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Deep Hair Conditioner

What is a deep hair conditioner?

Which is the best deep conditioner?

What can I use as a deep hair conditioner?

How do you Deep Condition Hair?

About the Author

deep hair conditioner is an intensive hair treatment developed to add moisture and shine to hair. The best deep hair conditioners leave your hair feeling smoother and looking shinier. 

I make it my mission to shout about the benefits of adding moisture to the hair, whatever your hair type. Adding moisture helps your hair to look shinier and feel softer, making it easier to style and hold its shape. I’m passionate about helping people to transform dry, dull hair into healthy, shiny hair. I believe that a deep hair conditioner is key to unlocking your hair’s potential for maximum health and shine.   

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Deep Hair Conditioner

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In this blog, I’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions about deep hair conditioners. If you have any other questions about deep hair conditioners or any of my hair products, email me at

What is a Deep Hair Conditioner?

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Knowing the difference between a conditioner and a deep hair conditioner helps when caring for hair.

Conditioners have two jobs to do, add moisture to the hair and smooth the cuticle. However, deep conditioner is more concentrated, giving hair an intensive treatment for a smooth, shiny finish.

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How to get shiny hair is a regular topic on my blogs. Using a deep hair conditioner as part of your weekly routine is the best way of adding shine to your hair.

Here’s why.

Hair is shiny when the cuticle is smooth. The cuticle is the outer layer of your hair. It’s made of tiny scales, and when the scales lift, the hair becomes dry, rough and prone to breakage. That rough texture leaves the hair looking dull. 

Step forward the deep hair conditioner. 

By smoothing the cuticle, the deep hair conditioner helps the tiny scales to lay flat. Light bounces off the smooth surface, leaving the hair shiny.

Discover how to get rid of split ends in my blog.

Which is the Best Deep Hair Conditioner?

Choosing the best deep conditioner for your hair can be tricky. With over 35 years in the salon business, I’ve worked with plenty of hair products.

In my experience, the best hair care products are those that get moisture right to the hair’s core. I like to keep it simple. Hair needs regular moisture as part of a hair care routine. Quick fixes are not always what they promise.

I’ve got some favourite hair care ingredients that get moisture to the hair’s core and smooth the cuticle.

  • Pro-vitamin B5 targets damaged hair to reduce split ends, leaving hair smoother and shinier
  • Glycerin attracts moisture to the hair. This is important as it also prevents moisture loss, helping to prevent frizzy hair
  • Cetearyl Alcohol is a natural fat that conditions hair, smoothing the cuticle for maximum hair shine
  • Avocado is a powerhouse ingredient containing vitamins A, D and E to restore health and shine to the hair
  • Tocopherol (vitamin E), smooths and nourishes the hair.

I’ve combined my favourite hair ingredients into my award-winning Restore and Shine Hair Masque.


This product is brilliant even on first use it made a difference to my hair which now feels soft and much less dry on the ends.

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What can I use as a Deep Hair Conditioner?

Thinking about raiding your kitchen store cupboard to create a hair conditioning treatment? 

Think again. 

Olive oil is a popular choice for a DIY hair masks.

However, a product used for cooking or salad dressings is not good for your hair. The molecules of olive oil are too big to penetrate the hair and the olive oil from your cupboard will sit on your hair, leaving a heavy residue. 

It will simply sit on your hair, making it greasy and attracting dirt. 

Worse, when you wash your hair, you may find you have to wash it several times to get the oil out of your hair. That defeats the object of doing the treatment in the first place.

I use olive leaf extract in my deep conditioner, Restore and Shine Hair Masque. This formulation is carefully developed to deliver the benefits of olive leaf without any residue. 

If you want a truly effective hair conditioning treatment, use a product that is formulated and rigorously tested to do the job of a deep hair conditioner. 

Does a Deep Hair Conditioner really work?

