Is your hair dry and brittle, or maybe you struggle to detangle your locks and tame the frizz? Deep conditioners come to the rescue.
Implementing these treatments in your regular hair care routine will take it to a whole new level. All you need to do is find the right products to suit your hair type and deep condition your hair regularly. Let’s explore the variety of deep conditioners and find out which will work for you best.
Would you agree that a proper skincare regimen can’t consist of only a moisturizer, right? Equally, shampoo and conditioner are only the bare basics for your hair care routine, deep conditioner being an important product to add to it.
Deep conditioning masks are applied for a certain amount of time to deeply penetrate the hair shaft and nourish and moisturize your strands. Deep conditioners have a thicker and more concentrated formula that contains hydrating and nourishing ingredients to prevent breakage, make hair softer, less tangled, and easier to style.
If the hair is lightened and faces frequent heat styling, you should never skip a deep conditioner. If you do, fixing brassy hair or going lighter without going through intensive deep conditioning to restore the health of the locks first may completely ruin your hairstyle and bring you even further away from your hair color goals.
To build your winning haircare routine, you need to figure out what are your main struggles: whether it’s high porosity, dull look, or split ends – you need to face the problem to tackle it. A deep conditioner can help with all of these challenges, but hair types matter a lot here, too, as fine, frizzy, or coarse hair would require a different approach.
Our team has researched and picked the best ways to deep condition hair, from the top-rated salon procedures to DIY recipes you can do at home. We hope you can choose some that will work best for your locks.
If you need to deep condition your hair, a hair mask might be the easiest and the most common solution. The difference between a deep conditioner and a regular conditioner is that it has a more reach and concentrated formula. Here are some of our favorite deep conditioning masks:
Davines OI Hair Butter contains high-grade natural ingredients and provides instant smoothness and softness effect. Use it to tame frizz and to protect your hair against UV rays.
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask is enriched with argan oil and other deeply hydrating ingredients which improves hair’s elasticity and shine. This deep conditioner is designed for medium to thick, coarse hair.
Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Treatment Masque is one of the Curly Girl Method approved deep conditioners (Curly Girl Method is a popular modern way of looking after your curly locks). It contains a high level of protein and works like magic for the curly community.
Pureology Colour Fanatic Deep Treatment Mask is the best bet for fine-colored hair. It has a lightweight formula that wouldn’t cause excessive build-up or weigh your hair down. However, it doesn’t compromise on the quality of its ingredients: this product will immediately restore and protect your strands.
Normally, you’ll need to use a deep conditioner once or twice a week. Using deep conditioning more often can cause a buildup in your hair, which consequently will cause more harm than benefit.
Here are the steps to apply your deep conditioner:
An absolute hair hero of the last few years, Olaplex, has indeed seriously changed the game for many of us. Its patented formula can noticeably repair even severely damaged hair, reduces breakage, and protects hair structure.
Most of the reputable hair salons offer professional Olaplex deep conditioning as well as Olaplex additives that can be used during any coloring process. Also, their No3 Hair Perfector is a product designed to be used at home and is one of the best intensive hair treatments to date.
Olaplex works on a molecular level and restores inner hair bonds. It works on any hair type but is an utter must-have for bleach-damaged hair. Also, it reduces damage caused by the sun, hot tools, and chemicals. It’s cruelty-free and it doesn’t contain sulfates or parabens, which means you can confidently use it to deep condition curly hair.
Here is how to deep condition with Olaplex at home:
We totally swear by coconut oil as the best natural ingredient for hair care. It contains fatty acids and Vitamin E – ingredients that moisturize and hydrate hair as well as reduce its damage. Eventually, it facilitates length retention, as it helps you maintain the health of your hair for a longer time and you need a haircut less often.
Here is how to use the natural oil as a DIY deep conditioner:
Coconut oil is great for coarse, curly and frizzy hair. It’s also perfect for deeply conditioning chemically relaxed and bleached hair. However, it might feel too heavy for fine hair or those who have naturally oily scalp. In this case, you can still use it, but make sure you thoroughly rinse and shampoo your hair. It’s definitely not recommended before special occasions where you would have your hair styled professionally or even just curl your hair.
While there’s a vast variety of ready-to-use deep conditioners from high street to luxury products, making your own product feels like a very special self-care ritual. Here is the recipe:
Enriched with vitamins A and E, shea butter has excellent emollient qualities. Castor oil strengthens the hair follicles and facilitates hair growth. Both these ingredients, alongside the benefits of coconut oil, make your hair shiny and strong, prevent sun and pollution damage.
Here are the steps to prepare and apply apple natural oils deep conditioning:
This DIY conditioning treatment is good for any hair type, especially if your hair needs a shield to prevent losing hair’s moisture. However, if you have the oily scalp of very fine hair, it might feel too heavy for you.
Of course, there are more homemade hair mask recipes that often include ripe avocados, honey, castor and olive oil. These will be a good addition to your healthy hair journey, but they will unlikely work as a deep conditioner substitute, as many ingredients do not have fatty acids needed to penetrate the hair shaft.
We hope you found some useful information in this article. As we all know, the key to success is consistency: use a deep conditioner once a week and you will soon see a noticeable difference in your hair. Not only will it get shiny, less tangled and more manageable, but you will also be able to grow your locks longer.