If you love your hair, you should think about deep conditioning it. However well you look after your hair, all hair types are exposed to damage on a daily basis, whether caused by daily styling, pollution, heat tools or exposure from the sun. All of these things can cause your hair to split, look dry, dull, tired and to be limp and lifeless.
Deep conditioning treatments are your best friend when it comes to breathing life back into your hair, but if you’re left wondering what deep conditioning is and how often you should be doing it, then you’ve come to the right place. At Additional Lengths, we want to give you the lowdown on why you should be deep conditioning your hair, helping you to look and feel amazing, whatever your hair type!
What is deep conditioning?
Deep conditioning is the key to restoring and helping your hair retain its natural shine. You may feel that your hair isn’t really damaged, but the beauty of a good deep conditioning treatment is that it works as a preventative tool too, helping you to maintain healthy-looking hair all year round! All hair types can benefit from deep conditioning, as most deep conditioning treatments are packed with hydrating and nurturing ingredients that help to make your hair more manageable, whilst helping it to look healthier, shinier and feel softer to touch.
Deep conditioning treatments should be used as part of your normal hair routine, even if you use a regular conditioner every time you wash your hair. Depending on the level of damage to your hair, a good practice is to use a deep conditioner 2-4 times a month for best results. If, for example, you choose to deep condition once a week, simply wash your hair as normal and replace your everyday conditioner with the deep conditioning treatment for that one wash. Most deep conditioners need to be left on the hair for a longer duration than regular conditioners (usually anything from 5 to 30 minutes), to allow the hair time to absorb all of their nurturing ingredients.
What are the benefits of deep conditioning your hair?
Deep conditioning treatments are full of ingredients designed to soften and hydrate hair and repair damages caused by chemical processing from colouring, perming, chemical straightening and taking certain medications. They’re also a great choice for protecting your hair from the everyday wear and tear caused by styling tools and the elements. Deep conditioning also improves the elasticity of your hair, enabling it to cope better with stretching and tension and making it less likely to break. Look for deep conditioners that are full of nourishing, natural ingredients such as almond oil, avocado oil, argan oil and coconut oil, designed to nourish the hair and improve its moisture content and hydration.
How should I deep condition my hair?
Before you even start deep conditioning your hair, always make sure that the deep conditioning treatment that you’ve chosen is fully suited to your hair type or condition. With lots of different options on the market, it’s important that the type you choose works for your hair. Most deep conditioners will indicate the hair type they are suited to on their packaging, with those with fine and straight hair tending to need a more lightweight product to those with more textured hair. If you have hair extensions, avoid applying conditioner directly to your bonds as it can cause them to weaken and slip.
Here are our top tips to help you get the most out of deep conditioning your hair;-
- Always wash your hair first. Washing your hair before applying your deep conditioning treatment frees it of any dirt and excess oils, allowing it to absorb the nourishing properties of your conditioner much more easily. Make sure to shampoo your hair twice, using a shampoo that doesn’t strip it of its essential oils.
- Apply your treatment at the ends first and work up towards the roots, as it’s usually the ends that have the most damage. Massage the conditioner into the ends for best results.
- Don’t apply excessive amounts of deep conditioner to your hair, as this can weigh it down and make your hair look dull.
- Leave the treatment on your hair for the suggested duration to give it the proper amount of time to absorb. Some treatments require heat and infuse the hair cuticle for maximum absorption of the nutrients. In this case, wear a plastic shower cap and use your hairdryer on a lower setting, to help the treatment to absorb.
- Rinse your treatment with cool water, to close off the hair cuticle
Can I deep condition my hair extensions?
It’s important to take care of your human extension hair, just as you would your normal hair, and using a deep conditioner is a great way to do this. Because your extension hair isn’t physically attached to your scalp, the only way it will benefit from an injection of moisture is from the product you put onto it. For best results, try and use a conditioner that is both paraben and sulphate free, and apply it to damp hair. Never apply conditioning treatments directly to your bonds, as this can cause the hair to slip or bonds to loosen completely. Allow your hair to absorb the treatment, before rinsing away in a shower, using cool water.
As a rule of thumb, if in doubt, always consult your hairstylist before applying any new products to your extensions and remember to keep up with the correct aftercare advice and explore our range of hair masks and treatments for all of the best products to help you care for your extension hair.