FrizzyHair: smiling female, eyes closed, beautiful frizz free afro hairAll hair types can benefit from a deep hair conditioner. However, choosing the best deep hair conditioner is only part of the story. The way you apply hair products is vital to getting the most from your Deep Hair Conditioner.

Get more in-depth information in my blog outlining how you can get the most out of your deep conditioning hair mask depending on your hair type.

Do you shampoo after Deep Conditioning?

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If you are using an oil-based deep hair conditioner, they are generally applied to dry hair and then washed out using shampoo. I recommend you check the manufacturer’s instructions.

When using a water-based deep hair conditioner such as Restore and Shine, apply to clean, damp hair. Shampoo your hair, rinse and towel out excess water before application. Following treatment, the hair can be rinsed using warm water and dried and styled as normal.

There’s no need to shampoo the hair again.

How Long does it take to Deep Condition Hair?

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It depends on your hair. I’ve written some guidelines for Restore and Shine Hair Mask. If you are using another deep conditioner, check the manufacturer’s instructions.

  • Fine, dry hair – a maximum of 2 hours
  • Coarse, dry hair – anything from 2 hours to overnight.
  • Grey, dry hair- hair tends to be finer as we age. Unless your hair is very coarse, we recommend no more than 2 hours.
  • Dry, curly hair – if your hair is curly and thick overnight will be fine. For fine curls, we recommend a couple of hours.
  • Dry, colour treated hair -overnight if your hair is thick/coarse. Otherwise, anything from 2 to 4 hours. Try a plastic cap to add heat intensity to the treatment.

How do you Deep Condition Hair?

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Using a deep conditioner is very similar to using a conditioner. Follow the steps below to get the most from your deep conditioner.

  1. Shampoo and rinse your hair. Water-based deep hair conditioner such as Restore and Shine Hair Masque works better on clean hair.
  2. Towel out the water. Once rinsed, it’s time to get rid of the excess water. Too wet, the product can slip off the hair, sending your deep hair conditioner down the drain. Hair should be damp, not dripping wet. Be gentle with wet hair. Because hair is most fragile when wet, the best way to get rid of excess water is to gently squeeze out the water. Avoid rubbing the hair.
  3. Warm up the deep hair conditioner in your palms. Working up the deep conditioner in your hands warms and softens the product. That means when applying the deep hair conditioner to the hair, it’s easier to spread. That avoids overloading one area of the hair.
  4. Concentrate on the ends and mid-lengths. The only exception to this is thick, coarse or curly hair. You know your hair, and if it can take a product at the roots, by all means, work the product up to the roots.
  5. Once you’ve applied the deep hair conditioner, it’s up to you how long you leave it on your hair. You can follow our guidelines on timing above. Having said that, if you are using another manufacturer’s deep conditioner, check their instructions first.
  6. The final step? Rinse the deep hair conditioner out of your hair. Style as normal and enjoy your silky, shiny locks.

How often should I Deep Condition my Damaged Hair?

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For damaged hair, I recommend a treatment with Restore and Shine Hair Mask. Use twice a week for the first two weeks. After that, use it once a week, every week.

Go to my blog on how to fix damaged hair to discover more tips on repairing damaged hair.

Can any Conditioner be used as a Deep Hair Conditioner?

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Conditioners are for use after every shampoo. However, deep hair conditioners are developed for use once a week. Conditioners don’t replace a deep conditioning treatment but you can get more from your conditioner if you follow the tips below.

  1. After shampooing and rinsing the hair, gently squeeze out the excess water.
  2. Applying conditioner to hair that is damp, not dripping wet, works best.
  3. Work the conditioner up in your palms, so get an even application on the ends and mid-lengths.
  4. Make rinsing your hair the last thing you do before getting out of the shower. That way, it gets a bit longer to nourish the hair.

If you condition your hair every time you shampoo, you might wonder why you need to use a deep hair conditioner. 

It’s a good question, and the answer lay in all the environmental factors that your hair has to deal with; from pollution in urban areas to heated styling, colour treatments, sun and wind, they all take their toll. 

