This blog post was requested by one of my friends (Hey, Ashleigh!). She went to the salon for some bangs and was told by her hair stylist that she needed to set up another appointment for a deep conditioning treatment. Her treatment was only going to run her about $15, but that meant she'd have to pay for the wash, blow dry and flat iron too (an additional $30). Of course she can go to her stylist for the deep conditioning treatment OR she can be cost effective and do it herself (I'm rooting for the latter). So for all the newbies out there that typically go to their hair stylists when they need a deep conditioning treatment this post is for you!
Where to Find:
First thing that you'll need to do is grab a good deep conditioning treatment up from your local beauty supply store, drugstore, Target, Sallys Beauty Supply, Ulta, super market or almost anywhere.
How to Identify a Deep Conditioner:
A quick way to identify a deep conditioning treatment (versus an instant conditioner) is to look for buzz words like: restorative, mask/masque, deep conditioner, "for damaged/chemically treated hair", treatment, deep penetrating, etc. Something that makes it seems like it's doing more than your average conditioner.
Another quick tip is to check the instructions on how to use the product. Typically they will request that you leave the conditioner on your hair for a few minutes, which signifies that it's a deep conditioning treatment.
If you don't normally condition your hair (or at least not frequently) and you style your hair with heat tools, then your best bet might be to go for a conditioner with good moisturizing and strengthening capabilities. Check the ingredients list and product descriptions for buzz words: silk, hydrolyzed proteins, wheat protein, moisturizing, or nourishing. The products listed under Deep Conditioners with Gentle Moisture Boosting Proteins (if you are not sure whether you need protein or moisture) and Milder Protein Reconstructors (if you think you might need protein/strength) in my It's All In The Ingredients
post will be a good place to start.
Some of my past (and present) favorites (and where you can find them):
Organic Root Stimulator (Target, Grocery Stores, Beauty Supply Store, Drugstores)
Nexxus Humectress Moisturizing Conditioner (Target, Grocery Stores, Drugstores)
GVP (Biolage) Conditioning Balm
Aphogee 2-Minute Keratin Reconstructor (Beauty Supply Store)
How to Deep Condition:
1. Shampoo, Rinse and then Towel Dry.
2. Separate your hair into smaller sections.
3. Apply the Deep Conditioner to your hair from root to tip on each section.
4. Once the hair is completely saturated, cover your hair with a plastic cap (or if you don't have a plastic cap on hand, then be creative and improvise with a plastic grocery bag).
6. After at least 15 minutes on your hair: Rinse the conditioner from your hair and Style as usual.
5. Cover your hair with a towel or sit under a hooded dryer for at least 15 minutes but up to 60 minutes.
That's All! Happy Deep Conditioning Everyone!
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