Conditioners for Men’s Hair: Regular, Leave-in and Deep

Conditioners for men remain a mystery to the majority of modern males despite these men’s hair products playing a dramatic role in creating and keeping the good looks of one’s mane. What follows below is an epic guide on men’s hair conditioners, so switch to “learning mode” and read all you will ever need to know about conditioners!

An epic men’s guide on regular conditioners, leave-in conditioners, deep conditioners and hair-repairing products

Conditioners. Conditioners for men, no less.

If you are like I was some 10 years ago with regards to the nomenclature of men’s hair products, you probably place conditioners in the category of “those products I dare not ask what they do”. It’s only normal though; we dudes have shampoo, which we all know what it is and does since I covered it already in my specific men’s shampoo guide; then, we have hairstyling products such as hair gel, pomade and hair wax, which I too covered in my men’s hairstyling products guide; and, lastly, we have hairstyling tools for men such as hair clippers, hair driers, combs, hair straighteners and more, which I covered in my men’s styling tools guide. While I have provided the most-detailed guide on men’s hair products in my bestselling book, The Men’s Hair Book, I do also want to provide some public online service and let y’all folks learn the basics of all those products that you can throw on or to your hair and actually expect good aesthetic results. Today, it’s the turn for men’s conditioners.

What are Men’s Hair Conditioners?

Conditioners for men are nothing more than specific hair products that provide your mane with shine, strength and gloss; or, in other words, a conditioner is a product that makes your hair, whether straight or curly, look epic as in “epic good”. Ergo, a hair conditioner is an essential tool for men who want to make the most of their hair and take advantage of what knowing the right stuff can do to one’s overall looks.

A bottle of American Crew conditioner for men

The 3 Types of Conditioners for Men: Regular Conditioner, Leave-in Conditioner and Deep Conditioner

All in all, there are 3 types of conditioners that you can use on your lustrous locks:

  • Regular conditioner: as the word says, this is nothing more than a conventional conditioner that is rinsed.
  • Leave-in conditioner: this is a conditioner that you don’t rinse and that can be used for styling your hair.
  • Deep conditioner: this is a conditioner that you leave on your hair for a longer-than-usual amount of time and then rinse it out.

Each conditioner above caters to specific cases although you should be making an effort to own at least a regular conditioner if you want better hair (and ideally the 3 types of conditioners). Lastly, there is another type of conditioning product for men that should be included in this guide, and that fourth conditioner type is what I call hair-repairing products for men, which usually come as creams or lotions and which are designed to amend any heavy damage incurred on your hair; while the way in which way hair-repairing products and the other 3 types of conditioners work is essentially the same, we could classify hair-repairing products as “pseudo conditioners” and not true conditioners, although, for your convenience, in this guide I have included hair-repairing products under the men’s conditioner spectrum.

Regular Conditioner for Men

Regular conditioners are also known as normal conditioners, rinse-out conditioners and even simply as conditioners. Regular conditioners offer the benefits of improving the looks of your hair and making your locks stronger, which is the premise of all types of conditioners for men.

To use a regular conditioner, squeeze out enough to coat your palm and apply the conditioner to your hair as you proceed to leave it on without rinsing for one to three minutes (the specific time will be stated in the product label). The regular conditioner is always used right after rinsing the shampoo from your hair and the conditioner should be coating all of your hair; once the one to three minutes of stipulated time are over, you then rinse the conditioner from your hair and you’re done.

You should ideally use a regular conditioner every time (and right after) you shampoo, especially if you have curly hair! The transition from shampoo to regular conditioner should be done while still in the shower and with your hair wet; a regular conditioner is quite easy to use and apply, and it will greatly improve your hair after 2 weeks of continued use.

Leave-in conditioner for men

A leave-in conditioner, also simply known as a leave-in, offers the same hair-enhancing features of a regular conditioner (i.e. glossy, moisturized hair that is easier to manage), yet the main difference between the two conditioner types is that a leave-in conditioner is left on the hair and not rinsed (whereas the regular conditioner is rinsed). Leave-in conditioners are particularly useful for men with any of the curly hair types, and leave-in conditioners can also be used as de-facto hairstyling products for curly haired men (although men with straight hair can also use a leave-in as a hairstyling agent).


If you have curly hair (from wavy hair to afro-textured hair), it is a good idea to own both a regular conditioner and a leave-in conditioner: use the regular conditioner after rinsing the shampoo, rinse the regular conditioner, dry your hair so it feels damp, and then use the leave-in conditioner to style your waves, coils or kinks. Men with straight hair can also benefit greatly from using this hair-grooming blueprint of mine (regular conditioner + leave-in conditioner), which I explained in great depth in The Men’s Hair Book.

As a final point for men’s leave-in conditioners, you can use any hairstyling product you want together with your leave-in conditioner to style your mane; simply apply the leave-in to your hair first and then apply the hairstyling product (e.g. hair gel) to style your hair.

