How To Maximize Your Deep Conditioning Sessions : Heat, Time and DIY's!
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The third and final part of the series is FINALLY here! I made sure to do lots of background research on this because I didn’t wanna mislead ya!
In part three I’m sharing my top tips on how to maximize your deep conditioning sessions! Stay tuned for pointers related to:
1. When and why you should or shouldn't use heat during your Deep Conditioning Treatment...
2.How long you should Deep Condition for...
Scroll down for a bonus section on DO IT YOURSELF (DIY) Deep Conditioners for all my crafty, budget-aware or simply hair-dventurous naturalistas!!!
Let's get to it!!
Heat enhances our deep conditioning sessions in two main ways. Firstly, it lifts our hair cuticles, allowing all the good stuff to be absorbed into our strands. Secondly, it can enhance the absorption of the products themselves. For example, if a deep conditioning treatment is oil/butter based, heat can be used to break down fat molecules so that they are small enough to be absorbed.
There’s three types of heat you can use, in decreasing order of effectiveness:
This type of heat is moist heat. Moist heat is created when water is heated using electricity and the steam is channeled into a dome-shaped hood. One sits under this hood, without a plastic cap, and lets the moisture infuse into their strands. Moist heat is best used with moisturizing deep conditioners. If your hair is really dry and is prone to damage, using moist heat can bring relief.
2. Dry Heat
This type of heat is produced from an ordinary hooded dryer. Oftentimes, you’ll find this type of heat in salons that don't want to invest in a steamer and a dryer. When using a hooded dryer to deep condition your hair, apply your moisturizing deep conditioner and then a plastic cap. Wearing a plastic cap is absolutely critical as the heat from the hooded dryer will leave your hair crunchy. Dry heat vaporizes the moisture on and around our hair and lifts our cuticles, allowing the product to be better absorbed into our strands. Dry heat however, is not as effective as moist heat.
3. Body Heat or Low Heat
This is the cheapest and most cost-effective way of adding heat to your hair. All you have to do is don your plastic cap and allow your head’s natural heat to do the job! Our head’s produce lots of heat. We can trap this heat using plastic caps and use it to enhance our deep conditioning treatments.
Alternatively, you might use the “hot towel method”. In the “hot towel method” you don your plastic cap over your deep conditioning treatment. You then, dip a towel in hot water, wring it, and then wrap it over your head. This additional heat can greatly enhance your deep conditioning session.
Note better: Do not use any type of direct heat during your protein treatments. Protein coagulates in temperatures above . Oh yes! I once had a case of cooked egg on my head!
Most deep conditioners are fully absorbed into the strand within 15-30 minutes of application. However, one's that are oil-based might take a little longer to be absorbed. For example, if you have added coconut oil to your deep conditioner, I’d suggest keeping it on overnight in order to reap the full benefits of your deep conditioner. Check out my overnight deep conditioning process here.
Protein Deep Conditioners need the least amount of time to be absorbed. Usually, 3 -7 minutes is enough. If you leave your DC on for longer, you might suffer from protein overload. Your hair will feel hard and very brittle. It will literally break off like a dry stick in dry summer heat! Not cute!
Bonus DIY Deep Conditioning Recipes
1. More Moisture Mix
Generally, the following ingredients have lots of moisture – coconut milk, aloe vera juice, honey, glycerin and banana.
1. 1 cup of coconut cream
2. 1 tablespoon of honey
3. 2 tablespoons of olive oil
Mix these ingredients into a thick paste and apply onto your freshly washed hair, then don your plastic cap. You'll looooveee the results!
2. Protein Mix
Generally, the following ingredients have lots of protein – egg, mayonnaise, greek yoghurt, gelatin, avocado.
1. 1 cup of Greek Yoghurt
2. 1 tablespoon of Mayo
3. 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil
I absolutely loove this mix. My hair feels really loved after this - like literally. My kinks and coils are bouncy and shiny. Trust me this recipe is swank!
I sure do hope that you found this series helpful and informative! If you have any questions, please leave me a line down below!! Orrrr, if you have any other knowledge you'd love to share, please do leave us all a note down below..! Sharing is caring..! (Lame but true!) :-P
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