The difference between Instant & Deep Conditioners

What’s on your hair? If it’s healthy, shiny, and growing, chances are you’re using the right conditioning treatments. But if you’re still seeking that wholesome sheen and length, you probably need this ultimate guide to conditioning hair. Here’s everything you need to know!
Rinse-Through Conditioners
Also known as instant conditioners, these lightweight treatments are applied to the hair immediately after shampooing and rinsed out after a few (2 to 10) minutes. You will usually see more shine and softness immediately, but the results probably won’t last more than a couple of days; this is because instant conditioners simply leave trace amounts of key ingredients on the hair shaft, kind of like an oil spot on concrete. These conditioners can help build volume, manage tangles, and moisturize hair, temporarily. Rinse-out conditioning is best when you just need locks to look better in a hurry, and can be done after any and every shampoo. If you have fine hair that is easily weighed down, try applying a rinse-out treatment before washing hair.

Protein Conditioners
A special kind of rinse-through conditioner for stressed or damaged manes. Good protein conditioners contain keratin, the same protein your hair is made of, and other strengthening ingredients that help fill in cracks in the hair cuticle, fortifying strands to beat breakage and shedding. Think of them as the glue that holds your hair together.
A word of caution, though: just like glue, protein conditioners alone can leave hair hard and brittle. It’s important to seal the newly-rebuilt hair cuticle with a moisturizing conditioner of some sort, especially for kinky or curly hair; the layer of moisture will help keep hair soft and manageable. (Consider this a follow-up layer of varnish.) As a result, protein conditioners should not be applied more than twice a month, even for the most damaged tresses.

Deep Treatments
Deep conditioners are an absolute must for dry, processed, and curlier hair types. These penetrating formulas are made to last, moisturizing tresses for a much longer time than instant treatments. Deep conditioning treatments soak into the hair shaft over 30 to 45 minutes or more, helping correct and prevent all kinds of mane problems including shedding, split ends, breakage, slow growth, and dullness. Apply these with a heating cap up to once per week and allow both strengthening and silkening ingredients to hydrate your hair from the inside out.

Hot-Oil Treatments
Using the right oils can help reinvigorate hair, adding flexibility to locks fried from blow-drying, flat ironing, or hot curling. The best route is to apply oils to dry strands, cover with a shower cap or plastic bag, and let your body heat drive the natural proteins and moisturizers into your now-open hair cuticles.

Examples of Deep Conditioners Are:
ORS Replenishing Conditioner (Mild Protein, Moisturizing)
Shea Moisture Deep Penetrating Masque (Moisture)
ORS or Organics Mayo Conditioner (Light Protein)
Queen Helene’s Cholesterol (Moisture)
Hairveda Sitrinillah Deep Conditioning Masque
Silk Dreams Vanilla Moisture
Silk Dreams Shea What
Avocado Pudding Silky Creme
Mocha Silk Infusion
Destination Hydration
Kanechom deep conditioning range

Now what is an Instant Conditioner?
Aussie Moist
Herbal Essence Hello Hydration & Tussle Me Softly
Tresseme Naturals
Tresseme Curl Hydration
Suave Naturals Coconut Conditioner

So start preparing for the hair you want today.

6 thoughts on “The difference between Instant & Deep Conditioners

    • Jan says:

      Hi Mary…you’re welcome. I put up this post cos I discovered most Nigerian ladies who’d embraced the hair journey were using instant conditioners as deep conditioners & they didn’t get the kind of results they desired.
      Glad it served its purpose.

  1. Wura says:

    I was once tempted to use my instant conditioner as a deep conditioner but now I know better.
    Can I mix some oils with my deep conditioner instead of doing the hot oil treatment separately?

    • Jan says:

      I share your feeling about this Nonye. .It happens a lot when we commence our hair journeys as it takes a while before we understand the difference between instant and deep conditioners.

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