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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Back 2 Basics : Deep Conditioning


Blessings and love sisters!

When we seek to keep our regimen and hair keeping methods simple, that is, keeping to the essentials and going back to basics, it suffices to know our hair and what they really need.

So when it comes to deep conditioning, a lot natural hair divas seem to fuss over what to use and most think they have to spend lots of money for a good conditioning treatment.

Firstly, we have to know a deep conditioner is a conditioning treatment that penetrates into the hair shaft and supplies the hair with tremendous moisture, nutrients and strengthens the strands.

Secondly, all we have to know if what we need from a deep conditioning treatment.
 Here are a few should-be benefits of a good conditioner :

● Moisturizes

● Strengthens

● Softens

● Helps with detangling (partial to total detangling)

● Improves manageability

Here are a few ingredients for a simple, straight to the point, great deep conditioning treat :

an humectant : to help trap moisture in the strands, a good deep conditioning treat should have a good humectant.
For example : honey, vegetable glycerin, provitamin B5, agave syrup

oils : oils help condition the hair and help seal in moisture. The best oils are the ones that penetrate the hair shaft.
Fo example : olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, wheat germ oil, castor oil, baobab oil, macadamia oil

butters : butters do pretty much the same things as oils but help thicken the mix. They are a great addition to a good deep conditioning mix if you are not adding a regular conditioner or a natural thickener.
For example : shea butter, mango butter, cocoa butter (must be partially melted first)

waters : waters are what will deliver your precious strands with moisture. You don't have to use water but it has to be an ingredient that moisturizes.
For example : hydrosols (but try using these only with a regular conditioner to permit the oils to mix with the water), a moisturizing regular conditioner (easiest way to add texture and moisture at the same time to your deep conditioning mixes), aloe vera gel, coconut milk 

strengthening agents : they help strengthen the strands, fortify them and coat them and protect them from external damage.
For example : hydrolyzed wheat protein, provitamin B5, rice protein

detangling aids : these help detangle the hair and accelerate the detangling process.
For example : silk amino acids, guar gum (adds slip)

thickening agents : these help thicken your mix.
For example : guar gum, xanthum gum

miscellaneous : you can add shine to your hair by adding a particular ingredient, or treat your scalp. At the end of the day, it's up to you decide what other things you want your deep conditioning treatment to do to your hair :
For example : grape seed oil (for shine), peppermint EO (to stimulate blood flow to scalp thus hair growth), other essential oils for whatever other treatment you may decide

How do you keep your deep conditioning treatment simple and according to your needs?
Which ingredients do you focus on?



  1. Awesome tips! I haven't DC'ed in a while (I'm not sure if leaving in my conditioner counts!) I really want to DC again. I have most of the ingredients to make a mix so I might try this soon!


  2. Thanks sis!! You should go for a DC after so long! Your strands will be thankful!! Tell me how it goes ;)


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