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Saving Money and Deep Condition Your Hair at Home

October 26, 2011

If your a reader with chemical process hair due to coloring, relaxing, perming, and bleaching than you probably have dry, frizzy, dull hair in need of deep conditioning. Deep conditioning will strengthen your hair from the inside out leaving it soft, manageable and healthy. It is not a mask, like regular conditioners, that lay outside the top of your hair shaft and bandage the problem.

So how would you know what deep conditioner is good for you. You would want to look for a bottle that says “reconstructive conditioner” that has proteins such as: collagen, silk, wheat, and keratin. Collagen protein increases the elasticity in the hair. Silk protein softens the hair. Wheat protein strengthens and moisturizes the hair. It also increases the hair’s ability to maintain and receive moisture. Keratin protein (the strongest of the hair proteins) keeps your hair strong and pliable. Hair is actually made from keratin. This will help restructure hair that’s been damaged or broken down by chemicals. It also helps to replace the amino acid, cysteine; which is an amino acid lost during chemical processing. You will not be able to find a reconstructive conditioner with all four proteins when reading the ingredients on the back of the bottle. You will always find either or of the protein listed above. If you don’t see any of these four names on your reconstructive conditioner bottle do no purchase it. That mean it is only a mask and not what your looking for.

Steps for deep conditioning your hair using reconstructive conditioner:

combing wet hairAfter shampooing your hair and rinse. Towel dry your hair. Place conditioner little at at time in your hand like quarter size for thin hair and dollar coin size for thick hair (2 quarter coins). Rub both hands together as if you have lotion in your hands and start applying to mid shaft of your hair (the middle portion of your hair) as if you were placing your hair in a ponytail, then the ends, last place a quarter size amount and rub in your hands and rub in the conditioner to the front of hair. You might be wondering why not start with the front first. Reason is some people have a tendency of placing tons of conditioner in the front. The hair do not need to be heavily saturated. Plus if you have oily scalp once done with this process your scalp or hair will not be excessively oily and  your hair will not be limp. Once the conditioner is place in the hair. Use a wide tooth comb and comb through your hair. Please start from ends and go up to scalp. During shampooing or towel drying your hair probably was being tangle. Combing from ends to root help stop the loss of losing a lot of hair when combing wet also, lessen the cause of split ends, and cause less stress at the root from you pulling so hard to comb through.

Next you will need a plastic cap, plastic grocery shopping bag, or a roll of saran wrap. Place or wrap plastic over your hair after you have place your hair up in one pile. If you have a home dryer at home plug it in and stay under it for 15 minutes on medium heat. No need for it to be high. If you don’t have a hooded dryer wrap your hair up over the plastic using a dry towel. Your scalp will release heat with the help of the plastic and towel. Leave conditioner on your hair for 20 minutes.

After the process is complete rinse hair with luke warm water. The same temperature of beach water. Rinsing with hot water will undo everything in which you just finish doing. Hot water open up the cuticles and release the protein trap inside.  Rinse for 3-5 minutes, towel dry, and rub/spray in heat protector spray. You may let your hair dry natural now or blow dry it on medium heat.

This process need to be done once a week until you see your hair looking healthy again. Once you see and feel a big difference you can do this process once every two weeks. Please use this product only once a week or once every two weeks.  Over usage more than once a week or once every two weeks will cause the hair to dry out from getting too much protein and break.  People have a bad tendency to over use things more than needed because they are seeing good result. Always be mindful thing that are good for you will become bad if you over do, use, or over eat it. Just need to stress this point out.

I would love to say this process is 100% guaranteed to give your hair a great feel and look but this process is affected on how you take care of your hair in all. Everyone hair is different and need different regimens on what to use on their hair from beginning to end. I will write about different hair type and products to maintain having healthy hair. Deep conditioning with reconstructive conditioner is a good start for all hair, because many people over look this and think buying an expensive conditioner will do the  trick not knowing the difference between conditioner and reconstructive conditioner.  Regular conditioner help upkeep the hair after shampooing by masking the problem. This is needed after shampooing the hair. To lower the acidity ph of of the shampoo. Deep conditioner is a maintenance that make the hair strong, shiny, and healthy by fixing the problem. To be apply to your hair with steps above once a week and once you see promising results once every two weeks.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 26, 2011 12:30 pm

    That’s why mine is kept at 1 inch long. I don’t have to fret over hair conditioning, just the conditions of the economy.

  2. October 26, 2011 7:10 pm

    Oh I love this post. I just started using a new sulfate free shampoo and conditioner and they have different lines for different hair types. So now I have to go back and decide which one will be best for me based on this :). Thanks girl

    • October 26, 2011 7:35 pm

      You’re welcome and thank you, sulfate free shampoo I have never tried. I have cases of shampoos and conditioners and promise myself first finish what I have. They have expiration dates on them and hate to use something that lost the affect it should have. When my bottles are finish I do want to try out a bottle of sulfate free shampoo. My sister in law love how it feels on her hair during and after washing.

      The information above is for reconstructive conditioner and not regular conditioner. Regular conditioner is just a quick mask use for regular maintenance of the hair after shampooing. Most salons won’t sell reconstructive conditioner in store. Because some people have a tendency to over use it once they see it working. An over use of it more than once a week will cause breakage. It is like pulling on a elastic band until it break. They are mostly sold to license professional, online, and at Sally’s beauty supply. But I have not been in an American salon in two years. So I would not know if this have change.

  3. October 27, 2011 6:16 pm

    I know what I am doing in a few minutes 🙂 Thanks sooo much!

  4. October 28, 2011 11:04 am

    I sometimes like to do deep conditioning with mayonaisse. Works very well- only you have to be cautious to only use a little, and rinse VERY well.

    Egg is good too for shine and protein. My nana taught me that one when I was a kid. 🙂

    • October 28, 2011 11:32 am

      Hi Tasha, isn’t that the truth. I tried with mayonnaise a few times and did not like it, because the scent linger on me. But your right it does work. I tried the eggs as well but I was thinking too much about Sunday breakfast that I stop using it on my hair. But your Nana was a smart lady. My mom told me the same. Remedies used before all these other products came out…less expensive, work, and you can find them anywhere.

  5. October 28, 2011 3:01 pm

    hahahaha! That’s too funny. Well, I suppose you could always do the egg hair treatment early Sunday mornings. 🙂

    Love how your mom gave you the same advice as my Nan. 🙂

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