Deep conditioning is an essential part of your curl care routine. Without deep conditioners, your curls run the risk of becoming dry and being difficult to style. Therefore, you'll want to consider adding a deep conditioner into your regular curl care routine. When you do decide to use a deep conditioner, using it correctly is a key part of the routine. These are the three commandments of deep conditioning. After you try these tips, let us know if it works for you!
The Three Commandments Of Deep Conditioning
Deep conditioners are essentially useless if you don't allow it to sit for the right amount of time. In order to be its most effective, a deep conditioner has to sit on damp curls for at least 30 minutes. For very damaged strands, you might want to consider allowing the product to sit for up to 60 minutes, or even overnight for extreme circumstances. Cover with a plastic shower cap to avoid transferring the product to your pillowcase.
Utilizing a bit of heat while deep conditioning can improve the efficacy of your deep conditioner. When heat is applied during a deep conditioning process, the cuticle is gently lifted. This allows moisture to deeply penetrate the curl shaft. You can cover your curls with a plastic cap and wrap your head with a warmed towel, or sit under a steam hood to help get head to your strands while deep conditioning.
Choosing the correct product is more than half the battle when it comes to using deep conditioning treatments. If you notice your curls are especially dry, you'll want to seek out products that can enhance moisture. Look for ingredients such as humectants, oils, and butters. When curls need help to minimize breakage, deep conditioners featuring hydrolyzed proteins can be helpful to restructure damaged strands. When you need an overall balanced product to help elasticity, and balance pH levels, check out a deep conditioner featuring oils, proteins, and amino acids.