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How to choose a deep treatment

There’s a plethora of moisturising hair products on the market that is suitable for different hair types and lengths. This sometimes makes it a challenge to decide what deep treatment is the best product for your hair. Therefore, this post aims to assist you with your decision.

Why do I need to use a deep treatment?

Harsh chemicals in certain shampoos and styling products, as well as air pollution and the climate you’re in can strip the moisture from your hair to the extent that normal conditioners cannot restore. Your hair may end up dry, brittle and prone to both breakage and split ends.

What is a deep treatment?

A deep treatment, also known as a deep conditioner, will restore the moisture in your hair, leaving it soft, healthy. There are two common methods of doing deep treatments. The first being using your regular conditioner and with the second method, you use a specially formulated product that can be homemade or store bought. With both of these methods, it is common to use heat on your head as it intensifies the process. Covering your hair with a shower cap, cling wrap or plastic bag also helps intensify the treatment. However, it is important to note that if you apply heat using a hand held or hood dryer, that it needs to be warm and not hot, or you’ll end up damaging your hair instead of doing good. Always use the lowest heat setting available.

For people who only use natural products on their hair

The good news is that there are many completely natural products that you can use as a deep treatment. Although there are many ‘organic’ and ‘natural’ products on the market, some of them contain chemicals and are not completely natural. This is why you should always check the label of to see the ingredients in products that you buy. If you are unable to find a deep treatment that is completely natural, fear not as you can make your own, using herbs, honey or oils. You can use olive, coconut or argan oil (not Moroccan oil, there is a difference) as a base for your treatment or own their own. I have previously posted an article on Beauty Bulletin with a recipe for a homemade oil treatment that you can use. If you’re going to use these oils on their own apply up to one tablespoon for medium length hair and up to three tablespoons for long or thick hair. I do not recommend using oil on very short or fine hair as it may weigh down your hair and cause it to get oily very quickly. Do not use direct heat on your hair when you have oils on your head. To intensify the treatment cover your head with a shower cap, plastic bag or cling wrap and if you have the time, sit in the sun or somewhere warm for a while. Leave it on for at least 15 minutes. This method can be used as a pre- or post-shampoo treatment.

Tip: Use a double boiler to slightly warm the oil for easier application. Don’t burn your scalp the oil should be luke warm not hot!

For dry hair that is prone to breakage

If your hair is very dry, has dozens of split ends and prone to breakage you need an intensive deep treatment which needs to be applied once a week (or at least every two weeks if it doesn’t fit into your budget or schedule). Use an intensive hair mask or deep treatment, cover your hair and use direct heat on the lowest setting. If you have the time, leave it on for an hour. It would be convenient if you used a hood dryer (and while you’re under it you may as well have a foot soak while reading a good book or your favourite mag). Once your hair is healthy and strong again you can do this every two to three weeks, but if you use heat regularly on your hair, it may be best to do the treatment weekly.

For hair that has been coloured

If your hair is coloured you need to be careful when choosing deep treatments as some may lift your colour and make it fade faster. If you’ve just had your hair coloured, wait a week or two before using a deep treatment as freshly dyed hair colour can be removed easily. Always use a deep conditioner that is specifically formulated for hair that has been coloured.

For long hair

If you have very long hair you need to deep treat your hair regularly for it to remain healthy and shiny.  With long hair, the natural oils on your scalp do not get distributed to the end, making them dry, fragile and susceptible to breakage. If your hair is healthy, you can use your regular conditioner as a deep treatment. This is done by covering it with a plastic bag, shower cap or cling wrap for at least 15 minutes. You may also apply a low heat to further intensify the treatment. When applying your product, concentrate on putting more at your ends. This may be done, once a week or every other week.

For curly hair

More often than not, curly hair can get very dry as curls restrict your scalp’s natural oils from distributing down your hair shaft. This does not only cause dryness, but also causes your curls to become frizzy and unruly. When choosing a deep treatment, avoid ones with silicone in it, as it will straighten your curls (unless that is what you want). Also coconut oil is known to naturally enhance your curl structure so look out for treatments that have it as an ingredient or use it as a DIY treatment.


Let me know in the comments what your favourite deep treatment is.

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