Deep Conditioning Short Hair

Routine practices such as shampooing and heat styling can leave your hair system dry and brittle if it isn’t properly cared for. Regular deep conditioning treatments — at least once a month — will help reclaim lost moisture.

In most circumstances, we advise you to avoid heat and hot water on your hair system. However, heat serves an important purpose in deep conditioning. Applied as hot water or steam, heat opens the hair cuticle and causes moisture and nutrients to escape. However, during a deep conditioning treatment, the open cuticle is saturated with moisture. Following up with a cold-water rinse closes and seals the cuticle, leaving the hair shaft smooth and shiny.

The easy, deep conditioning method below avoids applying hot water directly to your system. Although you can use any conditioner, we recommend using one designed for deep conditioning to get the best results.

Supplies

  • Your hair system
  • Shampoo
  • Deep conditioner
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Large zip-top bag

Step 1: Shampoo your hair system

Comb all the tangles out of your system. Follow best practices and shampoo with cool water. Be sure to keep all the hair flowing in the same direction.

Step 2: Condition your hair system

Next, coat the hair with a liberal amount of deep conditioner.

Distribute the conditioner evenly throughout the system with your comb. Remember to avoid getting conditioner on the base.

Do not allow conditioner to get on the base, as it will prevent your tape or adhesive from adhering during attachment.

Step 3: Place the system in a bag

Turn the base inside out and away from the conditioned hair. Place the hair system in a large zip-top storage bag and seal.

Step 4: Float the bag

Fill your sink with very hot water. Place the sealed bag in the hot water and let it float for at least 20 minutes, or until the water is no longer hot. Don’t worry about leaving the bag in the water too long.

Step 5: Rinse your hair system

After sufficient time has passed, remove the hair system from the bag and rinse with very cold water. For lace bases, be sure to rinse with the underside of the base facing up towards the faucet.

Step 6: Dry your hair system

Towel dry, apply leave-in conditioner, and allow the hair system to air dry.

An alternative maintenance routine for normal hair that is not excessively dry or damaged, you can shampoo your system per usual, rinse, remove excess water, apply your deep conditioner and allow it to sit on the hair for at least 15 minutes. Rinse with cold water.