How deep conditioning can give you longer and healthier hair
Deep conditioning or oil treatment (OT) as many people know it, is probably the most important key to long healthy natural hair because (not to sound corny but) it is simply the real food your hair needs to grow.
Our hair is made up of 90% protein, especially keratin. So it only makes sense to maintain a healthy routine to retain and increase the protein in your hair.
Soo what does protein do?
Protein helps to both strengthen and grow our hair by rebuilding the areas of our hair where the protein was lost from chemical processes and heat. It also lengthens the growing/anagen phase of our hair thereby helping you to achieve growth.
For even the most battered tresses, deep conditioning has the ability to begin to repair, nourish, moisturize and restore hair even in just one trip to the salon
What are the benefits of deep conditioning?
- Deep Conditioning treatment moisturises the scalp which in turn reduces itching and flaking while enhancing the hair’s natural shine and luster.
- Helps revive damaged, weak and over processed hair.
- Helps to improve hair strength and protect against breakage
- Restores hair after removing hair extensions and braids.
Deep conditioning treatments (also known as masks) usually fall into one of two categories:
Protein based treatments and
Moisture based treatments
Protein based deep conditioners strengthen the hair, improve elasticity and prevent breakage. Moisturizing deep conditioners bring moisture back into the hair.
BUT I DO CONDITION MY HAIR AFTER SHAMPOOING??
Instead of conditioning for 2-3 minutes like you would in the shower to get your hair done, deep conditioning goes for 30+ minutes.
Additionally, where regular conditioning coats the hair, deep conditioning actually penetrates each hair shaft. In order for this to happen, heat must be applied, because it makes the hair shafts swell enough for the conditioner to enter and seal the cracks.
How often should I deep condition??
How often you deep condition varies according to the condition and type of hair one has. If you have naturally curly or colour/chemically treated hair you can enjoy a deep conditioning treatment every time you visit the salon. Afro curls do not keep oil much.
- In cases of deeply damaged hair, we recommend a twice weekly deep conditioning treatment until the hair begins to show signs of repair.
- If your hair is coloured and constantly heat styled, you may need to deep condition up to once a month. Once a week is required for hair that is very dry and brittle.
- For some clients, a deep conditioning treatment during the colder, winter months or after a week at the beach is ideal for adding moisture to dry locks
Observe how your hair handles the conditioning – if it becomes lank and greasy, you’ve gone too far. Reel it back until your hair has the body and shine you want.
Conditioning Products and ingredients
Salon-quality deep conditioners usually contain ingredients such as Shea butter, mineral oil, or soybean oil. Some contain advanced ingredients such as Hydrolyzed: keratin, oat protein, soy protein and wheat protein!
There is a wide variety of salon-quality deep conditioning treatments to try, but some of our favourites include ORS – a combination of hair-nourishing herbs, olive oil, egg protein and wheat germ oil. Mizani Hydrafuse
At Curtleys, we use only the best products and we work with you to make sure you get the best results because we know hair that makes you happy can change your life.
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