Is Deep Conditioner Necessary for Curly Hair?


Curly hair is one of the most challenging hair types to care for; various nuances and problems come with it. If you want to ensure that you’re giving your hair the best possible care, know that using the right hair care products is essential. This is where deep conditioner comes into the picture.

Many experts recommend using a deep conditioner for curly hair, but is it necessary? That’s what we’ll address in this article. Let’s get right into it! 

Deep Conditioner is Often Necessary for Curly Hair

If you don’t like the idea of adding deep conditioner to your hair regimen, you’ll be glad to know that not everyone with curly hair needs one. If you have super healthy hair and are handling all your hair needs without issue, you don’t need a deep conditioner.

But with all the stress we tend to put on our hair regularly (combing, brushing, straightening, coloring, bleaching, etc.), it’s not unusual for our hair to need a little extra TLC. And this is even more important for those with curls. 

Why Deep Conditioning is Important for Curls

Curly hair is made up of a ton of little twists and turns that make it difficult for the scalp’s oils to make it down their length. This is not an issue that people with straight or wavy hair have - their scalp oils can lubricate their hair just fine.

Because the sebum from the scalp cannot adequately lubricate curly hair, it’s often extremely dry and needs additional help. And one of the best ways to give your hair a pick-me-up is to deep condition it regularly. 

Hair Problems Deep Conditioner Can Help With

Deep conditioners run the gamut from hyper-moisturizers to targeted hair treatments that can tackle various hair issues. Some of the main issues deep conditioners can help with include the following: 

  • Dullness

  • Limpness

  • Dryness

  • Low protein

  • Protein overload

  • Rough, unmanageable hair

  • Hair weakness and brittleness

  • Breakage and slow-growing hair 

  • Chemical damage and elasticity problems 

  • Damage prevention

And the list goes on and on. If you need help with any of these hair issues, there’s a deep conditioner out there that can remedy it. Failing to give your hair what it needs can lead to the worsening of your existing issues. 

How to Use Deep Conditioner for Curly Hair 

Learning that you need to use deep conditioner on your curls is just the first step. How you use it is equally important. Below, we’ll share how to use deep conditioner for curly hair: 

  1. Wash your hair with your regular conditioner or a clarifying conditioner first. The clarifying conditioner is formulated to cleanse your hair deeper than your regular shampoo. 

  2. Separate your hair into 2 to 4 sections and secure each with an elastic or bobby pins. 

  3. Apply the deep conditioner to your hair section by section, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends. Ensure that the deep conditioner is fully saturated. 

  4. Wait for the time indicated on the packaging. If no time recommendation is listed, wait for about 5 to 10 minutes. 

  5. Rinse the deep conditioner from your hair. 

If you’re wondering how often to use deep conditioner for curly hair, the answer isn’t the same for everyone. You can apply your deep conditioner once a week and adjust the frequency based on how your hair reacts. 

So, there you have it - deep conditioner is usually necessary for curly hair. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best as you take steps to support your curls’ health.




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.