A step-by-step guide to deep conditioning at home.
Outdo the professionals and save your money by doing-it-yourself! We'll give you the secrets to their techniques, and cool tips around their equipment, that will have your hair feeling sublime.
Us old-schoolers know how to steam in any supermarket plastic bag. Some of us might have even been caught red-handed sneaking a couple of new plastics into our shopping bag ahead of our weekend steam. A great way to turn up the heat on this tried and tested method, is to do a facial steam at the same time. So, after you apply your deep conditioner, and have your hair plastic bagged/capped up, turn the kettle on as you wash and prepare your face for a well-deserved treat.
Another way to turn up the heat is to plaster your hair with conditioner before you take a hot shower, or enter a steam room. Alternatively, you can as get your blood running with exercise or cleaning, and raise your body temperature as you hoover the floor and dust out the cupboards.
If you have a dryer or steamer, then use it. Take it out of the closet or down from the attic, even if it's the 70's old electric heat cap. As long as it is in good working order, use it, for 20 minutes.
Pay attention to the type of conditioner you are using: protein treatments are best followed up with a moisturising conditioner, to ensure that your hair regains its flexibility and elasticity. Protein deep treatment are notorious for making your hair strong - strong and stiff! Make sure you apply the moisturizing conditioner hot on its heels.
How often should I steam?
Steaming each time you wash is often too much, especially if you wash your hair daily. Too much water expansion inside of your hair strand stresses your hair. Weekly should be your maximum when following a regimen to rebuild damaged strands. Bi-weekly, or even monthly, is a safe bet that you are doing your bit to take very good care of your hair. You can always alternate steams with deep conditioning masks to avoid over-steaming.
Is the cold water rinse really necessary?
No. But a cooler last rinse will help smooth your hair's cuticles, that we have just put so much effort in via steaming and treating.
The added shine benefits of a cool rinse are something you may or not see; it differs person to person. What you should see, is more definition in your natural hair. Your curl structure should be more apparent, with less frizz.
Your hair will benefit the most from a good deep treatment when it's clean. So, maximise your hair's benefits and clean, massage and rinse away the dirt and grime from your tresses, before you condition your hair to health.
When it comes to pretreating, well, that's another set of guidelines, and well, another blog...
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