How to Deep Condition Curly Hair

Curly Tay
by Curly Tay
6 Materials
40 Minutes

Today, I'm going to show you how to go from dull, lackluster hair to nourished and voluminous hair with deep conditioning.

If your hair is feeling super dry and you have no or lack curl definition, it is time to deep condition. Keep reading to find out how to fix damaged curly hair and get that bounce back.

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Tools and materials:

  • Shampoo 
  • Deep conditioning mask
  • Hairbrush
  • Clips
  • Heat cap
  • Gel
Shampooing hair

1. Shampoo your hair

The first thing you're going to want to do is shampoo.

It's super important to shampoo because you want to clear the way for your deep conditioner to really penetrate your hair.

Deep conditioning mask

2. Deep condition your hair

Next, use a nice and thick deep conditioning mask (my one has a castor oil base).

It's really important to use a deep conditioner instead of just leaving your regular conditioner in for a longer amount of time. Deep conditioners contain ingredients that really penetrate into the hair to give it what it needs.

Apply the mask to the length of your hair and then smooth it in. 

Applying deep conditioner

Then I like to split my hair into two sections and apply some more.

Take the time to work it in the length of your hair. I never apply the deep conditioner straight to my roots and that's because I have pretty oily hair.

I also find that when I add any product at all to my roots it just weighs it down and makes my hair look flat. 

Brushing hair

3. Brush your hair

Next, detangle your hair using a tangle teaser brush. This will also make sure that the deep conditioner is evenly distributed throughout all of your hair.

Twisting hair

4. Twist your hair 

When you’re done detangling, section your hair in two and twist it. What you’re looking for is the conditioner on the top of your hair.

If you don't see that conditioner coming up to the surface, apply some more and twist your hair again until you can see the conditioner. This just tells you that you have enough conditioner in your hair. Then repeat those same steps on the other side.

Leaving deep conditioner to sit

5. Leave the deep conditioner in

Next, clip your hair up. Another way to help the deep conditioner really do its job is heat.

So, pop on a heat cap or a shower cap with a beanie on top to really keep that heat on your head. Leave the deep conditioner in for 30 minutes (or the time recommended on the product itself).

Rinsing hair

6. Rinse out your hair

Once the time has passed, rinse your hair with cold water.

Rinsing hair

7. Style your hair

Finally, style your hair as usual. I'm using my flaxseed gel.

How to deep condition curly hair: Completed look

How to deep condition curly hair

And here are the finished results. My hair is so much shinier, softer, and more defined. This was a really simple way to get that volume I wanted for my curly hair. 

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Suggested materials:
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  • Deep conditioning mask
  • Hairbrush
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