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How to Deep Condition Your Hair

Written by Robbie Salter

Our hair goes through a lot.

Between heat styling, hot showers, exercise, and sun exposure, it’s one of the most vulnerable areas of our body. And with the wrong hair care routine, our hair is prone to damage like breakage, frizziness, and split ends.

Enter the deep condition.

It’s a hair care treatment that hydrates your scalp and makes hair more manageable, smooth, and silky.

Whether you regularly style your hair with a blow dryer or let it air dry every time, the truth is everyone’s hair, regardless of type, requires a deep condition every now and then.

Keep reading to see how you can incorporate deep conditioning into your routine to maintain a happy and healthy head of hair.

How Do You Know It’s Time For A Deep Conditioning?

Most people regularly wash their hair with shampoo and conditioner. This is a tried and true pairing for a reason. Shampoo washes away the buildup of dirt and excess oil while conditioner restores hydration and locks in moisture on individual hair strands.

Deep conditioning works a little bit harder.

All conditioners contain two ingredients: emollients and humectants. This helps create a protective film around hair strands and bind water to the hair to restore moisture.

Deep conditioners contain higher volumes of both ingredients and are formulated to be left on your hair for 20–30 minutes, rather than the two to three minutes people generally set aside for their regular conditioner.

A deep conditioner’s higher concentration allows for more bondage, added moisture, and leaves your hair smoother and silkier.

So, how often should you be deep conditioning?

It depends on how often you wash your hair and how dry or oily your scalp is, but common practice is that once a week is about the right cadence.

Our best recommendation is to see how your hair responds to deep conditioning and then develop your new routine from there.

Remember, hair care is an individual and personalized journey that will evolve as seasons change and you grow older. Don’t forget to use a high-quality conditioner with clean and moisturizing ingredients like colloidal oatmeal, probiotics, vitamin E, and pataua oil to keep your hair silky smooth and moisturized.

I’ve Purchased a Deep Conditioner. Now What? Step By Step Instructions On How To Deep Condition

So you’ve decided to take the leap and make deep conditioning a part of your hair care routine. Congratulations! This is an exciting step towards shinier and healthier hair.

Products and instructions vary, so make sure you read the label before applying, but we’ve developed the following guide that should work for most deep conditioners.

Pick a deep conditioner that suits your needs

Some products focus on specific benefits, like hydrating your scalp or fortifying hair from breakage.

Take a close look at your hair and see what you’d like a deep conditioner to address. Look for deep conditioners that include proteins as they’ll help lock in moisture and prevent breakage.

Assess What Part Of Your Hair Needs The Most Conditioning

If you have a naturally oily scalp, you may want to consider applying a deep conditioner only from the middle of your hair shaft to the ends. If your scalp is dry and in need of

some serious moisture, apply a deep conditioner at your roots, and massage into your head.

A deep conditioner’s higher concentration allows for more bondage, added moisture, and leaves your hair smoother and silkier.

Always Read The Instructions First

Some deep conditioners recommend you apply to dry hair rather than wet. That said, many products encourage you to wash your hair before applying a deep conditioner. That way, your cuticles will be more open to moisture. Follow the instructions for best results.

Make Sure You’re Using The Right Amount For Your Hair Texture

Fine hair requires only a little product. Use too much, and your hair may become greasy or weighed down. On the other hand, thicker hair needs more product to reap the full benefits of a deep conditioner. This may take some trial-and-error but stick with it.

Comb The Deep Conditioner Through Your Hair Thoroughly

Use a brush to distribute the product evenly and make sure every strand feels that deep conditioning love. A wide-tooth comb will work for moving conditioner from root to end and a scalp brush will help work the product into your roots. Bonus: it feels so good, and helps stimulate blood flow to the scalp to promote a healthy head of hair.

Leave On As Directed Before Rinsing Out

Unlike your regular conditioner, a deep conditioner needs some time to soak in. Let it be, and use the time to do some chores around the house or watch an episode of your favorite show. That’s what we call multitasking.

When The Time Comes, Rinse Out Your Deep Conditioner Using Cool Water

The cold water helps close your hair’s cuticles, locking in the moisture you’ve just added back into your scalp and locks.

Shine On

You should feel good about the nourishing and restorative treatment you’ve just given your hair. Enjoy that feeling of smoother, shinier, and healthier looking hair!

Can I Make My Own Deep Conditioner? Our Thoughts On Do It Yourself Remedies

There are a lot of recipes for homemade deep conditioners floating around online.

Typically you’ll see any of the following ingredients suggested for an at-home hair mask:

  • Avocado
  • Egg
  • Greek yogurt
  • Honey
  • Olive oil
  • Green tea
  • Coconut oil

While these ingredients can effectively bind your hair strands and prevent breakage, be wary of at-home solutions.

Your scalp is sensitive, and you never know how it’ll react to raw ingredients. Messing with the balance of your scalp’s microbiome can lead to irritation, dryness, and even dandruff. Instead, search for deep conditioners and hair masks formulated by trusted professionals that include some of these ingredients.

That way, you can reap their benefits while also ensuring that your scalp and hair are getting just the right dosage. Remember, hair care is chemistry, and some things are better left to the chemists.

Ready to Deep Condition Your Way to Healthier Hair?

If your hair has spent too many hours with the blow dryer, straightener, and curling wand, or if it’s been dyed every color under the sun, it’s critically important to make deep conditioning a priority to help prevent damage. Not only will your hair thank you, but it’ll also make you feel more in control of your scalp health and your hair’s appearance. 

When we prioritize the health of our scalp and strands, we’re signaling to ourselves that we deserve care and protection. Soothing your scalp, fortifying your hair, and restoring moisture are our favorite ways to unwind

And if you’re looking to give your hair routine an extra pump of goodness, check out Jupiter’s Purifying Mask made with:

  • Volcanic Ash to exfoliate your scalp
  • Vitamin B5 to prevent moisture loss and add volume
  • Argan Oil to boost hydration
  • Biotin to stimulate hair luster and strand thickness

Our mask is formulated to leave your scalp and hair feeling clear and refreshed. Use once a week before you wash for a lasting cleanse.

Don’t Skip On Deep Conditioning

Remember to select a deep conditioner that suits your hair type and texture, wash your hair first, and apply more to the roots or the ends with a brush or comb, depending on your hair needs.

Don’t forget to carefully read the instructions, leave in for at least twenty minutes, and rinse out with cool water.

Lastly, explore a regular cadence that works for you. A weekly habit of deep conditioning is always a good place to start.

In addition to a deep conditioning routine, it’s important to maintain a regular hair and scalp care routine that keeps your hair looking healthy and your scalp balanced. Take our quiz to find the products and routine best suited for your hair and scalp care needs.

Scalp Brush

Our exfoliating scalp brush helps remove build-up from flaking, styling products, or other impurities. Gently dry brush the scalp in circular motions before washing, or in the shower while you lather your shampoo with gentle front-to-back strokes. Added bonus: a cleaner scalp means thicker and healthier looking hair. It just so happens to feel really really good, too.

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The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, nor is it a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician with any questions you may have about the information contained herein, as well as the risks or benefits of any treatment.

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