Hey guys!

How is your week going? It’s the middle of the week already and I’m not sure how I feel about this.

In this post, we’ll be looking at a very important hair habit- deep conditioning!


Conditioning is a necessary hair habit. I don’t think it’s possible to get by with no conditioning. I run through bottles of conditioner like crazy and I haven’t owned a bottle of shampoo since last year. Conditioners help us strengthen, moisturise and detangle our hair.

To be of any effect, the ingredients in conditioner attach themselves to the hair shaft. Our rinse-out or instant conditioners mainly lubricate and provide a quick fix. Leave-in conditioners are designed to be left in, and provide conditioning to the hair for a longer period. Deep conditioning goes the extra mile, the DC goes in, penetrates better and deeper than other forms of conditioner. Your hair does not need to be penetrated this deeply all the time- which is why this is not something to be done on the daily.

It is a really beneficial habit to adopt- natural or relaxed. I’d done a bit of this in the past (I tried two homemade DCs here) but it wasn’t really a part of my regimen, it wasn’t a habit. For my super-dry hair, I hope making Deep conditioning a habit will overtime help solve my moisture issues.


Good hair is healthy hair and healthy hair simply means striking the right moisture-protein balance. Our hair is more than 70% protein, so we need protein for strength and structure. Moisture keeps our hair flexible. If your hair isn’t getting enough moisture, it will be inelastic and this inelasticity means that your hair is very prone to breakage under the slightest pressure. For more on the basic features of hair, you can read the ‘Hair Basics’ series we did earlier in the year. 🙂

There is such a thing as over-moisturising- and I’ve learnt that except my hair is breaking off or in really bad shape, I don’t need protein treatments on the regular. Once in a while (as a protective/preventive measure) but I don’t need a lot.

So, in choosing your regular DC, ask yourself: what does your hair crave or need? Protein? Moisture? Both? What works for me may not work for you. What’s working for me right now may not be what I need in a few months, so yeah, just listen to your hair.


There are several different ways to deep-condition. So many Deep Conditioners you could buy, and so many you can whip up yourself in the kitchen. For the month of May, Deep Conditioning was top of the hair agenda. In this post, I’ll be sharing the three simple DCs I tried out.

  1.  Coconut Milk DC
  2.  Honey DC
  3.  Hot Oil Treatment

Before I go on to the DCs in more detail, I’d like to say at this point that in my application of each, the steps were the same:

First, I put DC into hair

Second, cover with shower cap or plastic bags (Seriously, life is too short to be rinsing shower caps)

Third, wrap head with warm towel. You can microwave your towel for a minute or two (your mom may not be keen on this though) and leave on for 30 minutes- an hour.

And finally, I co-washed after.

One more constant: I pre-pooed before each DC

Some people say you should spritz water on your hair before DC but I didn’t. You might want to try that though. 🙂

To my Coconut milk and Honey DCs, I added two spoons of Olive oil. Not necessary, I just felt like adding them. For shine, and because Olive oil conditions also.


What you need: Coconut milk 



Coconut milk is rich in protein. I read that doing a Coconut milk DC would make my hair soft, but it did no such thing for me. I actually planned to try this hair softener for the whole of May but after the first trial, I knew it wasn’t what I needed.  My hair was dry. You know when your hair is wet after a wash and you know it’s only soft to the touch because it’s wet.

You could buy coconut milk or make your own, it’s easy. I did a post about this here.


What you need: enough honey to go round your hair.


I think honey is too sweet. The smell makes my belly churn at times- maybe it’s from the too-sweet honey and garlic infused tea I was forced to drink as a child because of my horrible colds (which are still with me now) but I was really not looking forward to trying this one. But I am SO glad I did.

My hair is super dry, and super thirsty- I am yet to give it all the moisture it needs- so it’s really no surprise that my hair loved this DC. Honey is a humectant- meaning, it’s a substance that draws moisture from the atmosphere into the hair shaft.

I co-washed the honey out of my hair with surprising ease (I expected it to be gooey and sticky) and left to air dry. When my hair was damp, I moisturised and sealed. I did this DC at about 6pm and by 11, I felt my hair and was SO amazed at how soft it felt. Usually, after a co-wash, I need two days of moisturising with lotion to get my hair feeling good again.

I tried this DC twice and I don’t think it’s too soon to say my hair loves it.


Put your oil(s) in an applicator bottle, then immerse bottle in a bowl of hot water (not boiling) to heat up.

You don’t want to burn yourself, so test the oil on your wrist to make sure it’s not too hot.

If it’s too hot for your wrist, it’s too hot for your head. Leave it to cool a little.

Not too hot? Okay, get that oil all over your hair.


In my applicator bottle is a blend of Olive oil, Sweet Almond oil, cold-pressed Castor Oil and a few drops of Tea Tree oil. I just decided to mix all the oils I had. Different oils are great for different purposes, you can read a little about this here.


Weekly? Every two weeks? Once a month?

