Benefits of Deep Conditioning Your Hair

Deep Conditioning the hair provides a preventative measure to ensure that there is as little damage to the hair as possible through the style.

Using a deep conditioner on a regular basis can help add “life” to your hair.

You hair’s elasticity, moisture, color, and overall health will improve because of the emollients and other moisturizing ingredients in the conditioner.

Other ingredients in the conditioner will help fill holes of damage that lead to poor porosity.

The great thing about using a deep hair conditioner is that it gets the chance to be as effective as possible by being left on the hair longer and hopefully allowing heat to help it penetrate better.

Deep conditioning for 15-30 and using heat will definitely help with the healthiness of your hair.

In this video I discuss the benefits of deep conditioning. I also demonstrate one how I deep condition my natural hair.

Should Everyone Deep Condition?

Yes! Absolutely! Using a deep conditioner is vital to your hair’s health, whether you’re suffering from damage or your hair is healthy. Incorporating deep conditioning, at some level, into your regimen will help you maintain healthy hair and it can help you achieve healthy hair.

How Often Should You Deep Condition?

Deep conditioning is built into my regimen. I personally try to deep condition every time I wash my hair. Most months I wash my hair 2-3 times, so that would mean I deep condition about 2-3 times in most months. I recommend you deep condition with every wash as well. Especially if you use shampoo, because the detergents in your shampoo with remove the oils from your hair and scalp. Deep conditioners will restore this lost moisture.

What Deep Conditioners Should You Use?

There are soooo many deep conditioners on the market for you to try. Companies like SheaMoisture, have about 4 different deep conditioners for you to use. But honestly, just about every hair product line has a deep conditioner to complete their hair care system. Here’s a list of my top 3 deep conditioners, but I have a few more new favorites.  I suggest you get a deep conditioner with lots of oils and a light protein.

How often do you deep condition?

What are your favorite deep conditioners?

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Destcheryl

    I deep condition weekly. I used Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque & Shea Moisture Organic African Black Soap Purification Hair Masque

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Your hair must love you!
      You’re giving it weekly TLC with amazing products.
      Kudos to you!

  • http://twitter.com/Netta__love92 Netta

    I DC twice a month with LeKair Cholesterol. It has the right level of protein for my hair. I don’t DC necessarily for moisture because I’m really good about keeping my hair moisturized throughout the week. I’m constently using coconut oil, oyin juice & berries, and Olive Miracle Moisturizer Lotion. I’m trying to get better about castor oil though.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      My family loves the cholesterol! Lol
      It’s an old school product that works wonders for many.
      I think its great you keep your hair moisturized regularly, that is soooo important.
      So if you don’t DC for moisture, can you share why you do it? I’m sure this will help others.

  • LaKeisha Williams

    What type of oils and protein do you use with your DC?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      I personally don’t add any oils or protein to my DCs because most DCs have both oil and protein in them.
      What do you use?

  • onyinyechi uwakwemdike

    I DC every week with AOHSR conditioner, i add jojoba, coconut and castor oils to it in small amounts

  • http://www.facebook.com/fireseducer Kimberly Bernard

    I only deep condition if I shampoo and that is once or twice a month. I co wash 2 or 3 times a month, so I don’t feel i need to DC as often

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      You can DC even if you co-wash for added benefit to your hair. Your hair will thank you for it!

  • DeLandrias

    Because of your video, I changed my regimen to only use all natural products and I use the Shea Moisture Yucca and Baobab line. I DC with Shea Moisture Yucca and Baobab Anti-Breakage Masque and my hair thanks me daily with soft, managble hair. This is the healthiest my hair has ever been. Thank you so much for sharing with us.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Oh wow. This is wonderful!
      What else do you use in your hair care?

    • Nkonye Oyewusi

      I love the Shea Moisture Yucca and Baobab masque! I don’t think I’ll be doing anything else.

  • http://www.facebook.com/theresa.martinjackson Theresa Purple Martin-Jackson

    Is deep conditioning and pre-poo the same thing? If I pre-poo do I need to deep condition?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      They are similar depending on what type of product is used and if heat is applied. You sure can do both.

