Should You Shampoo After Deep Conditioning?


An effective deep conditioning session requires more than following the directions on the back of the bottle or jar. It’s also about what you do after your deep conditioning session. Many people are wondering whether they should shampoo their hair after deep conditioning. If you want to know the same, you’re in the right place. By the end of this article, you’ll know just what to do.

General Recommendation: Don’t Shampoo after Deep Conditioning

The whole point of deep conditioning is to inject your hair with moisture and nourishment. Even after rinsing your deep conditioner out, your hair will still be coated in the remnants of the deep conditioner and a protective film to shield your hair from the elements. For the best, most long-lasting results, we recommend not washing it away.

But things aren’t always that simple. 

When to Shampoo After Deep Conditioning

There will be times when it totally makes sense to shampoo your hair after deep conditioning. Here are a few scenarios that may warrant a shampoo: 

  • A coated feeling. Given how thick and rich deep conditioners can be, it’s not uncommon for the product to leave your hair feeling heavy or limp. 

  • A bad smell. Some deep conditioners, often DIY varieties that use ingredients like eggs or mayo, may not smell too good. When that odor sticks to your strands, you might be willing to do anything to get rid of it. 

  • Irritation. Not every deep conditioner will work with your scalp or hair chemistry. Itchiness, scalp redness, hair dryness, and more could surface in cases like this.  

When dealing with the above issues, you may feel the need to do a quick shampooing session. It can fix the problem right away. 

*Remember that shampooing after deep conditioner shouldn’t be a routine thing. If your deep conditioner always leaves your hair feeling gunky and coated, you may need to get your hands on a different deep conditioner.

Shampoo First, Deep Condition Afterwards

Here’s how deep conditioning should go - you should wash your hair with a clarifying shampoo to ensure there’s nothing on your strands to block the effects of the deep conditioner. After washing your hair, squeeze or blot out any excess moisture and apply your deep conditioner. If you don’t need to shampoo after the deep conditioner is done processing, don’t do it. Simply rinse and move forward with the rest of your hair care routine. 

To learn more about how to deep condition the right way, read this article.

So, there you have it - it’s best not to shampoo after deep conditioning if you can help it. And remember that you can prevent problems like a coated feeling, dullness, heaviness, and odors by choosing the right deep conditioner. Daily Dose Deep Conditioner is a fantastic option for anyone who wants to unlock the best version of their hair and avoid ingredients proven to be bad for their hair or health. 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.