How Often Should You Condition Your Hair?

You know that there is a specific frequency for shampooing, but how often should you condition your hair?

This is a question we need to address today because we get asked so often whether you should condition your hair every time you wash it, every other time, or not at all.

Hair is not one size fits all - we can't just give you a set standard, because the natural oils in your hair might be different than ours, and your hair could be dryer - and thus, would need to be conditioned more frequently.

Don't worry though. In the following paragraphs, we're going to teach you everything you need to know about keeping your hair healthy and looking its best - from a conditioning standpoint in particular.

Dose Conditioner Ruin Your Hair?

Shampoo and conditioner are often lumped into the same category - they're both products for your hair you apply in the shower (usually).

You probably already know that using too much shampoo is a problem - it will strip the natural oils from your hair, leaving you with an irritated scalp. If these conditions persist in your scalp, you'll end up with more hair fall than you're used to, excess dandruff, and more.

But what about a hair conditioner? Do the same risks apply? Let's take a look.

Can You Condition Your Hair Too Much?

You might not even have realized that you can condition your hair too much - but you definitely can. Just like you can overdo it with the shampoo, less is often more when it comes to any products you use on your body.

If you use too much hair conditioner, you won't harm the natural oils in your hair like you would by using too much shampoo, though.

The effects will just be discomfort and poor appearance - you'll find that your hair is ultra greasy. It'll be difficult to style your hair, it'll feel heavy, and you'll put off a ton of shine and glossiness. All things nobody wants for their hair.

But where is the line? How often you should condition your hair will obviously vary depending on how much hair you have, how thick it is, and how often you wash your hair.

Above all else, though, the specific type of hair conditioner will play the biggest role in how frequently you need to apply the product. Let's break down the three main types quickly.

The Different Types Of Conditioner Play A Role In Frequency

Not all conditioner is created equal - there are four main types:

  • Rinse-out conditioner
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Deep conditioner
  • Cleansing conditioner

Rinse-out conditioner is what most men use, and plenty of women rely on it as well. You typically apply this every time you shampoo, because you want to restore the oils you've just stripped away with your shampoo. As the name suggests, you'll rinse this out shortly after applying it.

Leave-in conditioner is unique in that you typically only would use this for a specific hair type - particularly if you're dealing with dry, curly, or damaged hair.

Then, there is the deep conditioner. This is the most intense of the three and should be used minimally. Most people will only apply this product every few months, as it's meant to repair severely damaged hair.

Finally, you have a cleansing conditioner. This product is really unique in that it serves as a 2-in-1 product - eliminating the need for a separate shampoo. It'll scrub away dirt, grime, and dead skin while simultaneously moisturizing your scalp.

Now that you know the three types of conditioner, we can start talking about how often you should be conditioning your hair - because like we said earlier, it will vary from person to person.

Should You Condition Your Hair Every Time You Wash It?

Many people look at shampoo and conditioner as a tandem - whenever you wash your hair, it's time to use conditioner as well - right?

Not necessarily.

If you're using a rinse-out conditioner, you'll likely want to consider your shampoo and this product a 1-2 punch.

But, for the remaining 3 types of products - things will more or less come down to your hair type. Those with dry, frizzy hair will follow a different regimen than those with oily, fine hair.

Know Your Hair Type, And Condition It Accordingly!

If you have very dry hair, you need all the help you can get in terms of moisturizing. You should definitely use conditioner every time you wash.

But if you only wash twice a week - you might consider adding an additional leave-in conditioner treatment between washes, to help calm down conditions in your scalp.

Conversely, if you have naturally oily hair, maybe you don't want to use a rinse-out conditioner in your hair at all. Instead, consider using a cleansing conditioner instead of shampoo.

Or - consider continuing your typical shampoo regimen, and opting for a deep conditioner every month or so.

You may have come here hoping we could give you a definitive answer, but as you can see - it varies greatly depending on whether you have a dry or oily scalp, and the type of hair look you're after.

Hair care isn't one size fits all - so conditioning your hair is something you'll have to play around with to find what gives you the hair look you're hoping for.

Come Up With A Regimen And Stick To It

Just like any personal care regimen - a diet, exercise program, sleep routine - hair care isn't something you'll see immediate results from.

You should determine the best course of action for your hair - whether that's using a rinse-out conditioner when you use shampoo or opting for a deep conditioner instead.

Then, give the routine a few months. If after that period you still aren't happy with the way your hair looks or feels, you can try tweaking things.

How You Use The Conditioner Matters Too

Before we wrap things up, we want to quickly touch on how to actually use your conditioner. We see a lot of people making mistakes because they were never taught the proper wait to condition their hair.

The tricky part is that you shouldn't even be putting conditioner in your hair - it goes on your scalp.

Of course, some conditioner is going to get in your hair - this is inevitable, especially if you have thick hair and a lot of it!

With that said, your goal should be to massage the product into your scalp thoroughly and let it sit there for however long the manufacturer recommends. Keeping your fingers out of your hair will go a long way in keeping the product out of your hair.

If you're using the rine-out conditioner, this will just be a few minutes. If you're using a leave-in product, it'll be around 30 minutes.

Just make sure you're researching the product you plan on using before using it, so you get things right the first time around.

Closing Thoughts On How Frequently To Use Conditioner

In closing, everyone has different hair - and so recommendations could vary slightly from person to person.

If you have thick, coarse, dry hair - you'll naturally want to condition more. Every time you wash is a good rule of thumb here - which could be 2-4 times a week.

Or, try a few leave-in sessions instead - you won't have to condition your hair as much, as these products are more effective at moisturizing.

On the other hand, if your hair is naturally greasy and you have an oily scalp - you might not need to use much conditioner at all!

You can try switching to a cleansing conditioner and throwing out your old shampoo bottle. Or, try just one or two deep conditions a month!

Whatever you end up doing, just make sure you're giving the routine time to take its effects. Your hair won't change overnight, or after a few washes/conditions using your new regimen.