The average ratio of time spent moisturizing hair to time spent destroying it (with hot tools, the environment, and rough handling) is enough to make anyone’s hair dry and brittle. That’s why deep conditioning is so important – it penetrates and nourishes strands much faster than your daily conditioner will, battling the effects of poor hair treatment. Here are three scenarios in which you should use deep conditioner to maximize its effectiveness.
1. Use it before shampooing.
If your strands are super damaged from excessive exposure to heat or chemicals, you might want to deep condition prior to washing. Just spread the product (try Pureology's Hydrate Hydra Whip) evenly through your strands. This will leave a bit of protection at the ends (which are typically the most damaged part of hair).
2. Use it before an important event.
If you know a big day is coming (a job interview, a date, etc.) plan ahead: apply a hair mask two or three days beforehand for a sleek, shiny ‘do. Just don’t wait until the day-of or your hair may end up too soft and won’t stay in place as well. For a light-weight leave-in formula, tryKenra's Frizz Control Leave-In Treatment.
3. Use it before a workout.
If you don’t want to stand in the shower forever while you wait for your treatment to work its magic, just apply it your strands pre-workout. This will not only save you time, but also make the treatment more effective thanks to your body heat (which helps the ingredients penetrate your hair more). Just wet your ponytail, comb the product through your strands, put it in a braid and wrap it in a bun. Then, when you finish your workout, rinse it out. Simple! Don’t have time to work out, but want a fast-acting treatment? Try Nevo 60 Second Deep Treatment by PRAVANA.
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