Hello and welcome! It’s almost Christmas and Harmattan is nowhere to be found, However, it is dry season and certain measures should be taken to protect our hair against the elements.
This means we have to condition and deep condition our hair like never before to prevent dryness and breakage , which brings me to my recently asked question; What is the difference between Regular conditioner, Leave-in conditioner and a Deep conditioner? I personally think this is a very important question and with that being said…let’s get right into it!
What is a Conditioner?
A conditioner is a hair product formulated to be used alongside a shampoo, usually after washing the hair first with shampoo. It is known as a Rinse- out Conditioner or Regular Conditioner. As the name Rinse-out implies, it is not meant to be left in the hair for a long period of time and usually requires some minutes before one is required to rinse it off.
Conditioner is well known to provide the hair with moisture, leaves the hair soft, smooth, shiny and makes it easy to detangle. It is basically safe to use a couple of times a week or even daily because it is mild and gentle enough for the hair and scalp. Some of my favorite Conditioners include Alberto Vo5 Conditioners, Cantu Shea Butter Hydrating Conditioner and Hair yum pink sugar vegan Conditioner. Rinse-out Conditioner should be followed by a Leave-in Conditioner.
Leave-in conditioner just as the name indicates is meant to be left on the hair after application as opposed to the Regular Conditioner. It is usually a lightweight liquid conditioning spray, lotion or cream formulated for easy absorption into the hair shaft.
The Leave-in conditioner moisturizes the hair for a longer period of time than the regular conditioner. It softens, smooths, locks in moisture into the hair and because it is lightweight, product buildup is eliminated or minimized. I personally prefer conditioning spray and lotion over cream for i find them more suitable and more penetrating for my dense low porosity hair . Pictured above are ; Hair yum coconut souffle leave in conditioner , Creme of Nature with Argan oil strength & shine leave in conditioner and Cantu Shea butter for Natural hair conditioning creamy hair lotion .
The Deep Conditioner.
It is a deeply penetrating form of conditioner that is specially formulated to penetrate the hair shaft and cuticles. It is also known as hair pack or Mask. Deep conditioner usually have a very thick and creamy consistency. It requires a longer amount of time to sit on the hair before its effects is able to take place. This ensures it provides added and lasting moisturizing benefits than the Rinse-out Conditioner.
It usually contains heavy oils, butters and other beneficial ingredients that are renowned for their deeply penetrating qualities like Shea butter, Coconut oil, Honey, Olive oil etc. These ingredients are combined to nourish in between the hair cuticles, strengthen, soften, smooth, and adds shine and bounce to hair amongst other benefits. Some of my top deep conditioning treatments includes; Cantu Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque, Hair yum Blueberry Yoghurt deep conditioner and my fails proof DIY and homemade deep conditioning treatments which I will share with you in my next post so stay tuned.
Furthermore, Deep Conditioner is not meant to be used as often as a Rinse-out conditioner for it is not as mild and gentle. In fact, it is a Heavy Cream! For instance, an overload of protein on your hair can cause breakage therefore as with most things in life, proceed with caution. Personally, I deep condition once in two weeks depending on the condition of my hair. I could go longer, other times once a week. Don’t be afraid to experiment till you find what works absolutely best for your hair and remember everyone is unique just like our DNA , what works for others might not be suitable for you. I do hope you found this post helpful. Feel free to share and sign up for more HairTalk like this one. I always love to hear your thoughts. What are your favorite products to use and how often do you deep condition your Hair? I will see you in my next post. Love.