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How to Deep Condition Your Hair

Damaged Hair

With so many hairstyle trends and hair styling products to try, there’s a good chance you’ve neglected your hair care routine. We often forget that hair needs a little TLC just as skin does. If you have drydamaged, or color-treated hair, using a deep hair conditioner is a great way to revive and moisturize your mane. Here are a few tips to follow to deep condition your hair—including our best deep conditioner to use based on your hair type—and give it the pampering it deserves. We’ll also be answering some of the most popular questions about deep conditioning treatments!


Before we get into our deep conditioning hair tips, let’s start with the basics: what’s the difference between conditioner and deep conditioner? It’s simple! A deep conditioner provides a deeper, more thorough conditioning of your strands—AKA your hair will be left more hydrated, healthy, and beautiful! It’s an ideal hair treatment for when your locks are looking a little frail.


How often you deep condition your hair is dependent on the state of your hair and the deep conditioner you choose to use. As a general rule of thumb, you should deep condition your hair whenever you feel like your locks are in need of a little TLC. This can be after getting your hair colored or enduring a lot of heat styling, or simply to pamper your locks as a form of self-care. Typically deep conditioning treatments are intended to be used a few times per week, but if you use a daily deep conditioner, which we’ll talk more on soon, you can deep condition your strands every day!


Ready to add deep conditioner to your routine? Here are four tips to try!


First and foremost, not to state the obvious, but the most important part of deep conditioning your mane is to grab a deep hair conditioner—and not just any deep conditioner. You’ll want to look for a deep conditioner that’s formulated for your hair type—whether that’s a deep conditioner for natural hair or a deep conditioner for color-treated hair.

If you like the idea of a daily deep conditioner, which can be used in place of regular conditioner each time you wash your hair, take your pick from the three options below. You’ll apply whichever one you choose onto wet hair from lengths to ends after shampooing and leave it on for one minute before rinsing thoroughly.

If you have dry hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner. This deep hair conditioner for dry hair deeply moisturizes. The formula, which contains 20% conditioning serum and camellia and sunflower oil, helps hydrate each strand, for silkier, softer hair.

If you have color-treated hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner. This deep conditioner for color-treated hair revives your strands while also enhancing shine. Formulated for colored hair, it contains 20% conditioning serum, antioxidants, and pomegranate and helps hydrate each strand for hair that's shiny and silky.

If you have damaged hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Rapid Reviver Deep Conditioner. If you find yourself Googling, “what are the best deep conditioners for damaged hair?” you can stop your search. This deep conditioner for damaged hair deep conditions while repairing the hair. The conditioner is formulated with a 20% conditioning serum, almond, and protein and helps fortify each strand, reinforcing the hair fiber.

Another option for deep conditioning damaged hair is to use the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Damage Erasing Balm. This rinse-out hair mask repairs up to one year of damage for healthier, revived hair in just one use. The formula instantly repairs the five signs of damage—split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness, and dehydration. Apply it to your strands after using the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Repairing Shampoo, leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse. (Watch the video above to see exactly what to do!)


Deep conditioning your hair also calls for using a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner when washing your hair. The L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverPure Moisture Conditioner will replenish your hair with moisture for lush-touch softness.

An alternative option is the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Shampoo and the L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Deep Nourish Conditioner. This hair care system has apricot oil in its formula and helps replenish dry, brittle hair with vital nourishment and deep moisture. Your hair will be left looking healthier and with a silky-soft texture. When using, make sure to leave the conditioner on for the full two minutes so your hair gets optimal moisture.


There are a variety of hair treatments on the market that can help you deep condition and moisturize your hair. And yes, you can use a hair treatment in addition to a deep conditioner. Here are a few of our best hair treatments to replenish moisture:

L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair 5 Protein Recharge Treatment: This protein hair treatment will help increase the strength and flexibility of your hair while also nourishing it. Apply a small amount of the treatment to wet hair after shampooing and conditioning. Do not rinse out and instead style as you usually would.

L’Oréal Paris EverPure Repair Remedy Balm: This hair balm includes acai palm and an exclusive antioxidant complex to care for damaged hair. With continued use, your locks will be stronger, shinier, and renewed. Apply the balm to wet hair after shampooing and leave it on for up to five minutes before rinsing.

L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Renourishing Butter: This hair treatment is applied after shampooing and should be focused on the ends of your hair. Leave the treatment on for up to five minutes before rinsing thoroughly. For extra conditioning, you can use it as a pre-shampoo treatment as well. Your locks will be left smooth and radiant.


Want to give your hair even more TLC? Use a hair mask! Hair masks are to hair what face masks are to the skin—and we love them! Here are a few hair masks worth trying:

If you have dry hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Curls Re-Nourish Mask. This hair mask for dry, curly hair hydrates to reveal bouncy, defined, lustrous curls—eliminating dryness in just one wash. Apply to wet hair, massaging through wet ends, after shampooing. Leave on for three to five minutes, then rinse.

If you have color-treated hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm, a luxurious mask that will give your hair intensive, post-color care by smoothing and protecting your color-treated hair. Apply the mask after shampooing, leave it on for up to five minutes, then rinse out! You can use this mask one to two times per week, in place of conditioner.

If you have damaged hair…try the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Total Repair Extreme Emergency Recovery Mask. This rinse-out, rich healing hair mask repairs the hair fiber of extremely damaged, sensitized hair in need of urgent recovery. The luxurious formula conditions and instantly penetrates the fibers, reinforcing and deeply renewing broken fibers of damaged hair for healthy-looking hair. Use this hair mask for damaged hair weekly, applying after shampooing for three to five minutes before rinsing.

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