  • Get this leave-in conditioner (if you budget allows for it, then get two tubs of this leave-in conditioner as it is one that will last you a very-ong time, especially if you get two of them in one go; and you won’t have to go shopping again to buy more of it!)

Deep conditioner for men

A deep conditioner is to be used once or twice a month just like you’d do for clarifying/chelating shampoos (click the link to know about these shampoo types), and I recommend you to always follow a clarifying shampoo or a chelating shampoo with a deep conditioner.

Deep conditioners help strengthen your hair, so try to use them at least once a month if you have straight hair and at least twice a month of you have curly hair or you have hair that isn’t responding to your regular conditioner. Follow the instructions on the label although you will usually need to leave the deep conditioner on your hair for at least 10 more minutes than a regular conditioner (usual application time for a deep conditioner is 15 minutes). Once the application time for the deep conditioner is over, you then rinse the product from your hair.

Hair repairing products for men

Unfortunately for us dudes, hair doesn’t have an intrinsic mechanism to repair itself, for hair is, after all, dead tissue. Thus, if you damage your hair (e.g. incorrectly using a hair dryer), you will never have your hair 100% damage-free again. Remember the analogy of a car chassis that I used in my book: if you damage the chassis of your car, you can take it to the mechanic to fix the bump or scratch you’ve done to it, but the chassis will certainly never get to look 100% brand new; exactly the same occurs with your hair.

Having said the above, there are certain hair masks, creams and lotions (aka hair-repairing products) that can aid in regaining the natural look of your damaged hair and have your hair go from being a damaged dead rat to being in reasonably great shape (or being an “awesome mane”, as I call it in my book). Hair-repairing products are extremely helpful in cases of badly-managed hair or when hair has been straightened or blow-dried too frequently (remember my 1 on/1 off rule of thumb in The Men’s Hair Book).

Hair-repairing products can also come in other formats such as ointments or liquids, but, regardless of product presentation, their key attribute is always the same: to improve the aesthetics of damaged hair. You can use hair-repairing masks, creams and lotions as often as you want until you see your hair enhanced or bettered; however, if you’re in urgent need to improve your damaged hair, using the hair-repairing cream below for 14 consecutive days will yield a fast positive cosmetic effect.

Conditioners for Men: Conclusion

Quite likely, just before you read this men’s conditioner guide, you were quite likely oblivious to the fact that a simple product, as a conditioner is, could drastically improve the state of your hair. We men are constantly being brainwashed into buying shiny zombie-dust hairstyling products without stopping to consider that the bad looks or even mediocre looks of our manes could actually be because we are simply not conditioning our locks enough. Now that you finally know about the 4 types of conditioners for men and know how to use them, you can then improve your hair even further and make use of that extra lifestyle edge that reading Manly Curls always yields, and without having to remotely sacrifice your testosterone at any time!

All the best, gentlemen.


Last updated: 12th September 2016

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Rogelio is the go-to guy when it comes to men's hair. Having embraced his natural curly hair for over a decade while living in 5 countries, Rogelio has learnt a thing or two along the way. Rogelio is the author of the two bestselling men's books "The Curly Hair Book" and "The Men's Hair Book", and his motto when it comes to hair is, "Gentlemen, having a good head of hair should not cost us our testosterone".

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20 comments for “Conditioners for Men’s Hair: Regular, Leave-in and Deep

  1. Javier
    September 23, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Rogelio I’m hoping you can help me out with a question I have. So after reading your different hair types guide I’ve come to the conclusion that I have wavy hair. My question is is there anything I can do aside from a perm to make my hair more straight? I don’t like the wavy look of my hair and I would kill to be able to actually do something with my hair maybe comb it to the side. I don’t have a natural part and it just doesn’t look right when I comb it. Also, I’d rather not use gel. Any ideas? Maybe a special treatment to make it more straight or easy to control? Thanks!

  2. Sam
    September 11, 2016 at 8:17 am

    The link for the hair repair treatment had expired. Could you provide a new link? I never saw the product. Please write product names in these guides. We all love them and your work will be used forever.

    • Rogelio
      September 12, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Hey buddy,

      Thanks for letting me know about the dead links! I’ve posted the live links now with the recommended products; it’s all working now.



  3. Eddie
    March 25, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    Hi there Rogelio,

    The B&B leave in conditioner is discontinued. Do you have another you could recommend?

    • Rogelio
      September 12, 2016 at 7:40 pm

      Hi Eddie,

      I’ve linked to another recommended leave-in conditioner in this guide that will work just as good. Feel free to check it out above under the section for leave-in conditioners.

      In any case, there’s still a vendor selling the Bumble and Bumble leave-in conditioner, you can see this product and its vendor in this link, although the price of the product has risen substantially due to the lack of stocked items for this product. While the Bumble and Bumble leave-in conditioner is a petty-good leave-in conditioner, you can get just as good a result with the other leave-in conditioner in this guide that I recommended above. However, if your budget for hair-care product allows for it, then do certainly go for the Bumble & Bumble leave-in conditioner.

