Will Deep Conditioner Make Hair Shiny?


Few things are more mesmerizing than a head full of shiny, lustrous hair. We go to great lengths to achieve reflective tresses - from using sheen sprays and oils to getting gloss treatments. But more and more people are using deep conditioner to boost shine - could that work for you? In this article, we’ll share whether deep conditioner can make your hair shiny. 

Deep Conditioner Can Make Your Hair Shiny

Yes, you can use deep conditioner to make your hair shiny. Deep conditioner increases your hair’s shine through two main mechanisms. First, they smooth your hair cuticles so they reflect light better. In addition to that, they hydrate your strands both internally and externally by way of oils, butters, and moisturizers. With your hair’s moisture levels at a healthier level, you’ll notice an increase in shine. 

Key Ingredients to Look for in a Shine-Boosting Deep Conditioner

Deep conditioners are not all created equal - some will boost shine more than others. If shine is your main concern, it makes sense to seek out deep conditioners with shine-boosting ingredients. Here are a few key ingredients to be on the lookout for: 

  • Aloe vera

  • Natural oils like jojoba, coconut, olive, grapeseed, and castor oil

  • Honey

*Many other ingredients can impart shine to the hair. The above are not the only ones. 

How Often Should You Deep Condition for Optimal Shine?

The effects of deep conditioners don’t last forever. If you want to experience more shininess on a regular basis, you’ll have to use your deep conditioner regularly. 

The number of times you use a deep conditioner in a given month substantially affects your hair’s shine levels. In most cases, deep conditioning weekly or biweekly is enough for optimal shine. Either of these frequencies will work as a starting point. 

But be sure to adjust the frequency based on how your hair reacts. There are people out there who get results with monthly sessions.

Other Ways to Increase Hair’s Shine

Though deep conditioners can give you the shine you’re looking for, they’re not to be used daily. If you need a shine boost in a pinch, you can slather some oil on your hair, spritz some shine spray on it, or use a cream or spray moisturizer. Leave-in conditioners are also fantastic shine boosters, and as a bonus, they can aid in detangling and styling. 

To prevent your hair from becoming dull, limit heat usage, use gentle sulfate-free shampoos, and try not to overprocess your hair with hair color and bleach. The idea is to leave your hair’s natural oils intact and minimize damage to the hair shaft. 

So, there you have it - deep conditioner can make your hair shiny. And if this is what you’re looking for, feel free to get your hands on one and do a treatment. Don’t be afraid to try out multiple deep conditioners to find your favorite. 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 NaturallyTextured.com, 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.