How To Use Deep Conditioner The Right Way

Deep conditioner is a lifesaver for women from all walks of life. This nutrient-packed hair product has what your hair needs to reach its full potential. It can make your hair more moisturized, smoother, stronger, shinier, and overall, more beautiful. But you won’t reap all of the benefits if you don’t use it correctly. So, in this article, we’ll give you step-by-step instructions for how to use deep conditioner the right way. 

Step by Step Instructions for How to Use Deep Conditioner

Before you pull out your deep conditioner, hop in the shower and wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo. Doing so will ensure that you have a clean canvas for the deep conditioner to penetrate. If you have visible product buildup on your hair, wash your hair twice. The cleaner your hair is before applying the deep conditioner, the better. 

Once your hair is clean, follow the below instructions: 

  1. Section your damp hair into at least four sections. Use a comb or your hands - the parts do not have to be super clean. If your hair is thick or long, you can part your hair into more sections. Doing so will make the product application process easier. 
  2. Generously apply your deep conditioner to your hair section by section. Avoid your roots if you struggle with volume. People with super curly hair don’t usually have to worry about this. 
  3. Take a couple of minutes to detangle your hair. Use a shower comb or your fingers to gently comb through your hair to remove minor knots and tangles. You’d be surprised by how easy the detangling process is when your hair is damp and coated in a deep conditioner. 
  4. Put on a heated conditioning cap or a regular shower cap to trap the heat from your scalp and maximize the deep conditioner’s benefits. 
  5. Leave the deep conditioner on your hair for at least 5 minutes. Take a look at the instructions on the product packaging to find out how long you need to leave it on. If the instructions state to leave the product on for longer, do that. 
  6. Rinse the deep conditioner out with lukewarm water. Rinsing with cold water is uncomfortable and rinsing with hot water can dry out your hair. Rinse until all of the deep conditioner is gone - it was not formulated to be left on indefinitely. 

We suggest you follow the above instructions to the letter to ensure your deep conditioning session goes off without a hitch. Now you’re ready to continue with the rest of your hair routine. 

How Often to Use a Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioner can be used as often as every couple of days or as sparingly as once or twice a month. The frequency at which you use the product should depend on the health of your hair. If your hair is in good condition and you don’t deal with dryness issues, once or twice a month may be the perfect frequency for you. On the other hand, if your hair is severely damaged, you’ll need to deep condition more often - say a couple of times per week. 

We hope that this article has been helpful to you. We trust that if you follow the instructions above, you’ll unlock an exciting new version of your hair. Good luck! 



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.