How To Deep Condition 4C Hair For Beginners

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Here is how to deep condition 4c hair when everything else fails you know that you hair need just some love and learning how to deep condition 4c hair is the best way to go about it for hair that is happy!

How To Deep Condition 4C Hair For Beginners

How To Deep Condition 4C Hair For Beginners
How To Deep Condition 4C Hair For Beginners

What is deep conditioning?

So we’ve gone over co-washing and clarifying and why those things are so important for keeping the hair clean.
Deep conditioning is there to help improve the look, feel, and manageability of the hair with a better outcome in the long run.
Routinely deep conditioning the hair will produce healthier, softer, less damaged hair. In order to maintain healthy hair, there needs to be a balance between protein and moisture. Protein treatments are a vital part of keeping natural healthy, too.
Our hair is mostly made up of a protein called keratin. When there’s a lack of protein, it can feel and look brittle and have low elasticity.
And when there’s a lack of moisture, the hair looks and feels dry, dull, and lifeless, which leads to breakage. Striking this balance is going to create a healthy environment for natural hair to grow and prosper.
All deep conditioners come with a different targeted goal. Some promise to repair the damage, others are meant for restoration, and some say they’ll make the hair easier to detangle. One common goal between all deep conditioners is that they will all provide the hair with some pretty intense moisture.
Picking the right deep conditioner for you is a matter of preference and the overall state of your hair!

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How to deep condition 4c hair

Picking out a deep conditioner is part of the fun because realistically, you can pick just about anyone to help revive the hair.
  • Since deep conditioning is about restoring moisture, they usually work best after using a clarifying shampoo. Your hair is gonna be super clean, might as well give it some extra love, right?
  • After washing, section the hair and don’t be afraid of being generous with the product. Focus it on your ends, those could always use some extra attention. You can start to use your fingers to detangle and work the product through the hair.
  • Wrap your hair in a plastic cap (this is my favorite part) and you can either apply heat. I like to use a blow dryer. Or if you’re in the shower, just enjoy the steam.
  • Leave the conditioner on for up to 30 minutes, then rinse it with the first warm then cold water to seal in the moisture. You already know what I’m gonna tell you next…use a t-shirt to dry your hair!! Once it’s damp, apply your products and style as usual.
  • Make sure to deep condition at least once a week!

How to add protein to 4c hair

Protein treatments are meant to restore the health of the hair. Our hair is made of keratin, and adding protein help support growth and strength.
We tend to lose protein through chemical processing, heat damage, or just not maintaining healthy hair habits.
This is going to help strike that perfect balance for your hair. After just a few treatments, you’ll notice a huge difference in the health and manageability of your hair.
As far as application, use a protein treatment the same way you would a deep conditioner. Just make sure not to use them at the same time and alternate protein treatments with deep conditioners every week.17 Supreme Natural Hair Tips For Better Hair Growth!

Good protein treatments are gonna be packed with vitamins and minerals out hair needs, like our Chebe Powder Growth Hair Mask from the #DEARBLACKGIRL kit.
Chebe powder is actually a homemade product created by the Basara Arab women of Chad.
They’re known for their have hip length 4c kinky hair, and they credit it to their Chebe powder recipe that has been passed from generation to generation in their society.
This mask has cassia, amla and fengreek–all perfect for strengthening and nourishing the hair.

Deep Conditioning Type 4C Curls the Right Way

Stay in step. Deep-condition your hair regularly, but don’t overdo it. Depending on your hair’s moisture needs, once per week or every two weeks should do the trick.

Get yo’ ends girls. Your ends are the oldest part of your hair and typically more prone to breakage, therefore, they should be treated with the utmost respect. Applying deep conditioner to your ends first allows the elder part of your curls to get full nourishing benefits.

Warm it up. Sitting under a dryer or allowing deep-conditioner to penetrate your strands with a plastic bag, or by warming the conditioner before applying it increases its effectiveness. Your hair better absorbs deep conditioner when it’s heated up to at least 95 degrees Fahrenheit.

Level up. To keep your hair nourished and properly moisturized, alternate using a deep-conditioner and a Bamboo Protein Treatment. Having balanced moisture/protein levels is essential to healthy hair.

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OVERDOING THINGS won’t HELP!

Don’t deep condition overnight or for hours on end. The obvious exception to this rule is treatments like henna, that require hours to take to the hair.

But for your everyday run-of-the-mill deep conditioner, it should begin to work instantly and reach maximum capacity at around the 20 or 30-minute mark. If your deep conditioner doesn’t work after 30 minutes, it’s time to ditch it for one that’s more effective.

Also, there is such thing as over-conditioning the hair that can result in mushy, weak hair that has a more fragile keratin coiling. This is called hygral fatigue.

REMEMBER, DON’T MULTI-TASK

Don’t use your DC to co-wash or as a leave-in conditioner. Deep conditioners are specially formulated to be especially adept at what they do – providing intense conditioning to the hair.

And while they may feel nice in the hair, and can in some cases make pretty sweet curl definers, using them to cowash or as leave-ins is generally a no-no.

Deep conditioners tend to contain higher concentrations of cationic surfactants (their primary function is to stick to the hair), and will likely lead to even more buildup if used as a cowash or leave-in.

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For the most part, deep conditioner base recipes tend to be the same:

  • water
  • fatty alcohol (ceteryl, stearyl, cetearyl)
  • gentle surfactant (behentrimonium chloride, methosulfate, etc.)
  • humectant (glycerin, propylene glycol, honey, sugar, aloe vera, etc.)
  • emollients (oils, butters)
  • hydrolyzed protein (optional)
How To Deep Condition 4C Hair For Beginners
How To Deep Condition 4C Hair For Beginners

There you have it, How To Deep Condition 4C Hair For Beginners

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Xo, The Natural Hair Lover

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