Deep conditioner for natural curly hair
What is a deep conditioner and how the heck is it different to normal conditioner? Man, trying to keep track of all the different products for hair is so annoying! Especially when it comes to curly hair. But don’t worry, we could talk hair all day every day! Let’s start with basic definitions of what a deep conditioner is and why your curly (or whatever hair) needs it in your routine.
What is Deep Conditioner?
A deep conditioner is a thick, restorative, hyper-conditioning agent for hair. Curly hair absolutely needs a deep conditioner! How else are we going to get that amazing curl retention! Sometimes deep conditioner can be used in conjunction with heat as heat helps to penetrate deeper into the hair and scalp. The goal of deep conditioner is to intensely condition and hydrate to result in softer hair. The ingredients in deep conditioners consist of emollients such as organic butter like shea butter, babassu oil and mango butter. Emollients are oils or butter that are similar to the natural oils our body naturally creates. As we wash our hair, usually oil is stripped from the hair and scalp. So, these emollients are vital to maintaining oil levels on the hair and scalp.
Other ingredients in natural deep conditioners include humectants. Humectants help to preserve and maintain moisture in the hair follicles. Some examples of humectants include glycerin, aloe vera juice or gel and rice proteins. Conditioners also contain anti-static and conditioning agents, vitamins such as panthenol and acids to preserve ingredients. It’s important to ensure your deep conditioner is not packed with chemicals, silicones and fragrances that don’t help to penetrate the hair but rather, sit on top of the hair. Look for companies that list their ingredients like this one.
Why does Deep Conditioner differ from normal conditioner?
Normal conditioners are usually slightly thinner, more of a shampoo consistency and are less dense than deep conditioners. The purpose of a daily conditioning rinse is to moderately adsorb ingredients onto the surface of your hair whereas deep conditioners contain ingredients that deeply penetrate the hair, nourishing between the cuticles. Both normal and deep conditioners carry a negative cationic charge meaning they react to positive charges of damaged hair.
Both have a place in your natural hair routine. A normal conditioner can be used every time you wash, whereas a deep conditioner can be used once a week as part of a restorative routine. Some people find that actually using a deep conditioner more often than a normal conditioner is best for them. The daily conditioner is designed with everyday maintenance in mind and restores excess oils rinsed away with your shampoo, making the hair smooth, detangled, and manageable. We recommend incorporating a deep conditioner into your routine if you’re not currently using one as you’;ll see the difference in manageability, shine, moisture and curl formation almost instantly.
Do’s & Don’ts with using Deep Conditioner
- Add a deep conditioner to your regular routine. Especially if you have curly hair! Find what works for you. It could be a weekly routine or it could be every two weeks.
- Deep condition on clean hair, after shampooing.
- Always follow the instructions on the bottle regarding how long to leave the conditioner on for, utilising heat and any other instructions.
- Focus on the ends of your hair. Your ends are usually the driest area of your hair.
- Don’t deep condition your hair for hours on end. This could cause an over-saturation of oils and conditioning agents on the hair.
- Don’t mix products. Don’t add your deep conditioner to a leave in conditioner and then mix with a styling cream. Your hair really doesn’t need heaps and heaps of product to see results. Less is more. Ensure you are following instructions on the conditioner you have to see best results.
- Don’t use heat if the product doesn’t say to. If the product doesn’t say to use heat, don’t use it! Heat could cause reactions for certain ingredients.