This Stylist Says You Shouldn’t Be Deep Conditioning

Recently on Twitter, Licensed Tight Curl Specialist Anita takes to her platform to educate the natural hair community on topics that we all know and love. Recently she made a thread about deep conditioning for extended periods explaining the risk it could present. 

Below are the four reasons why deep conditioning for extended periods could be harmful to the hair, according to Anita: 

  1. “A scalp kept moist for hours at a time has the potential to develop mold/ mildew growth.” Science supports that mold likes to grow in warm, dark, and moist environments, similar to our scalps when deep conditioning. 
  2. “If left unchecked, this growth can lead to scalp conditions and even infection.” Once bacteria enter the scalp, it is proven that they can cause common conditions such as Psoriasis and Eczema.
  3. “Deep conditioning on a regular schedule is unnecessary.” According to Naturally Curly, too much conditioning can cause over-moisturized hair and disrupt the proper balance of moisture and protein that hair needs. Also, many deep conditioners are formulated to repair and add extra nutrients to the hair. Therefore if you’re not deep conditioning, conditioning is a must. 
  4. “Putting conditioner on your hair to sit for a predetermined amount of time, without actively working it into the hair with tons of water, is a waste of time, product, and effort.” This comment shows that working the product into your hair instead of letting it sit on top helps the product work. 

The natural hair community is a constant learning process as more research presents. We love platforms and stylists who want to genuinely educate the natural hair community to increase their love for their natural hair and its health. 

Partnered with knowledge and understanding of taking care of natural hair, Zoe helps kids learn to love their curls by practicing different styles. 

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