Social distancing is probably the best thing that's happened to my hair in a while. There, I said it. Unlike some of my peers, who have admitted on numerous occasions that the events of the last few months — namely working from home and sheltering in place — have caused them to focus a lot less on hair care, I've noticed that social distancing in the wake of the pandemic has motivated me to put a lot more effort into my hair-care journey.

Just to give a little background, before mostly being bound to the house, I typically wore protective styles like braids, wigs, and weaves. While that's definitely OK, a major problem I had with this was neglecting to properly moisturize and take care of my hair while it was tucked away in these low-maintenance styles. That in mind, I decided to spend a bulk of my time at home over the summer really learning my hair and how it behaves so I can give it what it needs. This goes beyond throwing on a few reparative hair masks every once in a while; I've been able to use this time to create (and commit to) a real wash-day regimen for myself, the result of which is some of the healthiest hair I've had in years.

Read ahead to see some of the hair products I've been leaning on to keep my hair shiny, healthy, and moisturized.

Glow by Daye Conditioning Heat Cap

I received this Glow by Daye Conditioning Heat Cap ($38) in a PR mailer a few months ago, and I fell in love with it the first time I used it. Before the last few months, I haven't always used heat on my hair when deep conditioning because, between the inconvenience of having to sit under a hot dryer for an hour or the noisiness of using a handheld dryer with a bonnet attachment, it always seemed like more of a pain in the ass than I liked for it to be.

This (obviously cordless) bonnet is designed so that you can put it in the microwave for a few minutes and wear it as a deep conditioning cap for 30 minutes to an hour. The secret behind how it stays warm for so long after leaving the microwave is the fact that it's made with flaxseed that helps with retaining heat.

Glow by Daye Conditioning Heat Cap
Glow by Daye Conditioning Heat Cap