Deep conditioner is made of a thicker conditioner that actually penetrates the hair strands. Deep conditioners need heat in order for the hair shaft to swell and the conditioner to go inside papering over the cracks in your hair. It is very important that whether you are using store bought conditioners or making your own, that the conditioner gets some time to sit on the hair and penetrate the shaft of the hair. Otherwise, you have not gotten a deep conditioner (even if you are using a deep conditioner to condition hair.) This is not something that you want; you want your hair to get all the goodness and benefits from the deep conditioner as you possibly can.
How To Deep Condition Hair (Dryer Method)
1. After shampooing hair, preferably with a sulfate free shampoo, you can do a final rinse of the hair with warm water.
2. Apply the deep conditioner to the hair starting at your ends and avoiding the scalp as much as possible. Deep conditioner should never be deliberately applied to the scalp. While you want your hair from root to tip to be saturated with the deep conditioner, putting it on the scalp can interfere with your hair’s natural oils (sebum) and create build up. Have you ever noticed that after three days of deep conditioning your scalp is flaking? That’s the DC; do not rub it in your scalp, put it on your hair.
3. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and then go under a hooded dryer for 20 to 30 minutes. The heat allows the hair shaft to open and the deep conditioner to enter along the shaft. It is imperative that heat is used on your deep conditioner so that it can penetrate the hair. Do not use a high heat setting. A low heat setting will work just fine.
4. After you are finished with the dryer, allow the hair to get back to room temperature and then wash it out. Make your final rinse a cold one to seal back the hair cuticles.
How To Deep Condition Hair (Towel Method)
So you are weary of heat and you might not own an hair dryer. You can still deep condition hair with heat using a hot towel. The towel method is more time consuming and can last for up to two hours.
1. After shampooing hair, make your final rinse be a warm one. A rinse that is hot enough to feel comfortable on your head.
2. Squeeze out excess water and apply the deep conditioner on your hot tresses, this should allow the deep conditioner to start working right away.
3. Cover with a plastic cap and then place a towel over the plastic cap.
4. After about 10 minutes, place the towel in hot water and squeeze it out thoroughly and use it to wrap the hair. Do this every time the towel gets cool. You can keep this up for half an hour.
5. Cover the plastic cap with an old t-shirt or head wrap and keep the plastic cap on for another half an hour. Your hair should be properly deep conditioned.
Please note–just using a plastic cap can be fine as you go about your daily business or sleep with the conditioner overnight because your body heat can do the job as well.