Personally, I deep condition my hair during the winter months weekly without fail! This is a MUST for my hair, especially when the temps drop! Deep conditioning natural hair is important all seasons but especially during winter. Deep conditioning is the process of fortifying the hair with moisture or protein. From time to time, your hair might feel dry and brittle. You might also experience excessive breakage or splitting along the hair shaft. These things can be an indication that a deep conditioning treatment is needed. Usually, at this point, you can use a deep conditioning treatment to retroactively remedy those problems. Some people deep condition as part of their regular hair routine.
I deep condition as a preventative measure year round. I like to include it into my routine, because it allows me to reign in any damage that might be exacerbated if deep conditioning wasn’t a regular part of my regimen. I find it easier to handle a steady monthly appointment — even a slight inconvenience –than it is to deal with hair that snaps or pops from neglect that could be preventable. Deep conditioners might have key identifiers in their names. Lookout for words like: treatment, masque, deep, penetrating, hydrating, strengthening and restorative are a few that comes to mind.
What brand you select is dependent on the needs of your hair. I like to deep condition weekly with a moisturizing conditioner and monthly with a protein treatment. This keeps the hair balanced…well moisturizerd and strengthen.
Most deep conditioners are usually thick and creamy in consistency. They are designed to penetrate the hair follicle and deposit nutrients that promote moisture retention and hair elasticity. Increased moisture content in the hair equates to increased hair elasticity. In layman’s terms, if moisture is infused into your hair shaft, it will allow the hair strand to stretch when stressed, without snapping or breaking off. If your hair feels dry and brittle, then it needs moisture. If your water based leave-ins do not seem to remedy the problem, then your hair probably needs to be deep conditioned.
DO NOT Leave Your Deep Conditioner In Too Long. If you are considering sleeping in your deep conditioner to save on time, your hair is going to be very sad. Since these conditioners are heavier, you shouldn’t leave them in for hours and certainly not overnight. This often results in mushy/spongy hair, which in my opinion, is just as bad as brittle/dry hair.
SEALING TO RETAIN MOISTURE
- Wash and detangle your hair
- Add a tablespoon size of your natural oil of choice.
- Finish off with your favorite leave in conditioner or styling cream. This method seals moisture in the hair and prevents breakage. A necessity during the harsh winter months
If your hair feels dry a few days later, use a spray bottle of water to spritz your curls and repeat the steps above. This is known as the L.O.C method. Liquid. Oil. Cream.
WEAR A HAT
Remember the days when momma used to tell us to put a hat on and keep our head covered as not to catch a cold during winter! Well I say wear a hat as not to catch wintered brittled hair. I wear satin lined hats, but wearing a satin bonnet (the cheap kind from the beauty supply store will do) under any hat, will work just as well!
And that seals the deal queens 👑