How Much Deep Conditioner Should I Use for My Hair Type?


Deep conditioners can be incredibly helpful in restoring damaged hair and supporting hair health. But if you use too little, you may not reap all the benefits the deep conditioner is designed to provide. So, how much are you supposed to use? Your hair type greatly affects this. In this article, we'll tell you how much deep conditioner to use for your hair type. 

Type 1 and 2 Hair 

Type 1 (straight) hair and Type 2 (wavy) hair don't usually require a ton of deep conditioner per session. The strands are pretty much straight when wet or damp, making it very easy to slather deep conditioner all over every strand of hair.  

For these hair types, feel free to start with a quarter-sized amount of deep conditioner for your entire head. You're not using enough if you cannot see the deep conditioner on your strands. Keep adding more deep conditioner until you can clearly see that all of your hair is covered (minus the roots). 

Type 3 and 4 Hair 

Type 3 (curly) and type 4 (kinky/coily) hair have much more texture. The strands twist and turn, making up your unique curl pattern. This can make it difficult to get the deep conditioner on all of your hair. 

So, you should be diligent, smoothing palm-fulls of deep conditioner into your hair, ensuring it's in all the nooks and crannies. Save yourself some time by sectioning your hair before applying the product. Doing so will make the application much easier. 

The Length of Your Hair Matters 

When deciding how much deep conditioner to use, it's important to consider the length of your hair. Someone with 1 inch of hair will need much, much less deep conditioner than someone who has shoulder-length or waist-length hair. If you have very long hair, be prepared to use multiple handfuls of deep conditioner to coat your hair sufficiently. 

The Density of Your Hair Matters

Hair density refers to how many strands of hair you have on your head. Those with dense hair will need to use considerably more deep conditioner than those who have low-density hair. So, if you have high-density hair, be prepared to use more product and divide your hair into several sections to ensure even product distribution. 

Use Trial and Error

Some don't like the idea of winging it when it comes to their hair, but it's totally fine in this instance. If you're not sure how much deep conditioner to use, start with how much feels right while trying to ensure that all of your hair (minus the roots) is covered. That's the overarching goal; if you achieve that, you're doing well. You can also run a wide-tooth comb through your hair after applying the deep conditioner to help distribute the product. 

So, there you have it - how much deep conditioner to use for your hair type. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best with your hair! 



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.