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Deep Conditioner Explained: Does Your Hair Need Deep Conditioner?

Woman moving with wind blowing her curly hair.

Conditioners are primarily meant to enhance the appearance and increase the manageability of hair. There are those that are geared more towards one type of hair or another, but the general idea is that the conditioner penetrates the hair shaft and nourishes it. It’s primarily used to prevent damage and to improve the hair’s elasticity, and it’s also used to untangle hair, so as to allow for easier brushing, combing, and styling.

Conditioners come in many shapes and forms, and one of those is that of a deep conditioner. Many hair care products damage your hair: substances of all kinds, hot irons, colors, bleaches. Often, without realizing it, you expose your hair to the elements or hostile environments. Sometimes you misuse standard hair products, resulting in your strands becoming frail and somewhat lifeless. Sometimes your diet is what is contributing to your hair’s condition. Whatever the cause, you need something to help your hair get that bounce back. Using the weekly treatment of a deep conditioner allows you to replenish your supply of nutrients and beneficial ingredients to your scalp and hair.

What Is Deep Conditioner?

short hair

Deep conditioner for super soft hair.

A deep conditioner is the name given to the group of hair care products that are meant to be left in the hair for more than a few minutes, but not as an overnight leave-in product. Usually, you need to leave a deep conditioner for 10-30 minutes before rinsing it out.

This type of treatment aims to deliver nutrients that a daily conditioner cannot. Because a daily conditioner is meant to be rinsed out with greater ease, some of its ingredients are more, shall we say, “lightweight.” But with a deep conditioner you can add other types of ingredients to the formula because it’s often meant to be left in for a solid chunk of time. Specifically, the kind of ingredients that require time to penetrate the hairs and affect them. This is not always the case, however. Some deep conditioners instruct you to leave it in for only a few minutes longer than a daily conditioner. This means that you have the options to discover the perfect deep conditioner for your needs.

Who Should Be Using Deep Conditioner?

curly hair

Woman with nourished locks.

Anyone who feels as though their hair is looking and feeling broken, brittle, and lacking in vitality can use a deep conditioner. You can’t usually use a deep conditioner to prevent hair issues, but rather as a reactive substance. A solution to a problem. While there are those who use it on a once-a-week basis regularly, it is important to remember that there is a reason why this is not a daily treatment. Too much of a good thing can also be harmful. If your hair is feeling lifeless, damaged, and dried out, then a deep conditioner may be just what the hair doctor ordered.

DIY Deep Conditioner Recipe

Woman holding halved avocado.

Avocado’s a known for the moisturizing benefits.

So, what is it exactly that you are looking for in a deep conditioner? Some are looking to use it for detangling while others need it for strengthening and moisturizing. Others still might be looking for a deep conditioner which will simply aid them in managing their hair. A very popular DIY recipe consists of coconut oil, honey, and avocados. All of these natural ingredients are touted for their intense hydrating and moisturizing properties. Your hair won’t know what’s hit it with this nourishing trio.

Blend together 1 overripe avocado (one which is easy to handle), 2 tablespoons of raw honey, and 4 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil. You need to warm up the oil, and one way to get that done is by pouring it in a cup and placing that cup in a bowl of hot (not boiling) water. After a few minutes, add the rest of the ingredients. Apply to clean, preferably-shampooed hair, and cover it up with a shower cap and a towel. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes, and rinse out. You can choose to leave a small amount of the mixture in your hair if you like, to give it that extra boost. Other ingredients which are often used are eggs, lemon juice, shea butter, apple cider vinegar, and vegetable glycerine. Feel free to experiment and see what works for you. 

Top 3 Deep Conditioners Reviewed

1. Arvazallia Professional Series Hydrating Argan Oil Mask

Tub of Arvazallia Professional Series Hydrating Argan Oil Mask.

Arvazallia Professional Series Hydrating Argan Oil Mask.

This is a mask formulated for damaged hair, which is designed to repair and restore the hair’s life and luster. The Arvazallia Professional Series Hydrating Argan Oil Mask is thick and rich enough, but it simply didn’t do it for me, personally. I can see how with certain types of damage it would be more effective, though. Argan oil is great for untangling hair strands and helping proper growth.

2. It’s a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin

It's a 10 deep miracle conditioner.

It’s a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin.

Of the three, the It’s a 10 Miracle Deep Conditioner Plus Keratin is the one which stood out the most for me. I felt that after two applications I was able to sense a real difference in my hair’s manageability and look. It also happens to be the more expensive product on this short list. Nevertheless, since you don’t need to use it as frequently, you can make it last. Worth the money, as far as I am concerned.

3. Neutrogena Triple Moisture

Neutrogena Triple Moisture deep recovery hair mask in tub.

Neutrogena Triple Moisture.

One of the best weekly-use products for hair that needs to get back to its roots (ha!) is Neutrogena Triple Moisture deep coditioner. The various ingredients come together to not only help the appearance of the hair, but also to repair damage in the scalp, providing it with a boost of hydration which enables its proper function (secretion of natural oils, healthy growth, etc.).

Conclusion

Our hair is part of our identity, to some degree. There is a reason why evolution left us the hair on our heads, right? We can shape our hair, play with it, style it, and manipulate it in all sorts of ways. It can help us to look good and feel good, and let’s face it – sometimes having a “good hair day” can really lift your spirits.

Does everyone need a deep conditioning? No. There are some who use their regular conditioner, daily or semi-daily because for them that is enough. If, however, you feel that your hair is too damaged and too overly-managed, providing it with a boost of hydration and nourishment can be just the thing to get it back into place. Many people view their hair as an extension of themselves and their identity. Make sure your hair is shiny, clean, and healthy, by treating it to a deep conditioning once every a week or two.