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10 Things To Do While Deep Conditioning

You have heard us say it over and over again. You NEED to deep condition your hair. Deep conditioning provides so many benefits to your natural hair and is a crucial part of keeping your hair happy and healthy. If you are trying to grow your hair out or are repairing it from whatever kind of damage, then you especially need to deep condition in order to keep your hair strong and elastic. Deep conditioning can be a long process and it can be kind of boring or maybe you just really don't see the whole point of it but you really do have to do it.
Deep conditioning can help with making your hair softer and more manageable. It will also help in the detangling process, making it easier to comb your hair with as little breakage as possible. Natural hair can take a long time to grill out so we want to make sure we're doing everything possible to reduce breakage and deep conditioning is one easy step to do that.
Always remember deep conditioning is a process. It is very important to make a schedule for deep conditioning your hair. When you make a schedule and keep up with a schedule for deep conditioning, it makes things easier for yourself and better for your hair. How often you should be deep conditioning your hair truly depends on your hair type or hair texture and the amount of damage or exposure your hair has from the elements and various products. If your hair tends to be easily tangled or more matted, it is best to deep condition once a week. If your hair is damaged from any kind of exposure to heat or unnatural products then you should be deep conditioning once to twice a week in order to nurse your hair back to health. If your hair is already healthy because you keep up with all the right steps and deep condition on a schedule, you only need to deep condition twice a month.

Strengthening Ice Cream™ Treatment Deep Conditioner

A deep conditioner should be left in your hair for about 30 minutes. If your deep conditioner doesn't work or isn't showing results after those 30 minutes and maybe time to look for a new deep conditioner. If you're looking for all natural ingredients that are healthy for your hair and good for your scalp and try our Original Dry Solution Ice Cream™ Treatment Deep Conditioner. If your hair is especially damaged I know it might be tempting to keep your deep conditioner in for as long as possible, especially if you have  damaged hair, but you really shouldn't. There is such a thing as over conditioning your hair. leaving your deep conditioner in for too long can cause weak and fragile hair.
If you're wondering about some things that you can do while you're deep conditioning then we have a perfectly curated list of 10 things you can do while waiting for your deep conditioner to set in. For this list, I will include five things that you can do to be productive while waiting for your deep conditioner and another five things you can do if you’re feeling unproductive or just wish to relax while waiting for your deep conditioner to settle in. No matter what, make sure to wear a shower cap while you're waiting this will help create steam so your scalp, roots, and ends can soak up more of the nutrients and benefits from the deep conditioner.

1. Clean Up Around the House (or Apartment)

I know you may be home more now than usual but for some reason the house just seems like it gets messy quicker. If you feel like being productive then take this 30 minutes and clean the kitchen or fold laundry or organize your room. I'm sure at least one thing around the house needs to be cleaned or straightened up. Take advantage of this time and give yourself a little extra piece of mind making your home feel a little more livable.

 

2. Catch Up on Your Shows

If you're like me then you have a thousand shows and your queue list but just never have the time to actually watch them. I mean between Netflix, Prime, Hulu, and regular TV there's just not enough time to watch every single thing everyone recommends for me. Take advantage of the 30 minute break to watch the new Housewives episode, catch up on your favorite sitcoms, or start a new movie.  If this is your wash day, then go ahead and put on a movie for 30 minutes, wash your deep conditioner out and finish the movie while you're detangling and styling your hair.

 

3. Do a Workout

If you really want to work out but just can't find the time in a day to do it, this provides the perfect 30 minute workout session for you. Don't let your bike or treadmill continue to collect dust anymore! Go ahead and squeeze in a nice low intensity workout! Now you can feel super accomplished for all that you did in just one day. The benefit of doing a low intensity workout while deep conditioning is that it helps your body create extra heat which will help steam your hair and give you even better benefits from your deep conditioning treatment.

exercise

 

4. Cook Dinner or Prepare Lunch

If you're the type that constantly looks towards the future or likes to get things out the way, how about starting dinner now will deep conditioning your hair or make your lunch for yourself and/or your kids for tomorrow. This way you can get all the food going for dinner time and add a little extra steam to your hair in the process. If you’re into meal prepping, go ahead and start your meals for the week or decide and create a grocery list for what to prep for next week. Now you’re on an easy to manage schedule for not only deep conditioning your hair but also figuring out what to eat for the week ahead.