  • Jessie Rose

    Hey Jenell! I was wondering how long should I DC? Normally, I DC overnight but I have heard that I shouldn’t do so. Please let me know. thank you!

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Overnight is fine. However if doing so irritates your scalp do it for less time.

      • Jessie Rose

        Thank you for your prompt response! I don’t get any irritation when I DC overnight, so I am glad to know that I was on the right path.thanks again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/T.African.Princess Thushi Thush Mc Cree

    Hi Jenell. I just got the SheaMoisture ANTI-BREAKAGE MASQUE you are using, I’m happy to know I’m going to be using a product that works well for your beautiful hair! My questions is, if you consider Black African Black Soap to need as much DCing as a regular shampoo will? Love, Thuswanka (Panama City, Panama)

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Hey love,

      I’m sorry, I don’t understand your question, can you reword it.

  • LadyBishop1

    Thanks a lot for this video, I usually try to DC every time I co wash, which is once every week I would add some oils to my creme of nature argan oil intensive conditioning treatment, but I find that my hair is still breaking and shedding, so I went & ordered the DC you used in the video. It’s very expensive here in Canada so I’m hoping that it was money well spent. Can’t wait to get it to try it, keeping my fingers crossed lol.

  • Thuswanka

    What’s the difference in washing hair with Black African soap and Sulfate free shampoo?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      African Black soap is really strong. For some people it may be so strong that it leaves their hair stripped.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tia.richardson.94 Tia Richardson

    Is it also recommended to DC when I cowash? I only wash my hair with shampoo once a month and I want to start my fall/winter regimen of hot oil treatment & DC 1xweek.

  • http://www.facebook.com/danamezkimjay Kim Foss

    my favorite deep treatment is between shea moisture deep treatment masque and ausse 3 minute miracle.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rpdixon1 Rachel Pinheiro Dixon

    Hello It seems my hair has stop growing and has a lot of sheding dont know what to do help please.

    • Sophie

      Hi, Rachel.

      Garlic is great for hair shedding, you can use it as an oil, there are a lot of garlic based oils for hair, or as a shampoo (unscented garlic shampoo) or if u feel brave, you can use raw garlic. I’ve heard people say that onions work for hair shedding, but i’v not tried it so can’t really comment on that.

      I’m guessing that if your hair has stopped growing it could be that you are also having hair breakage too. I suffered from this and it meant that my hair was not growing past shoulder length. Are u getting the right balance of protein and moisture in your hair? I personally wasn’t putting protein in my hair before, but since I started (I use henna as protein treatment) it has worked wonders for my hair and has made it strong. Are you being gentle with your hair? (I used to be all rough when combing and had to learn to stop doing this).

      PS, i know it’s been 7 months since u posted ur q so I hope u fixed the problem long ago. Good luck on your hair journey.

      Sophie xx

      • Shawnta Coleman

        Good info, however I just take Garlic pills and it has helped me, along with a black tea rinse every two to three months.

      • Renee Hightower

        Yes garlic powder or regular chopped up garlic does help the shedding to stop. I have it currently in my conditoner. You might what to get a trim if need. I’ve been shampooing my hair once a month. Hot oil treatments once a month. Dc 4xs a month . Cowashing 3xs a month. You also can do the loc method/lco method. Check hair porosity first. Also I do Acv rinse once or twice a month and I take hairfinity vitamins daily. So far so good for me.

  • Denise

    What about leave in conditioner? Is it necessary if you do the deep conditioning?

    • queenbee9

      Leave ins have a very different function from a deep conditioner. A deep conditioner is used to gently soften hair and help the cuticle to lie down. The conditioner is placed on hair then heat (either body or with a dryer) is added to lift the cuticle then oils and softeners from the deep conditioner penetrate the hair and help the cuticle be more flexible.

