When it comes to taking care of your curls, there is no set playbook for any naturalista to follow. What works for some may or may not work well for others. However, it’s hard to argue the benefits of deep conditioning your curls. It also turns out that there is a correct way to use your favorite deep conditioner or hair mask to get the most benefits possible. Try this routine and let us know how it goes.
Read the label:
This might sound like a no brainer but some products work best for different curl types and some have better ingredients than others. Seek out products with avocado, olive or coconut oil as those will penetrate the curl shaft to moisturize.
Pay attention to ends:
The ends of our curls never get enough love, even though they are usually the driest part of your hair. It takes some time for natural oils to work down your curl’s coily shaft, so make sure to pay close attention to the ends. This will help add oils back in and protect hair from further damage.
Use a plastic cap:
Deep conditioners do their best work when they’re allowed to sit for awhile. Once you’ve applied the product throughout your curls, cover with a plastic cap and allow to sit for 20-40 minutes. It also helps if you apply heat, which will open the cuticle so moisture can enter the hair shaft.
Use cold water:
If you don’t seal your cuticles back down, you’ll essentially be undoing all the good work you did by allowing your deep conditioner to sit for as long as it did. Cold water will close the cuticle back down and allow your hair to retain moisture.
Do it regularly:
A deep conditioner can only work if you apply it to your curls regularly. If your curls are damaged, consider it like a wound that needs time to heal. Using a deep conditioner once won’t automatically restore your curls to their natural glory; it’s going to take some time to see results. However, if you stay consistent you’ll soon be pleasantly surprised by the results you see.