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.
- Your hair system
- 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.
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.