Deep Conditioning: The Secret to Great Moisture and Gorgeous Natural Hair
Sometimes moisture is just a great deep conditioning away.
By: Amanda Anderson
So you’ve ditched that treacherous relaxer, and have chosen to rock your natural texture. It’s an amazing journey to embark on the natural hair lifestyle, but for those of us who have been at it for a while, there’s moments when it just gets difficult to manage hair we’re just getting used to. We may spend most of our time trying to define our curls and maintain healthy hair growth, but if it’s one issue we will battle with most of our journey through a series of hair products, it’s maintaining moisture. Our hair isn’t happy dry, and it’s isn’t necessarily easy to keep your hair moisturized when you’re using at least 5 different products to style your tresses.
As I mentioned before, water and oils, as well as cream based moisturizers can be essential to maintaining moisture. But depending on what products you use, this particular regime alone is not enough to conquer dryness once and for all.
So what’s a natural diva to do when moisture continue to fleet her despite a nasty product addiction?
Simple. Start deep conditioning.
Now I know you may want to scream that you’ve tried this already, but I can reassure you that method is everything. If you are deep conditioning and still tackling dry hair, here are some tips to make your deep conditioner more effective and keep your hair moisturized.
1. Give your conditioner a little boost.
Your conditioner may be pretty amazing, but maybe it doesn’t keep your hair as moisturized as you need it to. It may seem logical to shop around for a new conditioner, but the simplest and cheapest way to fix this issue is to simply add a tablespoon of olive oil and honey to the product. Mix these ingredients in well, and you’ll notice a huge difference in your conditioner.
2. Make sure you are sitting under the dryer for at least 30 minutes.
Who doesn’t hate sitting under a dryer?
It’s one of the least liked beauty prep methods, but the dryer is essential to getting the most moisture out of your deep conditioner. Remember to use a plastic cap to seal in the moisture during this step.
3. Rinse your hair with cold water instead of warm.
Rinsing with cold water isn’t fun, but it works wonders for moisture. This is simply because cold water closes cuticles, and you want your cuticles closed after deep conditioning to maintain the moisture from the conditioner.
4. After rinsing, be sure to use a great leave in conditioner.
A leave in conditioner can prolong the benefits of deep conditioning. Be sure your leave in is light, moisturizing, and able to use in styling. The combination of a leave in conditioner and a deep conditioner should leave your hair moisturized at least a full week.