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Naturally prone to dryness, hair can be extremely vulnerable when colored, bleached, permed or styled with hot tools. Deep conditioning is essential to strengthen hair and maintain its elasticity. But treatments can contain lots of dangerous chemicals. In order to treat your hair safely, welcome a more natural deep conditioner in your hair care routine!

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Regular Hair Conditioner vs Deep Conditioner

Regular hair conditioners usually sit in people’s shower, probably in yours too, next to your regular shampoo.  Very close to shampoo consistency, regular hair conditioner can provide numerous benefits to promote healthy and effective hair care (e.g. strengthening and softening hair), providing they are natural of course! A natural regular hair conditioner can be used daily.

Deep conditioners are different. Much thicker, they are fueled with super rich nutrients such as argan oil, keratin, and vitamin B7, they are designed to provide a more noticeable and long-lasting effect on hair than regular conditioners. In addition, heat can be applied to speed up and improve the deep conditioning’s benefits. Generally, all it take is one hair treatment to see improvement in shine, thickness and softness. Richer in active nutrients, deep conditioning is more of a once-a-week treatment. For tips about applying deep conditioner, make sure you read this article till the end!

The Best Vegan Deep Conditioners

Because of harmful and aggressive chemicals found in some hair products, our strands tend to be weaker over time. They become dry and thin, resulting in breakage and sometimes hair loss. It’s essential to give them some love and nourish them. But it’s hard to find an effective, natural, vegan and cruelty-free solution that works for your hair. Stay easy, we found the most effective vegan and natural deep conditioners for soft, shinny and fabulous strands!

dry & damaged hair

color-treated hair

Hydrating Argan Oil Hair Repair Kit

FoxyBae
  • With argan oil, coconut and horse chestnut extract, shea butter
  • Rich in antioxidants and vitamins
  • Deep hydrating hair mask which provides long-lasting conditioning benefits
  • Without sulfate, parabens or phthalates
  • Vegan and cruelty free
  • 8 Packets 0.5 fl oz / 15 mL
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dry & damaged hair

color-treated hair

Banana Love Deep Intensive Moisture Hair Mask

Pacifica
  • With banana, chia, algae to bring strength and shine back into your hair
  • Light and refreshing, with no residue or heavy oils
  • Without parabens, phthalates, SLS, mineral oil, petrolatum, sulfate and silicone
  • Vegan and cruelty free
  • 6 fl oz / 177 mL
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dry & damaged hair

color-treated hair

Bond Maintenance Conditioner (Olaplex No.5)

Olaplex
  • For extreme damage—turn dry, brittle hair into soft, shiny, and stronger hair
  • Protects and repairs damaged hair, split ends, and frizz by re-linking broken bonds
  • Free from aldehydes, formaldehyde, and DEA
  • Vegan and cruelty free
  • 8.5 fl oz / 250 mL
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all hair types

Hydrating Argan Oil Deep Hair Mask Conditioner

Earth Vibes
  • Made from argan, organic jojoba, and coconut oil
  • Nourishes hair that needs help with moisture retention
  • Without parabens or sulfates
  • Cruelty free
  • 8 oz / 226 g
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color-treated hair

ColorLast Deep Treatment Pack

Biolage
  • Made from orchid and apricot seeds
  • Prevents damaged, tangled ends and dull, faded color
  • Without parabens
  • Vegan and cruelty free
  • 3.4 fl oz / 100 mL
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all hair types

Super Nourishing Deep Conditioning Hair Mask

Coco & Eve
  • From virgin coconuts, fig and shea butter, linseed and argan oil
  • Without parabens, phthalates or sulfates
  • Vegan, cruelty-free, PETA approved
  • 7.2 fl oz / 212 mL
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damaged hair

curly hair

dry hair

Hydrating Deep Conditioning Hair Treatment

Soapbox
  • Coconut oil blended with soybean oil, tea tree oil, vitamin E, shea butter and aloe
  • Without parabens or other harsh chemicals
  • Supporting soap=hope mission
  • Vegan and cruelty free
  • 12 fl oz / 354 mL
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damaged hair

dry hair

Deep Conditioning Hair Mask for Dry & Damaged Hair

Roze + Quartz
  • Turn dry damaged hair into soft and silky locks while meditating in aromas of rose water and sweet violet
  • Without gluten, parabens, PEGs, phthalates, dyes or mineral oil
  • Vegan and cruelty free
  • 10 fl oz / 300 mL
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Deep Conditioning your Hair in a Nutshell

First, read carefully your vegan deep conditioner label to know if there is a particular process you must follow, and how long to leave it on your hair.

Your hair must be clean: wash them with a natural shampoo and make sure all foam is rinsed out. Then:

  • Spread your natural deep conditioner from tip to root/scalp. This is because the tip of your hair is the “oldest”, and has been the most prone to damage and dryness. Once all your hair covered, leave it on for 5 to 30 minutes, depending on your hair and the deep conditioner (carefully read the label!).
  • When applying a deep conditioner for the first time, start out weekly – if your hair starts feeling weak, lessen to every 2 / 3 weeks. If it still feels damaged or dry, go for deep conditioning twice a week (maximum).
  • Warm conditioner works better. Heating your deep conditioner up to 95°F (35°C) increases absorption of all the good nutrients provided by the product. For best results, try heating your deep conditioner in a hot bath rather than in microwave.
Amie A.

Creative hairstyler, writer and animal liberation activist