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Every now and then, your hair deserves a little tender loving care. Conditioning your hair with a heat cap will allow your hair to drink up all the moisture and nutrients from a deep conditioner. When your hair tolerates hot showers, blow dryers, hair products and the natural elements, treat it right with a deep conditioning treatment.
Selecting a Deep Conditioner
A high quality deep conditioner or hair masque may contain emollient ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, coconut milk and keratin. Select a high quality, professional grade conditioner for the best results. You don't have to spend a lot of money to see great results, but do your research. Opting for natural ingredients is a good rule of thumb. When reading product labels, the ingredient listed first is what the product contains the most of. If the first ingredient is water or glycerin, skip it and look for something that contains a naturally derived ingredient as the first ingredient listed.
You can purchase heat caps at beauty supply houses. Much like a heating pad, a heat cap is shaped to be worn around your head and heats up. If you don't have a heating cap, no problem. You can use a warm towel in place of a heat cap. Simply put it in the dryer for a few minutes before wrapping around your head. Place a shower cap around your hair first and then wrap the heated towel around it. Hold in place with a clip.
Giving yourself your own heat cap conditioning treatment at home not only is easy, but also can be lots of fun as you pamper yourself like a queen in your own home. After showering and drying your hair with a towel, comb it with a wide tooth comb. Apply your deep conditioner from roots to ends. Make sure the hair is deeply saturated. Give yourself a relaxing scalp massage to help the product penetrate. Comb through your hair once more with a wide tooth comb before wrapping your hair in a shower cap. Place a heat cap or warm towel around your head and allow it to sit for at least 15 minutes to one hour for deeper conditioning.
Unlike with chemical services, you can perform heat cap treatments with greater frequency. There's no harm in conditioning your hair! Think of it like frosting on the cake -- it's a treat, but it's calorie free! For dry hair that needs a lot of pampering, condition your hair once a week. For normal hair, every 2 to 4 weeks is sufficient.