      You want a strong healthy cuticle because it will keep help hair to retain moisture, reduce split ends, give hair shine and keep hair strong .

      a leave in helps to detangle hair, And more importantly it serves to deliver moisture to the hair shaft just a little at a time. The oils and moisturizers in a leave in ensure the water that is also in them does not just evaporate. This keeps hair from becoming brittle and helps day to day manageability. BOTH of these techniques are key to keeping hair healthy and even more results can be had if you prepoo or preoil or oil rinse also.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikki.diane Nicole ImdoingmeWilliamson

    having trouble finding a good cap to dc with even using 2 doesn’t seem to totally cover my head. Any suggestions

    • Sagacious Stripling

      i just use a CLEAN grocery bag lol. you can get extras that you don’t use at your local Walmart, your taxes pay for the bags so get them

      • Yvonne M Mitchell

        hmm Sagacious Stripling using grocery bags is not the healthiest choice, they carry an awful lot of bacteria I used to use them until a blogger told me and after careful thought it made sense lol!! just try regular plastic bags I buy them in bulk and they are relatively inexpensive!!

    • Kinkybaby

      You can use seran wrap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/josina.cardwell Josina LaJeune Cardwell

    Do you leave this conditioner in or rinse it out?

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Rinse out.

  • http://twitter.com/aibridges A. Irie

    I use Shea Moisture Organic Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Hair Masque as a styling tool/DC every week. This week I’ve tried adding the DC twice a week (+oil and water) instead of once and it has helped keep my scalp healthier.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell : BlakIzBeautyful

      Wonderful. Keep it up!

    • http://www.facebook.com/chantelw81 Chantel Walker

      I use the same DC. It smells lovely and leaves my hair soft.

  • Lauryn Williams

    Hi Jenell Im New To Your Channel And Im 14 Years Old And I Just Love Love Love The Sofn’free Gro Healthy Milk Protein And Olive Oil Really Deep Conditioning Treatment Gor My Naturally Curly/Wavy Hair Thanks For This Video And Please Continue To Aid Us In Our Natural Hair Journeys

  • Brenda Jackson

    I haven’t deep condition in months. When I first started my journey almost 10 months ago, I was shampooing almost every week and deep condition twice a month. As I learned more, I realized I was shampooing to often. Besides for some reason my hair just don’t get as dirty as most people. I don’t know why My hair didn’t seem to need it. I think I’ve found a regimen that works for me so I co-wash once a week and shampoo once a month if that often. Depending on the products I use which consist of 3-4 products. Since reading the benefits you listed I’m going to add it to my regimen. My hair was growing pretty fast but it has slow down some. Still my hair has never seem more healthier than in the last 6 months.

  • Brenda Jackson

    Jenell? The Shea Moisture Masque above says its for fine thin hair which is mine, but your hair looks so much fuller than mine. And this is what you use?

  • Cindy Winfield

    So I actually do not own(as yet) any DC products because I am so into making my own. I make it with fruits, dairy products and oils, while mixing in my cheapo conditioner. Sometimes I even use powders such as hibiscus and marshmallow root.

  • Loneliestoflulabies

    Hi Jenell I don’t moisturize my hair at all, what types of moisturizers should o use? I have fine and soft hair already.

  • Shawnta Coleman

    When I dont have a sew in, I usually DC 4x a month using these at different times in different combinations; Shea Moisture Yucca & baobab Anti-Breakage Masque, Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque, L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Power Moisture Rush Mask, and L’Oreal Advanced Haircare Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm. So far loving them, my hair has been thriving since starting my HHJ April 2013.

  • Mel Stevens

    I’ll check that one out… I use the hair repair mask from pro naturals and I think you would actually like it!

  • queenbee9

    Right now it is Soutanicals, mango moisture dip–so rich–not for dry weather –perfect for Spring and maybe fall (depending on where you live) and summer if you have high humidity–has wonderful slip, I put it in, put a plastic cap on, rinse and voila! amazing tresses! Has glycerin in it so watch the dew point when using…

  • water7apple

    Should you deep condition while wearing a sew-in net weave? I saw one youtube video doing this, but most hair website don’t really discuss this issue. I would really like to get some good advice for the health of my natural 4b hair underneath the weave.