Regular appointments for hair treatments are something many women would like to strike off their to-do lists. Knowing how to do deep conditioning hair treatments at home can save you money, time and will definitely keep your hair looking healthy, shiny and promote growth. You can promote healthier, longer hair by scheduling as many DIY deep conditionings as possible. The good news is that DIY hair conditioners are easy to do and the conditioning steps are easy to learn!
My preferred deep-conditioning treatment is Monat Rejeuvenique oil – I apply to my hair 30 min before I shower, shampoo it, and then apply the Replenish Masque for 30-60 minutes. My hair is so soft and silky after a treatment and super-shiny! The Monat products are all-natural and they transform my dry curly hair unlike anything else I’ve tried. You can shop Monat here, or try out one or more of the following homemade hair masks. I have used them all, and they are great too! The ingredients are all easy to find at your local supermarket.
DIY hair conditioners
Working with homemade hair conditioners allows experimentation with different formulas for different results. You can vary your ingredients and formulas according to your hair’s needs.
- Coconut oil and honey
This formula is the best for deep conditioning aimed at strengthening hair. Coconut binds to the hair and prevents degradation of keratin, which is the protein in the hair while honey helps bind in the moisture.
- Olive oil, Shea butter, avocado, and Apple cider
If you would like to do deep conditioning and disentangle your hair, this is the perfect mixture. Olive oil and Shea butter act as lubricants while the avocado and apple cider vinegar shrink and flatten the hair cuticles which make it easier to disentangle the hair. I have done this one several times, and some pointers are to make sure your avocado is ripe & use a nutribullet or blender to mix it all together.
- Olive oil, glycerin, bananas, and honey
This is the formula for healthy hair that is easy to maintain. Glycerin and honey are humectants which make hair retain moisture. Bananas soften the hair and minimize shrinkage while olive oil penetrates the hair deeply.
Steps for deep conditioning Hair TreatmentS
- Wash your hair with shampoo and warm water. Do not use hot water as it weakens the hair leading to breakage. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry to remove excess moisture
- Apply your conditioner evenly throughout the hair taking care to ensure you get the whole length from the hairline to the ends. Use a wide toothed comb to pull it through and distribute it evenly.
- Massage the scalp 5 minutes to moisturize it and then work on the hair. Rub the conditioner in thoroughly. Put a shower cap or plastic bag on your head and then wrap it with a warm towel. If you have a heat pack or heated bonnet, even better. I have a microwaveable hair bonnet that will keep my head warm for up to 30 minutes, and I absolutely love it! Rest with the conditioner in for 20-30 minutes. The conditioner can be left on overnight for very dry hair – I just wrap mine in a scarf and use an old pillow to sleep on for the night.
- Rinse hair with cold water. It helps close the hair shafts and trap in moisture.
- Towel off gently.
To keep your hair silky and smooth, do this deep conditioning hair treatment at least once a week. I know it can seem like one more thing to add to the to-do list but it really does make a difference and you will enjoy the compliments when your hair looks fabulous! Treating your hair at home is so much more convenient (and more cost-effective) ensuring that you always have a head full of healthy & head-turning hair!