You cannot deep condition your hair using a regular conditioner. That’s the first thing you need to keep in mind. A regular conditioner only acts on the surface of hair and does not have the ability to penetrate any further.
If your hair is damaged it means the cuticle layer is uneven. In this case you need a deep conditioner to penetrate through to the damaged areas for repair and maintenance. This repair and maintenance is not permanent, it only last a few days, that is why you need to deep condition at least weekly.
Overall, a regular conditioner:
And a deep conditioner also:
What about if your hair is healthy? Is a deep conditioner still needed?
If your hair is healthy the cuticles are lie flat and don’t have holes and gaps of damage. This means that a deep conditioner will mostly act on the surface; however, as damage can’t be observed by the naked eye, any small areas of damage will be fixed.
With healthy hair a weekly deep condition is not vital but it will definitely help to maintain the healthy condition of your hair.
Deep conditioning healthy hair is similar to a person with a fabulous diet also taking a vitamin pill – it isn’t necessary but it ensures they are definitely getting everything their body needs.
4/2/2015 03:37:02 am
When I wash my hair it doesn't shrink and I have 4c hair. What's wrong with my hair.
4/2/2015 04:40:06 am
I don't think anything is wrong with your hair. Worst case scenario is that it is damaged. Have you used heat recently? If not it can just be the awesome you hair.
4/2/2015 05:44:19 am
Is the Wen cleansing conditioner a good product to use for Naturals?
4/2/2015 08:21:45 am
To Tanisha, yes i use Wen hair product, but I only use the fig condition. The fig condition only works good on my 4C hair lol.
4/2/2015 03:24:37 pm
What other products work well on 4c hair?
5/2/2015 04:41:06 am
Thanks, Rasheeda I've tried Fig and I like it I have 4c hair also. I'm new to this and just wasn't sure if it was something I should continue to use.
4/2/2015 03:34:28 pm
Hello..I have 4C gray hair. When I sweat it shrinks and smells like I've been in the gym. Help !!!!!!!
5/2/2015 04:41:21 pm
That's a tough one...it could be a dietary thing or your sweat interacting with hair products and then smelling. Has this always been the case?
4/2/2015 04:45:22 pm
What are the essential ingredients one should look for in a deep conditioner, that are not found in regular rinse out conditioners?
4/2/2015 09:11:41 pm
I have coloured hair that is thinning what deep conditioner can i use
21/2/2015 12:21:24 am
Great info..By the way how do i find out my hair type.I have alopecia and my hair is severely damaged right now.Before being diagnosed with alopecia i had lost almost my entire hair back in 2096 by 2009 my hair grew back all the way i had so much hair it was unbelievable i didn't know i had alopecia then so i believe it will grow again like back in 2009.
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