Women have various hair issues like frizz, oily hair, hair breakage, dirty hair, and many more. All these problems have a way of damaging the hair. And one effective solution to all these problems is a deep conditioner. You can apply the deep conditioner to your hair to fix the damage and keep it healthy.
But what if you don’t have a deep conditioner at home?
A deep conditioner and a regular conditioner have several ingredients in common but the former has other ingredients that are not in the latter.
So, we will teach you how to convert your regular conditioner to a deep conditioner by adding the lacking ingredients. A regular conditioner is lighter and can be applied to your hair every day, but a deep conditioner is thicker, and you should not apply it every day.
In addition, we will also answer several frequently asked questions about deep conditioning. So, without further ado, let’s get started.
How To Deep Condition Your Hair with Regular Conditioner?
The best way is to first convert your regular conditioner to a homemade deep conditioner before applying it to your hair the appropriate way. So, we will first explain the conversion before listing the deep conditioning steps.
Items you need:
- Shea Butter – It helps to keep the hair moisturized.
- Plain Greek Yogurt – It strengthens natural hair.
- Mayo – This ingredient adds protein to the hair.
- Honey – It offers moisture and shine to your hair.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – This oil improves shine and nourishes the hair.
- Avocado – This helps to keep hair loss at bay.
- Regular conditioner
To prepare the deep conditioner, get a small bowl, and pour a small quantity of your regular conditioner into the air. Add the plain Greek yogurt, a teaspoon of shea butter, three drops of honey, a portion of avocado, and some drops of extra virgin olive oil. Mix them thoroughly until you get a smooth paste out of the mixture.
Step 1 – Apply shampoo to your hair and rinse it off. You don’t want to deep condition dirty hair. Pat your hair with a piece of dry towel.
Step 2 – The next thing to do is to part your hair with your comb or fingers and divide it into several sections. You can hold each section with a hair clip.
Step 3 – Apply the homemade deep conditioner on your hair section by section. Pay attention to the ends of your hair as they need the conditioner most. When you apply adequate conditioner to the ends, you’ll prevent split ends and hair breakage.
Step 4 – You can now cover your hair with either a shower cap or a plastic bag. In the alternative, you can tie your head with a warm towel. Leave the conditioner for about 20 – 40 minutes to penetrate your roots. At the same time, you should not leave it for too long to avoid limp, weak, or lifeless hair.
Step 5 – After 40 minutes, you can rinse your hair with cold water. This will close the hair cuticle. Rinse it thoroughly to prevent residues.
Step 6 – Now, you can style your hair the way you want and with the product of your choice.
Can You Use a Regular Conditioner for a Deep Conditioner?
Yes, of course. Contrary to what many people think, if you can’t afford a deep conditioner, you can use a regular conditioner. You’ll still get great results. However, you’ll need to apply twice or thrice the quantity of a deep conditioner to your hair because a deep conditioner is thicker and more effective.
Another way is to add the ingredients that are in the deep conditioner but not in the regular conditioner. The ingredients are extra virgin oil, honey, mayo, plain Greek yogurt, avocado, and shea butter. Don’t forget to stir the mixture until it turns into a smooth paste.
Some stylists have also advised that a regular conditioner can prevent hair damage, hair loss, hair breakage, frizz, and hair thinning. So, you can apply a regular conditioner to your hair once a week as a preventive measure.
How Do You Make a Deep Conditioner with a Regular Conditioner?
This is very easy. Remember we told you earlier that the difference between a deep conditioner and a regular conditioner is that the former has some ingredients that are lacking in the latter. And that’s why a deep conditioner is thicker and more effective.
Logically, to upgrade a regular conditioner to a deep conditioner, you only need to add the remaining ingredients. These ingredients are shea butter, avocado, plain Greek yogurt, mayo, honey, and extra virgin oil. Each of these ingredients has its benefits for your hair.
- Avocado – This particular ingredient helps to prevent loss of hair.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – It improves the quality of your hair and makes it shine.
- Honey – This ingredient moisturizes the hair.
- Mayo – It is a source of protein for the hair.
- Plain Greek Yogurt – This yogurt makes your hair stronger, so it does not break easily.
- Shea Butter – This also moisturizes the hair and its roots.
Can You Deep Condition Without Shampooing?
Yes, of course. Before you deep condition your hair, you need to wash off the dirt in it. You can’t deep condition dirty hair. That’s why the process involves shampoo. It is meant to wash off all the dirt in your hair. You can use any other shower gel or bathing soap that can wash the hair clean.
It does not necessarily have to be a shampoo. Any good bathing soap or shower gel is good for the job. What really matters is to wash your hair clean before you attempt to deep condition it. You should never deep condition dirty or oily hair.
Should I Deep Condition My Hair Wet or Dry?
As a matter of fact, shampooing and deep conditioning will work on both dry and wet hair. However, it works best on wet, freshly washed hair. In this condition, the scalp and hair roots will be able to absorb the ingredients of the deep conditioner faster.
In other words, the ingredients of regular and deep conditioners penetrate the scalp and roots of wet hair more easily and deeper. This is why we will advise you to shampoo your hair first before you deep condition it.
What Should I Do After Deep Conditioning My Hair?
Never stop moisturizing your hair after deep conditioning it. Apply moisturizer every day. Water-based moisturizers and milk-based moisturizers are the very best. At the same time, you should stay away from applying too much heat to your hair. It can damage your newly deep conditioned hair.
You can protect your hair in two ways. You can choose a protective hairstyle, and you can protect your hair with a pillowcase, a scarf, or a satin bonnet. Generally, we advise you to deep condition your hair once a week. Don’t wait until there’s a problem with your hair. Apply a deep conditioner to your hair as a preventive measure.
Here are the main points raised in this article. It is necessary to deep condition your hair once a week because it softens the hair, improves the hair texture, moisturizes the hair, and prevents hair breakage/loss. Even if you don’t have a deep conditioner, you can convert your regular conditioner by adding some ingredients mentioned above to it.
Remember to shampoo your hair before deep conditioning it because it works better when the hair is clean. If shampoo is not available, you can wash your hair with shower gel or bathing soap. One more thing – even though a deep conditioner works on dry hair, it is better to apply it to your hair wet because it penetrates wet hair and scalp better, deeper, faster, and more easily.