Hair conditioner has become an integral part of our hair care routine. Most people use it but often people make some basic mistakes while choosing the right conditioner and how they apply the hair conditioner.
I figured I should do a full-fledged information-packed article on hair conditioners.
That’s basically what we are gonna be discussing now but as usual with a lot of exclusive hair conditioning tips.
What Is A Hair Conditioner & What Exactly Does It Do?
A hair conditioner is a creamy hair mask which when used leaves a smooth layer around your hair follicles. This layer helps protect your hair from getting tangled and keeps your hair manageable.
It also helps prevent split ends and adds a layer of moisture to your hair. This in turn adds a new life and shine to your hair.
How To Apply Hair Conditioner The Right Way?
Ideally, you should apply a hair conditioner as directed by the brand. You should use it after you rinse off your shampoo.
To begin your hair conditioning treatment, you should:
- Rinse off your SLS-free shampoo or any other shampoo that you used while washing.
- While your hair is still wet, take the required hair conditioner and apply it along your hair length concentrating extremely well on the ends. We are applying conditioner on the wet hair to seal in the moisture from water better.
- Leave it on for at least 3 minutes or as directed on the hair conditioner bottle.
- Before rinsing it off with water, take a wide-tooth wooden comb to evenly spread the conditioner and gently detangle your hair. Be very gentle while you use a comb on your wet hair.
- Rinse your conditioner using cold water. This will make your hair more smooth and silky.
How Long Should You Leave Your Conditioner On For?
Ideally, you should follow the instructions on the bottle. But here at this hair blog, we do things a little differently.
Here is a quick hair conditioning hack:
Refrigerate your conditioner for 10 minutes before using it to add better hydration and shine to your hair.
Add few drops of glycerin to your conditioner if you have dry hair.
Leave the hair conditioner on for 20 minutes and use some steam for 5 minutes to better penetrate the conditioner into your hair shafts. Rinse off with cold water.
You will notice the results of the hair spa.
How Much Conditioner Should You Use?
Again ideally you should follow the instructions on the box and take into account your current hair type and hair length.
Types Of Hair Conditioners
There are 3 main types of conditioners:
- Rinse out conditioners
- Leave-in conditioners
- Deep conditioners
Rinse Out Conditioners
These conditioners are the most common ones. The one that you use in the shower after your shampoo for a couple of minutes to rinse it off eventually.
Leave-in conditioners are meant to add a protective layer on your hair shaft until the next wash. These conditioners are supposed to be kept on and not rinsed off after use.
These are the ones that are hair masks that have a deep conditioning effect. You should ideally use them once a month.
Recipes Of Homemade Hair Conditioners/DIYs
How can you expect that I would write an article and not incorporate diys? Here are some of my personal tried and test recipes of homemade hair conditioners:
- Banana and egg hair mask
- Coconut and aloe vera hair mask
- Coconut milk and beetroot hair mask
- Avocado oil hair mask
- Fenugreek and aloe vera hair mask
Is Hair Conditioner Necessary?
Simple answer: YES.
Conditioner is a life savior rather hair savior especially if you have long hair. It protects your hair from wear and tear and prevents split ends in the long run.
Even if you have oily hair type or super nourished hair, always use a good conditioner preferably silicone-free conditioner every time you wash your hair.
Is Over-Conditioning Your Hair Bad?
But what exactly is over conditioning?
Over conditioning means if you use a conditioner too often like more than 3 times a week and your conditioner is loaded with harmful chemicals like silicones, parabens, mineral oils, artificial fragrances, or any other.
Then over time, a layer starts to develop on your hair shafts. This layer doesn’t allow your hair to breathe causing hair fall and stunting your hair growth. Your hair starts appearing weighed down, sticky, tangled, and unmanageable.
If you feel your hair appear the same then maybe you have over-conditioned your hair.
How To Get Rid Of Over-Conditioned Hair?
Don’t worry if you feel you have over conditioner your hair. It can be fixed very easily with 3 simple steps and a little consistency:
- You need to do a hair detox once a month.
- Use clarifying shampoo once a month.
- Regular ACV hair rinse once a week.
Hope you found this post on hair conditioners informative and helpful in some way. Let me know in case if I missed out on any important points.
Until then you can check out these:
- Quarantine hair hacks
- How to moisturize extremely dry hair at home?
- How to fix dull lifeless hair?
- Best hair products for dry hair
Have a lovely day.