Blowing your budget on hair products is a personal choice, and one that I too frequently partake in. But it’s not at all a necessity, because just like their more expensive counterparts, the best drugstore deep conditioners provide virtually everything your hair needs all in one go — like hydration, protection, softness, and strength— for under $20 a pop.
Most deep conditioners can be used a few times a week; if you have thick, coarse, or curly hair, you can probably get away with using yours every time you wash your hair, in place of regular conditioner. The exception is if your deep conditioner of choice contains proteins, in which case you should limit your usage to once a week. Either way, the longer your deep conditioner (or hair mask, same thing) stays on, the better it works. Aim for three minutes if you’re antsy, or up to 30 if you’ve been blessed with saint-like patience.
Decadent, restorative, and deeply nourishing, the best deep conditioners featured below are some of the best products you can put on your hair — and they're equally as good for your budget.
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