How serious are you about your deep conditioning routine? If you’re cringing a bit at this question, you’re probably not taking it seriously enough. Deep conditioning is an essential part of maintaining healthy curls. Why, you might ask? Well, curls tend to be drier than other hair types, as it’s more difficult for strands to retain moisture and for natural oils to work their way down the coiled hair shaft.
If you are regularly deep conditioning your curls, kudos to you! However, you might be surprised to learn there’s a correct way to deep condition your curls, which will help you get the most of the time you spend with the product on your head.
Use the right conditioner:
When selecting your product, look for one that has “deep conditioner” or “hair masque” on the package. It should instruct you to leave it on for 15 minutes or more and should be targeted towards your specific curl type or issues your hair is experiencing. Look for ingredients that penetrate your curls such as oils and butters.
Use every time you wash:
You should add the time in for a deep conditioning treatment every time you wash or cleanse your curls. Once you’ve shampooed, section your curls out and apply the deep conditioner from the roots to the mid shaft. You don’t need to apply it to the scalp.
Use steam or heat:
Deep conditioner can penetrate your curls’ shaft better when applied with heat or steam. After you’ve applied the product, cover your curls with a bag or plastic cap. Sit under a steamer or apply a heated down to your curls for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Rinse with cool water:
After applying heat, allow your curls to cool for about 10 – 15 minutes. Once they’re completely cooled, rinse your curls with cool water. This will remove the product and seal down your cuticles.