Deep Conditioning

Deep conditioning is a method of using products that penetrate the hair shaft and restore moisture in the inner layers.

Luckily for us, deep conditining is the easiest thing you can do to help your hair, just slap it on and make sure it coats all of your strands. The most important thing to remember is consistency.

Your hair type, texture, porosity other factors play a large part in how you should moisturize. If you have not yet, find out your hair properties are in the first post of this series: Hair Basics.

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Why is Deep Conditioning Important?

Type 4 hair is very coily and as a result is extra fragile. Dry hair has decreased elasticity, this means manipulation can exacerbate any split ends present.  Deep conditioning gives more moisture than a leave in or regular conditioning does since it works to penetrate the hair shaft and deposit chemicals into the hair needed to maintain its health. 

What are the benefits?

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 How Do I Deep Condition My Type 4 Hair?

Start with a clean slate.
  • Shampoo your hair to remove excess product, follow with you deep conditioner. This will ensure that the product we add to the hair really gets into your hair and does not just sit on top of other products.
Dilute
  • I like to slightly dilute my conditioners with water to allow the product to easily spread throughout my strands. If you have an empty bottle on hand, add a bit of water and shake, then apply the solution. This way you do not have to worry about separating sections to coat every strand.
Apply
  • Apply your conditioner to your section. Pay special attention to your ends. Run your hands along the section smoothing and pulling the hair down to remove shed hairs.
  • Use a plastic baggy or cap over your hair to trap the moisture. Cover with a scarf to help keep in heat, run all the errands or Saturday clean with the music blasting like we have all learned to do. Just be sure to follow instructions on the container.
Rinse
  • I personally do not rinse with cold water, but the science makes a lot of sense. I do just fine with my lukewarm rinse. I don’t mind feeling just a tad of the product in my hair after rinsing, just try to get most of it out (again, lazy).
Oils
  • I personally adore adding oils on top of my conditioners and other hair products. I never seem to have any scalp issues and notice increased slip and elasticity. If you would like to add an oil to your deep condition regimen, I highly support it.
Conditioner
  • I will often follow up my deep conditioner with my regular conditioner and oil. This ensures that I know what type of state my hair will be in after I am done with my shower.

Fro Tip: If you are low porosity like me, you may find that the hair does not automatically feel moisturized. That is okay! Our hair has to open up and accept the moisture we are applying to it. Saturate your hair with water & condition your hair regularly to allow the product to fully penetrate your hair

All Done! Remember that after you deep condition, you will still need to moisturize your hair. Wrap it in a microfiber towel to remove excess water then moisturize your hair while it is still damp! Then use your moisturizer and sealant or styler.

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