Heat + Deep Conditioning

Posted by Dominiqe Taylor on

If you are deep conditioning, you should definitely consider implementing heat.
Here's why: 
  1. Heat will help to open up your cuticle and help your hair absorb the deep conditioner better. It helps it to sink in as deep as it can possibly go. 
  2. It helps the active properties to adhere to the hair better. 
  3. It melts the products into the hair 
  4. Your hair will receive more moisture from the heat. 
Here are some ways to implement heat when deep conditioning:

Option 1:

If you have thin-to-normal hair, this method is easy, quick, and effective

- After washing, rinse hair in hot water, apply deep conditioner, and cover with a plain old shower cap.

- You can just do all three of these steps in the shower.

- The heat from the hot water gets trapped in the cap and helps the deep conditioner to absorb better.

- Leave on for 30-40 minutes and rinse in cool water. 

Option 2: 

This is a budget -friendly + effective option!

- Boil a kettle or pot of water. 

- Grab a strainer, a jersey towel or t-shirt, a shower cap, and tongs. set aside. 

- Wash hair and rinse in hot water.

- Apply deep conditioner, sectioning if needed.

- Take the strainer and place jersey towel in it.

- Over the sink, pour hot water over towel.

- Use tongs to squish out excess hot water.

Your towel should be steaming hot

- Carefully grab the towel and wrap it around your hair. The hair creates a buffer.

- Cover with cap. Leave on for 30-40 minutes then rinse in warm or cool water. 

**This is my (Dom's) go-to method. While you do want to be careful not to burn yourself when handling the hot water, the steam feels amazing on your scalp and you can move around as opposed to using a steamer or hooded dryer. I (Dom) typically do all of my hair treatments on days that I clean house so I can freely rock this ridiculous look. 

Option 3:

This one is nice because it also allows you to be mobile. 

- Use a microwavable heat cap

- Follow the steps in option 1, then cover with the heat cap.

- Leave on for 30-40 minutes and rinse in warm or cool water. 

Option 4: 

You're basically at the salon.

- Use a hooded dryer.

- Follow steps in option 1, then sit under hooded dryer for 30-40 minutes.

- Rinse out in warm or cool water.

While you kind of have to stay put with this one, you can use this time for the ultimate home spa day: mani-pedi, face mask, etc. 

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