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Learn how to deep condition hair at home for maximum mane benefits

Ever asked the question: how do you deep condition your hair? Well here's your answer!  

Tresses in need of a little TLC? If so, prepare to have your eyes opened to the life (and hair) changing benefits of hair masks and learn all about how to deep condition hair.

Part of the reason that we’re such big fans of masks, is that they’re a simple and straightforward way to treat your hair right from the comfort of your bathroom, making it an easier, quicker and less costly alternative to in-salon treatments.

So, whatever it is that’s getting you down about your hair, be it dryness, split ends or dull colour, deep hair conditioning can help with all manner of woes! Now read on to find out more about deep conditioning, what it is, which ones you should be using and how to actually do it yourself.

How to deep condition your hair: A beginner’s guide to using hair masks


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Learn how to deep condition your hair- your hair will thank you for it!

What is deep conditioning?

If you’re a total newbie to the world of deep conditioning, let’s start off with the basics – what is deep conditioning? Well, you know how sometimes it seems like your regular hair care routine just isn’t giving your mane what it needs? This is when it’s time to enlist the help of a more intensive conditioning product, which is where deep hair conditioning comes in.

Whether you’ve recently bleached or coloured your hair, you’ve been styling with heat more regularly or your strands are just drier due to the weather, sometimes your hair just requires a little more attention than usual (sigh!).

But guess what? Hair masks are an excellent way to provide the extra comfort and nourishment that your hair needs, so you don’t have to worry.

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Hair looking a little lacklustre? Deep conditioner is all you need to breathe life back into your locks.

How do you deep condition your hair?

If you already know what a hair mask is, but are unsure about how to actually use them, then you’ll be pleased to hear that it’s actually surprisingly easy.

Before we get into how to use deep a conditioner, though, you first need to determine what the right product for your individual hair type is.

If damage is what’s concerning you, opt for a creamy, intensive product like the Alberto Balsam Damage Repair Intensive Maskto give your hair the care it needs and get your locks will be back in top form in no time.

Editor’s tip: If you’ve never learnt how to deep condition your hair because you’re worried about it weighing down your locks, we can’t recommend the Dove Advanced Hair Series Oxygen Moisture Souffle Treatment enough.

While it has all of the benefits of a more indulgent hair mask (moisturising, softening), it’s formulated with a unique Oxyfusion technology, which ensures that your hair is left feeling bouncy, light and full of volume. What more could you ask for really?!

So, you’ve got your mask ready to go, but what now? Start off by simply washing your strands as usual using your chosen shampoo, then rinse out. While your hair is still damp, instead of reaching for your normal conditioner, skip straight to applying a deep hair conditioning mask.

Apply a decent amount of product all over your hair, making sure that it is evenly distributed. Focus on the mid-lengths and ends, as these tend to be the driest areas…

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While your mask is on, you can get on with the rest of your beauty regime.

Now, then comes the waiting game. Always follow the recommended leave-in period on the packaging to get the most out of your deep conditioner. Once the time is, up all you need to do is wash out your mask and you’ll instantly feel (and see) the benefits. Make sure that you rinse out all traces of the mask, as you don’t want any product residue left in your locks.

We would suggest repeating this process once a week in place of your regular routine to promote healthier-looking, stronger-feeling hair, but you can always up the frequency if your locks are particularly dry or damaged.


We really hope that you found this “how to deep condition hair” guide useful! Don’t forget to let us know if you give it a try and for plenty more hair care tips and advice, click on over to our dedicated Hair Care page now. See you next time!

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