Do you use a hair conditioner every time you shampoo your hair and sometimes even when you don’t?
The answer should be a definite yes every time. This being whether your hair is long or short, fine or course.
I am still surprised at how many people will skip the conditioning of their hair on a fairly regular basis. Giving reasons ranging from “it weighs my hair down” to “my hair doesn’t tangle when I shampoo”.
Yes it is true hair conditioner is used for de tangling and yes the wrong conditioner can weigh down your hair.
But I bet that if you do color your hair don’t use a hair conditioner. You will feel that your hair color seems to fade super-fast.
Daily Life Damages Your Hair.
Think about your hair and how it is exposed every day to the atmosphere and its pollutants. Let alone bears the brunt of the harmful sun rays and your perspiration.
Add to this the heat from when you blow dry and straighten your hair let alone any coloring service you may have had.
All of these can and do strip the nutrients out of your lovely locks.
Causing them to lose their shine and lustre which in turn can result in your hair becoming dry and brittle.
Why Your Conditioner Is Important After A Shampoo.
A hair shampoo is designed so as to clean the hair of oils and dirt.
During this process the cuticle layer (outside layer of your hair) is roughed up a little bit.
Just imagine if you have several hundred hairs with roughed up cuticles. They are definitely going to stick to and catch one another.
Applying a hair conditioner helps to smooth back down those roughed up cuticle layers and balance the PH levels of your hair.
If your hair cuticle layer is smooth it helps to lock in any color molecules as well as the hairs moisture balance.
Think a smooth cuticle leads to you having a shiny and healthier looking head of hair.
How A Hair Conditioner Works On Your Hair.
Now I am sure that you will always use a moisturizer on your face.
So think of your conditioner in the same way for your hair.
They reduce the cuticle swelling and create a seal of emollients that hydrate soften and nourish your hair.
Making it healthier and more resilient to damage.
When your hair has a healthy moisture level you will find that it is a lot more manageable and in fact will hold a style much better.
But when over conditioned you can find your hair will feel soft and limp or just feel very heavy.
Do Pick The Right Conditioner For Your Hair Type.
The same hair conditioner will not work for everyone. Using the wrong conditioner for your hair type can weigh down your hair making it heavy and lank.
If you have Fine Hair.
Pick a volumizing conditioner look for one containing wheatgerm. As this will help to strengthen your hair and expand the diameter of your hair shaft.
Which will boost volume so helping your fine hair look thicker.
If you have Colored Hair.
Go with a hair conditioner for colored hair as this will help to lock in your color. An added plus is that it also contains UV filters which work like a sunscreen to help stop your colored hair from fading.
Or go with a conditioner for colored hair that also contains color pigments as this will deposit extra pigments in your hair. So helping you to maintain your hair color longer.
If you have Dry Damaged Hair.
A good moisturizing conditioner is what you need. One containing natural oils or Shea butter plus proteins is perfect.
If you have Course Hair.
Your hair can naturally be extremely dry. Look for an extra moisturizing conditioner.
One with natural oil ingredients like jojoba oil or coconut oil. As these will help to better hydrate your hair.
If you have Curly Hair.
Curly hair tends to loose moisture faster than straight hair. Look for a hair conditioner that contains silicone and proteins. As these ingredients will coat the hair cuticle and help prevent frizz.
Leave In Vs Rinse Out Which Hair Conditioner Do You Choose.
The big dilemma should you use a leave in conditioner or would your hair be better with a rinse out one.
I must admit this depends on your hair type but if you have long hair and it is dry or curly or even course. You could in fact use the rinse out first and then spritz the leave in on the lower half of your hair length.
Leave in Conditioners.
As the name suggests these should be left in the hair and not rinsed out.
Most leave in hair conditioners do not work as well as the rinse out type. Due to the fact that their consistency is lighter.
Good for de tangling as well as helping to control frizz. They act as moisturizers and help protect the hair.
The leave in conditioner is great to apply on a daily basis even if you don’t shampoo your hair. As they will help to keep your hair hydrated and manageable.
Rinse Out Conditioners.
Rinse out conditioners are also known as surface conditioner. These you leave on your hair for around three to five minutes before rinsing out.
Normally made with heavier ingredients. Rinse out conditioners provide your hair with moisture from a combination of silicones and fatty acids.
Make Your Own All Natural Hair Conditioners.
If you like to go the natural way when it comes to hair conditioners why not experiment by making your own. It’s as easy as just picking out a few ingredients from your kitchen cupboard.
Coconut Oil Conditioner.
This can be a great deep conditioner that will give your hair a sleek shine.
As well as delivering some much needed vitamins to your hair follicle.
Makes a great hair conditioner as it contains a lot of amino acids and proteins. Which are great for moisturizing hair which is dry.
From your kitchen cupboard you will need
1 ripe avocado plus 4 spoons of coconut milk plus 2 table spoons of extra virgin olive oil.
Mash up your avocado into a paste then slowly add the coconut milk and olive oil. You should end up with a relatively thick mixture.
Apply this mixture onto your hair and leave it for about 20 minutes before rinsing with lukewarm water.
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