How to Use Regular Conditioner as a Powerful Deep Conditioner

If you are like me, then you dread washdays. Yes, we want clean hair free from product buildup, but it is a process. I sometimes have to weigh the pros and cons of washing the hair or leaving it as is, before I head to the shower.

And once in a while, laziness takes the day, and I opt to stay just one more week without having to wash it. By washday, I mean the whole pre-poo, shampoo, to moisturize the hair. Well, co-washing days are somewhat a breeze.

So, it was one fine and dreaded day when I garnered enough courage to battle with the knots in my mane, detangle, and find a style that would last me a week after I moisturize. I could feel the energy seeping through my veins as my strands whispered,” You can do it.”

In the background, I couldn’t help but wonder if the real message was, “It’s just about time, you got to wash me!” I had finally overcome the washday mental obstacle of not doing it and had all the needed products for washing my hair. Each time I was done with a step, I would sigh with relief, as I could see a glimmer of light, at the end of the tunnel.

Then came one of the most important stages of a natural hair wash day routine, the deep conditioning stage. The plastic cap and warm towel were at hand, but I had forgotten to carry my deep conditioner with me. Now, panic kicks in.

Should I just skip the whole stage? I could do it the coming weekend during co-washing. It wouldn’t hurt just skipping a single week; I try to convince myself. Then, I recall all the natural hair tutorials, blogs, vlogs; you name it; that I have had the chance to come across, and how each one emphasizes on the importance of deep conditioning.

I thought to myself; a conditioner is a conditioner, could I use my regular conditioner as a deep conditioner? Frantically I searched online on whether I could use my regular conditioner as a deep conditioning treatment.

I mean a regular conditioner adds instant moisture to your strands, but could it also work as the best deep conditioner for natural hair? Luckily, it was possible to do just that. Below is how


Turning regular conditioner into a deep conditioner

As much as I love planning, things don’t always work out as planned, even the simple ones. You have probably run out of your deep conditioner, or you aren’t convinced to purchase that exorbitantly priced, but much praised small jar of best deep conditioner for dry natural hair.

A regular conditioner can go for as little as $2, but it can give you more than its value. To obtain the benefits of deep conditioning, that is a moisturized and healthy mane; I had to be creative. Now, before you settle for any deep conditioner, you have to determine what your hair needs.

It could be moisture, and those with curly or kinky coils, understand the importance of moisture to our strands. How do you then use regular conditioner as a homemade deep conditioner for natural hair? The ingredients that you can add to it include:

  • Honey: For moisture and shine
  • Extra virgin Olive Oil: it provides your strands with nourishment and shine
  • Shea Butter: if you go natural, then, you will always hear of shea butter. No doubt about it.
  • Plain Greek Yoghurt: a common ingredient for making homemade deep conditioner for natural hair
  • Avocados: beneficial in preventing hair loss
  • Mayo: acts as a protein treatment

Well, I was glad that I could make a deep conditioner with my regular conditioner, but I only had natural shea butter and some natural oils. Well, my hair was still dripping wet, I couldn’t go to the shop to buy any additional components, and I needed a deep conditioning treatment.

No one wants a stiff and dull hair just a few days after washing it. I had to make do with what I had, at that time. So I got a small plastic container, squirted a small portion of my regular conditioner, Shea Moisture Low Porosity Conditioner into it, and mixed it with a teaspoon of raw shea butter and a dime size of Jamaican black castor oil, from Sheth Naturals.

I mixed them into a thick consistency, applied it to each section of the hair, as usual, put on my plastic cap, and waited for a few minutes, i.e., 30-60 before rinsing it out. Since it was a trial and error, I was afraid to rinse out my hair, but, I was curious to see if it worked.

Good gracious, my hair was easy to detangle, and I could feel it was softer than when I use the deep conditioner I bought from the stores. Don’t fret when you run out of deep conditioner; you can always use your regular conditioner for deep conditioning but by adding a few more ingredients.

Have you ever been in an almost similar situation? What ingredients worked for you?

2 thoughts on “How to Use Regular Conditioner as a Powerful Deep Conditioner”


    1. Hi Lina,

      I am currently using the Sheba Instant Conditioner, by Sheth Naturals. It loosens knots in the hair immediately, and also works pretty well as a co-wash, too. You can get their deep conditioner which is both moisturizing and strengthening. However, if it isn’t for you, i.e. the deep conditioner, you can use the regular conditioner and mix it with other components as detailed in the above post every wash day.

      As for a leave-in treatment, the one I can vouch for is from Creme of Nature. It’s in liquid form thus makes it easy to use.

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