It might be a surprise to you, but not everyone knows the proper hair conditioning method. Take me for example. Before researching about this topic, I didn’t know that you should be conditioning your hair after every shampooing! There are a lot more pieces of details that you should know too if you really love your hair. Here now are some hair conditioning tips for you.
Types of Conditioners
There are several types of conditioners available out there and they each fulfill different purposes. The most important type is probably the deep conditioner. This conditioner has the ability to penetrate the cuticle of hair to provide hydration and essential nutrients. There are two sub-types: protein based and moisture based. Protein deep conditioners strengthen the hair, stop or prevent breakage, and add resiliency. Moisturizing deep conditioners, on the other hand, hydrate and add a slippery feel.
Other types of hair conditioners include:
- Instant Conditioners – also known as daily conditioners and they aim to to restore hair to its natural pH, as well as lightly moisturizing and lubricating each strand
- Leave-in – these are easy to apply on your hair with the purpose of smoothening cuticles and protecting against styling
- Serums – are usually applied after deep conditioning and they aim to seal in moisture and protect the hair from heat
How Often Should You Condition?
Many experts will advise you against washing your hair every day because it will dry out the scalp and stimulate overproduction of oil. But does this advise ring true for conditioning? How often should we be conditioning our hair anyway? The answer is: It depends. It depends on the type of hair, but a general rule of thumb is to condition after you shampoo. However, we do not recommend over-conditioning your hair as it will turn out oily and greasy too.
The Proper Way
Condition your hair each and every time you shampoo. We also recommend that you use a shampoo and then a conditioner, in contrast to using an all-in-one product. To prevent over conditioning and to save money, limit yourself to a quarter-sized amount. If you’re deep hair conditioning, wear a shower cap while you wait for time to elapse. This is particularly effective as it will help the deep conditioner penetrate to the center of the shaft with the help of high temperatures. Finally, make sure you follow the rules on the back of the product when it comes to setting times.