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DEEP CONDITIONING


I recieved a question recently about deep condtioning. How often should I be deep conditioning? What are the best deep conditioners to use? These questions have inspired me to write this article shedding light on the subject of deep conditioning for those who are newly natural, or are wanting to start developing a more serious deep condtioning routine.

WHAT IS DEEP CONDITIONING?

Deep conditioning is the process of fortifying the hair with moisture or protein and can be done with a variety of different commercial and at home products. DIY deep conditioners are ones that are made at home with a variety of different ingrediants such as eggs, honey and coconut oil. There are many commercial deep conditioners on the market that work just as well.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD IT BE DONE?

Deep conditioning should be done as often as the individual sees fit. I for example deep condition twice a month. My hair is healthy and and twice a month is ideal for me. If an individual tends to have drier hair or hair that is heat damaged in anyway deep conditioning every single wash day may be needed. Heat damaged hair needs to be deep conditioned more often because the hair needs that extra moisture or protein in order to repair damaged strands.

WHAT ABOUT PROTEIN DEEP CONDITIONERS?

Protein deep conditioners are deep conditioners which can be done to help strengthen strands. If an individual has been noticing severe breakage, serious split ends or heat damage then a protein deep conditioner may be for you. Be careful when using these deep conditoners. They don't need to be used too often because they can cause protein overload. Protein overload is when the hair is exposed to too much protein. It can characterized by extremely dry and brittle hair that easiely snaps apart during strand tests. Hair that


tangles very easiely and is straw like especially after protein treatments.

FINAL THOUGHTS

Deep Conditioning is an effective way to strenghten and add moisture to ones hair and finding the right one that works for you takes time. Be open to trying different types and brands of deep conditioners as well until you find one that works best for you.


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