Should I Put Deep Conditioner Only on My Roots?


Most people know they need to use deep conditioner regularly to reap its benefits. But when it comes to how to apply the product, things aren’t always so clear. One of the main questions folks have is whether they should put deep conditioner only on their roots. And we’ll help you out with this in this article. By the end, you’ll know exactly where to apply your deep conditioner for the best results. Let’s get right into it! 

Deep Conditioner is For the Lengths of Your Hair 

Deep conditioner holds some amazing benefits for your hair, but you’ve got to apply it in the right areas to fully cash in on those benefits. Plus, if you misuse the product, you could end up with some real issues. It’s important, especially for new deep conditioner users, to know that deep conditioner is for the lengths of your hair - not the roots.  

And if we were to take things even further, it’s most beneficial for the ends of the hair. Your ends are the most fragile and easily damaged portion of your hair, so we urge you to focus the deep conditioner there.

You shouldn’t have any issues applying deep conditioner to the mid-lengths of your hair, either. In fact, some of us incur damage along our mid-lengths and could use a pick-me-up in that area.

Why You Shouldn’t Apply Deep Conditioner to Your Roots

You understand that deep conditioner is for the mid-lengths and ends of the hair, and not the roots. And it’s because of the risks that arise when you do it.

Here are a few things that could happen if you apply deep conditioner to the roots of your hair: 

  1. Your roots could become greasy and flat. 

  2. Your scalp could become overly oily and/or irritated from the ingredients in the deep conditioner. 

  3. You could develop scalp buildup due to the silicones present in the average deep conditioner. 

Note: You’re not guaranteed to experience any of these issues after using deep conditioner on your roots, but there’s some real risk there. 

How to Use Deep Conditioner for the Best Results

Where you apply the deep conditioner is only part of the equation. There’s much more to consider. To get the best results with your deep conditioner, follow the below steps: 

  1. Wash your hair with your regular shampoo or a clarifying shampoo. 

  2. Squeeze excess moisture out of your wet hair. 

  3. Section your hair into at least 2-4 parts. 

  4. Slather each section in the deep conditioner, focusing intently on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair. 

  5. Wait for the amount of time indicated on the packaging. 

  6. Rinse thoroughly and proceed with the rest of your hair care and styling routine.  

So, there you have it - applying deep conditioner to your roots is usually not a good idea. 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.