Does Deep Conditioning really work?

Is deep conditioning really necessary? If so, how does it work? We tapped up Sandra Snell, Professional hair stylist and Founder of Thermal Hair Care Deep Conditioning Heat Caps to share her gems. 


Yes, deep conditioning is a vital step in protecting and restoring the integrity of your hair. Just being out in the natural elements can be harsh. Adding on all the chemicals and high heat tools that many of us use (oops!), it becomes even more important to re-hydrate and nourish your hair. 

However, deep conditioning alone is not enough. To turbo-charge the benefits of all the amazing ingredients in your fave deep conditioner, you need heat! 

Why? (I can almost hear you ask)

Deep conditioning with heat can infuse moisture and nutrients in a way that a conditioner alone cannot do.

The outer layer of the hair shaft, which is called the cuticle, is naturally closed. This means the treatment is almost exclusively working on the surface of the hair shaft.  When heat is applied during your treatment, the hair cuticle opens allowing the beneficial ingredients to penetrate the hair shaft, providing nourishment from the inside out.

Similar to how heat opens the pores of our skin, heat applied to our hair lifts the cuticle which allows the treatment to penetrate the hair, maximising the benefits of your hair mask, deep conditioner, or hot oil treatment.

There are different methods you could use to apply heat such as a warm damp towel, or a hooded dryer. Thermal Hair Care offers a solution that has made it easier than ever to incorporate this step into your routine with the microwavable Hot Head Heat Cap. Hot Head is the original flax filled, microwavable, deep conditioning heat cap. It is allowing people all over the world the freedom to achieve the results of a salon quality deep conditioning treatment at home with ease.

When performed regularly, the heat method increases the moisture content of the hair which helps to provide a barrier against additional damage. This means reduced breakage, increased elasticity, less frizz, along with softer and shinier hair.

I know we all appreciate good hair days so why not invite more of them into your life by deep conditioning with heat - it's a worthy endeavour.

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