Using Deep Conditioner for Curly Hair
Using deep conditioner for curly hair should be a regular part of your routine. If you think about it, your hair undergoes several natural stresses throughout the course of a day such as the weather and styling. Curly hair is already very dry and when you factor in the stresses it’s simply compounds the problem. It is important to use something that will help you combat the damage done from the stress put on your hair. I actually use a deep conditioner every time I shampoo my hair. I usually don’t even use regular conditioner anymore. What I do is wash my hair and then I put in the deep conditioner.
Best Way to Put Moisture Back Into Your Hair
Using deep conditioner on your hair is the best way to put moisture back into your hair. My hair would be extremely dry if I didn’t use a hair mask or deep conditioner. I usually let it sit on my hair while I finish showering and shaving. If you want extra benefits, you can put a shower cap on your head and let it soak in even longer.
If you have a hooded dryer at home you can sit under it and let the heat work its magic.
Recently I discovered that they have microwave heat caps for thermal deep conditioning. I plan on buying one of these and will update you all on what I think of it. You can find them on Amazon if you want to check them out.
Keeps Frizz Away
Deep conditioning is also one of the first steps to keeping your hair frizz free. It will also help with styling your hair as healthy hair is always easier to style.
There are several on the market that are formulated especially for curly hair. Some examples are Carol’s Daughter and Shea Moisture.
What To Avoid
There are certain ingredients you should avoid when choosing a deep conditioner for curly hair.
- Sulfates are notorious for stripping your hair of essential oils. They are some times listed as Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
- Parabens are a well known cancer causing agent. In fact, it would be good to avoid parabens in your make up and skin care as well. Parabens can disrupt hormone functions, which leads to increased risk of breast cancer. Other names for parabens are butylparaben, methylparaben and propylparaben. Studies have shown that women have a higher concentration of parabens in their system as compared to men, most likely due to the fact that women use more products with paraben than men do.
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Not all alcohols are bad for your hair. However, ispropyl alcohol can cause your hair to become dry and frizzy.
- Diethanolamine (DEA)
- DEA is used as a foaming and thickening agent. However, it can cause eye irritation and allergic reactions.
- Mineral Oil and Petroleum
- Mineral Oils and petroleum can clog your pores and stunt hair growth.
- Formaldehyde is mostly used as a preservative. It is another known human carcinogen and has been linked to ALS and other central nervous system disorders. Personally, just the fact that this is the same stuff they use in embalming fluid is enough to make me do a hard pass of this particular ingredient.
- Silcones coat your hair and eventually can lead to product build up. Over time, this can leave your hair limp and lifeless.
Enjoy the luxury!
Using deep conditioner and hair masks is a little luxury I enjoy for myself most mornings. It is a small thing, but it does perk up my spirits! So enjoy your time using your conditioners…you deserve it! And so does your hair.