Conditioner Do’s and Don’ts: How to Condition Hair Properly

Using a good conditioner is one of the best things that a person of color can use on their. Here are some dos and don’ts that should guide you on how to properly condition your hair.


  • Condition hair after every shampoo whether with a rinse-out conditioner or a leave-in conditioner that penetrates the hair shaft.
  • Pay close attention to the ends of the hair when conditioning, this is the older part of the hair and also the driest; make sure it gets it fair share.
  • Use a leave-in conditioner or a hair masque when using pools, or swimming in the sea; salt and chlorine wreaks havoc on the hair and can cause the hair to become difficult to manage when exposed to these elements.
  • A deep condition treatment at least two weeks before you relax, dye or use excess heat such as blow-drying on your hair. The conditioner offers the hair a modicum of protection to handle major events.


  • Apply conditioner onto the hair scalp, it will build up and create a limp look. Only do this if you intend to clarify your hair frequently. In which case use a natural clarifier like apple cider vinegar.
  • Don’t use a protein conditioner without following up with a moisturizing conditioner. Protein conditioners can make hair hard and stiff and will cause hair breakage if you attempt to comb hair without adding back moisture to the strands.
  • Buy or make a conditioner before assessing your hair needs. Your hair needs may change over time, consider the type of hair that you may have, is it dry, oily or normal. Also consider your hair texture and density and quality before buying a conditioner. Dry hair needs extra and special conditioning; coarse and curly hair needs deep conditioning that opens the hair follicles; thin and silky hair needs light leave in conditioners.

Remember conditioner is your friend. The beauty about conditioners is that they are very easy to make. Check out our recipes and you can mix and match recipes to fit your hair needs.



  • shakael said:

    how many times must one deep condition relaxed hair? my regime use to be every week i would do a dry oil treatment then wash with a herbal shampoo and deep conditioner. then every night i would use a water based oil or she butter to moisturize and after i would use coconut oil to seal the ends. for the deep conditioner i would add mayonnaise, 1 egg, avocado and honey. i found that my hair began looking good. when my work at the time began taking up a lot of my time i was not doing this as much and now i don’t do it at all. my hair began to break after however i found a way to get it back by deep conditioning it every week. then a hair dresser used a product in my hair that just did damage. i am struggling now to get it back to how it was i am trying everything possible. i now wear hair extensions and want to be able not wear them anymore. i like my a lot. i need help please.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Shakael, you sound like you know what to do, just go back to doing the thing you did when your hair was doing well.

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