Give your hair a pro treatment with this easy to follow guide on how to deep condition your hair from the comfort of your home. Deep conditioning is one of the best hair habits as it pampers the outer layers of the hair strands. And when they are damaged the hair looks frizzy and dull, far from what you like it to be. By deep conditioning those layers, you revive them, and the hair automatically looks much smoother, shinier and healthier.

What you will need?

You start by gathering everything you need for this endeavor. In the case of deep conditioning you need: a comb, four to six clips, plastic shower cap, shampoo, two towels and of course a deep conditioner.

Comb, wash, dry, clip!

Next comes the actual deep conditioning.

  • First of all, comb all of your locks and make sure there are no tangles.
  • Next, wash the hair thoroughly with shampoo.
  • After you are done with the washing, grab a towel and dry it.
  • Comb the hair into four to six sections, divided according to their thickness and length.
  • Place clips on each section, except on the first one.   

The art of applying a conditioner

  • For the next step, apply the conditioner to your first section.
  • Begin with the scalp and work your way up to the ends. Once you cover all the hair from that section, lay it back.
  • Then repeat the process on the following section, and the other one, until all are covered with a deep conditioner.
  • After there are no more sections, place the plastic shower cap over your hair so that every strand is well covered.
  • With all tucked up under the plastic cap, next what needs to be done is to bring some heat. Ideally, a hood dryer is perfect.
  • However, if you don’t have one at your disposal, heat a towel and wrap it around your head. Let it sit like that for twenty minutes or so.
  • The final touch is to remove the towel and the plastic cap from your head.
  • Once they are removed, use cold water to rinse off the hair. The cooler the water, the better. If you use hot water, much of the moisture you’ve added will be lost.

What could go wrong?

Well, nothing if you follow the instructions step by step. But we humans are easily distracted, and sometimes even the simplest steps become hard to remember. Other than that, people make mistakes like these:

  • Products full of harsh chemical ingredients
  • You do deep conditioning too often or not enough.
  • You dry your hair with an old and terry cloth. Instead, opt out for a microfiber towel.
  • Occasionally, you use a blow dryer
  • You don’t apply enough deep conditioner on your hair, or you often miss spots.

Final words

The trick to a superbly deep conditioned hair is simple as beans – follow the instructions to the letter, don’t deviate, and don’t experiment. That’s the secret of the best hair stylists that can do this perfectly.

What is the best homemade deep hair conditioner?

Combine ½ cup plain Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon honey. (You can also add an essential oil to make the mask smell nice.) Apply to damp hair, wait 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse.

What is the best way to deep condition your hair?

When using a deep conditioner:
  1. Always shampoo hair first.
  2. Apply conditioner starting at the ends, and work it up toward the scalp.
  3. Don’t apply too much.
  4. Rinse the conditioner off with cold water.
  5. Try sleeping with deep conditioner applied to the hair and rinse it out the next morning when your hair needs extra love.

Can you make your own deep conditioner?

In a blender, combine one peeled banana and 2 to 3 tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Keep blending until the mixture is smooth. Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin A, both of which will help hydrate and strengthen your hair. The olive oil will help the deep conditioner soak into your hair.

Can I deep condition with regular conditioner?

Can I use a normal conditioner to deep condition my hair? Yes, however normal conditioner lacks a few things that deep conditioner does. You can add honey, olive oil (or any type of oil), yogurt, or coconut oil to your regular conditioner to make it like a deep conditioner. Conditioner is also an excellent detangler.

Do I need to condition my hair before deep conditioning?

Apply your regular conditioner before your deep conditioner if your hair is very damaged. Rinse out the products thoroughly and gently pat your hair so it’s not dripping. Comb your hair so it’s free of any tangles.

Should you deep condition dry or wet hair?

Applying a deep condition after you shampoo will help the hair shaft release the barriers of buildup, sebum, and debris and in turn, help the hair shaft absorb the ingredients from your conditioner. So which option is best? For optimal results, deep conditioning on freshly shampooed, wet hair will be best.

Can I deep condition overnight?

Don’t Leave Your Deep Conditioner In Too Long. If you are considering sleeping in your deep conditioner to save on time, your hair is going to be very sad. Since these conditioners are heavier, you shouldn’t leave them in for hours and certainly not overnight.

What do you put in your hair after deep conditioning?

After deep conditioning your hair you should ALWAYS apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair to retain moisture. A good leave-in is one that is water-based.

Can you deep condition on dirty hair?

Conditioners work mainly on the outside of hair – smoothing the cuticle, softening hair and temporarily mending breaks or flaws. In order to do this work, the ideal condition is that surface of hair is clean i.e oil and dirt attached to the oil is removed first with shampoo.

Do I use leave in conditioner after deep conditioning?

After deep conditioning your hair you should ALWAYS apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair to retain moisture. A good leave-in is one that is water-based.

Should I shampoo my hair after deep conditioning?

No. Shampooing after deepconditioning counteracts the conditioning process. Most shampoos contain lauryl sulfate, which removes oil from the hair.

Do you shampoo after conditioning?

If you find that your hair feels weighed down, flat, or greasy after conditioning, you may benefit from using conditioner before shampoo. Then, without rinsing out the conditioner, apply shampoo to your hair and lather. Rinse out the shampoo and conditioner at the same time.

Why is my hair still dry after conditioning?

Lack of deep conditioning your hair. Weekly deep conditioning or deep conditioning on your wash days can help with dryness. You may have product build up on the hair strands, deposits of hard water, or chlorinated water that needs to be clarified. This will prepare the hair to receive moisture from the hair.

What is the best deep conditioning hair mask?

Overall, our top pick for the *very* best deep conditioner would have to be the Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner. It works its magic on dry, damaged, and color-treated hair by re-linking broken hair bonds, lending it a gorgeous, healthy shine.

How can I hydrate my hair?

Use cold or tepid water instead, of hot water when washing hair. Cold water helps to seal the cuticles and reduces moisture loss. Use moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, such as those with softening oils that can include sweet almond, Argan, sunflower, and soybean.

What is the difference between a deep conditioner and a hair mask?

In general, deep conditioners are made to soften, while hair masks are made to strengthen. If your hair’s a bit dry but otherwise fine, then a deep conditioner will help you get your moisture back. If your hair’s relaxed, chemically treated, colored, or otherwise damaged, a mask might be the way to go.