Deep conditioning is applying thicker based conditioner in your hair for a specific amount of time before washing it out unlike the leave-in which isn’t meant to be washed out. It is an essential part of natural hair regimen especially for dry and damaged hair. It works by penetrating the hair shaft and this is achieved better with heat. Just like leave-in conditioners, deep conditioners come in two types, the moisture and the protein based. Protein based conditioners are meant for damaged hair, hair strengthening, enhancing volume and improving elasticity(stretch ability), but on the downside, a protein based deep conditioner might leave your hair hard as it contains keratin, so heres where a moisture based deep conditioner is needed to help soften it afterwards and regain moisture. You can also DIY deep conditioners with simple things around the house.
Cleansing your hair is very essential for healthy hair and growth. With relaxed hair, we were made to fear regular cleansing except once in months when we take down protective styles and get ready for another chemical application; hence many of us did not wash as regularly as we should. But with natural hair its different, you need to cleanse hair as often as possible to get rid of product buildup, scalp itchiness, dryness and also ensure that your hair is properly moisturized, and what other thing comes to mind as a shampoo… well! Not just any shampoo but one that’s sulphate free, does not strip the hair off its natural oils and also has moisturizing properties. Examples of such shampoos are VO5 moisturizing shampoo, Crème of nature sulphate free shampoo, Bee mine moisturizing shampoo and a whole lot of them out there. African black soap is another ideal cleanser that’s widely used by natural haired. Black soap is known for its natural properties which cleanses while also keeping the hair supple without entirely striping it off its’ natural oils.
It might seem quite unnecessary to add oils to hair since human scalp contain glands that produce sebum which keep the scalp hydrated, form protective layers to keep hair healthy. However frequent washing and exposure to harsh weather especially the sun and dust can strip the scalp off its natural oils thereby making it dry, itchy and frizzy and for that reason natural oils are a necessity in every hair regimen especially natural hair. Coconut oil, olive oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, castor oil and the lots of them, though with different properties and functions, some have more moisturizing properties while some are sealing but in all help to nourish the hair, prevent dandruff and add shine to natural hair. They also improve blood circulation through massage and stimulating the hair follicles thereby enhancing growth. As usual its advised to find out what works more for your hair and for what purpose you need them as no to heads are the same.