Deep Conditioner – Beginner Haircare

Heey Queens and Kings,

How has march been treating you? I realised I havent been posting on here as often but I have been posting on Instagram and have had a lot of fun. I post more often on there specially on my stories where I show my weekly washday routine/ style.

Deep conditioners? Everyone hears about deep conditioners but not everyone sees the importance of it or knows how to deep condition effectively for their hair type. Well that’s why Im Here !

What is a deep conditioner?

A conditioner is usually a light moisturiser that replenishes the moisture back into the hair and you rinse it off. A deep conditioner has thicker ingredients, and is left for a period of time and this penetrates deeply into the hair shaft to increase moisture, hydration, shine and overall hair health. Think of a deep conditioner is a mask, think of it like a mask you use on your face – although you moisturise your skin everyday, there is definetely a boost in moisture when you use a facial mask, and thats exactly what it does to the hair.

When do I use a deep conditioner?

Firstly you should schedule it for EVERY SINGLE TIME you wash your hair. Why? Because during the week you use different products and manipulate your hair, and the hair becomes fragile therefore its important that we deep condition in order to prevent breakage, dryness and protect against extreme weather, or high manipulation styles. If you had a look at the hair regimen example post (click here), you should alter between moisture and protein to have a balanced hair.

How do I use a deep conditioner?

First things first, you have to read the label, it will say the amount of time recommended to keep the DC or best ways to boost it. You will section your hair into 4-6 parts, and section by section you will apply it with your fingers and finger detangle until knot-free and focus the product on your ends, then you will twist that section and move on to the next section.

When all the sections are done, you should put a plastic cap covering all the hair and cover that with a hooded drier or alternatively you can use wrap towel or an old t-shirt over the plastic cap which increases the heat and allows the DC to penetrate even deeper on the hair.

tip #1: I like to double up on the cap, so I use a plastic cap and a plastic bag, if I leave it overnight.

tip #2: Use heat with a hooded dryer or heated cap if you are in a rush, 10-15 minutes will be enough.

What deep conditioner should I use?

When I first went natural, I tested different deep conditioners by buying the cheap options first and seeing how it works on my hair. Sometimes the cheaper deep conditioner turns out better than a more expensive one.

My recommendation, start by using a normal conditioner that works for your hair and simply add olive oil, coconut oil and honey and leave it on your hair for 30minutes to 1 hour & watch your hair be soft, silky and shiny.

Theres only a few deep conditioner that I can use without adding anything to it, my hair is extremely dry so I have to add oils, banana, avocado but if your hair lacks protein and is constantly breaking add 1 egg to your condioner or deep conditioner and some oil and you’re good to go.

Long hair on a budget baby !

Well loves, I hope you like this post, you’d be surprise how many people actually message me about deep conditioning or have no idea what I be showing on my page. During the week I’ll be posting a video on my instagram on how I prepare and apply my Deep Conditioner, so look out for it. Let me know you came from my blog.

Hope you have a good week, remember Sundays are for relaxing, deep conditioning and doing some self care !

Why is important to know your scalp type?

Hola Queens,

On my last post we went through the scalp types and their characteristics. But how do we properly take care of our scalp type? There are 3 main reasons why it is important to know your scalp type:

  1. What shampoo to use

Do you ever get confused on which shampoo to buy, not knowing if you need a strengthening or moisturising shampoo ? Or have you ever notice how some shampoos can make your hair so stiff & hard to manage? Well, buying the wrong shampoo can be costly to the scalp & could be making your hair problem even worse. Here’s what I recommend for the different scalp types:

  • Oily scalp – an oil control shampoo could make the total difference for this hair type. Use a clarifying shampoo & Apple Cider Vinegar rinse once a month is necessary for this hair type. Make sure to use conditioner only on your hair and not on your scalp.
  • Dry scalp – a gentle, hydrating shampoo free of Sulfate & Parabens is your best friend. Infuse some oil into your shampoo to make it more moisturising. Co-washing might be your best friend. I opt for a moisturising shampoo instead of co-washing – I need my scalp to be completely cleannnn !
  • Combination – oil & product build up could irritate your scalp, so oil control shampoo such as a clarifying shampoo which also soothes is your best bet.
  • Normal Scalp – you can get away with everything. I would recommend switching shampoos every now and then & go for Ph balanced shampoos

It is important to read the label of shampoos to know the ingredients. Ensuring there are no parabens or sulfate as an ingredient of the shampoo.

2. Products your scalp & hair like

Knowing which products your scalp can handle such as oils & scalp moisturising or strength.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is very thick and dry types would appreciate whereas Jojoba oil is very light, and normal scalp types could benefit from it. Oily types could also benefit from it but I would recommend a butter mix rather than just oils. Knowing which oils works for your hair & your scalp is as important as knowing which ones to stay away from.

I have dry scalp hence why I oil my scalp every other day & I moisturise my hair scalp with leave in other days

3. Lifestyle awareness

I’m sure you have heard people saying ” I drunk a lot of water water & my hair grew ” or ” i’ve made change to my diet & my hair has been thriving” & you probably thought ” yeah right “. I don’t necessarily think its just them being healthy or a change of diet or drinking more water alone. Implementing a good nutrition & lifestyle + a good hair regimen will have your hair & scalp thriving.

I have always heard for dry scalp I should drink water – girrrrllll, I have been drinking 2 litres of water everyday for the past 8-10 years& nothing had changed so I had to change my diet, & whenever I have a healthy diet – I can see changes to my skin, nails, hair & my scalp.

What health approach should you have for your scalp types:?

Oily Scalp – Reduce the amount of processed foods you eat, and maintain a healthy diet low in sugars and carbohydrate.

Dry Scalp – Ensure you are drinking enough water & maintaining a healthy diet. Exercise often.

Normal Scalp – What you are doing is working, I advise you to continue doing what you doing.

Conclusion

Understanding your scalp & hair needs, will help you get the best out of your hair regimen, out of your products and your coin. Hair care is not only the products that you put in your hair. But your overall lifestyle & dietary choices can affect your hair & be working against your hair goals.

Thank you for reaching the end of this post Queens. I have a few questions for you all:

  • Do you massage your scalp regularly?
  • Would you like me to recommend shampoos for each scalp type?
  • Do use more fresh produce on your hair or do your eat it ??

Adios Queens ❤