      Hope that helps.



  4. Josh
    January 3, 2016 at 8:52 am


    I am a type-II curly hair man. I am proud of my curls. Sadly, I have a problem with dandruff. I use anti-dandruff shampoo and anti-dandruff conditioner. I do not shampoo every day, but maybe 2 times per week. However I do use my anti-dandruff conditioner every time I shower. The problem is, I still have dandruff no matter what I do. Would regular conditioner be better for my hair, i.e. will it help get reduce dandruff issues? Thanks!

  5. Sundar
    December 5, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Hey, the leave in conditioners aren’t accessible to where I’m from and, also, my budget is really low since I’m a student. So is there any way I can manufacture my own leave-in conditioner?

    • Rogelio
      December 8, 2015 at 7:47 pm

      Hey there,

      For those of you who cannot (or won’t) buy a leave-in conditioner due to the high cost that leave-in conditioners carry, you can make your own “home-made” leave-in conditioner by simply using a regular conditioner and diluting the conditioner with water with a ratio of 1 to 4 (i.e. use 4 times as much water as conditioner). Simply gab any empty shampoo or conditioner bottle (or even an empty bottle of water) and mix the conditioner with the water in the ratio that I’ve given you.

      The above will certainly do the trick and I know many guys who have followed this trick of mine and have gotten results that are very similar to using a good leave-in conditioner!

      I too was once a student on a low budget, so I fully understand how tricks like these are very much-so needed!

      I hope this helps.



  6. abdul
    December 4, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Hi Rogelio

    The hair-repairing cream’s link does not work.
    May you please give me the new link or the product’s name.

    Thank you.

  7. Alex
    October 13, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    If I use these conditioners (in the links) instead of the ones that you listed will it be OK? By the way I have wavy hair.

    • Rogelio
      October 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Hi Alex,

      Yes, any of those 2 conditioners will work very well for your wavy hair. Remember that, since you have wavy hair, you should be using a conditioner at least 3 times per week. Always follow a shampoo (once you rinse it out) with a conditioner, and leave the conditioner coating your hair for 2 minutes while in the shower as you continue cleaning the rest of your body. In fact, once you get the hang of using a conditioner, you can even use a conditioner during a quick shower as all that you need is 2 minutes for it to work its magic. So choose any of those 2 conditioners and get going with your conditioning frequency!


  8. Chase
    June 4, 2015 at 7:21 am

    Hey I have the “Jew fro” and it is not a good look for me. I’ve tried using bucket loads of conditioner, air drying it, or just putting in bad hair gel and nothing will do anything. Is there a conditioner you could recomend because I’m trying to grow it out to about shoulder or lower and I’m afraid it will just stay up.

  9. Chris
    June 3, 2015 at 2:23 am

    Hi. The leave in conditioner you recommend (BB) is discontinued. What do you recommend as a replacement?

  10. Robert
    May 4, 2015 at 1:24 am

    Hey Rogelio!
    My name’s Robert and i talked to you about a haircut and buying your book a while ago. I like the Wen conditioner, but I was wondering if you could advise a cheaper product. I’m more than willing to pay for the bottle if it’s the best but if there was an equal, cheaper alternative I would love to know. Thanks!!!

    • Rogelio
      May 4, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Hi Robert,

      Sure, get instead this conditioner in this link from Agadir. It’s 12 ounces, but there’s also a 22-ounce bottle (just browse down the page and it’s there). Get whichever of those 2 Agadir conditioners that adjusts the best to your budget as both of them great affordable choices. They’re both the same (conditioner) product, the only difference is in the amount in the bottle (and, of course, its price).

      Let me know how that goes.


  11. Andrej
    August 21, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Greetings, i have one question regarding to leave-in conditoner. Is it possible to use it every day in the morning ?

    • Rogelio
      August 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm

      Absolutely, especially for curly hair. Just like I mention in both my books, The Men’s Hair Book and The Curly Hair Book, the leave-in conditioner can be used as a styling agent for curly men. Thus, simply style your curls with the leave-in conditioner and you’re ready to face the day!


      • Andrej
        August 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

        Thank you very much Rogelio :)

      • Justin
        August 25, 2014 at 1:06 am

        ROGELIO really knows what he is talking about my hair has improved!!! i’m a type v curly with defined curly kinky hair.

  12. Thomas P
    May 26, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Hi Rogelio, thanks for all the useful information. I’m looking for a good conditioner for my Type II/Type III hair (closer to Type II than Type III). I’ve been growing it out for nearly a year and it’s around 7 inches long now. The Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner you recommend is that for all hair types? The reviews on the internet for it seem to be mixed. Do you have any conditioner that you would recommend to be especially good for my hair type in particular? Currently I’m using John Frieda Frizz Ease- Dream curls and it’s made a big difference compared to no conditioner but still i think my hair could still look better. My hair has a tendency to look frizzy/dry and a bit lifeless. I’ve started using Argon oil that has helped also but I think I also need a good conditioner. Help! :D

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