I think the answer to this question depends on our big aunty upstairs. What is she craving? Listen to your hair. Our featured hairspiration Naturalista, Oyinkan sometimes DCs twice a week when her hair is looking dull. I pledge to do a moisturising DC every week (when my hair is out) and mix some protein in every 4-6 weeks.

So, tell me ladies. Do you Deep Condition? How often? What’s your favourite DC- is it packaged or homemade?

Till next time,





Hey guys!

Ekene here. Shenehneh’s gone. I took my weave out last Friday because I could not take it anymore. Weaves are my least favourite hair thing to do because I feel separated from my scalp, like I can’t do much and it itches like hell.

After three weeks away from the sun and hair food, my hair was so dry and brittle. It was stretched out, not tangled but I did not comb. Combing natural hair when it’s dry is not a good idea. Don’t do it! In this state, it is so prone to breakage- and I was definitely not going to try that because the hair looked as dry as it felt. I was especially troubled by the fact that I had broken hair in my hand and I had not even combed! I felt like I had to get my hair back asap!

THE PLAN: Conditioning, Protein, Conditioning. Oh, did I already say Conditioning?

Healthy hair is all about having that moisture-protein balance. 90% of each strand on your hair is protein. In addition to keeping your hair moisturised, you have to make sure it’s getting enough protein. When your hair is weak, breaking a lot, that’s a sign that you need protein. But not too much though- too much could also leave your hair looking dull or very hard O_o, so I’ve heard. I’v got silk amino acids in my daily moisturiser so I won’t be doing any extra special treatment like I did in this post with the egg and mayo until I’m having wahala again.

Generally, your hair needs protein but your hair’s extra special needs should be considered before choosing a particular protein treatment just so you don’t spend money on a product you don’t really need. If your hair is really damaged, breaking more than usual, you might need a product like ApHogee 2 Minute Keratin Reconstructor. Keratin they say, is strengthening. I’m trying to make the lengths of my posts more manageable, and today’s post isn’t really about protein so here’s a link to this post on Curly Nikki about choosing the right protein treatment for your hair.

I feel like my posts are too wordy sometimes and I really want to be very very clear, so I’m going to be numbering my points as I tell you what I did.


1. I settled down and divided my hair into sections. It’s good to deal with your hair in sections.

This way you can trust that you’re not wasting your time. You won’t be overlooking any part of your hair, you’d be focused in your application of product.

2.  Section by section, I put coconut oil on my scalp and hair and then quite a lot of Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Moisturising Conditioner. Probably more than I needed but I was just so frantic!

I did this because my hair was in serious need of some deep conditioning and I was going to wash the next day, so I also wanted to pre-poo. So this was like a combo. Next time, I might put the conditioner first and then the coconut oil after, to seal. Now that I think about it, it seems like the better way to do this.

      3. Having conditioner in my hair, I combed gently and lost even more hair. 😦

4. Then I covered my hair with a shower cap for the rest of the night and went to bed like that.

This is all there is to the Baggie method. Moisturise, put in your conditioner/oils/whatever- then put a plastic bag over your head- to keep your product locked in to work on your head overnight, assisted by your body heat. It could be a polythene bag, shower cap, my friend says she uses cling film- sha a bag that’s made from plastic that’s big enough to cover your head.


I woke up with a big circle on my pillow case. The shower cap wasn’t slacked or anything, it just happened that some of the stuff had found its way down the back of my neck. So don’t be surprised about this when you decide to do the baggie.

My hair was not as dry as it was the night before, but it was still not how I wanted it to be.

  1. I co-washed to get Friday’s baggie mix out of my hair.
  2. I mixed a simple protein treatment in a bowl- an egg, some mayo and a little olive oil- put it on my hair and sat under a hooded dryer for about forty minutes (first time in a long time!)
egg and mayo

Easy peasy, quick and cheap too!

        3. Washed out the egg and mayo with shampoo (still using my Aloe + Coconut Clay Bar).

        4. Conditioned and combed out

I felt better at this point, but I still wasn’t there yet.

So I pulled out my Cantu Shea butter Leave-In Conditioner and Repair Cream from the corner I’d left it in since I got the Creamy hair lotion. It can be used for daily styling as well as a leave-in. I’d love to try a silicone free leave-in sha.

  1. I worked a generous amount of it into my damp hair
  2. Covered it with a shower cap
  3. Yuuuup. Baggie again.

The instructions on the cream said to do it overnight. I wore the shower cap from 1pm till I couldn’t take it anymore, at about 7pm (true true, your body heat works when your scalp is covered with plastic. The heat cannot escape), this is the same as 6 hours of sleep at night, no? Yes.

Was everything okay now? Yes. Not 100 but yes my hair felt like mine again. I did no more but cover it with my satin bonnet when I was ready to sleep and on Sunday, I went about my normal simple routine as usual.

I felt like a champion! Got my hair back! It has been so good to have my fro back. Fairy knots are back too. Sigh. Is it even possible to not have any? I’m still trying to figure these guys out.

Be good guys.

The next post won’t be too far behind.