This article was written by Samantha Freeman and re purposed with permission from Beauty High. Conditioners have always been one of those tricky hair products to master—like does using it daily actually help or hurt your hair? And though it really depends on your hair texture (and the conditioner you’re using), there are some things you should know about shampoo’s best friend. Here, we detail 10 things you may not know about your conditioner.
They Make Great Styling Products
Leave-in conditioners can do a lot for your hair inside and out of the shower. If you’re looking for quick beach waves, spray a small amount of leave-in conditioner to damp hair, comb through, and braid. You’ll have thick waves in no time.
Conditioners Hydrate Your Follicles
During the cold winter months, hair tends to dry out. By applying a deep conditioning mask directly to your scalp once a month, dry flakes will be eliminated, leaving your hair soft and sleek.
You Should Condition Before You Shampoo
This may sound crazy, but conditioning before you shampoo may actually increase the body of your hair. Experts say that when you shower, your conditioner never fully rinses out. Leaving conditioner in after the shower may weigh down your hair, ultimately reducing your volume. Reversing this habit is a quick fix to create extra bounce.
The Same Conditioner Won’t Work for Everyone
Choosing a conditioner can be difficult, but the best way to make the decision is based on the texture of your hair. If you have thin hair, pick a volumizing conditioner. And if you have thick, greasy hair, chose a conditioner formulated with less oil. Picking the perfect formula can drastically change your hair.
Roots Should Never, Ever Be Conditioned
Avoiding your roots while conditioning is extremely important. Starting from the ends and combing the conditioner to the mid-lengths of your hair is the best way to hydrate your strands where they need it most.
Hair-Colored Strands Need a Different Approach
Deep conditioning is even more important for ladies who color their hair. A hair mask will ensure that your color stays longer with each wash, sealing in the color and protecting your hair’s cuticle.
You Don’t Need to Shampoo to Condition
Shampooing your hair every day can create dry and split ends—but that doesn’t mean you should skip conditioning. Without it, your hair can become dried out, prone to frizz and breakage.
Some Conditioners Can Damage Your Hair
Conditioners are supposed to add nutrients and shine to your hair. By using silicone-based products, though, you’re stripping your hair of the natural nutrients—so look for labels marked “silicone-free.”
One Conditioner Will Last a Lifetime
Although you may think your hair can get “used to” your conditioner, this is a myth. Instead of throwing away your favorite products, splurge on a clarifying shampoo to use once every two weeks to reduce the residue left behind by conditioners.
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