best deep conditioners for 4c hair

After writing about the best gels for 4c hair and the best shampoos for 4c hair, of course, I had to follow up with the most important 4c hair for hair growth – the deep conditioner. 

Now let me tell you something. I did not know or use deep conditioners until less than 2 years ago when I chopped off all my hair and started my 4c hair journey from scratch.

No one had ever told me that natural hair needs that TLC every two weeks in form of a deep conditioner. So, before doing my research I would only use regular white women conditioners and call it a day. 

Well, once I was enlightened, I improved my 4c hair routine to include that step and since then my hair has been growing beautifully. 

This is why in this post, I am sharing the best deep conditioners for 4c hair

Is deep conditioning good for 4C hair?

To answer your question: Hell yes!

Deep conditioning is great for 4c hair because it gives your natural hair the hydration and nutrients it needs to get through the week. Our natural hair is more prone to get dry and break. By deep conditioning it, you help your hair stay moisturized.

But that’s not all.

One thing I have noticed since I started including deep conditioners, is that my hair is much more manageable. It is softer, more defined, and healthier. That means it has been breaking less and therefore retained more length. 

How often should you deep condition 4C hair?

Ideally, you should deep condition your 4c hair every 2 weeks. That is if your natural hair is healthy and retains moisture easily. However, if your hair is brittle and prone to breakage, then you may want to deep condition it weekly. 

Of course, it largely depends on what type of 4c hair you have and whether or not you use protective styles in between wash days.

I personally, have been deep conditioning my hair bi-weekly and have seen great results with it. 

What can I use to deep condition my 4C hair?

For those of you that are new to the natural hair community, I have good news. You can use very common household products such as olive oil, avocado, and eggs, and other ingredients to create homemade deep conditioners. And I will share more on that later on. 

However, there are also great deep conditioners for hair growth by some of our favorite black hair brands that you can check out. This is obviously the point of this blog post. 

So, with no further due here is my list of the 7 best deep conditioners for 4c hair

7 best deep conditioners for 4c hair

tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask

The first deep conditioner on my list of best deep conditioners for 4c natural hair is the tgin Honey Miracle Hair Mask. This product is highly thought-after because it works as an instant make-over for damaged, color-treated, and dry hair. 

This is due to the different oils, such as jojoba oil and olive oil. They nourish and heal the strands that are in need of repair and restore the health of even over-processed hair.

So, if you are looking for a conditioner that will not just deeply moisturize your hair but also give it that glow. Then this deep conditioner is best for you. 

Camille Rose Algae Renew Deep Conditioner

Number 2 on the list is the Camille Rose Algae Renew Deep Conditioner. A deep conditioner packed with 65 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that will moisturize and strengthen your hair shaft. 

On top of that It’s a unique ingredient – blue green algae – gives your hair intense moisture, while the biotin included in this product will stimulate the growth of your natural hair.

And thanks to the unrefined cocoa and mango butters your hair will smell like an island all day. The only downside of this product is that it only comes in a small.

Camille Rose Algae Renew Deep Conditioner

Cantu Deep Treatment Masque

Here I go again promoting Cantu. And yes, I do it shamelessly. Cantu’s Shea Butter line is my staple and of course, I use the Cantu Deep Treatment Masque as well. 

This deep conditioner is made with pure shea butter and therefore perfect for me, as I am allergic to castor oil. It does a great job at penetrating deep into my hair shaft and has reduced breakage a lot. 

It’s great for those of you that have processed hair or manipulate it a lot because it restores and strengthens dry and damaged hair. 

I included a link to Amazon here, but honestly, you can get this deep conditioner for half the price on the target website. 

Cantu Deep Treatment Masque

THE MANE CHOICE – Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Hair Mask

Do you have 4c hair that is prone to breakage and split ends? Or maybe you used to color/chemically treat your natural hair and now it’s weak and damaged? Then you may want to look into THE MANE CHOICE – Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Hair Mask. 

This deep conditioner is filled with some of the rarest and robust natural oils such as Kalahari Oil, Oleaster Oil, Mongongo Oil, and Baobab Oil. Each of these oils will strengthen, repair, and even add a beautiful shine to your hair. 