When you factor in over-brushing (yes, some of us are guilty of that!) or just the amount of times we touch our hair during the day, all of these things can cause the cuticle to lift and the hair to become dry. 

That’s why a deep hair conditioner is so important. It gives your hair the extra moisture boost to combat those environmental factors.

What Home Remedy can I use to Deep Condition my Hair?

From eggs and lemon juice to avocado and olive oil, you’ll see plenty of suggestions for home hair remedies. 

Most of them are not very effective as they can’t penetrate the cuticle to get moisture right to the hair’s core. 

They may give a temporary fix of smoothing the cuticle. But that’s not enough. In the end, hair needs moisture. 

Pro vitamin b5 has been clinically proven to penetrate the cuticle, getting moisture right to the hair’s core.

Pro Vitamin B5 is a cornerstone ingredient in my Restore and Shine Hair Masque. It adds moisture to the hair and is partnered with glycerin to prevent moisture loss in the hair.

Choose a deep hair conditioner that has been formulated to deliver moisture to the hair every time you use it. 

How can I Moisturise my Hair without Oil?

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Choose a water-based deep hair conditioner such as Restore and Shine Hair Masque. 

This moisturising hair mask is packed with ingredients that will get moisture right to your hair’s core whilst smoothing the cuticle for super shine and helping the hair to retain moisture. 

I’ve got plenty of tips about adding moisture to hair without oil in my blog on choosing a moisturising hair mask. 

Say, ‘No’ to dry hair and discover more on the benefits of a moisturising hair mask.

About the Author

Norris Ogario is founder and Creative Director of Ogario London. Developed in his London salon, the Ogario London haircare products reflect his belief that hydration is the key to fixing most hair problems. You can style hydrated hair with ease. Plus, hydration leaves hair shiny and healthy. Norris has over 35 years of hair know-how. With expertise in all hair types; from dry hair to fine or grey hair, from frizzy to damaged or bleached hair, curly hair and afro hair, Norris offers his expert advice.

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How to Look After Grey Hair

For everything Grey Hair, from choosing the best grey hair products to the best hairstyles for long grey hair. Or from how to enhance grey hair to how to soften coarse grey hair or how to transition to grey hair, go to my Ultimate Guide for Caring Grey Hair. I’ve put together a list of the most common questions for everything you need to know about how to look after grey hair and enhance what you’ve got. Plus, if you are looking for product ideas, look no further than the best hair mask for natural grey hair, Restore and Shine Hair Mask.

Taking Care of Bleached Hair and Fix Damage

If you have bleached hair and want to regain your shine, read my blog, How to take care of Bleach Damaged Hair. You’ll find everything you need to know about taking care of bleached hair, from the best hair mask for bleached hair to how to fix hair damaged from over-bleaching. Plus, don’t miss my case study on elasticity in bleached hair.

About Us

Ogario London is a salon developed, natural hair care range. We are passionate about our products, and, delivering the best results is at the heart of what we do. Do you have questions about our products? Or, would you like advice on the best products for your hair type? Maybe have another question about how to look after your hair? If you do, please get in touch at

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Restore and Shine Hair Masque was awarded best hair mask in the Ultimate Natural Beauty Bible Awards. As an independent hair care brand, we are incredibly proud to be recognised alongside some of the industry’s biggest haircare brands. Because I spend time ensuring that our products deliver the best results, I couldn’t be happier to get this review and win this prestigious award.

Here’s what Josephine Fairley and Sarah Stacey had to say,

“Beauty Bible fell in love with this mask when we discovered it at a Cosmetic Executive Women product demo evening. The brand comes from a London hair salon, and the mask is a huge boon for hair – packed with avocado, olive oil, aloe vera, nettle and horsetail, together with sage (which is rich in vitamins A, C and E). Just a sniff of this rich, unctuous creamy mask perks you up. Use for gleaming shiny, healthy hair.”

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