Hair | How I Deep Condition

Sunday, 6 April 2014


Deep conditioning is one of those parts of my hair routine which I will not compromise on, no matter how tired or lazy I'm feeling. I really do believe that deep conditioning regularly is one of the key aspects of keeping chemically treated, relaxed or dry hair in good condition. I do it every time my hair is washed (1-2 times weekly). I probably deep condition more than is necessary, but it works for me so I've stuck with it.

I often get questions on how I use a deep conditioner and honestly, I don't think I do anything out of the ordinary. I use a range of deep conditioners including JOICO Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm (pictured).


In general I try to stick to the following:

1 Wet but not soaking wet hair
I like the idea of conditioning hair which is dry as then it can absorb more of the product but as I always shampoo before I condition I rarely do this. Instead I always try to get as much water out of my hair before applying conditioner, sometimes even allowing it to airdry for 10-15 minutes.

2 Add ingredients
I love adding extra oils and glycerine to my conditioners to give it an extra kick. I usually mix up batches in separate containers and apply when needed. What you add is entirely up to you. You can experiment with adding stuff from your kitchen like Olive Oil, Avocado and Coconut Milk. If I add anything that might perish quickly I usually put any left over conditioner mix in the fridge and use it as soon as possible.

3 Condition in sections
My hair is so prone to tangling I like to thoroughly detangle and separate my hair in 2-4 sections. This ensures the conditioner is evenly spread across the hair. Once I'm done I twist the sections individually and roll them up into bantu knots to keep them together.

4 Apply more to the ends
I try to concentrate most of the deep conditioner on the lengths of my hair which are more fragile. I then apply it to the rest of my hair, trying to keep the conditioner off of my scalp to prevent build-up. I also like to apply a little around my edges which need a little extra TLC.

5 Plastic Cap/Wrap/Bag
I don't have a steamer and it's unlikely I'll get one as I just don't have anywhere to put it. To achieve a similar effect I try to generate steam from the warmth of my head by covering my hair with either a plastic cap, wrap or a bag to keep the heat in. I leave this on until I'm ready to rinse.

6 Leave for at least 5 minutes
No matter how much I'm strapped for time I always leave on my deep conditioner for at least 5 minutes. It may not sound like much but I personally don't think it's necessary to devote hours to wash days. The maximum I spend with deep conditioner on tends to be about 30 minutes.


What do you do when you deep condition?

Lesley x

26 comments:

  1. Shampoo hates me so I love deep conditioning on dry hair. Plus it means that I only have to get in the shower once! Great tips Lesley!

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    1. My hair hates shampoo too but my scalp loves it! I need to deep condition on dry hair more often x

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  2. I always mix a batch of my DC and put the rest in the fridge. Before I use it again, I usually warm it for 30sec so it can penetrate better. Awesome tips!

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    1. Oh yes! I do that too. Applying cold deep conditioner makes my spine tingle! x

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  3. I like to heat my dc mix up too. honestly, my dc session is the longest part of my wash day. I like to put a plastic cap on my hair and leave it on for at least an hour.

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    1. Thank you for commenting Harlem. I used to heat mine too but now it's slightly warmer I rarely do x

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  4. I only mix up what I need for that day. I'll add one or two oils, honey sometimes, then apply to freshly washed but just damp hair. Then I'll cover with a plastic cap and wrap with a towel and rinse out in an hour.
    When I really don't want to get in the shower twice, I deep condition on dry hair and co-wash it out. Now that I think about it, I should do that more often. I like the results and the convenience

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    1. I used to use honey all the time! I ended up swapping it for glycerine as I used to make a mess with the honey. Yes, doing it on dry hair and co-washing sounds good, and definitely would be more convenient x

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    2. I love using honey to deep conditioning my skin :)

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  5. Great trips! You are totally right about not needing more than 30 mins at the most to get all the benefit from a DC, and also not using it on soaking wet hair, and the sections! All your tips are great! :)

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    1. Thanks Yvonne :). I think I read it in a book somewhere that after 30 minutes it makes no difference to how conditioned the hair is. Personally, my results have been the same since I cut the time in half x

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  6. I deep condition for 5 minutes when the instruction says 3, but I do it for 30 to 45 minutes when it says 15.

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    1. Oooh interesting! I always end up leaving it on longer than the recommended time out of habit. I'll be checking my labels now to see how long they say x

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  7. Deep conditioning is my relaxing time! That's the time that I catch up with one of my favorite shows or watch a film that I haven't seen yet. It is the laziest part of my washday, because I will painstakingly detangle and apply the DC and then plastic wrap it and then forget about EVERYTHING for the next 2 hours, lol. But my hair AND my soul likes the chilled aspect of it.

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  8. Yes, great tips lovely. I also read somewhere that after 30 minutes it doesn't do anything after that I stopped doing overnight deep conditioning unless I'm doing something around the house and I leave it in longer that'll be the only time it's in for an extended period of time. I find sectioning is easier because I can detangle and evenly distribute the product through xo

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    1. Thank you Laalaa. Yes I read that too so now I don't bother waiting longer than 30 minutes :) x

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  9. I deep condition after every wash. I am 4 months into my hhj and have gained 4 inches in length but I feel I'm due for a trim so its probably more like 3 inches. You have saved me so much time because I normally DC for 1-2hours. Thanks for posting

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    1. That's great to hear Akona. I think it's personal preference but 30 minutes to me is more than enough for a deep conditioning session x

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  10. Great post. Now I can relax because my wash days will be shorter thanks to the 30 minutes tip. :)

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  11. Hi! I love your hair. Your such an inspiration and keep me motivated hair goal wise! I was wondering, do you currently co-wash or have you ever co-washed during your hair journey? If so, how often did you co-wash, what was you co-wash regimen (like did you use a cleansing conditioner, condition, then deep condition), and also how did it benefit your hair growth, moisture, and length retention? Sorry if its a lot. I hope you're able help! :) x

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    1. Hi Ahunya, that's really sweet, thank you. I wash my hair 1-2 times weekly and when I used to cowash I would do it once a week. I used a regular moisturising conditioner then followed with a deep conditioner. Cowashing leaves my hair more moisturised but I didn't like the results for my scalp. My scalp never feels properly cleansed with cowashing and I get build-up pretty easily so I always feel like I need to shampoo. I hope that helps a little x

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  12. These are great DC tips, Lesley! I don't like prolonging my wash day because of a long DC session either, lol. Thanks for sharing this!

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  13. I just purchased this product, can't wait to try it this week!

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