Why Do Deep Conditioners Work?


Anyone who knows anything about hair knows that deep conditioners work wonders. With just one deep conditioning treatment, users notice some amazing differences in their hair. These superconditioners melt away tangles, eliminate breakage, and help you reach your length goals.

Too good to be true? It’s not. In this article, we’ll share exactly why deep conditioners work so well. 

They Contain Hair Healthy Ingredients 

Deep conditioners are formulated specifically to address even the most severe hair issues. This being the case, you can expect the average deep conditioner to contain nourishing ingredients, like: 

  • Natural oils to lubricate the hair shaft, add shine, and reduce damage and breakage. 

  • Humectants to pull moisture into the hair from the outside environment.  

  • Proteins to strengthen and repair the hair.

  • Conditioning agents to soften the hair and increase its manageability. 

  • Fatty alcohols to increase moisture retention. 

With ingredients like these in their formulations, deep conditioners pack a real punch. 

Note: Some deep conditioners contain ingredients that are good for your scalp!

They Penetrate the Hair Shaft

Well-formulated deep conditioners penetrate the hair shaft for some heavy-duty hair nourishment. Because their ingredients have a low molecular weight, deep conditioners are able to bypass the hair’s cuticle and get into its innermost layers. This is a huge reason why they can deliver such extreme results. 

They Process for an Extended Period

Your typical conditioner is meant to sit for a minute or two before being rinsed down the drain. That’s not the case with deep conditioners. They are left in the hair for much longer - up to 30 minutes or more. This allows the goodies in the product’s formula to get where they need to go to deliver the results you’re looking for. 

They Address Specific Hair Concerns

Yet another reason why deep conditioners work is that the bulk of them are formulated to address specific hair concerns. Take a trip down the hair care aisle - chances are you’ll see some or all of the following deep conditioner types: 

  • Moisturizing deep conditioners

  • Protein-based deep conditioners 

  • Protein-free or low protein deep conditioners 

  • Thickening deep conditioners 

  • Shine-enhancing deep conditioners 

  • Frizz-Reducing deep conditioners 

When a hair product is tailored specifically for an issue you need relief from, the chances of it working increase considerably.  

Not All Deep Conditioners Work

It may surprise you to find out that not all deep conditioners work. Some of them don’t work for most people (and need to be reformulated) and others won’t work for you simply because they weren't tailored to your unique hair and scalp. So, you’ll need to be selective when it comes to which deep conditioner you add to your hair regimen. 

If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to check out Daily Dose Deep Conditioner. It’s natural, full of hair-loving nutrients, and ideal for all hair types (straight, wavy, curly, coily, kinky, fine, coarse, etc.). Here are a few things it does for the hair: 

  • Repairs hair damage. 

  • Softens unruly hair. 

  • Smooths out frizz. 

  • Moisturizes dry hair. 

  • Adds shine to eliminate dullness. 

To get the most out of any deep conditioner, read this article on the dos and don’ts of using deep conditioner.

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 CurlAdvice.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.