Your Hair Type Determines How Often You Should Deep Condition Your Tresses

Hair wash day can come with a plethora of complications. You might be the type of person to have a set schedule that aligns with your plans that week, or you've mastered washing your hair once a week. Dry shampoo might be your holy grail. On the other hand, you're probably still figuring out which hair products to use for your hair type. You can use different kinds of shampoos, conditioners, and treatments to improve your hair's texture and repair damage. Conditioning the hair is essential to making your hair soft and smooth and preventing frizz. However, you want to ensure you're applying the right conditioner to your hair type for full benefits.


Different types of conditioners include rinse-out, leave-in (most used), deep conditioners, and cleansing conditioners. Some are applied to specific areas of the hair, while others can be applied all over. For example, rinse-out conditioners are used frequently after shampooing, leaving it on for a couple of minutes, then rinsing it. If your hair has been dyed or damaged, deep conditioners are excellent for moisturizing and keeping the hair healthy. In addition, any hair type can use a deep conditioner, but the amount of use varies. Here's how often you should deep condition your hair, depending on your hair type.

Fine hair

If you have finer hair, you're prone to get oily quickly, so you might have to wash your hair twice to thrice a week. When you're constantly washing your hair, you're stripping the oils away — which isn't always healthy for the hair. Deep conditioning fine hair helps restore moisture and add the needed oils to your hair. You'll want to apply your deep conditioner after you've shampooed and leave it in your hair for up to 10 minutes, then rinse it out in your shower or sink. Apply the conditioner from the middle to the ends of your hair after towel drying. Avoid massaging it directly into your scalp; the conditioner can cause your roots to become oily after a day of having dry hair.


Use the deep conditioner two to four times a month if you have healthier hair. On the other hand, if you have drier or more damaged hair, apply a deep conditioner once a week. Once you've achieved healthier hair, you can reduce your deep condition times. Incorporate hair masks to replace the times you would have deep conditioned and to give your hair an extra boost of care.

Thick hair

For thicker-haired girlies, the hair is prone to coarseness, tangles, and knots. A deep conditioner will help keep it softer, less frizzy, and more hydrated. You should use one twice a week after shampooing and leave it on from half an hour to an hour. First, apply the conditioner to the ends of your hair, and if you have dryer hair, add the conditioner up to your roots. Next, you can wrap your hair up in a clip and let the steam open the hair cuticles to let the conditioner penetrate the hair while you shave or exfoliate. Or, you can wrap your hair in a shower cap and then add a hot towel to get the same benefits as the steam. Finally, leave it in your hair while cleaning, then rinse it with cold water.


How dry or hydrated your hair is will determine how often you should use a deep conditioner. For example, if your hair needs extra moisture and gets damaged easily, using a deep conditioner two to three times a week will improve your hair. Or, if you have dry ends but overall healthy, thicker hair, you can use a deep conditioner once weekly or once every two weeks. Most conditioner effects will last up to a week. If you notice the results wearing off earlier, you can do it again in the same week.

Curly hair

Most people think caring for curly hair can be difficult, but using the right products can make it manageable. You probably already have a hair care routine up your sleeve that works for you. For those figuring out which products to use, a deep conditioner is ideal for locking in moisture, repairing breakage, and adding shine. Before applying the deep conditioner to your tresses, you'll want to double shampoo with a clarifying shampoo and a co-wash to get rid of build-up and pre-hydrate your hair.


When you start deep conditioning, focusing on the ends more than the roots is essential, since the hair has gone through more damage. However, if it's dry, you can still add the conditioner close to the roots; avoid adding it to your scalp. You'll want to leave the conditioner in your hair between 15 to 30 minutes twice a week to keep the effects rolling. Finally, when the time is up, rinse the hair in cold water to close the hair cuticle and prevent frizz. You can follow with a leave-in conditioner to detangle the hair while you're brushing it, but the deep conditioner also prevents tangles after using it.

Oily hair

Having oily hair can be exhausting. You have to wash it every other day or every day to have fresh hair because — at the end of the day — it often looks like it hasn't been washed in weeks. Oily hair is caused by an overproduction of sebum that build-ups on the scalp making the hair look greasy. It can be caused by a hormone imbalance or not using the best products for your hair in your haircare routine. Since the sebaceous glands in your scalp release more sebum than you need, you might feel that you have to wash it more frequently, but you should actually wash it less to rebalance your sebum production.


As for conditioning, you'll want to use light conditioners, like rinse-out types, so they don't weigh down your hair. You can use a deep conditioner on the ends of your hair once weekly or every other week to give your hair extra hydration and moisture. In addition, it's crucial to ensure you're rinsing out your shampoo and conditioner entirely to prevent residue, which causes the hair to look oily too when it's not.

Dry hair

Controlling oils can take some time, but deep conditioners will be your best friend if you have dry hair. There are different reasons you might have dry hair: you're washing it too often, the weather is too hot, blow-drying your hair, using hot tools, etc. In addition, dry hair is caused when your hair can't retain enough moisture from haircare products or natural oils in your hair. You can try to eliminate common causes of dry hair. For example, use a curling iron or straightener one to two times a week if you use it every day, or allow it to air dry instead of blow drying. However, if you decide to be more mindful of changing a few things, but they don't work, you can use a deep conditioner once a week to boost moisture.


If your hair is dehydrated, you'll want to consider leaving the deep conditioner overnight and rinsing it the next day. You want to apply a small amount enough to cover every strand and keep it from weighing down or looking greasy. Usually, you can leave it on your ends for 10 to 30 minutes, depending on your hair's state. For extra dry hair, apply a leave-in conditioner after your shower for added hydration and to help the repair process.