What is Deep Conditioning?
What does healthy happy hair look like? When your locks are clean, quenched, soft to the touch, and gleaming, it's easy to feel like a million dollars. Even those who tend to go low key with their hair care routine know the importance of a good scrub and a deep conditioning every now and then. From blasts of cold wind to furious sunshine, hairdryers and straighteners, pulled up ponytails, pollution, and more - it's tough keeping your hair sweet and soft and in the modern world. A natural deep conditioning hair treatment can instantly lift your tresses and send much-needed moisture and essential ingredients right down to the roots so your hair can eat up all that rich protein and shine once more.
When you deep condition your hair you are taking the time to coat every strand with something nourishing so that it gets exactly the nutrients it needs. This easy home process can reduce the stress factors of split ends, dried locks and tangled frizz, and will even help reduce the damage that can be done by heat, coloring, and environmental factors. The result? Healthy happy hair growth, locks that know how to retain moisture, and fulfilling all your natural hair needs so each strand can shine.
Key Ingredients In Homemade Deep Conditioners
While it may seem easy to turn to a store bought hair mask or deep conditioning treatment you probably have all the best ingredients stashed in your kitchen cupboards. A homemade deep conditioner can work wonders on the scalp and hair and often comes free from chemicals and ingredients that can cause a build-up in your hair. Not only will a homemade conditioner be more cost-effective but you have the added benefit of knowing exactly what is going on your head. Take a look at these key ingredients for natural hair care.
Coconut Oil - Bring sweet-scented moisture and sublime softness back to your hair with a dollop of creamy coconut oil.
Banana - Strengthening potassium, vitamins, and natural oils ensure banana is a beautiful element for your hair, bringing elasticity, shine, and silky smoothness to the party.
Olive Oil - Use olive oil to encourage hair growth and thickness, to get rid of dry split ends, to bring a glut of glorious moisture to the scalp, and to encourage healthy shine.
Greek Yogurt - Rich in protein and B5, Greek Yoghurt is a glorious ingredient to add to your home hair treatment list.
Honey - Smooth out your follicles and lend lots of moisture to your strands as you slather the golden glory of honey onto your head.
Avocado - Potassium, magnesium, and a whole range of magical ingredients bring b complex vitamins that help hair grow healthier. Avocado is also rich in moisture meaning it can cut out the chaos of dry split ends and make your hair healthy and shiny.
Mayonnaise - It may sound like a strange choice but mayonnaise brings together the beautiful combo of egg and olive oil - both of which bring endless shine and strength to your hair.
Egg - As mentioned above, an egg is an amazing ingredient to add to your hair mask. Eggs are brimming with proteins and ever ready to bring shine, texture, and elasticity to each follicle.
How To Deep Condition Your Hair At Home
Whatever recipe you choose for your method of deep conditioning for natural hair there is a step-by-step process that makes your DIY treatment as easy as can be. Just follow these few steps on how to deep condition hair naturally...
Step 1 - Know your hair - the first thing you need to do is to take a look at your hair and figure out exactly what it is crying out for. Is it dry? Is it frizzy? or is it slick and oily? Knowing your own hair type will help you to pick the ingredients that can be worked into your home hair pack. Dry hair will need lots of moisture-rich choices, frizzy hair calls for smoothing elements, and split ends require punchy proteins to pick them up.
Step 2 - Contrary to popular belief you may want to use your home hair conditioner before you shampoo. Slathering your hair mask on before you shampoo can be a great way of detangling your hair and getting it in great condition for soaking up the shampoo goodness. This may be a great step for those with oilier hair. For those who want to do the traditional wash and deep conditioner treat - this also works.
Step 3 - When its time to get down to the DIY deep conditioner your aim is to evenly distribute the lotion from roots to tips. You can use your fingers but a large-toothed comb can certainly help make things easier.
Step 1 - Use a shower cap to cover your head when the lotion is evenly distributed and let the hair treatment get to work for around 20 minutes or 30 minutes.
Step 4 - Rinse thoroughly with cold water to close the cuticles and then wash your hair as normal to leave no trace. Let your hair dry naturally if possible to avoid stripping back the moisture immediately.
DIY Deep Conditioner Recipes for Damaged Hair
Banana, Milk, and Honey
- 1 banana
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons milk
- 4 tablespoons olive oil
Mix all the ingredients into a smooth paste, slather onto hair and sit tight for 20-30 minutes as the array of proteins, natural oils, and minerals get to work.
