How Often Should You Deep Condition?

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By Audrey Sivasothy, author of The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care

Deep conditioning the hair is critical to achieving bouncy, luxurious, healthy hair in any hair care regimen. How often you deep condition is a matter of personal preference. The need to deep condition can also be influenced by a number of things, like whether or not your hair is color-treated, naturally porous, coarse or chemically relaxed. Those considerations must be taken into account, along with your hair’s general condition, when you determine how often you’ll need to deep condition your hair.
My hair is chemically relaxed and color-treated, so deep conditioning has been key to keeping my hair healthy and vibrant. Effective deep conditioning can truly provide essential protection against hair chemical treatments, colors, heat and even just sheer neglect.

In addition to knowing how often you need to deep condition your hair, you should educate yourself on deep-conditioning products. Deep conditioning can take place with either a moisturizing deep conditioner or a protein-based treatment. Each product will require a different deep-conditioning schedule. Moisturizing deep conditioning should occur most often, and protein deep conditioning should occur less frequently. Most, if not all, deep conditioners require heat for maximum cuticle penetration. This process can last from 10 to 30 minutes, depending on the conditioner and your hair.

If your hair is:
-Chemically relaxed
-Permanently color-treated
-Extremely damaged and dry

These especially damaged cases benefit from deep conditioning twice weekly until the hair begins to recover. Once the hair has recovered, then a weekly deep-conditioning schedule can be maintained. Cover the hair with a plastic cap and apply heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Hair should be rinsed in cool water to help smooth and close the cuticle.

Protein deep conditioning, or a reconstructor treatment, can take place the same day as moisturizing deep conditioning for those with hair in need of deep repair. Simply mix your protein treatment with your moisturizing deep conditioner and process under heat.

Try to find deep conditioners that are creamy and have a thick consistency. I find that these tend to be the best deep conditioners, since they really leave the hair feeling moisturized. If your hair is fine, you’ll want to find a light, creamy conditioner with fewer heavy oils. Otherwise, you’ll be conditioned, but weighed down as well.

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64 thoughts on “How Often Should You Deep Condition?

  1. I was just wondering if anybody knows if it would be okay to deep condition hair then apply a leave-in-conditioner that helps repairs split ends?????

    • Deep conditioning is great for the hair but unfortunately split ends cannot be repaired.They can only be covered up temporarily using silicones but no lasting repair. The only way to get rid of them is to snip them off! Split ends can only be prevented but not eradicated all together.

      However you DO NOT have to trim them depending on how you wear your hair curly or straight and how much it is bothering you. :)

      A great tip is the baggying method,do a ponytail and apply water to your ends then apply an oil or water based mosituriser and cover your ponytail with a plastic bag and leave overnight.In the morning your ends should be soft. I hope that helps. :)

      For more info this link has good tips.

  2. 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 :)

  3. The best leave in conditioner is Mane and Tail Detangler it is awesome for a roller set! I like Melaleuca Herbal Shampoo and for deep conditioning anything with “shea butter” in it. I used the flat iron but when the dominican salons do a roller set it holds for 2 weeks.

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  4. I deep condition once a week if possible. I usually make my own conditioner, link below. If I do not have time to make my own then I’ll usually use a natural store bought product.

  5. Hello! I have a question about Protein vs. Moisturizing Deep conditioning. Is it possible to do a treatment once a month that contains both a protein AND a moisturizing component rather than a moisture treatment every two weeks and a separate protein treatment every month? I’m asking this because my hair fits the last category and the homemade recipe I’m thinking of trying has Coconut milk, avocado, banana, and olive oil. I would like to consider this a light protein/moisturizing deep treatment all wrapped up into one, but I’m still not sure. I know my hair doesn’t need much protein since it’s also low porosity, but on the flip side I have fine strands (which could benefit from protein treatments) so it’s really very confusing!

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  7. This is a great tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere. Brief but very precise information… Many thanks for sharing this one. A must read article!

  8. I moisturize deep condition once a week, I use a cheap moisturizing conditioner mixed with olive oil and coconut oil and apply to hair and then sit under dryer for 10-15 minutes, then rinse.

    I do a protein treatment once a month, as if you look online, it says for normal hair, do it for once a month. I use egg/mayo treatment when I am at home, and if I am living living at my college dorm, then I will use Organic root stimulator Hair Mayonnaise.

  9. I use one egg and about 3 tbsp of mayonnaise in my DIY deep conditioner every week, is that okay or is that considered a protein treatment?

  10. I ve split ends and my hair is dry. I want know the hair regime I could use to make it moisturizer, strong and healthy. How many times do I need a protein treatment??
    How often should I wash my hair??
    What hair products will I need to achieve a healthy growing hair?? PLEASE CAN YOU HELP?

  11. My hair is not bleached, or dyed or damaged but I still use my pro naturals hair mask twice a week. I love it b/c it smells great and it leaves my hair super soft and shiny!

  12. Does anyone know what errors we should avoid when (deep) conditionning?
    Even if I keep the conditionner during 2 hours,the moisture seems to have disappeared the next morning, (especially the ends that break easily). The same effect when I apply the LOC method.
    I’m really confused since I dont see what I’m doing wrong.

    (English is not my mother tongue, thanks for your answers)

    • You sound like you have low porosity hair…you arent retaining moisture. Try using heat when moisturising. Watch youtube videos about porosity and how to deep conditioner/moisturise for your porosity type.

  13. It seems that nobody has taken the time to answer some of these question. So, let me give it a try. I did some researching and what seems to come up often is your hair type. Depending on your hair type also depends on the amount of conditioning you may need. For example, I am Puerto Rican and my hair is curly. But not the soft curly more like kinky curly which frizzes easily and is always dry. I started doing the deep conditioning every three days starting in May. My hair grew 6 inches.(from the tops of my shoulders to just below my bra snaps) And is easier to straighten or style.

  14. Hello I was reading this article and I was wondering how I should approach doing protein treatments. I am completely natural no perms, color any of that. I use to use heat on my hair everyday but no longer use heat at all. (probably due to not having a blow dryer, but even if i did id probably rarely use knowing what I know now)Anyways my hair has always been relatively thin and dry/itchy. Id say my hair is between mild to moderately damaged. Should I be doing protein treatments biweekly or monthly? also how should i use these or how often should i use protein based products or those that appear to be a balance between moisture and protein if im doing protein treatments? Should this protein treatment be a light, medium, or heavy treatment?

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