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Deep Conditioning Mix for the GAWDS!

Ever have those moments when your tried-and-true conditioner just falls flat? You condition and condition…and nothing happens, even though you left it in your hair longer than the prescribed time?

I’ve definitely been there, especially at the very beginning of my healthy hair journey. My hair was extremely dry, couldn’t hold moisture, and was constantly breaking. I started using this deep conditioning mixture and routine to nurse my strands back to health, and even though my distressed, relaxed hair days are behind me, it’s still a staple in my hair regimen, especially during the cold days of winter and when my hair has overdosed on UV rays in the summer.

Thirsty Coils Deep Conditioning Mix (use at least once a week for best results)

A few squirts of two of your most moisturizing conditioners (Tresemme Naturals, Aussie Moist 3-Minute Deep Conditioner and Suave Shea Butter and Almond are all low-cost and extremely effective options)

A squirt or two of a very light protein conditioner (Herbal Essences Long-term Relationship is great for this recipe, but also feel free to use whatever you have on hand)

Castor oil or Sweet Almond Oil for shine

Olive oil for slip and nourishment

Coconut oil to penetrate the hair shaft

Jojoba oil if you have it on hand (it’s scalp-friendly, and the roots of my hair soak this stuff up)

Mix all of the ingredients into a bowl, pop it into the microwave for no more than 5-10 seconds, and work the concoction into your hair. For all of my previously chemically-treated girls, be sure to concentrate on your roots, just as you would a chemical process. This is the good stuff, and every strand needs it :)

The moisture, oils, and shot of protein do the trick every time. If you have all-natural, virgin hair, you probably won’t need protein every single week–be sure to only use the light protein conditioner in your mixture every other week or even just once a month. 

Hope this helps!

Five Delicious foods for Healthier Hair

Kale & Spinach

Spinach and Kale are incredibly nutritious and beneficial veggies to add to your regular diet.

Because these powerhouse greens are high in vitamin C, vitamin K and calcium, they help to strengthen your hair.

Plus, thanks to their high water content, they provide your hair with moisture and contribute to its overall appearance.

Sweet Potatoes

Rich in vitamin A, sweet potatoes are excellent for cell growth thanks to its high beta-carotene content.

Without enough vitamin A, our curls can really become dried out and brittle.

Bonus: the antioxidants in them also fight aging, your skin will thank you as well.


Protein is an important component for hair growth because without enough protein for keratin (which gives our hair its structure), strands become weaker and hair growth slows down immensely.

Lentils are a great source of iron-rich protein and can assist in maintaining steady lengthening of your curls over time.


There are myriad DIY treatments that include avocado as an ingredient due to its awesome moisturizing properties, but you can do your hair a favor by doing more than just putting it on your hair.

Eating avocados is great for your curls because they’re loaded with vitamin E, vitamin C, B6 and other nutrients including antioxidants that protect against cell damage.

Aloe Vera Juice

We all know good old H20 is the chief source for moisture but sipping on aloe vera juice is also great for preventing parched hair.

It is helpful for bringing thickness back to thinning hair, reducing dandruff from excessive dryness and also stimulates hair growth.


Discover how to skip the suds in any situation you find yourself.

Whether you’re crunched for time, conserving water, or simply don’t feel like washing your hair (we’re not judging), dry shampoo is the perfect busy-girl solution to unwashed strands. Come clean with these water-free cleanse extenders that instantly refresh hair from the office to the gym—and beyond. RENEE TRILIVAS

Best for: The Long-Haul Flight
The Dry Shampoo: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Dry Shampoo
This conditioning, TSA-friendly formula infuses parched hair with moisturizing omega-3s anywhere, any time—even at 35,000 feet.

Best for: The Gym
The Dry Shampoo: SEPHORA COLLECTION Express Dry Shampoo
Whether you prefer the elliptical or lifting weights, this pint-sized aerosol spray (that’s perfect for stashing in your gym bag or locker) gives an energizing root boost to sweaty strands post-workout.

Best for: The Big Date
The Dry Shampoo: Bumble and bumble Prêt-à-Powder
Skip restyling before you meet up with your beau: This loose powder delivers three essential products—dry shampoo, style extender, and volumizer—in one bottle, for an effortlessly tousled look.

Best for: The Posh Party
The Dry Shampoo: Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo
Rice powder in this dry shampoo instantly soaks up oil and amps up fullness to keep your blowout looking polished, prolonging your good hair days into good hair nights.

Best for: The Morning After
The Dry Shampoo: Alterna Bamboo Cleanse Extend Translucent Dry Shampoo Sugar Lemon
Eliminate the lingering scents of last night with this new, exclusive dry shampoo that evaporates oil, maximizes volume, and leaves behind a sweet, citrus scent.

Best for: The Office
The Dry Shampoo: Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo
Embrace the midday touch-up with this dry shampoo. Its pointed precision nozzle delivers the perfect dose of style-reviving powder for a quick lift right at your desk.

Best for: The Last-Minute Interview
The Dry Shampoo: Bumble and bumble A Bit of Blondish Hair Powder + Bumble and bumble A Tint of Brown Hair Powder
Tinted powder blends seamlessly into blonde or brunette tones to disguise roots, build thickness, and absorb oil for über-professional hair in a few sprays.


I just wanted you to know that this thing is a liquid miracle for damaged hair. I’ve been bleaching it for over an year now, and I’ve totally burnt it out once by mistake. Now I learned how to bleach it properly but, of course, the hair is parched and dehydrated.
I used this ONCE and my hair has never been so soft. It’s also a lot easier to style.
I also have the matching shampoo and now I’m tempted to buy the same conditioner too.