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Deep Conditioning- Question of the Day

By January 27th, 202130 Comments

Deep Conditioning- Question of the Day
Hola Chicas,

I woke up at six this morning with a ton of energy! I cleaned the house, did a few loads of laundry, rinsed my henna, and applied my deep treatment and heating cap. While I stood in front of my foggy mirror loading up on conditioner, I was thinking two things, (1) does adding three conditioners to my hair really do any good, and (2) hurry, hurry, hurry and finish so you can eat, lol. I’m always hungry.

But yeah, whenever it’s time to DT, I can never decide on which conditioner I want to use, so I end up using several. Today, before getting out of the shower, I loaded up on Yes to Carrots and TIGI Moisture Maniac, and once out of the shower, added quite a bit of Jessicurl Weekly Deep Treatment. Are three conditioners doing more than what any one of them could do alone? Probably not… maybe so 🙂 I honestly wouldn’t know, because even when I plan to assess a particular product’s effectiveness on my hair, I lose my mind and feel the need to put everything but the kitchen sink in it.

So my questions to you are:

How many conditioners do you look to for an effective deep treatment? Which ones do you use? If you’ve ever switched it up (used one, or several), did you notice a difference in the results?


  • Kitty says:

    I don't use conditioners for DT. My deep treatment is usually these:

    Version 1:
    1 ripe hass avocado
    2 TBS EV Organic Coconut oil
    1 egg yolk (optional)
    water to help emulsify

    Version 2:

    1 ripe hass avocado
    2 TBS EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
    1 egg yolk (optional)
    Organic coconut milk to emulsify

    Version 3:

    1-2 extra ripe bananas
    1 ripe haas avocado (optional)
    2 TBS EVOO
    Organic Coconut milk to emulsify

    All 3 versions are made in the blender. Blend until it reaches the consistency of a conditioner.

    Apply after shampooing. Leave on for about 15 mins. Rinse thoroughly, Seal and style as usual.

    WARNING: If you add the egg yolk, rinse with COOL water or the egg will cook on your head. And these mixtures may leave some or a lot of visible plant fibers in your hair. They brush out eventually, but they are worse if you don't puree the heck out of the mixture.

    These work for me because my hair so far HATES premade DT conditioners.

  • Anonymous says:

    I recently discovered Bed Head's Moisture Maniac Conditioner. I love it!! Goood stuff

  • Anonymous says:

    I never mix conditioner or masks. Once, tried to add oils to the mask and my hair hated the result. The only product I mix (and I do it following the label) is Ouidad Deep treatment (OMG, that is a bomb, my hair loves it). Unfortunately, it's so pricey, so I use it once in a blue moon. On top of it, I add Deva Conditioners or Matrix Biolage Hydratherapie. Awesome result!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    mmmmm, I only found one deep conditioner so far that I use alone – that's Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil deep conditioner (the one in the jar – I think there are more than one). To try to get the same effect when I am out of it is when i start mixing – usually Aubrey's Honeysuckle Rose, a teaspoon of olive oil and and a scoop full of Qhemet Biologics Amla and Olive Oil Heavy Cream. I can't seem to match my hair's reaction to the Kiehl's though. That's the one I will probably end up with until my hair gets tired of it.

  • oaklandish says:

    one conditioner, pantene time renewal conditioner, plus one egg yolk and a splash of olive oil. I used to add so many that I never could tell what actually worked! keep it simple sistah…thanks to leobody5 over on youtube, she set me free

  • Alice says:

    I dont notice a difference when I mix conditioner. I only notice a difference in terms of the amount of TIME I leave it in. The longer I leave my conditioner on the better my hair feels. I usually leave it on over night because I dont have time to do it during the day! That's when I get the best results 🙂


  • CessCurls says:

    I sometimes use more than one. Usually when I co-wash. I use my VO5 clairify condish then follow up with whatever im using to detangle (which is currently tresumme natural or moisture rich) Then add my DEEP condish (giovanni smooth as silk or 50/50 or silk elements megasilk moisturizing treatment.)Yes I do switch up when the weather changes I use suave humectant or suave sleek as my detangler.

  • Anonymous says:

    well I can say that I sometime mixes my conditioners as well because I cant make up my mind but in the end I still have nice results & the hair is ooh so happy!!

  • Anonymous says:

    MRSWalker of Md

    I usually use just one conditioner for my deep conditioner. I add honey and oils (some combination of coconut, olive and castor oil) to every conditioner. Now my leave-in is a different matter. Lately, I've been using just AfroDetangler ( plus olive oil and shea butter. But previously, I would used a combo of leave ins and oils. I stopped for now because I'm too lazy and I'm trying to stretch my stash. LOL.

  • Poundcake921 says:

    I never use one conditioner….never. I always use two when I co-wash and two when I deep condition (with EVOO too). Even when i was permed and washed my own hair instead of going to salon I would use more than conditioner…never had a negative effect on my hair permed or natural…

    Even in my oil/spray mix, I use two diff leave-in conditioners….i don't about it…just do it..

  • Urban says:

    I normally use one, but will use multiple if I feel one isn't enough. I do notice a difference, but I don't know whether it's a 'real' difference, or just something psychological.

    Sometimes I wonder mixing conditioners takes means that some ingredients won't work as well when they've been mixed into something else. Do we have any resident Chemists/ chemistry students who can answer that one? Either way, I guess the bottom line is whether the mixture works for you or not.

