So, you’ve read up on the benefits of doing a deep conditioning treatment for your natural hair and decided to take the plunge, but now what? How do you do a deep conditioning treatment, who should do it, and what should you look for in your products? Should you go pro, or DIY, and what are the costs? What ingredients are beneficial for your hair if it needs deep conditioning? Obviously, there are lots of questions that need answering if you are considering deep conditioning treatment for your natural hair, and we’re here to answer them!

Who Needs It?

Is your hair frizzy and fly away? Is your hair prone to breakage? Have you recently chemically treated your hair? If the answer to any of these question is “Yes” then you could benefit from a deep conditioning treatment. If you’d like to decrease frizz, breakage, soften and strengthen your hair, then you should consider one of these treatments

Pro or DIY?

Of course you can go to a salon to get pampered and conditioned at the same time, for prices starting around $30, but if time and money are important to you, these treatments are easy to do at home. There are several deep conditioning products on the market that have key ingredients such as milk protein and essential oils that can produce salon-quality results at home, for just a few dollars!

What Ingredients Should I Look For?

Protein is a key ingredient to look for in a deep conditioner, as are natural oils such as sunflower oil, olive oil, or soybean oil. Every woman’s hair is different and reacts differently to products, so it’s best to try a few different ingredients to see which have the best result on your unique hair. Money is not an essential ingredient, so remember you can get great results without spending a fortune on your products.

How Do I Apply Deep Conditioner?

Most at-home treatments will come with explicit directions, which you should follow, but generally, these treatments are applied on freshly shampooed hair. It’s usually recommended to leave these products in your hair for a short period of time (longer is not always better) and it’s often suggested to cover with a plastic cap and heat with a hood dryer or wrap, for added benefits.Always rinse thoroughly.

When Should I Apply?

Your hair can benefit from deep conditioning treatments after every shampoo. If you are noticing dryness, frizz and breakage, it’s most definitely time for a treatment. If you are coloring, relaxing or chemically altering your hair in any way, you should follow up with a deep conditioning treatment. Many women deep condition every few days, or weekly, so finding a product that suits your budget is essential.

If you shop products wisely and take the time to condition your hair weekly, you will seeyour hair improve over time. Once you find the deep conditioning treatment you love, make it part of your hair care routine and reap the benefits of healthier, shinier hair.