How do you properly deep condition your natural hair?

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Deep conditioning can be tricky, depending on how often your hair is in DIRE NEED of moisture. Maybe you are facing a harsh winter, or maybe you don’t know how often you should deep condition.

How do you know if a deep conditioner is good or not? How can you tell, based off of ingredients that it is going to penetrate the strands? What should us curly girls and coily chicks look out for before buying deep conditioners/different masque treatments?

After reading a couple articles and doing my research on this topic, I found that the key to finding the perfect deep conditioner is to truly become an ingredient expert. Yes, ingredient police. Utilizing this skill will help you better determine what deep conditioners you should use, and what to look out for.

But wait…how do I know what ingredients are going to work for me?

Heres a quick breakdown of ingredients that penetrate the strands and help you maintain moisture, and then I will give you some quick tips on how to PROPERLY deep condition your hair:

How do I know what ingredients are going to deep condition my strands?

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The key to deep conditioning is making sure that the ingredients in your conditioner are actually PENETRATING the strands.

While deep conditioning, its important to have the conditioner penetrate your strands at 35 degrees celcius (temp can be obtained by hooded dryer, or covering with a plastic cap).  The ingredients that will help penetrate include hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed silk protein, coconut oil, cetrimonium bromide, panthenol, some silicones.

Many can penetrate in between the layers of the cuticle and into the cortex of the hair. Each ingredient has its own time for penetration ranging from minutes to hours. Timing can also depend on the condition of the hair; whether or not it is damaged, color treatment, extremely dry, etc.

Here are some two tips on how to properly deep condition your natural hair: 

1. Put a plastic cap over your hair and then apply heat for up to 30 minutes. The time the conditioner is left on the hair combined with the application of heat increases the penetration of some ingredients.

The warmer your hair is, the deeper the penetration into the hair and the more effective the conditioning treatment. Now, I am a busy girl, with responsibilities ranging from work to school to trying to start a business. For me, I prefer to deep condition on the go. Now, what does that mean?

Deep conditioning on the go simply means to apply the deep conditioner, cover with a plastic cap/saran wrap as I like to do ;), put a bonnet on and a hat and you are good to go. Whether you have to run errands, have an event to go to (just make sure the hat is cute), deep conditioning on the go works for me so I don’t have to wait by sitting under the dryer and what not. Try it out and lemme know if it works for you!

2. Last tip: Always rinse with cool water.

Alot of naturals don’t know this. I didn’t know this. Always rinse the conditioner out with cool water because cool water seals the cuticle, so you will not lose the moisture that you have already put into your hair.  After you deep condition your hair it should ALWAYS feel softer, moisturized, shiny and more manageable.

Thats all I have for today. Thanks guys! Share your thoughts and comments below. Pray for me as I try to stay awake for the rest of the work day. HA!

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Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”

Source: http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/11/how-to-properly-deep-condition-natural_27.html

How to refresh second day hair in three easy steps!

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Ever wake up in the morning and can’t figure out how your second day hair got so frizzy and dry? Ever wanna just pick it out, without worrying about having to rewet it or wash your hair over?
I am sure that this is every natural hair girls dilemma…how do you achieve a nice, simple, second day or third day hairstyle after your style has been depleted?
Today was one of those days. I woke up LOOKING CRAZY, but did not want to wash my hair over. To remedy this, I decided to refresh my hair using water in a spray bottle, my favorite styling product, some coconut oil and a pick.
Here is a three step formula in which I got my second day hot mess to look half way decent:
1. Spritz the areas of your hair in which you want to reshape
When I woke up this morning, my curls in my crown area were pretty much gone, while I had a few curls towards the back of my hair and the sides. I decided to spritz the crown area of my hair with water using a spray bottle, as well as the back of my hair due to severe dryness. The crown area of my hair seems to maintain moisture more so than the back, so I VERY LIGHTLY spritz the crown area, and gave the back of my hair more moisture. This step is important when reshaping because before you style, you want to make sure your hair isn’t super dry.
2. Apply your favorite styling product to desired area
The styling product I used for my hair is the Olive Oil Smooth N Hold Pudding. Best stuff ever when you are trying to achieve a style without a gel like hold. The smooth and creaminess of this product is perfect if you are trying to achieve a style without super defined curls, like an afro or a bantu knot. I simply took a dime sized amount of product and applied it to the desired areas of my hair. I did not SLAP the product on — I applied the product to my hair and finger raked it into my hair to make the product is distributed evenly.
Otherwise, the product would have just been sitting on my hair and that ain’t cute.
3. Pick it out, moisturize and style as preferred!
I love picks, y’all. Like, I LOVE PICKS. #teampicks!
Seriously, they are life savers, especially if you are a 4a doily chick who suffers severely from shrinkage. To use a pick, all you do is stick in it the root of your hair, gently lift the root and the ROOT only – I say root only because you want to make sure that you are not actually taking the pick to the end of your curl, otherwise you will ruin the curl pattern; you simply want to stretch your roots to stretch your hair out. You repeat those steps across your whole head until your hair looks the way you want it to look and ta da! You are done, and ready to go.
Don’t forget to take your favorite oil and moisturize your hair, to seal in the moisture. For this style, I used the spectrum unrefined coconut oil. Its like, $12 bucks at your local grocery store and works like a charm. Quick tip: When purchasing coconut oil, always make sure its UNREFINED. Since coconut oil works in different instances, you want to make sure that it is as pure and unprocessed as possible. Refined coconut oil is used to withstand medium to hot temperatures while cooking. Since you are simply using this to seal in moisture, you want to make sure it is unrefined. Always. 🙂
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Thanks guys. Share your thoughts and comments below!

Always remember: You are Fearfully, Wonderfully and “Beautifully mane.”