A deep condition is need every 7/10 to days regardless of the state of your hair: whether you're rocking an afro, in braids or a weave your hair needs regular hydration and deep conditioning.
The objective of conditioning is to:
- Reduce porosity - this helps you retain moisture better. This reduction in the porousness of hair occurs because conditioners have a lower pH than shampoo, i.e. they are more acidic.
- Increase softness - this makes hair easier to manage
- Increase elasticity - this in turn reduces the likelihood that your hair will break as you handle it (combing, blow drying, braiding etc.)
- Normalize the pH of hair following a shampoo
The deep conditioning process:
- Detangle thoroughly
- Wash your hair with water and then your shampoo if you use one
- Apply the deep conditioner generously
- Cover your head in a shower cap (I use two shower caps) then blow dry on top of the shower cap or sit under a hooded dryer for 5 minutes. The heat helps your hair to absorb all the good stuff from the product.
- I then cover my hair in a hat or a thick scarf so the heat is trapped inside
- When it's time to wash out the conditioner, I take the showercap off and let the hair cool down before rinsing the conditioner off first with warm water, then with very cool water to seal the cuticle layer of the hair.
If you intend to blow dry or flat iron your hair afterwards you can follow the deep conditioner with a moisturising condition. This will ensure the heat does not dry the hair out too much.
A deep conditioner followed by a moisturising conditioner, say what? Yeah, according to The Science of Black Hair you can do that.
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