Are you preparing to jet off on holiday soon? Well don’t shut your suitcase without considering taking a trusty deep conditioner with you to protect your precious strands from sun, sea and sand damage.
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I’ve only discovered the great hair restorative qualities that are afforded by an effective deep conditioner. Previously, I would skip the deep treatment process when it came to my hair regime and would simply stick to a traditional conditioner, believing that going in deep was a superfluous step more than a necessary one. Fast forward years later, my straw-like hair was becoming a problem and more than one hair professional urged me to start treating my coarse, 4c natural hair to the deep conditioning treatments it was simply gasping for.
In truth, I should’ve known better. After all, Afro-textured hair is prone to dryness and needs the benefits of hair softening agents found in deep conditioners to keep hair hydrated and nourished. This necessity is ramped up even further during the summer, when our hair is increasingly exposed to the sun and we’re more likely to go on holiday, and suffer the drying effects of salty sea water, chlorine, the sand and the elements.
Here is a roundup of some of our top deep conditioning recommendations:
1. Big Hair Beauty – Deep Conditioning Clay Mask – £20
This rich, buttery conditioner smells like chocolate, so good in fact, you have to refrain yourself from having a taste. This all natural product is made from cocoa butter, banana, avocado, honey, Moroccan Rhassoul Clay and so much other goodness. Due to its thick texture, a little tends to go a long way and it coats your strands intensely and you can feel the oils penetrating your curls and coils right away. As per instruction, we recommend you slather onto your hair, throw on a shower cap and leave on for at least 50 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and feel the benefits of deeply conditioned tresses. This is ideal for dry, post-sun, damaged curly/coily locks; a real game-changer as far as deep conditioners go.
2. ASIAM – Hydration Elation – £15.40
This popular brand for natural hair has a secret weapon in the form of this cult classic deep conditioner Hydration Elation. As the name suggests, it offers a super hydrating boost to damaged curls and coils and is great for revitalising your hair and making your curls pop after a 30 minute deep treatment. A gorgeously cocoa scented product that contains nourishing natural ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter, green tea apple and lemon.
3. Dizziak – Deep Conditioner – £22
Despite being a new kid on the block, Dizziak has made an indelible impression on consumers and beauty influencers alike by bringing a stylish, innovative and super effective product to market. This citrus-scented wonder at first appears quite unassuming in terms of consistency and product impact (it seems neither thick or runny), but the magic happens once the product is applied and it seemingly goes beyond the surface of your hair and seeps through. The result? Coils, once dry and straw-like, that now feel soft and hydrated. Massage into clean hair and leave on for five minutes or 30 for a luxe mask experience. Ingredients include inca inchi oil, Babassu oil, Argan oil, shea, quinoa and aloe vera.
4. KeraCare – Intensive Restorative Masque – £15.40
For a soothing, enriched deep conditioning treatment, ensure you pack a tub of KeraCare Intensive Restorative Masque while on your travels this summer. Its thick consistency ensures that your hair gets all the restorative nutrients it needs. The ultimate therapy for damaged strands, it contains innovative conditioning agents and fruit extracts that really get to work to repair damage, restructure weakened areas and increase elasticity.
5. Boucleme – Curls Redefined Intensive Moisture Treatment – £26
With its fresh fruity scent Boucleme Intensive Moisture treatment smells like summer. Bursting with key active ingredients that detangle and hydrate your hair including Omega 3 rich Marula oil, you really need to make it your suitcase essential. While it may not be super thick in consistency like traditional deep treatments, it makes it no less effective. And that’s because this hard-working mult-tasker also contains a cocktail of hair nourishers including Marufa butter and prickly pear seed oil known to soften the hair and add shine. And better still, the product has recently been released as handy travel-friendly sachets (priced at £10 for x2) that will fit perfectly in your hold all bag when you travel.
6. Shea Moisture – Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque – £10.99
Bring your hair back to life with this intense deep treatment mask from SheaMoisture. With strand-saving ingredients such as Shea butter (to deeply moisturise while conditioning hair and scalp), Argan Oil (to restore shine and promote elasticity), and sea kelp (to smooth the cuticle) apply this on a fortnightly basis and reap the benefits as it works to repair your dry, damaged or sun-exposed hair.