Whether your hair is curly, straight, dry, or oily, a weekly deep conditioning treatment is highly recommended. Not only does the treatment make your hair more manageable, but the extra hydration keeps your sebaceous glands in check, ensuring that an optimum amount of sebum is produced.
The Benefits of Deep Conditioning Treatments
Deep conditioning treatments—also often referred to as masks—usually fall into one of two categories: protein-based treatments and moisture-based treatments.
- Protein-based deep conditioners strengthen the hair, improve elasticity, and prevent breakage
- Moisturizing deep conditioners bring moisture back into the hair
Deep conditioning treatments feature many benefits. They restore the hair’s natural shine and luster. They also moisturize the scalp, which reduces itching and flaking. Many deep conditioning treatments are designed for color- or chemically-treated hair, which has a tendency to become dry and dull. For many women, deep conditioning treatments provide the ideal solution for frizzy, lifeless tresses by enhancing body and adding softness and shine.
Applying Deep Conditioners
Deep conditioning treatments usually work best when heat is involved, as heating the hair causes the hair follicles to swell for maximum penetration into the hair shaft.
Apply and work the deep conditioning treatment into freshly shampooed hair, focusing on the ends of the hair that tend to be drier and more prone to breakage and damage. Use a wide-toothed comb for longer hair to ensure more even coverage.
Apply a plastic cap over the coated hair for 20 to 30 minutes (according to the deep conditioner treatment instructions). Rinse thoroughly and style as desired.