We all know that an occasional deep conditioning treatment is great for hair, but who has time to sit around for 20 minutes, head slathered in goo? I don't even have 20 minutes to sit down and eat these days!
My solution is simple: deep condition during your workout. Best. Multitasker. Ever.
I got hooked on this method after experimenting with it about a year ago. Slather the conditioner all over your hair, then coil it up in a bun or twist and cover it with a baseball cap (your hat's going to take a beating, so wear an old one). You know how many conditioners recommend wrapping your head in a warm towel? This hat trick is a perfect alternative. The heat you generate during your workout will stay trapped under the hat and help distribute the conditioner. No one will see your gunky hair, and by the time you get back and wash it out, it'll be soft and gorgeous.
I do this about once a week when I go out running, and it works like a charm! Here are three of my favorite deep conditioners to use with this method:
- Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment. OK, so this deep conditioner smells like an old cigarette dropped into a cup of cafe mocha, but it WORKS. Warm a chunk of it in your hands, distribute through hair, and try to ignore the smell. It's worth it. Promise!
- Fekkai Hair Mask With Shea Butter. The thickest of the three mentioned here, this hair mask uses shea butter and macadamia nut oils to soften and condition hair. This one really works well with the "hat trick," since without a little extra heat, it's hard to get it to distribute through hair.
- Coconut Oil Hair Dressing from the drugstore. Effective, easy to use, and cheap, coconut hair dressing works wonders. The Beauty Brains tell us that coconut oil is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate your hair and make it stronger! (Palm oil, too, which you'll find in the Ojon product.) You'll find coconut oil dressings in the "ethnic" section of the haircare aisle. There are a few brands available; I like Eboline.