In Houston, we may love our winter hair. The lower humidity and heat mean less frizz. However, lower humidity also means less moisture for your hair. Combine it with your heater’s drying effect, and by spring, your hair can be super-dry. Now is the time to deep condition your hair and get those locks luscious for springtime.
A deep conditioning treatment is a great way to make your more manageable, softer, and shinier. That is because dry hair needs moisture. A deep conditioning treatment replaces some of the sebum or oil your hair should naturally have.
Not all deep conditioners are created equal. While deep conditioners are hair products, you should also consider them like you do skincare products. You want to pick a product that is the right one for your hair type. It also needs to be suitable for your scalp type.
The first thing you need to consider is why your hair is dry. Usually, your natural sebum levels determine your hair’s moisture. The sebaceous glands in your hair follicles produce sebum. A natural oil, sebum provides moisture to your scalp, skin, and hair. However, many things influence how much sebum you produce. Age, stress, environmental triggers, hormones, and hair treatments can impact sebum production.
Damaged hair also feels drier. Bleaching hair opens up the strands, leaving them porous and brittle. Frequent use of heat styling tools also dries out your hair.
Do you need a deep conditioner?
Everyone should be using a rinse-out conditioner every time they wash their hair. However, sometimes a quick conditioner is not enough. Most people could use a regular deep conditioning treatment. It is not appropriate only if you have excessively oily hair.
Deciding when to deep condition depends on the state of your hair. Things to consider are:
· Your hair’s overall condition
· Your natural texture
· How often do you wash your hair
· How frequently do you use heat styling tools
· Whether you color, straighten, or perm your hair
For the average person, we recommend a weekly (or every third shampoo) deep conditioner. Using it more frequently can lead to build-up. However, people with curly hair may need to deep condition more regularly. Curls make it more difficult for sebum to travel from the scalp and down the hair shaft.
You should also deep condition your hair if you are going to have a chemical treatment. If you are getting your hair bleached, lightened, colored, straightened, or permed, deep condition beforehand.
What is in a deep conditioner?
Deep conditioners have two main ingredients: humectants and emollients. Humectants bind to water. They add moisture to the hair. Emollients reduce moisture loss by coating the strand of hair with a protective film. Some people call emollients moisturizers. Deep conditioners can also have strengthening agents for fragile hair.
Regular conditioners also have humectants and emollients, and strengthening agents. However, deep conditioners contain more of these ingredients. You also leave them on for more extended periods. As a result, they should get into the strand more deeply than daily conditioners. That means deep conditioning treatments can last longer than daily conditioners.
What can deep conditioners do for my hair?
Deep conditioners can help improve your hair’s condition. They make your hair shinier, smoother, less frizzy, stronger, and easier to comb or brush.
One of the top questions is whether deep conditioners can fix split ends. Unfortunately, the answer to that is no. No product actually repairs split ends. A good deep conditioning treatment can make your hair look better. Reducing frizz and boosting moisture can lessen the appearance of split ends. The only way to get rid of them is to cut them.
Is keratin a deep conditioner?
No. Keratin treatments are not deep conditioning treatments. Keratin treatments are chemical treatments using the same type of proteins that form your hair strands. The added keratin cells smooth the surface of the hair strand. Keratin can make your hair look shinier, healthier, and less frizzy. It can also temporarily rebond split ends. If you have damaged hair but do not want to cut it, you may want to ask about a keratin treatment instead of a deep conditioner.
Can I deep condition my hair at home?
Absolutely. We have several great deep conditioning products you can use at home to keep your hair in salon-fresh condition. We are happy to help you pick the right product for your hair type.
How do I deep condition at home?
Usually, you want to apply the deep conditioner to clean damp hair. Generally, you will shampoo before you use the conditioner. However, if your scalp is not dirty, you may just rinse your hair with water.
Concentrate the conditioner on the ends and lengths of the hair. If you have dry hair or a dry scalp, you can apply the deep conditioner almost to the scalp. If you have oilier hair, use the conditioner to avoid the roots from the mid-shaft to the ends. Once you have the product in your hair, use a wide-tooth comb to distribute it through your hair. Leave on for the time listed in the instructions, then rinse with cool water.
Can I make a deep conditioner at home?
There are several products people use to deep condition their hair. We have heard of people using mayonnaise, cooking oils, avocado, yogurt, shea butter, coconut oil, honey, and beer to condition their hair. Some of them have great results. However, we are a fan of commercial deep conditioning preparations. They are designed to condition your hair and provide the most effective way to add moisture to your locks. They also rinse cleanly, not leaving food residue or grease in your hair.
Do you recommend specific products for deep conditioning?
Your hair’s needs depend on your hair type. If you come into the salon, we are happy to recommend a deep conditioner that will work for you. However, the perfect conditioner for one type of hair could be ineffective on another hair type. For that reason, we do not have a general product that we recommend.
Is a salon deep conditioning treatment different from what I do at home?
Yes. We may have unique professional products that you cannot buy that will be the best for your hair type. We also use heat to turn a deep conditioner into a deep conditioning treatment. So, if your hair is super-dry, you may want to give it a springtime moisture boost with a salon deep conditioning treatment