In addition, THE MANE CHOICE deep conditioner is loaded with fatty acids omega 3 and 6 which will nourish, protect and restore your hair. One Amazon reviewer even said that this deep conditioner bought her hair back from the death LMAO! 

Aunt Jackie’s Fix My Hair, Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque

Deep conditioner number 5 is Aunt Jackie’s Fix My Hair, Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque. 

With a special blend of flaxseed and avocado & coconut oils, it promises to improve the overall condition of natural hair. And while this is a pretty big promise, I must point out that I have NEVER seen a 4c hair product with this many Amazon reviews!!!! 

More than 10k! Which means it must be doing something right. 

Either way, this deep conditioner is rich in Omega Fatty Acids as well and therefore a great option for those of you that are looking to repair natural hair that was damaged by color, and

Aunt Jackie's Fix My Hair, Intensive Repair Conditioning Masque

Mielle Organics Babassu & Mint Deep Conditioner

Every time I find a good Mielle product, I always secretly hope that my hair will look like the founder’s hair after using it. I mean, talk about #hairgoals. 

The Mielle Organics Babassu & Mint Deep Conditioner is derived from an Amazonian palm fruit, babassu oil and contains high concentrations of sterols and tocopherols. Each important ingredient, which moisturizes and improves your natural hair and scalp.

After using this deep conditioner you will notice reduced frizz and flyaways as well as better hydrated 4c hair. 

Sheamoisture Deep Treatment Masque for Dry, Damaged, or Transitioning Hair

The Sheamoisture Deep Treatment Masque is a classic for women with dry, damaged, or transitioning hair. 

It is enriched with raw shea butter, castor seed oil, olive oil, and other natural botanicals. It is an intensive treatment masque that deeply moisturizes and conditions dry and damaged hair, which makes it the perfect product to use for transitioning chemically treated hair to natural hair.

Moreover, the included Argan oil restores shine while helping promote hair elasticity.

How to deep condition 4c hair

Now that I shared with you the best deep conditioners for 4c hair, there is only one thing left to do. Deep condition your hair! But what might seem very easy for longtime natural hair enthusiasts might seem overwhelming and confusing for us newbies. 

So, let me help you. Because there is a science to how to deep condition 4c hair. 

A solid 4c hair wash routine is very important and can easily take an hour or two of your day. But when done correctly, it’s worth the time investment. 

  • Step 1: Section your hair into 4 equally big parts
  • Step 2: Apply the deep conditioner to wet hair 
  • Step 3: Apply a generous amount of product to your natural hair
  • Step 4: Use a wide-tooth comb to distribute your hair evenly from root to ends
  • Step 5: Cover your hair with a plastic cap or bag 
  • Step 6: Leave in the deep conditioner for at least 30 minutes
  • Step 7: Apply moderate heat by steaming/ blow drying your 4c hair (optional)
  • Step 8: Rinse thoroughly


As you can see, deep conditioning your 4c hair is easy once you know how to. But truth be told, I still struggle with the timing and never know when to rinse out the product. I have found 1 hour to be the sweet spot for my hair. 

So, even though I recommend 30 minutes above, it’s really up to you to find out what works best for your hair. 

Homemade deep conditioner for 4c hair

When I first chopped my hair we were in the middle of a pandemic, therefore your girl had plenty of time to invest in her natural hair journey. And I’ll be honest, that ain’t the case anymore. 

However, one of the homemade deep conditioners for 4c hair recipes that I used on my own hair was very simple and easy – my Avocado Oil Hair Mask.

Because Avocado is a great source of biotin and magnesium it’s great for protecting 4c hair from severe breakage. The ingredients are super simple and most likely already in your kitchen. 

I actually share the whole recipe in this post on my Avocado Oil Hair Mask. Feel free to use the recipe and let me know what you think. 

What to do after deep conditioning natural hair

The first thing you want to do after deep conditioning your natural hair is using the L.O.C method. I know I must sound like a broken record at this point, but I swear by this moisture-retaining method. 

Using a liquid, oil, and cream to seal in all the moisture and vitamins your hair just received from that deep conditioning treatment will help your hair stay hydrated for days. 

And of course, to top it all off you can put your 4c hair into a protective style after deep conditioning it. That ensures that your hair ends are tucked away properly, which means healthier and longer 4c hair.

Which of the best deep conditioners for 4c hair do you use? Share your feedback or recommendations below!

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