Is it Good to Deep Condition With the Heat?

Summer’s scorching temperatures and fluctuating humidity inspire many people to ditch their deep conditioners. Should you follow suit and stick your deep conditioner in the back of your bathroom cabinet until fall rolls around? We’ve got the answers you need. Soon, you’ll know if it’s good to deep condition with the heat. Let’s get right into it!

Deep Conditioning in the Heat Can Work Wonders for Your Hair

Just because it’s hot or humid doesn’t mean you should stop deep conditioning. Deep conditioning is something you should do year-round as needed. Here are a few ways deep conditioner can support your hair’s health in the summertime:

  • Shields your hair from the sun and high temperatures.

  • Repairs your hair after one too many swimming sessions in a chlorinated pool.

  • Makes styling easier as you try out all those fun summer hairstyles.

The summer months can do a number on your hair. From pool chemicals to harsh UV rays to high humidity levels, there’s a lot for your hair to contend with. Learn more about what the summer does to your hair in this article.

Listen to Your Hair

It may sound cliche, but it’s critical to listen to your hair when crafting your deep conditioning routine (regardless of the temperatures outside). Before you put your deep conditioner in storage, consider the below scenarios where the product could come in handy:

  • Your hair color keeps fading prematurely.

  • You’re seeing more and more split ends.

  • Your hair feels dry or brittle.

  • Your hair is actively breaking.

  • Your curls aren’t bouncing back like they normally would.

  • Your hair has taken on an uncharacteristically unruly texture.

This is not an exhaustive list of issues that call for a deep conditioning session, but these are some of the most common.

How to Deep Condition For the Best Results

No matter how well-intentioned you are with your deep conditioning routine, you won’t get the results you’re looking for if you don’t follow the right procedures. Here’s a basic list of steps to follow during your summer deep conditioning sessions:

  1. Wash your hair with your favorite shampoo (or a deep cleansing shampoo/clarifying shampoo if you have buildup).

  2. Rinse all of the shampoo out - leave no residue behind.

  3. Squeeze out any excess water from your hair. If your hair is too wet, the deep conditioner may slide down your strands instead of penetrating them.

  4. Apply the deep conditioner to your clean, damp hair. If necessary, separate your hair into sections to ensure even product coverage. Focus the product on your mid-lengths and ends rather than your roots or scalp. 

  5. Wait for the amount of time indicated on the deep conditioner packaging. The time recommendation may range from 3 minutes to a half hour (or longer).

  6. Rinse the deep conditioner out and proceed with the rest of your hair care routine.

Read this article for some deep conditioning dos and don'ts.

How Often to Deep Condition Your Hair in the Summer

Your ideal deep conditioning frequency will depend on your hair type, swimming frequency, local climate, and more. A good baseline is to deep condition once a week, but you may adjust that based on your hair’s needs and your preferences. Those with very healthy hair may only need one deep conditioning session a month, while others may need many more.  

So, there you have it—deep conditioning your hair in the heat is good. We hope you found all the information you were looking for, and we wish you the best with your hair! If you haven’t already done so, we urge you to check out Daily Dose Deep Conditioner and Leave-in Conditioner; they come in clutch year-round.



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.