By Kinky Roots | Jun 01, 2018
We are spellbound by the wonderful things that deep conditioning treatments can do for African hair. It’s a great way to hydrate your hair, add some shine and show love to your somewhat stressed tresses. Are you doing everything right or are you just doing everything? That can have a huge impact on your results. Check out these do’s and don’ts of deep conditioning hair masks!
Discipline and commitment always pays off. Hair that is deep conditioned regularly is likely to show off softer, shinier and bouncier curls. Also, you will see a reduction in breakage and frizz. So how often must one deep condition? If your tresses are healthy, opt for deep conditioning once a month but if it is in dire need of TLC, it is advisable to make it a part of your wash routine or indulge in 3 sessions a month.
No, your styling tools are still to be sparingly used but you must use steam. It opens your hair cuticles so that moisture and the product can seep into your hair shaft and effortlessly work its magic! You can use a steamer which is a great way of opening up those cuticles or even heat the deep conditioner if you are looking for an inexpensive option.
You section, detangle and pre-poo right, but most of us make the mistake of conditioning from the roots and working our way downwards. The directions on most jars say to concentrate and focus on the ends first and work your way upwards. The ends are brittle and the oldest part of your hair. This makes them more susceptible to breakage and splitting. We all know how nasty those split ends can get, damaging your healthy hair in the process. Starting from the ends, allows for more soaking and absorption of the product resulting in better hair.
Most of us are guilty of this, aren’t we? I mean the longer you deep condition the more it is supposed to soften and nourish, right? Wrong! Over-conditioning can lead to mushy and limp hair. As a rule, steam well and let it stay for 15 – 30 minutes. If you still don’t get desired results, then maybe it’s time to switch.
Don’t give into the marketing gimmick of expensive is the best! Most deep conditioners have similar ingredients like water, gentle surfactant, humectant, etc. However, their variations may differ. We swear by this Dr Miracles Feel It Formula Deep Conditioning Treatment. It’s cheap, easy and super effective.
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