How Much Deep Conditioner Should I Use?


How you use your conditioner significantly affects how well it will work on your hair. Using too little could mean underwhelming results, and too much could lead to buildup, limpness, and more. That’s why paying attention to how much deep conditioner you’re using is so important.

In this article, we’ll take the guesswork out of the deep conditioning process and tell you how much deep conditioner you should use on your hair. Let’s get right into it!

This is How Much Deep Conditioner You Should Use

Often, the deep conditioner packaging will tell you that you should use a quarter-sized or dime-sized amount of product. This is not going to work for everyone.

For instance, someone with 2 inches of hair may be able to use a dime-sized amount of deep conditioner and get adequate coverage.

But if you have long hair, you’ll need significantly more deep conditioner than that. So, take those recommendations on the packaging with a grain of salt. The amount of deep conditioner you should use depends on your hair’s length, porosity, thickness, and much more.

Use as Much as Your Hair Needs

If you’re unable to follow the instructions on the packaging, what are you supposed to do? You can start with what the hair product manufacturer says, but don’t be afraid to tailor that to your unique head of hair.

Consider someone with a head full of thick, dense curls. They might start by applying a quarter-sized amount of deep conditioner to their hair, but when they find out this isn’t enough, they can add more and more until they’ve achieved even coverage.

How to Know Whether You’ve Used Enough Deep Conditioner

When applying deep conditioner, your main goal is to cover every strand of hair in the product without going overboard. To do that, you’ll follow the below instructions:

  1. Separate your hair into 2 to 4 sections. If your hair is curly or thick, four sections is best.

  2. Begin applying the deep conditioner to your hair one section at a time. You can start with a dime-sized amount for the first section. If you suspect it’s not going to be enough, add more and do the same to the next section.

  3. Use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to spread the deep conditioner through your strands. It will not only give you a head start with detangling, but it’ll also ensure that the product gets on all of your strands.

Your hair doesn’t have to be completely white (or take on the color of the conditioner), but all of the hair should be slick (an indication that there’s deep conditioner on it).

So, there you have it - how much deep conditioner to use. There’s no single amount that works perfectly for everyone, so you have to tailor it to your unique hair situation. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best with your hair now and in the future.



Author: Andrea Reyes

Andrea is a mother, wife, writer, and natural hair enthusiast of 15 years. Currently on her natural hair journey, she’s been trying countless products and techniques to understand and embrace her natural hair. She is the creator of, a new website featuring informative articles that share tips, tricks, and techniques aimed to help others learn to love their hair through proper hair care. She writes with the hope of making hair care easier to understand and implement.