We all know the benefits of a deep conditioning ESPECIALLY if one is applying heat, color or just living in this world with all it’s pollutants. Despite how you choose to fall into the category of needing one, the point is whether you can overdo it. The answer to this is a resounding “YES!”
Can you overcondition your hair?
I used to regard this as a nonsense term but when I did some research, I
do now know that it is possible. A study done on nails (same keratin
protein as hair) was performed to find out why nails get weaker with
repeated water exposure. The study found that exposing nails to water
for over 15 minutes (remembering that at 15 minutes the protein is saturated) led to the keratin coiling different from normal and this was linked to softening and weakness (BBA,pp 210-216,1999).
There are many naturals who will condition their hair for hours at a
time because they like the softness that it develops. If you are in this
group, you are someone who likes over-conditioned hair.
The softness you are feeling is most likely related to the change in the
keratin and you should be careful when handling your hair when it is
that soft as it will be weaker until it has time to recover its stronger
conformation. The Natural Haven
Basically, you will have complete absorption and benefits of a conditioner within 20 to 30 minutes and if you use heat it shouldn’t be above 95°F. I am a heavy handed, over-conditioning Natural and will be pulling back from the overnight conditioning. With the lack of color and heat I apply to my hair I really don’t need the conditioner on more than a few minutes. No wonder my hair won’t do a damn thing the first couple of days after I wash it!
Always staying in ‘the know’ Naturals,