There is great news for anyone whose hair is distressed and in dire need of help. Whether from over processing, over styling with excessive heat, damage from repetitive styles or environmental hair hazards–there’s a soothing, emollient fix than can give back to all hair types the life they may have temporarily lost. It’s called deep conditioning, and there are different products that all achieve excellent results when used properly. When it comes to deep conditioning for your hair, it’s not anything you can just approach in a random sort of willy-nilly fashion. In order for deep conditioning to make a difference, it needs to be conducted in much more detail than by just applying a good product and at some point following, rinsing it out.
Know Your Products
You don’t have to spend a whole lot of money in order to get a really good product for deep conditioning. And this is great news, considering all the benefit your tresses receive from these advanced formulations.
- Deep Recovery Hair Masks: These are great for restoring back life into frizzy hair that’s been damaged. You get the penetrating emolliency of effective oils and butters that nurture every part of the shaft of each strand of hair. Even when less time is indicated in the directions, these work best when left on for 30 minutes, and even longer for really brittle or thick hair repair.
- Conditioning Hair Masks: While some can be rather pricey, none cost as much as you would have to pay to have such help from a hair salon. They transform dullest, lifeless and limp hair into silky smooth, shiny hair that looks super clean, without any traces of oil or grease. Some have fragrances that are absolutely divine.
- Intensive Protein-Fortifying Masks: These fortify with proteins formulated to penetrate into the hair shaft and do their repair from the inside out. You get silky, smooth and tangle free tresses that are so touchable.
Know Your Hair
The benefit your hair will derive from any deep conditioner directly correlates to how well it’s matched to the needs of your hair’s type and condition.
- Limp and/or Oily Hair: Look for lightweight products formulated as volumizing, balancing or strengthening. They work at truly conditioning while removing excess oil from the hair. Stay clear of products claiming to be moisturizing, hydrating and smoothing–the opposite of what you need. Your type of hair has roots and a scalp area that should never come in contact with conditioners of any kind. And make sure you always rinse out all that conditioner. Some oily hair types prefer to condition first and then shampoo.
- Lifeless, Dull, Dry or Damaged Hair: You need a conditioner that will nourish your hair as well as prevent future damage. The ones to avoid will claim to strengthen, volumize and fortify your hair. for hair that is just a little dry or damaged, find a product that moisturizes, hydrates and smooths. These will balance the moisture level in your hair without weighing it down. Only for more extreme cases of damage or dryness, move to the deep conditioning products that bring the big guns to the fight. Seek out words like “repair,” “frizz control,” and “heat damaged” hair repair. For excessive damage, use once weekly until your hair begins to bounce back.