Are you using your deep conditioner to its full potential? Believe it or not, many aren't! That’s why we’ve put together this exclusive list of deep conditioner hacks. By the end, you’ll know all you need to do to make the deep conditioning process a walk in the park and ensure that your hair drinks up all the goodness from your chosen deep conditioner.
Break out your grocery store bags.
Do you want to ensure that your deep conditioner penetrates fully? Use one of those plastic grocery store bags to trap the heat from your scalp and gently lift your hair cuticles for max penetration. All you’ve got to do is place the bag on your head and tie the bag straps at the nape of your neck.
Target your problem areas.
For many people, the hair around the hairline or at the crown of the head is the most stubborn and frizzy. If that sounds like you, then you’ve got a little extra work to do during your deep conditioning session. Go through and apply the deep conditioner all over your head (avoiding your roots) and then go back and give your problem areas another coat. You’ll notice a real difference in the look and feel of your hair.
Heat up your deep conditioner.
Instead of putting on a shower cap to enhance the product’s absorption, you can switch things up and heat the deep conditioner itself. Doing so will instantly open up your hair cuticles and amp up your deep conditioning session. Opinions differ concerning which heating method is best, but most agree that heating some water and placing your deep conditioner jar inside for a few minutes works fine. The other option is to microwave your deep conditioner in a microwave-safe container.
DIY your deep conditioner.
There will be times when you run out of your favorite deep conditioner and don’t have the time or money to get more. Whenever that happens, you can make your own deep conditioner with items you can find in your kitchen. Here are a couple that you can make in a minute or two:
- Honey and Banana. Mix one mashed banana with a tablespoon of honey and apply it to your hair to enhance its softness and moisture levels. Leave the mixture on for up to 10 minutes, and then rinse out the mixture entirely. If you’re having trouble getting the honey out, feel free to use a bit of sulfate-free shampoo.
- Egg and Olive Oil. Mix a tablespoon of olive oil and one egg to make a protein-based deep conditioner. Apply it to your damp hair and leave it on for five to ten minutes. This deep conditioner recipe is great for anyone experiencing hair brittleness or breakage and needs some serious hair restoration. Just be careful to wash the egg out of your hair afterward.
Keep these hacks in mind the next time you deep condition your hair. We wish you the best as you give your hair the utmost care!
Author: Andrea Reyes
Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of NaturallyTextured.com, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.