How To: Deep Condition Hair

conditioner2Deep conditioner is made of a thicker conditioner that actually penetrates the hair strands.  Deep conditioners need heat in order for the hair shaft to swell and the conditioner to go inside papering over the cracks in your hair.   It is very important that whether you are using store bought conditioners or making your own,  that the conditioner gets some time to sit on the hair and penetrate the shaft of the hair.   Otherwise, you have not gotten a deep conditioner (even if you are using a deep conditioner to condition hair.) This is not something that you want; you want your hair to get all the goodness and benefits from the deep conditioner as you possibly can.

How To Deep Condition Hair (Dryer Method)

1. After shampooing hair, preferably with a sulfate free shampoo, you can do a final rinse of the hair with warm water.

2. Apply the deep conditioner to the hair starting at your ends and avoiding the scalp as much as possible.   Deep conditioner should never be deliberately applied to the scalp.   While you want your hair from root to tip to be saturated with the deep conditioner, putting it on the scalp can interfere with your hair’s natural oils (sebum) and create build up.   Have you ever noticed that after three days of deep conditioning your scalp is flaking?   That’s the DC; do not rub it in your scalp, put it on your hair.

3. Cover your hair with a plastic cap and then go under a hooded dryer for 20 to 30 minutes.   The heat allows the hair shaft to open and the deep conditioner to enter along the shaft.   It is imperative that heat is used on your deep conditioner so that it can penetrate the hair.   Do not use a high heat setting.   A low heat setting will work just fine.

4. After you are finished with the dryer, allow the hair to get back to room temperature and then wash it out.   Make your final rinse a cold one to seal back the hair cuticles.

How To Deep Condition Hair (Towel Method)

So you are weary of heat and you might not own an hair dryer.  You can still deep condition hair with heat using a hot towel.   The towel method is more time consuming and can last for up to two hours.

1. After shampooing hair, make your final rinse be a warm one.   A rinse that is hot enough to feel comfortable on your head.

2. Squeeze out excess water and apply the deep conditioner on your hot tresses, this should allow the deep conditioner to start working right away.

3. Cover with a plastic cap and then place a towel over the plastic cap.

4. After about 10 minutes, place the towel in hot water and squeeze it out thoroughly and use it to wrap the hair.  Do this every time the towel gets cool.   You can keep this up for half  an hour.

5. Cover the plastic cap with an old t-shirt or head wrap and keep the plastic cap on for another half an hour.   Your hair should be properly deep conditioned.

Please note–just using a plastic cap can be fine as you go about your daily business or sleep with the conditioner overnight because your body heat can do the job as well.


Author: Brenda Barrett

Brenda Barrett is an author and freelance writer. She has written for several websites, including her own- blackhair101 and fiwibooks, on topics ranging from healthy hair care maintenance, human resources, and publishing. She is an avid reader of fictional novels from all genres, a habit that she picked up from she was very young. This love of fiction spilled over into writing and she currently has several novels on the market.

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  1. After the shampoo, I do a deep conditioning with home made priducts( eggs, mayo etc), do I shampoo and conditioner after that? Especially because of the eggs??

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  2. Think this the exact help I need for my hair… Though I’m yet to try it out, I’m having the feeling that it will work out well for me

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  3. After Deep conditioning, and Rinsing with cold water, my hair is extremely greasy, can I wash with a sulfate free shampoo to remove the excess grease?

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    • Applying shampoo will open up the cuticle again, i wouldn’t suggest that. There are other methods to deep condition the hair without having that greasy feeling. Some people deep condition the hair before shampooing. So you deep condition first, then you follow with your sulfate free shampoo and conditioner.

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  4. Thanks for this post! Don’t judge but I guess I’ve been doing my deep condition wrong for a while lol because I guess I’m using too much conditioner and build up is on my scalp. I kept having these build up issues and it’s hard to wash out. NOW I know to keep it mainly on the ends and rinse with cold water and Maybe less conditioner for me, right?

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    • Yes dont put it on the scalp it will get flaky. Keep it mostly toward the end’s and you should be fine.

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  5. Hey i wanted to know does deep conditioning make natural 4c hair easier to manage? Also if i try to straighten my natural hair with a flat iron, will it actually straighten all the way ?

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    • Yes I have 4c hair and just recently got my hair straightened it was beautiful!! Nice and flowy with so much bounce.

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    • Yes it will be easier to manage. Also, ur will be easier to flatiron. Get a heat protectant, coconut oil is a good one refined and keep flatirons on a low heat.

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  6. This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!
    ! Finally I have found something which helped me. Thanks!

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  7. Thanks for the informative post! I’ve been using Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil System to tackle damage and so far it has worked really well to strengthen and repair my hair. I recommend it!

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