Could You Be Harming Your Hair By Deep Conditioning Too Long?

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Deep conditioning is vital to the health of natural hair which is prone to drying and breakage. The kinks, coils and turns in our strands require a little extra attention in order to make it softer and more manageable, not to mention adding additional shine and luster.

The power a good deep conditioner holds is often the reason why some are compelled to deep condition for extended periods of time. One may think if it can do wonders in 30min to an hour what could it do for my hair overnight?!

The truth is more harm than good in most cases. Have you ever heard of the phrase too much of a good thing is bad? It’s true!

I’ve heard countless stories about natural women deep conditioning over night or all day under a bonnet and it makes me cringe.

The suggested range by most manufactures is 30 minutes to an hour. The product has been tested in laboratories and determined that this was the most optimal range.

Now you may ask how can deep conditioning my hair harm it?!

Our hair is made up of protein. Keratin to be exact. These building blocks are stacked and grows outward from our scalps.


Typically due to the texture or porosity of our hair, it can affect the amount of moisture we retain. Deep conditioning penetrates the cuticles of our hair and assists in moisture acceptance and retention. It is through this that our strands began to soften with more absorption.

However, the longer you deep condition the softer the keratin and ultimately it makes it weaker. It can then counter act and leave our hair looking dull, limp and lifeless.

Do note that if you encounter this you can try to combat it with a good protein treatment which adds protein back to the hair, filling in gaps and helping strengthen the strands.

Overall listen to your hair. Shoot for deep conditioning once a week and not to exceed an hour. No need to over do it!

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About Vanessa


Hi! I'm Vanessa! I'm a 26 year old natural. Making the decision to go natural has been one of the greatest decisions in my life. It has boosted my self confidence and has given me a way to express myself through the hair God has blessed me with. I had my last relaxer in Dec of 2013 and big chopped Aug of 2014 and there's no turning back! I now share my journey with tutorials and tips that work for me through my youtube platform and my blog in hopes of helping other naturalistas in their journey to natural.

About Vanessa


Hi! I'm Vanessa! I'm a 26 year old natural. Making the decision to go natural has been one of the greatest decisions in my life. It has boosted my self confidence and has given me a way to express myself through the hair God has blessed me with. I had my last relaxer in Dec of 2013 and big chopped Aug of 2014 and there's no turning back! I now share my journey with tutorials and tips that work for me through my youtube platform and my blog in hopes of helping other naturalistas in their journey to natural.

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Phoenix McGee

I don’t know how one would manage to deep condition over night.

Ashley Elam Attenborough Rothenberg

Shower cap or saran wrap, scarf, hair pins.

Liberated Lanski

Right. It makes your hair so limp and mushy. I don’t like it.

Phoenix McGee

Right, aside from the potential mess all over your bed clothes unless you sleep completely immobile. Some of the stuff I use would completely discolor my things.

Liberated Lanski

Lol, girl!!! Moral of the story: don’t deep condition over night! ????

Phoenix McGee

Lol pretty much

Michelle Denice Hop

I deep condition no more then 3 hrs.

Lena Killion

Yes you can harm your hair. Too much of anything can cause harm, moderation is key! Sorta like drinking wine, lol.

Phoenix McGee

I’ll never believe there’s such a thing as too much wine lol

Lena Killion

Phoenix McGee omg!!!! I’m gonna go with you on this!????

Phoenix McGee

I’ll drink to that. ????????

Cb Sampson

i DO AN HOUR AND A HALF TO 3 HOURS DEPENDING ON HOW MUCH HOUSE WORK I HAVE TO DO I ALWAYS WASH WITH COLD WATER

Barbara Jean Woodson-Neal

NO NO BOO NOT FOR ME