Greek Yogurt Goddess
- 1 egg
- A cup of greek yoghurt (can vary depending on hair length)
Greek Yogurt is glorious for dry and damaged hair requiring a lot of moisture to bring back its oomph. Simply whip up the creamy ingredients together and comb through wet hair. Let sit for 20 minutes under a shower cap before rinsing off and using a mild and gentle all natural shampoo to cleanse.
DIY Deep Conditioner Recipes for Dry Hair
Olive Oil and Essential Oil
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- a couple of drops of your fave essential oil
Dry hair is ever thirsty for moisture and by blending a little olive oil with one of your favorite essential oil choices you have made a super easy conditioner for dry hair. Warm the oil up a little, add a couple of drops of essential oil (lavender, rosemary, zesty grapefruit). Massage the oil into your scalp and wrap in a warm towel or use a shower cap and let sit for 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and apply shampoo for a quick clean.
Coconut Oil and Honey
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon rose water
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
Pour all the ingredients into a bowl, make sure to mix them up and slather onto hair, leave for 15-20 minutes and let the deep conditioning treatment do its work. Rinse thoroughly and enjoy the bountiful benefits of all those healthy fats, conditioners, and ingredients known to lock in moisture.
DIY Deep Conditioner Recipes for Natural Hair
Herbal Water Conditioner
- 1 cup water
- half cup of aloe vera gel
- half cup of coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- few drops of rosemary essential oil
An easy fusion of coconut milk, aloe vera, and a few drops of your best rosemary essential oil is here to bring harmony and healing to your hair. Melt the coconut oil and add the essential oil in. Blend up the aloe vera, coconut milk, and cup of water into a spray bottle before adding in the oil mixture. Spritz your whole head generously and let sit for a while until time to rinse. This is also a great little hair pick me up to apply as and when needed when hair feels dry and dull.
DIY Deep Conditioner Recipes for Curly Hair
- Half an avocado
- 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
This is one of those deep conditioners that is amazing for curls and is ever ready to bring your locks back from the brink of despair. Mash the avocado with the oil until it hits a creamy consistency. Mix in the rest of the ingredients and feel free to add a little more mayo if you need to change the viscosity. Put the DIY conditioner onto your hair and let the natural products sink in for 20 minutes before rinsing out.
Egg Yolk and Coconut
- 1 egg yolk
- 2 -3 tablespoons of coconut oil
A super swift remedy that is sure to lead you to healthy hair, whisk up one protein-rich egg yolk with a couple of tablespoons of virgin coconut oil and apply to freshly shampooed damp hair. Let the whole treatment sit for 20 minutes or so as your curls soak up the benefits before using cool water to rinse.
FAQ About Homemade Deep Conditioning
Here we answer all these curios questions about using homemade hair treatments to get glorious locks that gleam...
How Often Should You Deep Condition Your Hair?
It's recommended to opt for natural hair treatments or DIY deep conditioners once or twice a month depending on hair types.
How Long Should You Leave The Product On For?
When giving your hair a deep condition treatment its recommended to apply and leave on for at least 15-30 minutes to make sure your hair has plenty of time to soak up all the protein, healthy oils, and other much needed goodness.
How do you fix dry brittle hair?
Hair that is dry and brittle will love a treatment or mask that brings fatty rich ingredients like yogurt with its strengthening style, egg with its protein, coconut oil with its moisture, and honey for its hydrating help. Be sure to slather on DIY deep conditioners once or twice a month and reduce the build-up of heat and oil stripping products.
Is Mayo a deep conditioner?
While it may seem strange to mask your hair with mayonnaise, this blend of egg and oil can actually work wonders as a hydrating hair conditioner. If you are put off by the scent you can add rosemary or thyme essential oils to help keep the scalp healthy or use honey on the hair for a brightening bonus.
Can coconut oil be used as a deep conditioner?
Coconut oils are incredible when used in a hair mask or DIY conditioner. Even store bought products use coconut oil in the ingredients list. No matter what kind of hair you have, you can apply coconut oil and let your scalp and each and every strand reap the benefits.
Which DIY hair treatment will you be turning to? Share your favorite home hair products and recipes with us and let's lift our locks to a whole new level of lustre.
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