Compared to a daily conditioner that gently cleanses your scalp and softens your curls, a deep conditioner does that on steroids (not literally”>. After shampooing or co-washing, you put your D.C. on for a certain amount of time. Because my hair texture is fine, my curl pattern is 3a, and I have low porosity curls, I deep condition for about 30 minutes once every other week in the summertime. In the winter, I step by game up and deep condition once a week.

What does deep conditioning do for my curls?

Admittedly, I don’t really protect my curls from heat or the elements. This is why deep conditioning is important to my curly hair care routine. In addition, it strengthens curly hair, prevents further weakness and breakage from happening, and improves elasticity (bounciness”> in my curls.

What I use

  • My favorite cleanser/sulfate-free co-wash
  • Coconut and castor oil 
  • Deep conditioner
  • Shower cap
  • Heat wrap
  • Moisturizer
  • Favorite styling product
  • Diffuser or towel

Step 1. Cleanse & Detangle

I like to start off with my Curl Junkie Daily Fix Daily Conditioner. I like to gently finger detangle my curls with this, too.

Step 2. Apply my coconut-castor oil

This is optional, but I highly recommend it. I like to saturate my curls with Jamaican Black Coconut Castor Oil for a lot of moisture, softness, and shininess. I also love it because it promotes healthy hair growth and slows down the process of hair shed!

Step 3. Apply my deep conditioner

I like to use Eden BodyWorks All Natural Jojoba Deep Conditioner and completely saturate my curls. I have been using it forever. I pay extra attention to my roots and ends. Again, I gently finger comb throughout my hair to make sure the product is distributed evenly.

Step 4. Seal with a shower cap

I use a plastic shower cap (or saran wrap”> to seal in my deep conditioner and coconut-castor oil goodness. It’s worth looking goofy for 30 minutes, trust me.

Step 5. Apply heat

This step is also optional, but I love to wear my heat therapy wrap for about 20 minutes. It really intensifies my deep conditioning treatment by penetrating my follicles.

Step 6. Chill out

For 30 minutes, I let my hair get its deep conditioning goodness on.

Step 7. Rinse, moisturize, style

I take off my heat cap and rinse out the deep conditioner and oil from my hair. Then I moisturize, diffuse, and style per usual.

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Nina Sultan

As a monthly content contributor of NaturallyCurly, Nina is a passionate mixed media artist from Illinois. She has a deep love for curly hair and helping to empower curly folks everywhere to embrace their natural hair and beauty. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Art Therapy in New York where she is working towards becoming a licensed, certified, and registered Mixed Media Art Therapist. She guides people through art and the creative process to help restore and improve their mental health.

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