

  3. I make my conditioner n i apple cider vinegar wash my hair n i have been natural since 2010

  4. I am having trouble finding deep conditionors. I am fairly new to being natural “again”. What are some good deep condition or protein treatment. I used aphogee in the past.

  5. Bluekissess says:

    This is by far the most confusing thing I’ve ever had to face with my different texture, frizzy shrinkage natural hair. Whatever happened to being simple. I’m not a scientist so I find this super confusing . I think trying or using different products has been more damaging then when I flat ironed it.

  6. very informative, using homemade deep conditioners are they as beneficial as the store brands. My hair doesn’t do well with a lot of the ingredients in the conditioners so about a month ago I started making my own. My favorite is avocado, banana with a little coconut milk.

  7. Yes To Blueberry I love it. I deep condition with this from 2-24hrs depending on my patience, lol! But check out Naptural85 she has a deep conditioning recipe with mayo and one with Greek yogurt. Search her YouTube she gives great tutorials .

  8. I mix EVVO in my conditioners but I think I may add honey too since I see

  9. I really needed this as I am struggling with dry hair. Very informative. Thank you.


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