Deep conditioning is any type of conditioner left on the hair for 20-30 minutes (sometimes overnight). For the deep conditioner to be truly effective, it is important that heat is used along with it. Heat allows the hair shaft to swell and the cuticles to open and allow the conditioner inside. By promoting elasticity, deep conditioning improves the strength of the hair making it more resilient which helps in length retention in the long term.
All hair types can benefit from deep conditioning but for black hair, this is an absolute must! As the hair is dry by nature, deep conditioning restores the moisture balance in the hair which stops breakage. Deep conditioning should be done straight after a shampoo especially if a shampoo with a sulphate is used as they strip the hair leaving it dry:
Here is one of my quick, budget friendly Deep Conditioning Method:
1 c of Suave Coconut Natural or Tresemme Natural Conditioners
1/2 c of honey
1/2 c tblsp of X Virgin Olive Oil
3 tblsp of Coconut Oil or Avocado Oil
3 tblsp of Castor Oil
I normally heat the oils and honey in microwave for about 10 sec. and then pour heated mixture into the conditioner. I apply it on freshly washed hair. Then wrap my hair with a plastic cap and my head wrap towel and leave it on my hair for 45 min to 1 hour.