10 Deep Conditioners That Bring Your Overworked Hair Back to Life ASAP

Updated 02/13/19
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When you’re in a full-blown hair crisis and your strands feel like crap, a great at-home remedy is a deep conditioner. It’s a quick fix to several issues, from brittle ends to dehydration to overall dull, lifeless hair. Deep conditioners have the powers sent from above to go deep into the hair shaft and deliver nutrients that revive your locks. No wonder it’s our favorite part of the wash routine

Back in the day, you might have created your own “deep conditioner” by taking whatever conditioner you had and leaving it on your hair for an extended amount of time. But today, the range of moisture masks that target specific hair needs is far beyond what we could've dreamed of. Whether it’s frizz, heat-damage, or breakage due to chemical treatments, there’s a deep conditioner out there for you—and for all hair types too.

Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner $14
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Most hairstylists swear by the Olaplex code and often use the brand’s whole system to revive dull, color-treated strands. However, it’s not only great for those who dye their hair. This at-home mask works overtime to re-link all broken hair bonds and add lustrous shine. (It's also a favorite of Byrdie's senior editor, Hallie.) 

Kérastase Resistance Mask for Damaged Hair
Kérastase Resistance Mask for Damaged Hair $53
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Your hair doesn’t have to be super-damaged to use a deep conditioner, but in cases where it is, this Kérastase option is a total pick-me-up. The aqua bottle is packed with refreshing, rebuilding, and revitalizing hair benefits. Case in point: its pro-keratin ingredients and ceramides, which aid in the building and smoothing of the hair follicle and leave your strands looking impossibly shiny. 

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask $36
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I admit that when I first picked up this Briogeo deep conditioning mask, I didn’t expect my hands to reach for it every single week when it was wash-time—but that's exactly what happened. The Nova-complex of transformative nutrients in this formula leaves my 4C, kinky and tightly-coiled hair so healthy-feeling, that I just want to touch it all day. And it’s perfect for treated hair.

Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque $45
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It's not a marketing gimmick: this caviar-infused deep conditioner reverses my hair back to its middle school days when my doobie was long, strong and had a youthful bounce. It’s best used on dry, coarse hair.

The Mane Choice Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Mask
The Mane Choice Herbal Hair Tonic & Soy Milk Deep Hydration Mask $15
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Not many of us actually have the time or tools to sit under a dryer for a true deep conditioning session. For a similar effect, this product actually recommends that you leave it on your hair for up to one hour and cover your hair with a plastic cap—no heat required. The promised results are improved elasticity and soft, frizz-free hair. I’ve tried this and it delivers on its promise.

Rene Furterer Karinga Ultimate Hydrating Mask
Rene Furterer Karinga Ultimate Hydrating Mask $12
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A defining, penetrating conditioner for textured, kinky, coiled, and frizz-prone hair, this heavy formula literally coats your strands like a cream mask. The formula provides deep hydration, helping to repair previous damage and boost hair bonds. 

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner $3
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No lies were told when “miracle” was planted into the title of the three-minute magic formula of a conditioner. Ideal for all hair types—but especially amazing on dry, fine hair—this potion’s aloe, jojoba, and sea kelp combination instantly transform tired hair into silk. 

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Prickly Pear Seed Oil
Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Prickly Pear Seed Oil $71
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A great option for anyone with fine, limp hair, this regenerating mask from famed French hairstylist Christophe Robin has the ability to add body and thickness. It’s chock-full of plant ceramides that work to restructure the core of the hair, making it stronger from the inside out. Take your time with this product—after shampooing, take a small amount and massage it onto your scalp, adding water as you continue to massage it in. Then, rinse it out for the softest strands ever.

Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner
Mielle Organics Babassu Oil Mint Deep Conditioner $14
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This deep conditioner works best for damaged hair that needs some serious revitalization. The babassu oil and mint stimulate your scalp, while the amino acids and protein help strengthen overworked strands.

Art Naturals Argan Hair Mask
Art Naturals Argan Hair Mask $13
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Argan oil works extremely well on straight and thin hair, and this product is no exception. The natural formula is full of argan oil, green tea, and amino acids to bring the natural shine out of nourished, healthy hair. Plus, it’s easy on the wallet. 

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