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A HAIR DEEP CONDITIONING GUIDE FOR BEGINNERS

Deep conditioning refers to the process of applying a treatment or restorative formula to your hair to repair and rebuild damaged hair or to help foster the health of an already healthy head of hair. The aim of a deep condition can be to moisturize dry hair, improve thicker and softer hair, or to balance your hair PH.

It is ideal to give your hair a deep condition once a week but some people do it twice a week, biweekly or even once a month; it all depends on your hair type and the amount of time you can schedule for hair care. It is important to note that over doing it can ruin your hair and do the opposite of what you want to achieve. Everything should be in moderation.

Benefits of Deep Conditioning your hair

There are various reasons why you should deep condition your hair; even if you have a naturally healthy hair (hair that doesn’t need much love to stay healthy), there is still a reason for you to deep condition your hair.

  • A good deep condition strengthens the hair and prevents it from breakage.
  • It repairs already damaged hair that breaks and stops it from breaking any further.
  • It moisturizes your hair and helps it hold on top moisture longer than usual
  • It helps balance the natural PH of your hair, which is extremely important for maintaining good hair growth.
  • It promotes the elasticity of your hair, which means that your hair can withstand other hair treatments and hair styles without turning to dust after.
  • And lastly, it helps your hair grow.

Before you choose a natural hair formula to deep condition your hair with, you must first know the porosity of your hair. This will help you determine what and what your hair needs and how often you should deep condition it.

How to determine the porosity of your hair

There are two tests to help you know the porosity of your hair:

  • The Float Test: Take a few strands of your hair and drop them into a bowl of water. Let them sit for about 2-4 minutes. If your hair floats, you have low porosity. If it sinks, then you have high porosity.
  • The Slip and Slide Test: Take a strand of hair and slide your fingers up the shaft (away from the scalp). If you feel little bumps along the way, it means that you have high porosity. If your fingers slip smoothly, then you have low porosity hair.

Low Porosity Hair

Hair with low porosity has a tightly bound cuticle layer with overlapping scales that lay flat. This type of hair is usually considered healthy; because it rarely breaks and can withstand more hairstyles and treatments. Low porosity hair is hard to process since it resists the penetration of chemicals. This is why it needs heat while deep conditioning it and does not need protein in its deep conditioning formula.

High Porosity Hair

High porosity hair is the type of hair that needs protein in its deep conditioning formula. Your hair may be highly porous as a result from nature or damage from chemical processing like hair dye or environmental damage. This type of hair absorbs moisture easily and is prone to frizz and tangle in humid weather. Because highly porous hair can also lose moisture easily, it’s important to deep condition as often as possible.

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Deep Conditioning Formula for Low Porosity Hair

Ingredients

2 table spoons of coconut oil

2 table spoons of shea butter

1 table spoon of honey

1 table spoon of jojoba oil

1 egg (only if you desperately need some protein for your hair)

1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar (this helps to balance your hair PH)

Mix together thoroughly until it turns into a paste; if you don’t have a mixer, you can use a blender. Apply to your hair. Because of the oils, the paste may not be thick enough to stay in your hair. The liquid may drip down to your neck; so when you apply it to your hair, wrap your hair with a plastic wrap before you wear your hair cap and then heat.

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Remember that too much heat isn’t so good for the hair, so make sure you put the heat on medium low and steam for 15-30 minutes. It is not advisable to do more than 30 minutes. When you are done, wash your hair and you will feel the difference.

Deep Conditioning Formula for High Porosity Hair

Ingredients

2 eggs or 2 table spoons of an organic mayonnaise

2 table spoons of castor oil

2 table spoons of coconut oil

2 table spoons of avocado or half a banana

1 table spoon of apple cider vinegar (this helps to balance your hair PH)

Mix and apply to your hair, then wrap with a plastic wrap to stop the formula from dripping down your neck. Whether you apply heat or not, you hair will still absorb the moisture that it needs; but if you must use heat, please use low heat on your hair for not more than 15 minutes. When you are done, wash your hair and feel the difference.

There are thousands of haircare products out there that it can get quite overwhelming when trying to find the best product for you; and even you have found the best product for you, there may come a day that that product stops working for you. Maybe because of change of company formula or change of quality assurance system in the company that makes the product. However, a natural mix that you make yourself will never fail you because the universe never makes a mistake in giving us plants and oils and we control the quality and quantity of what we mix for our hair.

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