When to deep condition?

sgathachsgathach Posts: 6Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
My question isn't about how frequent, but which step should we deep condition at? For instance, say step one is washing our hair and step two is regular conditioning--do we deep condition after that? Is it better to deep condition before even washing the hair? When is it okay to deep condition over night and if we can, what products should we use or avoid for overnight conditioning?
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 20,724 Curl Virtuoso
    edited January 2018 Accepted Answer
    I do deep treatments first. I do them 2 ways. Sometimes I just put a bunch of coconut oil on my hair in the evening and in the morning I wash my hair as usual. Other times I will wet my hair, put on my deep treatment (I mix up my own using a moisturizing conditioner, oils, honey), put on a shower cap and towel and wait an hour, then wash as usual.
    --I'm located in Western PA.   --I found NC in late 2004, CG since February 2005, joined the forums in May 2005, started going grey in late 2005.   --My hair is 3B with some 3A, currently at mid back length when dry,  texture-medium/fine, porosity-top is low, middle is medium, ends are porous, elasticity-normal.   --My long time favorite products are Suave & VO5 conditioners, LA Looks Sport Gel, coconut oil, honey, vinegar.   
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  • bomegabomega Posts: 1,355 Curl Virtuoso
    Accepted Answer
    To add to what @jeepcurlygurl said:
    1) If I do an oil treatment the night before, I shampoo/rinseout condition the next morning.
    2) If I am doing a clarifying shampoo, I will follow that with a deep conditioning treatment of adding some oil to a rinse-out conditioner, leave that on as long as I can stand (but ideally for 20-30 minutes under heat), then rinse that out and call it done.
    3) It is ok to leave penetrating oils on for an overnight treatment, but typical deep conditioners are not effective after 30 minutes, so although it might be ok to leave them on overnight, it may not be useful to.

    Low-poo: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Shampoo for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Coconut & Shea Hydrating Shampoo
    Clarify: Kinky Curly Come Clean
    Rinse-out: Alaffia Coffee & Shea Revitalizing Conditioner for Fine/Thin Hair (summer), Alaffia Everyday Coconut Ultra Hydrating Conditioner
    DT: Camille Rose Naturals Algae Renew Deep Conditioner
    Leave-in: As I Am Leave-in
    Styler: Lily of the Desert 99% Aloe Vera Gelly
    Treatment: Daily tea spray; Coconut oil overnight treatment; Citric acid rinse for hard water; 2-step Henndigo w/ amla to cover gray

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  • SavagegirlSavagegirl Posts: 380Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    How dry is your hair? Low or high porosity?
    2C-3A Fine, medium density, long
    Modified CG Method / Natural Only since 2015
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  • sgathachsgathach Posts: 6Registered Users, Curl Ambassador Curl Neophyte
    How dry is your hair? Low or high porosity?
    I am unclear as to the porosity level...I think high porosity. It is very dry in some areas. My hair is extremely thick. I know it seems strange, but I have no problems with hair growth. If anything I need to get it cut.
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  • SavagegirlSavagegirl Posts: 380Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    If you have thick dry hair you might get away with longer treatments. As someone with fine hair, 30m with heat is about my limit or it gets limp. 
    2C-3A Fine, medium density, long
    Modified CG Method / Natural Only since 2015
    Canadian Mama!
  • maniamania Posts: 56Registered Users
    I think i get some useful information about the conditioning deep of hair more easily in the forum..

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