Relaxed or natural, I think deep conditioning is essential and for natural hair, it is more important. Restoring the hair’s moisture is a vital contributor to healthy, long natural hair growth. It helps promote softer, shinier and stronger hair. A good deep conditioner should always contain nourishing ingredients to help treat and prevent breakage, brittle ends, knots and tangles and overall make your hair more manageable from root to tips.
I mentioned in my Natural Hair Routine, I use my DIY deep conditioner to deep condition my natural hair. I got tired of buying deep conditioners from the store, then I started mixing my own. A good moisturising deep conditioner can be made from items available in the kitchen.
Background on my Hair: My hair type is 4c (meaning it is coarse/tightly coiled with little definition) and low porosity (does not take up products easily). For me, deep conditioning is a must to make my hair more manageable.
My DIY Moisturising Deep Conditioner: I use a good silicone free conditioner as a base, then add oils and other things I know my hair needs
- Honey – Antiseptic, Humectant and adds shine
- Coconut Oil – Easily absorbed oil with healthy fats, provides protein and anti-oxidant to deep condition, heal & re-grow hair.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – it is lightweight, deeply penetrates the hair cuticle so moisture and nutrients are absorbed. It has anti-inflammatory properties that promote scalp health and prevent dandruff.
- Avocado Oil – High in vitamin E, Fatty acids
- Banana – Potassium & Vitamins that thicken and grow hair
- Egg – Protein, Omega 3, Fatty acids
- Tresemme Botanique conditioner as needed for my entire hair.
- 1&1/2 tablespoon of Coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1/2 tablespoon of Avocado oil and
- 1/2 tablespoon of Honey
- Once in a while for intense moisture, I blend a banana, sieve to remove the lumps, then add to the mixture
For Protein Treatment: I add an egg or 2 tablespoons of mayonnaise.
- I mix all these in an empty plastic
- Then apply the mixture to my hair ensuring I coat my hair from root to tip, focusing on my ends.
This mixture smells yummy.
My Deep Conditioning Routine: I deep condition my hair once a week. After washing using my DIY African Black Soap Shampoo or co-wash my hair,
- I apply my deep conditioner
- Cover up with plastic cap
- Apply medium heat via blow dryer,
- Then cover with my shower cap to trap the heat.
- I let it sit on my hair for a minimum of 30 minutes
- Detangle my hair very well
- Then rinse and style.
This always leaves my hair so soft and highly moisturised.
Deep Conditioning Hacks/Tips:
- Place your deep conditioner in a bowl of hot water to warm it up
- Section hair into 3 or 4 parts before applying the conditioner.
- Use plastic bags (nylon) if cap is not available to cover hair.
I hope this helps someone in making your their own DIY Deep Conditioner. Share below if you make your own Deep Conditioner and what you put in the mixture.
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