Choosing the best deep conditioners for your hair type

All Things Hair | 01 June 2016

Unlock the secrets to better hair days.

Picking out the best deep conditioners is perhaps the most fun – yet underrated – part of cocktailing your wash and care routine. It used to be that assessing your hair’s moisture needs after it’s already been conditioned took a certain level of self-awareness, and, well, some product scepticism: how damaged were my locks to begin with? And how much was my original conditioner not doing its job?

Nowadays, products have been formulated in such a way that deep conditioners are functional enough to be considered stand-alone items, depending on your needs.

If a person’s strands are happy with a regular shampoo & conditioner but need some extra TLC on the weekends, there are proper ways to address that situation with a deep conditioning treatment. Same goes for the opposite end of the spectrum, where someone with extremely processed hair (#thirsty) might need an extra shot of daily moisture beyond what her everyday wash and care system can provide. Bottom line: it’s a matter of preference, and lucky you, we love breaking these things down. Read on!

Best deep conditioners for every hair type

short textured hair: the best deep conditioners
Every hair type can benefit from a deep conditioner. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Hair type: Normal
Frequency: Weekly

For those with no jarring hair needs, i.e. have strands that aren’t curly, dry, damaged, processed or oily, or who aren’t worried about hair fall, are probably in the ‘normal’ category. In other words, hair with little-to-no specific problems or needs. As far as the best deep conditioners go, choose a lightweight hair mask that you can use on a Sunday night as a gentle shield for the week to come.

Try: TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Creamy Moisturiser Mask (£6.99*), which penetrates the hair shaft deeply to nourish from within, leaving healthier-looking, shiny locks.

best deep conditioners for curly hair
Best deep conditioners for curly hair. Credit: Dvora

Hair type: Curly, dry, or damaged hair
Frequency: Twice a week

Just like how we need a full weekend to unwind, hair that’s been reasonably put through its paces needs to rest for a couple of days, too. Daily blow drying, a dip in the pool, the seasonal colour job and bouts with straighteners have probably left some minor – yet manageable – creaks in your strands. Or maybe your hair is naturally curly, which renders it on the drier side. Fortunately, these hair types are the best candidates for the beneficial effects of a deep conditioner. Applied every three days for the specified amount of time (no longer – read why here) should be enough to help restore strength and shine. Choose a silky cream variety to ensure an even application from root to tip.

Try: Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute Intense Replenishment Mask (£6.99*), which helps to reduce frizz, reduce breakage, and gives natural curls up to 4x more definition.**

best deep conditioner for damaged hair
Best deep conditioners for damaged hair. Credit: indigitalimages.com

Hair type: Overprocessed, severely damaged
Frequency: Twice a week

We aren’t going to lie, you have your work cut out for you. All those procedures you’ve had done to your strands – bleaching, chemical straightening, perming – may have cut down on your daily styling time, but there is a structural pay-off. The more processed hair is, the more porous (and consequently weaker) it gets. It’s extremely vulnerable to breakage and split ends. But the good news? You can help to control its condition. Cushion locks against the trauma of daily friction from styling with an intensely emollient moisturising mask.

Try: Alberto Balsam Damage Repair Intensive Mask (£2.99*), which has a nature-infused blend of nutrients rich in natural avocado oil.

What do you consider to be the best deep conditioners out there?

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price.

**To experience comprehensive benefits, use as part of the Dove Advanced Hair Series Quench Absolute system.

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