 

5. Take a Soothing Bath

Sometimes you have worked yourself to the bone and just need some time off. If you need a spa day or deserve a spa day, this is the perfect excuse to do that! Run some hot water, find your favorite bath bomb, and light a couple candles of your favorite scent then let the stress melt away. 😌 You can go ahead and pretend your responsibilities aren’t waiting for you outside the bathtub and let loose for 30 minutes. Put on a face mask and play some music to really get all the good vibes going and take some time to yourself because you deserve it!

self care while waiting

 

6. Read a Book

Unless you have photographic memory, you probably can’t read a whole book in 30 minutes but I guess you could try? For the rest of us, just try reading a chapter or two of that book you bought last year and always said you were going to start reading it but never found the time to actually start reading it. Try doing this on a weekly or biweekly basis and watch as you finally get through that book everyone has been raving about.

 

7. Call Family and Friends

We all have that one person who we always mean to call and check in with but whenever we get freetime and just slips our minds. Or there’s always that one person you promise to talk more later but you both never reach out, this is a good time to actually call or text them. See how things are going and maybe even make plans for the future. I’m sure whoever is on the receiving end will be more than ecstatic to hear from you and chat for a bit. I might be kind of old school in this, but I absolutely love receiving phone calls and simply chatting for a bit. That is part of the reason why we go to the salons and barber shops, to socialize with others and catch up on the news around the town, so why not continue to do that even when you’re doing your hair from home?

 

8. Take a Nap

Do you swear by the quick 30 minute power nap? This is the perfect time to squeeze one in without feeling like you’re being lazy or unproductive. Set an alarm and rest your eyes for an half hour to refresh yourself. You’ll wake up feeling replenished and ready to tackle on the rest of the day, starting with detangling your hair.

 

9. Buy Groceries

I know you’re probably thinking that you would never go outside while in the process of doing your hair because you don’t want everyone to see you in your shower cap but there is an easy way around this! Double up on your shower cap to ensure no annoying dripping hair while you’re at the store, then put on your favorite headwrap to conceal your shower caps. Now you can make the most out of your 30 minutes by knocking out an errand on your to-do list. Just remember, you don’t want to keep your deep conditioner in for too long, so if your grocery shopping takes well over 30 minutes, try running another quicker errand in that time frame.

 

10. Hang With Your Kids or Pets 

You have a good amount of time on your hands waiting for your deep conditioner to settle in, so if you have babies (of any kind) use that time to spend time with them and give them attention. Ask about yours kids’ day or help out with their homework. Get the water running and let them know they have 30 minutes to take a bath or get ready for bed. Play a board game (or phone game) together and enjoy some one-on-one time. If you have a dog, give them a bath while your hair is protected from the shake dry or play some fetch and let them run around the house until all of their energy is gone. Now, everyone in your house will be ready for bedtime, on-time. 


Now that you have a perfect list of things to do while waiting for your deep conditioning treatment to set in, make sure you actually deep condition! On a schedule! I don’t think we can stress the importance of this enough but it has to be done ladies! If you’re looking for deep conditioning treatments to help with a specific goal for your hair check out our Ice Cream™ Treatment Deep Conditioner Bundle. This comes with the amazing following products for every and anything you may want to achieve with your hair: 
Repairing Ice Cream™ Treatment Deep Conditioner great for repairing damaged hair.
Hydrating Ice Cream™ Treatment Deep Conditioner perfect for adding hydration to promote growth.
Strengthening Ice Cream™ Treatment Deep Conditioner ideal for brittle or dry hair.
Curl-Defining Ice Cream™ Treatment Deep Conditioner a must for any transitioning ladies.
Original Dry Solution Ice Cream™ Treatment Deep Conditioner nice for healthy hair on a schedule.

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