5 Ways that Weekly Deep Conditioning Can Boost Length Retention


by Kelsey (pictured above) of Lifewithcoco2

As someone who gets a lot of questions pertaining to how to keep hair healthy and grow it long, I was surprised to discover how many ladies and gents didn’t know or still don’t know the importance of deep conditioning their hair on a weekly basis. It is vital in order to have the healthiest hair possible. Here are five important reasons for deep conditioning your hair weekly:

1. Nourishment for your hair
Deep conditioning infuses your hair with the nutrients it needs in order to stay healthy. Your hair requires nourishment just like any other part of your body.

2. Prevention of dryness and breakage
Deep conditioning helps to improve hair’s elasticity, which means it is more flexible and can stretch more before it breaks. Hair that does not get deep conditioned frequently is more prone to dryness and breakage.

3. Length Retention
I often hear the saying ‘Oh my hair won’t grow,’ and then I immediately ask, “How often are you deep conditioning your hair,” and they’ll usually say, “every two weeks or once a month.” The truth is, your hair is always growing. Long hair is all about length retention. Deep conditioning plays a huge role in length retention because length retention goes hand in hand with breakage. The less breakage, the more hair you are able to keep!

4. Keeps hair soft smooth and shiny
Deep Conditioning is beneficial to keeping hair soft, smooth, manageable and shiny. Those are all signs of a healthy head of hair!

5. Hair Repair
If you are currently struggling with damaged hair, whether it be from heat styling, color, or just not knowing where to start with your hair regimen, make sure that deep conditioning at least once a week is apart of it. It will restore and repair your hair and you will be on your way to gorgeous healthy hair!

In the video below, I share some of my favorite products that I use to keep my hair healthy along with my favorite deep conditioners!


Do you deep condition weekly? If not, how often are you currently deep conditioning and do you think a weekly deep conditioning routine could fit into your regimen?

About Kelsey: I’m Kelsey Janae aka Lifewithcoco2, I love all things natural hair. I seek to inspire and educate using my knowledge of all things hair, health, and beauty. My goal is to encourage women and men to always be the best version of themselves.



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51 thoughts on “5 Ways that Weekly Deep Conditioning Can Boost Length Retention

  1. I am conflicted because low manipulation has always worked for me. I keep two strand twists for at least 3 weeks and dc after the wash. ( If I DC in between the resulting frizz is a style killer) However I am willing to try this out. Thanks for the advice.

    • If you don’t mind me asking, what particular dc do you use each week? I am trying to find a good dc for my type 4b hair. Any suggestions anyone?

      • Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner or Avocado Cream Moisture Repairing Hair Mask is absolutely fab!

      • I use garnier fructis Damage Eraser strength reconstructing butter it $6 and it’s awesome. I put myself on a budget with products because I was getting out of hand so now any product I buy has to be under $10. You will get a lot of use out of it. My hair stretched reaches the top of my back, I use it in conjunction with the garnier fructis sleek and shine Morracan Sleek oil treatment. My hair loves it. I hope you find something that works for you too! Good luck!

      • Yes I agree with Chels. Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage works wonders!!! However, it’s not available at any stores where I am, so I have to order it online.

      • I know this is late but I use the Brazilian Keratin Therapy Hydrating Keratin Masque by OGX it ranges from $6-8 depending on where you buy it (I buy mine from Ulta since they are always selling them on BOGO) and it leaves my 4b/c hair soft, moisturized, and detangled for a whole week after the treatment. I LOVE it! Another good one is the ORS Replenishing Conditioner, it’s about the same price and works wonders as well!if you’re a DIY person I recommend a mix of banana baby food, honey, and olive oil for shiny, soft, tangle-free coils! Hope this helps someone!

  2. I deep condition my hair every unday. Never fail. Every sunday. My hair is the healthiest and longes it’s ever been.

    • And you? I just want to know, because 4’s are more susceptible to breakage while handling. So, to do that on a weekly basis….(?) What hairtype have you got?

      • I have type four hair and I deep condition every week. I think it cuts down on the amount of breakage I have, especially if I put in the DC and finger detangle before going under a hooded dryer.

  3. I would recommend all natural deep conditioners. By this I mean from the kitchen. I do twice weekly conditioners. Monday’s are hot oil day. I use whatever oils I choose. Amla and vatika mixed. Or castor, and almond. I always put some essential oil in mix. Then Thursday’s I do coconut milk, avocado, eggs, fenugreek, or whatever I feel my hair needs, but always from the kitchen. I also only use shampoo bars.

  4. This article is great but what about thkse who don’t have time to deep condition every week? Deep conditiong is not the real problem but deep conditonning includes water when rinsing it out and that creates frizz which leads to new styling… and that’s when my problem starts. As a student with a huge schedule, I don’t have time for styling my hair every week or I’ll do it in rush and cause more harm than anything…

  5. good tips, but i have more inspiration when i see a 4c natural growing their hair longer, only because it takes more care to get longer 4c hair. Unless you are like me and don’t touch(or style) your hair very little(like 1 or 2 times a year lol) then yea obviously your hair grows long(that is the only reason i think i have long hair because i’m boring and dont style it much lol). But if you manipulate it in ways(especially how 4a, type 3s manipulate their hair a lot) it tends to break because 4c texture is SO DELICATE. I have 4c/4b long hair, and it grows best when i don’t put anything(meaning products, but water is ok) in it and just let it go lol. Yea people use to tease me about it being “untamed” back in the day, but now that these new naturals are coming, people are amazed at how my natural hair is so long.

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  8. I love this article! It’s absolutely true. I deep condition weekly, and I do it religiously. For me, its just always been apart of my wash routine. It seems as though every week my hair is a new length and I think deep conditioning has contributed to that immensely.

    I am still TWA and my curls are already dropping. They want to hang downward and I’m still trying to fluff OUTWARD. Still trying to figure out if I should be sealing my ends differently since I have more shrinkage and just want to “rub” my hands through it with oil, rather than twisting and sealing with oil.

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