Basics: Deep Conditioning Curly or Wavy Hair!

Deep conditioning is basically the process of infusing your hair with extra moisture and strength.

These are few of the FAQs that I get regarding deep conditioning:


What to use?

Deep conditioning treatment can either be done using DIY (do-it-yourself) homemade hair masks or store bought ready to use hair masks. The DIYs work as good as the store bought ones. The only thing is that the ready made ones are handy, easy to travel with and available for use anytime! (I really don’t wanna get into the ingredients discussion…Lemme know if you want me to do a post on DC ingredients)


My suggestion?

As much as you might love DIYs and stick to it….always have a store bought hair mask handy. We all get lazy or busy and love to get an easy fix!!  Choose the one that suits you well!!


When to apply Deep Conditioner?

It is best to apply a deep conditioner on freshly washed damp hair. Once you have Shampooed your hair, rinse thoroughly, squeeze out the excess water and then apply the deep conditioning hair mask. There is no point in applying mask on dirty hair and then following it up with shampoo.

However, if you are using oil treatments to deep condition your hair, then you can shampoo afterwards. That is, use oil as a prepoo.


How long to keep the Deep Conditioner on hair?

Keeping the deep conditioner on hair for 20-30 minutes is more than enough to reach saturation. I usually keep it on for 30 minutes. If you are using a DIY hair mask or adding in oils in your hair mask, then keeping it on longer will help with the adsorption of the product!! Do not keep your hair masks overnight on your hair.

Based on information from various scientific blogs and hair communities….keeping a hair mask overnight can potentially do more damage than help.

The only deep conditioning that I keep on my hair overnight is oils as it takes time to seep in and I wouldn’t mind the extra conditioning.


How Often to Deep Condition Hair?

You can stick to a weekly once Deep Conditioning regimen.

If you have chemically treated, heat damaged, colored or very fragile hair, then I would surely recommend you to stick to a weekly deep conditioning frequency. Anddd you should add a protein treatment to your regiment once a month or say every 3rd week. Only if you have very damaged hair. Read this post to learn to balance protein and moisture.

Even if you have healthy hair, it is best to deep condition atleast once every two weeks.

However, it is best to customize deep conditioning frequency as per your hair’s need and your own schedule. Always take cue from how your hair reacts to the products, frequency, regimen and changes in your routine and fine-tune accordingly.


Can I apply Deep Conditioner on my scalp?

You can totally apply it on scalp and the DIY ones you surely should. But I prefer concentrating my Deep Conditioner to my ends coz those are the area that need the deep conditioning most. Scalp would already be having the natural oils. Also, the deep conditioners might give you flat top/roots if you apply too much on the scalp. try to focus on the dry ends and lengths.

However, when you deep condition with oil, try to massage some into the scalp for the nourishment!!


My Pick of Deep Conditioning Hair Masks for various budgets?

Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrasource Aloe Hair Mask

Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque (Results shown here)

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Hair Masque

Also, The Body Shop Rainforest Moisture Hair Butter but I used this one really long ago and lost the tub after few uses… I don’t really remember how it performed on my hair. But my own review is wanting me to buy it again!!

Anyway, the other 3 are my current favs!!!


How to Effectively Deep Condition Hair? Post has been scheduled for Monday Morning!! 🙂 Come back for some #MondayMotivation!!!


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