  • Natakue says:

    I usually only use one deep conditioner at a time. There are 2 instances I use more than one. The first is if I've put on a protein treatment for a few minutes, then put on a moisturizing treatment right on top of it. The second is when I need to use up older or not as moisturizing conditioners. Then I mix it with other stuff I know works well.

  • Anonymous says:

    I generally deep condition with AOHSR and mix with olive oil, coconut oil, and maybe honey.

  • JustTrena says:

    My DT Friday night yielded the best results since I've been natural (17 months). I mixed: Yes to Carrots mud conditioner, Aveeno Nourishing Conditioner, Organics Deep Conditioner, and honey! Only thing is, I've used each of these before but this was my first time adding honey…makes me wonder if just one of those with added honey would have done the same thing…hmmmm

  • Crystal says:

    I agree with pp, I only mix conditioners to use up mediocre conditioners along with my staple Moisture Maniac and I always add oil. (Whatever oil that I've heard is great at the moment).

  • Notthecoolmom says:

    I end up mixing because I forget to buy more deep conditioner and I'm trying to mix up enough to detangle my hair.

  • Anonymous says:

    I only use one deep conditioner and I add nothing to it: Blended Beauty Herbal Reconditioner.

    I tried Curl Junkie's Hibiscus & Banana Deep Fix before and my hair DID NOT WANT it. I noticed no conditioning effects, let alone Deep Conditioning effects. I did mix it with other stuff because the scent was great and I wanted to use it up. My hair is not a fan of the Jessicurl WDT either. It loves the Too Shea, but I can't say I've exactly used it as a DC. In general, I'm not trying to mix anything because I'm about using the least amount of stuff to get the most result. Mixing is for my inferior purchases that I don't want to waste.

  • Anonymous says:

    You know sometimes I wonder the same thing…is all of this conditioner really making a difference?? But whether it does or not, my Giovanni Smooth As Silk smells AMAZING….so why not use it! LOL

    I've never tried mixing several conditioners at once, but I might consider doing it now. Sounds like a good idea!

  • Anonymous says:

    I agree with Dani and many few others above. I usually use one conditioner and I add one of my favorite oils to it, or I put a hot oil treatment on my hair first and then put conditioner on top of it. My hair usually turns out pretty soft, and I of course always detangle in the shower. But I have in the past used at least two different conditioners in one sitting…..I guess also thinking it would make a difference. I am a smell junkie and if a conditioner smells really good, I tend to use a lot more od it. Never used Bed Head or Yes to carrots, still trying to decide….

  • Anonymous says:

    I'm laughing because I have used more than one conditioner at a time! Although, I try to use one thing at a time. Last week when the Vo5 strawberry milk wasn't doing anything for detangling, I added some conditioner that said 'detangling' to it. Not much help!! For DT, I just use one oil at a time.

  • sheree says:

    i sometimes mix up with Wen and Giovanni conditioner because my hair soaks up too much of the expensive stuff…but if one is not giving me that slip i use something else to top it off…

  • Anonymous says:

    Just one. I use jessicurl for moisture once a week and Wella in depth once a month for protein, twice a week HH for cowash. I'm trying to keep it simple hope it works.

  • J. Bella says:

    I use Giovanni deep moisture mixed with honey, baking soda, coconut oil, and melted shea and avocado butter. Or atleast that was my routine for winter I don't know if that will work for summer or not.

  • Tiga says:

    I also use one conditioner at a time and will add my favorite oils to it.

  • Tai says:

    I use AOHSR with a spoonful of avocado butter, honey, and vatika oil. I can't help it but to throw everything in my dt, I used to combine different conditioners for a deep treatment, but to cut cost, I decided on one conditioner for my deep treatment.

  • Shenna Nanette says:

    I agree with Dani,"I use one conditioner at a time when I DC my hair. I will sometimes add an oil to it, but not another conditioner." I'll sometimes warm EVOO and add it to my Deep Conditioner, put a plastic cap on, and go to bed.

  • erika says:

    eu não uso condicionadores… uso apenas mascaras de tratamento e nunca mistura nenhuma dela… o que faço é adicionar oleos esseciais, vegetais ou extratos glicolicos, que costumam dar uma potencializada nos resultados das mascaras…

  • curly-me says:

    Well being a cosmetologist and a curly, most product information and descriptions do just what it says it does. for deep treatments for you hair , look for products that say it is a deep treatment: like conditioners that are 5 in 1 , or say deep penetrating. its ok to mix some products but they should always do different things and not act the same.
    always keep in mind that if you continue to use the same thing in our hair , the hair will become immune to the product so it stops working the way it use to . Its not our hair changing, we just need to change the routine.
    Its good to be a product junkie and have on hand different routines so our hair dosen't get used to a certain products and stops working the way we want to.

  • Dani @ says:

    I use one conditioner at a time when I DC my hair. I will sometimes add an oil to it, but not another conditioner.

    I experiment with different brands, and I notice the difference each conditioner makes in my hair. The results determine whether or not I'll use that specific conditioner again.

  • Queen says:

    I am at a point where it's like I just don't know anything when it comes to my hair any more. I guess my hair is changing. It seems like new stuff I'd bought because the old stuff wasn't working is now being shelved so I CAN go back to the old stuff. (**hope that makes sense). Any how, I never know when less is more or when I need more. I find that I do use more combinations of conditioners after henna'ing. So here's to using everything AND the kitchen sink ;-p

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