This time of year there is a lot of talk about keeping hair moisturized during the autumn and winter months. We’ve learned that all hair types need a healthy balance of moisture and protein to keep the hair shaft strong and resilient against breakage.
One way to minimize hair damage is deep conditioning. I have put together a little T or F/Q & A to help you get the most out of your deep conditioning process:
True or False: You should apply deep conditioners to damp, yet unwashed hair.
False. Shampooing is essential to a deep conditioning treatment. Shampoo will remove buildup and dust that has accumulated on the hair and scalp. Those impurities could minimize the effectiveness of the deep conditioner. Some online information suggests applying deep conditioners to unwashed hair, which could help with detangling. I have found this tip to work, but after I rinse the conditioner out I still have to shampoo and apply conditioner again which is time consuming. When rinsing shampoo from your hair, remember to use cool to warm water only. Hot water and your hair are not friends!
Q: What is the proper way to apply a deep conditioner?
A: Keep this in mind: the purpose of conditioning or deep conditioning the hair is to moisturize the ends so they become less prone to breakage. With that said, apply deep conditioners to the bottom ¾ of the hair. Applying conditioners throughout the entire length of the hair could weigh down finer hair types. Use fingers or a wide-tooth comb to help with detangling. If your hair is extra dry (almost crunchy to the touch), blend a sealant like Ovation’s Essential Hair Oil with the Intensive Repair Hair Mask to lock in moisture.
True or False: To achieve maximum deep conditioning results, always add heat!
True- if the conditioner contains ingredients that can penetrate the hair. If this is not the case, adding heat won’t have an adverse effect; it simply will lack a benefit. For deep conditioners that benefit from heat there are a few ways to incorporate that element:
- Microwave a damp towel or hair turban for 10-15 seconds and USE CAUTION! The towel may be hot to the touch.
- Cover hair with a plastic cap and apply heat using a hooded or hand-held blow dryer
Q: How long should a deep conditioner remain on the hair? What about rinsing the conditioner out?
A: Most products will specify how long a conditioner should stay on the hair. Generally, 10-15 minutes should be beneficial for any hair type, especially when heat is incorporated to the process. Fine hair types should require less time than thick or coarse strands. Rinse your hair with cool to lukewarm water to create shine and smooth in one direction towards the ends to minimize frizz.
There is a lot of debate online about whether or not it is beneficial to leave some deep conditioner on your hair. Using conditioning product free of silicones, waxes, and polymers will reduce residue on the hair. If you are using products that contain any of those ingredients, we suggest using Ovation’s Clarifying Shampoo periodically to remove buildup from the hair and scalp.
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