As someone who gets quite a bit of questions on how I maintain long, healthy, lush hair, I am surprised time and time again just how many ladies (& gents) don’t know the importance of deep conditioning their hair regularly. Deep Conditioning is perhaps the most important step in any hair regimen because it’s the key to achieving beautiful, luxurious tresses. Our wavy, curly, kinky hair is dry by nature and things like bed sheets, the weather and daily wear and tear, helps to dry it out even more. That said, it is important to deep condition our hair to give it back the moisture and hydration it needs and to restore the elasticity so our hair is better able to withstand brushing, combing, cleansing etc. without too much damage.
Most naturals I’ve come across deep condition their hair every other week or once a month. I personally deep condition my hair once a week. Even when it feels like a slight inconvenience, I always, always, always find the time to deep condition my hair one day out of every week. I mean with all the manipulation we put our hair through during the week, the least we could do is give it some love and support in the form of a deep conditioning treatment. I know this is not an earth-shattering tip, but too many people skip this step because they believe it takes too much time.
- Improve manageability- combing or detangling hair becomes much easier (both wet and dry)
- Imparts Moisture- deep conditioning infuses our hair with nutrients it needs to stay healthy
- Promotes Elasticity & Decreases Breakage- hair becomes more flexible and can stretch more before it breaks.
- Increase softness to the hair- hydrated hair equates to softer hair
- Improve the overall appearance- deep conditioning frequently helps to add shine and luster to your hair.
3 Important Things to Consider when Deep Conditioning
The following three things should be present to get the best results from deep conditioning:
- TIME: the amount of time the conditioner is left of the hair plays a vital role when deep conditioning. It takes 25-30 minutes for active ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft. After this time there is no real added benefit to leaving a conditioner on the hair. So aim to deep condition for at least 20 minutes.
- Use HEAT: cover hair with plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer for the deep conditioner to penetrate the cortex of your hair more
- COOL Rinse: rinse hair with cool-cold water to help close the hair’s cuticle which allows your hair to retain moisture
Hair Tip: When looking for a good deep conditioner always check the ingredient list first. Typically you want water to be the first ingredient on the list because it is the ultimate moisturizer for our hair but also look out for ingredients like honey and aloe vera that promotes hydration.
The deep conditioner I’ve been currently been reaching for is the Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner from Alikay Naturals. This bad boy is loaded with natural and organic ingredients like honey for deep moisture, coconut oil to hydrate and avocado oil to add slip and penetrate the hair shaft. So yes this deep conditioner is perfect for my gals out there with dry or damaged hair.
When Alikay sent this conditioner over to me I was so excited to use it because deep conditioning is the most important step in my entire hair care routine. Well…first things first—the smell. Hooooneyyyyy…the scent of this deep conditioner literally makes you want to eat it. I had no clue whether the Honey & Sage deep conditioner was a win or not but I was completely won over by the smell alone.
So does it work??? Absolutely! After leaving the conditioner in my hair (tucked under a shower cap to create heat) for an hour…BAM!!! My hair felt ultra soft and manageable. It’s as if my hair was dying for thirst and the deep conditioner gave it exactly what it was asking for. My hair drank all the nourishing ingredients, it smelled yummy and felt fabulous!
The Alikay team may have sent this product to me but I genuinely loved this conditioner so much I actually purchased the 16oz jar and the travel size jar on my own from their website. As I’m typing this I’m actually Deep Conditioning with this God sent product (Sundays are my wash days). But if you want to see just how I do it check out the video I’ve included. I really do hope I’ve been able to breakdown just how important deep conditioning our hair is. If you are on the quest for healthy hair, deep conditioning regularly is a great place to start. Talk Soon. Nuff Love, Natasha ♥
How often do you treat your hair? What’s Your Favorite Deep Conditioner?
Alikay Naturals Honey & Sage Deep Conditioner HERE