The Great Deep Conditioning Debate

Reader Kerry says;

I hope this isn’t too redundant, but I’m still fascinated by the ‘unnecessary hair practices‘ post. As you know deep conditioning ended up being the number 1 thing people had dropped from their regimen. So I was wondering if you could bring that particular question to your readers; If they deep condition, could they explain why they do it, for how long, and how it helps their hair. If they don’t, could they explain how they used to do it, and what made them stop? This would help me out so much!

I think it’s a great question Kerry! Please weigh in ladies. I agree that this is a very fascinating topic!

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93 thoughts on “The Great Deep Conditioning Debate

  1. I know I’m late but.. I LOVE DC’ing!!! It makes my hair soooooooooo soft!! It’s like the moisture that my hair gets from it is unmatched! I usually do it once a week (unless protective styling because how does anyone DC braids?) for like 45- an hour and my hair loves me back for the rest of the week. Right now I’m using VO5 Moisture Milks + Olive Oil and if I’m feeling especially jazzy I’ll throw in some honey =)

  2. i dc because i like it not because of what ppl say or why or why not its beneficial i do it cause i can finger through my hair afterwards if i dont or do keep moisture thats a bonus but i do it cause i want to…if i dont “retain moisture” ill get it when i moisturize (duh)

  3. I deep condition every time I wash. Sometimes my hair feels GREAT and sometimes it’s worst than before I started. So, I wonder sometimes myself, “is deep conditioning all that?”

  4. I LIVE BY HOT OIL TREATMENTS and CHOLESTROL TREATMENTS!!! i love conditioning my hair this way for about 35minutes because it gives my hair the moisture it needs to tackle the next week/week and a half. i usually dont have to moisturize anytime after i deep condition like this. I have been transitioning for 5 months now, and i tell you, the deep conditioning and the straw set curls have been a blessing from above

  5. The line between deep conditioning and regular conditioning is seriously blurred in my case. After taking more than an hour to detangle my 17 inches of hair with a creamy conditioner and oils, I don’t feel a need to deep condition (How much ‘deeper’ can I get after that, really?).

    I can see how it MIGHT be necessary for much shorter hair though.

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  7. The best conditioner I have ever used is Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil Conditioner, the argan oil hydrates and strengthens my hair making it nice and healthy. Plus the extra shine is appreciated! Thanks for the informative article :)

  8. I actually don’t deep condition. My hair is EXTREMELY porus and loves protein.It becomes pover conditioned VERY easily. I detangle with conditioner and shea butter, and leave it on my head without a shower cap for no more than 10 minutes. When I am done washing my body, I rinse out the conditioner & my hair is perfect!

  9. I love deep conditioning. I find myself doing it AT LEAST once a week, sometimes even twice.

    The trick, for me, is that I usually only DC on dry hair. I am not all about hopping in and out of the shower more than once a day. For example, I’ll apply my Aubrey Organics Honeysuckle Rose + coconut oil for 30 min-1 hour before my daily shower (works best on weekend mornings/afternoons, or if during the week, I’ll simply apply this mix before bed and rinse out the next morning). Or, if I want my DC to be super-detangling, then I might dampen my hair with a spray bottle, add my B.A.S.K. YAM Nectar honey mask and then layer that with a moisturizing DC (usually my Curl Junkie Hibiscus and Banana Deep Fix). Then, I’ll use my heat cap for 45 min or so, and then shower. Again, mostly on weekends.

    And, when I feel like it, I’ll do a hot oil treatment once or twice a month. I enjoy pampering my hair; it relaxes me and makes me feel like I’m having a spa day. I realize that some natural ladies don’t enjoy spending so much time on their hair/using so many products, but I do and my hair has genuinely thanked me for it! It’s over 14 inches long, super shiny (which it never was before! I think I also have aloe vera juice to thank for that) and curlier than ever. Listen to your hair, and do as much/as little DCing as you want while still reaping the results you want to achieve. Continue to play around with different products and techniques until you can achieve consistent, predictable results every time. That is when you know that you are truly learning your hair.

    • Please keep in mind that I live in a very dry, semi-desert climate. Maybe if I lived in New Orleans or Atlanta, DCing so often or overnight would be overkill. Not sure. That’s why, regardless of what others do to their hair, you need to find out what works for yours. A lady in Miami might have a very different regimen than one in Phoenix.

  10. Deep conditioning absolutely works for me. It works the best when I use natural products and oils. Here is the deep conditioner I make, how I apply it, and how long I leave it in. Give it a try, I know you’ll love it.

  11. Can anyone answer this question for me please?

    I’ve heard people say that too much deep conditioning can actually weaken your hair.

    I just recently started a new styling regimen. I’ve been wearing a wash and go where I shower with a deep conditioner but don’t rinse it out. Instead I keep it in to twist my strands and just take them out as they air dry later in the day. Do you think my heavy/daily use (and non rinsing) of my DP is hurting my hair?

  12. You just have to make sure that their is a balance of moisture and protein in your hair. Too much of anything can be bad for you. If you’re hair is too moisturized, it can weaken and break off. That also goes for if your hair has too much protein, it can become really hard and dry. Therfore, you have to make sure that your hair is equally balanced between the two.

  13. Thanks Ashley for it reply well to be honest I havnt been lately deep conditioning but going to try making a nice Shea butter mix soon with coconut oil mayb to seal. I have type 2 hair hoping it will help, then problem may be I am not conditioning enough at the moment or need some protein , as after evry wash I apply argan oil serum to wer hair hoping itl seal moisture once a week, also have hi lights which are drying on hair, shedding all my life but pregant at minute cud be doing it and she’s really bad after my last baby lol I need to acess my hair habits more and wat conditioners suit it but going to try natrual products to see how I get on do I think a Shea butter mix wil be to heavy for my type of hair I wear hair messy wavy anyway might look ok x

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