Target; Ulta Beauty; Sally Beauty
2. Don’t skip the deep conditioner
You can achieve a delicate protein-moisture balance with a weekly deep conditioner. “Deep treatments allow the hair to maintain structural integrity,” Stevens says. Scope out products that contain moisturizing ingredients (like water, aloe vera, shea butter), as well as common proteins (for example, hydrolyzed wheat, hydrolyzed silk, keratin).
To get the most from your deep-conditioning treatment, apply heat with a hooded dryer or heat cap, and let your tresses absorb all the goodness. “Heat opens up the cuticle, allowing the ingredients to penetrate even deeper into the hair and lock in that moisture,” says Mindy Green, a Washington, D.C. area-based licensed cosmetologist and owner of MG Beauty.
Three conditioning treatments to try: MoKnowsHair Curl Restoring Treatment ($12, sallybeauty.com), Mielle Organics Babassu & Mint Deep Conditioner ($14, target.com) and Ouidad Coil Infusion Deep Conditioner ($38, ulta.com)