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How to Use a Deep-Conditioning Treatment + The Top Pick for Your Hair Type

Is your hair looking a little “meh” lately? Whether it’s falling flat or frizzing out of control, it’s probably because your hair is lacking something crucial—moisture. “It is so important to replenish hair once we start stripping its nutrients,” says Long Beach hairstylist Shannon Murray. “From straightening to lightening, we put our hair through so much. I always compare it to this: changing oil in a car. You can’t expect your car to run smoothly if you don’t get an oil change and take care of it.”

One of the best ways to restore and revive your lifeless locks? Invest in an at-home deep-conditioning treatment.

How Often Should You Use a Deep Conditioner?

This is one of the most common questions that Murray gets from her clients. Deep conditioners are not meant to be used only when your hair is past the point of no return, she says. They should be incorporated into your weekly routine.

What’s the Difference Between a Hair Mask and a Deep-Conditioning Treatment?

There are endless products that are designed to restore your hair, but which is the best? Murray explains a very important difference between these two similar hair care products. “Masks leave your hair feeling silky and smooth, but they are just that: a mask.” In other words, they’re only going to cover up the problem—not permanently fix it. “You need a treatment to change the chemistry of your hair,” she continues. “Heat styling/color/climate all breaks the bonds in your hair so everyone should be using a bond-building treatment at home to combat this.”

What’s the Best Deep Conditioner for My Hair?

Thick, fine, curly, straight—no matter your hair type, it’s important to find products tailored to you. We’ve compiled some of our best deep-conditioning treatments, listed by hair type/concern, so you can find the perfect treatment for your hair.

  1. 1. Curly Hair
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    1. Curly Hair

    Curly hair thrives when it’s healthy. You get bouncy, shiny and full ringlets that will last throughout the day. For curly-haired girls, Murray recommends something a little thicker. “Curly hair is drier than any other type of hair,” she says, “so I will use a thick or super-hydrating deep-conditioning mask—and even mix some coconut oil into it.”
    Try: Curl Immersion Triple Treat Deep Conditioner
    Ouidad is a major player in curly-hair products. Their Curl Immersion Triple Treat Deep Conditioner is perfect for curly hair that needs a bit of TLC. This conditioner is made from an avocado-and-grapeseed-oil base that is designed to deeply hydrate and soften curly hair. Its luxurious texture deeply hydrates curls and leaves them less frizzy. Leave this conditioner on for two minutes and watch your hair soak in the rich, moisturizing formula.

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  2. 2. Damaged Hair
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    2. Damaged Hair

    For many of us, damage to our hair is inevitable. Blow drying, straightening and curling day after day takes a toll on the integrity of your hair and can leave it looking lifeless. If using heat on your hair is a part of your daily routine, then you need a deep conditioning treatment.
    Try: Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Conditioner

    Alterna’s CAVIAR Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Conditioner is a great choice for damaged hair. This conditioner is made to replenish and moisturize hair that is over-processed and dry. Its anti-aging properties reverse the signs of damage and bring life back into your hair, creating longer, stronger locks.

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  3. 3. Colored Hair
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    3. Colored Hair

    No matter if it’s bleached, toned or lifted, once color has been applied to your hair, it’s vulnerable to damage. Especially for you gals with bleached-blonde hair, you’ll want to incorporate a mask that can help get your hair back to its natural state (or as close to it as possible).
    Try: Oribe Masque for Beautiful Color

    Oribe has created their Masque for Beautiful Color specifically for color-treated hair. Their deep conditioner formula of ceramides and keratin targets and corrects frizzy and damaged-looking hair.

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  4. 4. Frizzy Hair
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    4. Frizzy Hair

    If you look like Monica Geller in Barbados, it’s time to try a deep conditioning mask (especially one made with keratin) which can help you tame your frizz and give you smooth, silky hair.
    Try: VIRTUE Restorative Treatment Mask

    This mask restores smoothness while softening the texture of your hair. Using a keratin base, this mask clings to hair, restoring damaged areas with moisturizing properties. This not only makes your hair silky and shiny but also makes it more manageable.

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  5. 5. Normal-to-Fine Hair
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    5. Normal-to-Fine Hair

    Normal hair is still in need of a pick-me-up every once in a while. The sun, weather and everyday styling can weaken your hair. With a deep-conditioning treatment, you can give your hair the extra boost it needs.
    Sometimes, no matter how many times you rinse, thick conditioners tend to cling to hair—especially fine hair. If you have fine or thin hair, try keeping the product away from your roots. “I tend to keep off roots so it doesn’t weigh the hair down when it’s styled,” says Murray. With routine use of a deep conditioner, you can strengthen ends, tame frizz and restore natural shine.
    Try: Clean Luxury Masque
    For a clean, moisturizing treatment, try the Luxury Masque from GLOSS Moderne. This deep-conditioning treatment is designed to revitalize your hair with hydration. GLOSS Moderne has made this treatment with a blend of cocoa butter and papaya extract to create a seriously hydrating mask that won’t weigh down hair. Massage into rinsed hair for five minutes twice a week for added shine, stronger strands and a healthier scalp.

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  6. 6. Coarse Hair
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    6. Coarse Hair

    Is your coarse hair hard to manage? You’re not alone. Coarse hair is notoriously difficult, but with the right products, you can tame and style your hair easily.
    Want to boost your at-home efforts? Murray suggests adding heat. “For coarse hair, I always add heat. I get the hair super wet and apply a generous amount of the product. I clip it up and add plastic wrap over the hair and let my clients sit under the dryer to let the hair soak in all of the goodness of the product.”
    Try: Oribe Gold Lust Repair Restore Conditioner

    A deeply nourishing conditioner that is a great product for coarse hair and will quickly become your new go-to when your hair is in need of some love.

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Freelance Writer

Kaleigh Laurino

Kaleigh Laurino is an avid writer, traveler and illustrator that has embraced her frizzy blonde 3b curls as her identity. Still finding the balance between serums and stylers, she has created her own curly girl method that follows her wherever she ends up.