By shampooing the hair regularly, one seeks to strip it of impurities, grime and flakes. However, even with such an attentive behaviour, the truth is that repeated shampooing, use of hair styling products and applying heat on a regular basis ends up drying the hair and removing its natural oils. By learning how to properly use a conditioner, you will easily prevent breakage and dehydration.
Step 1: Inventory
- Traditional conditioner: Applied at the end of the hair washing routine, this conditioner aims to restore the hair’s vitality by treating the damage caused by various chemicals, free radicals, hot hair tools, excessive brushing, etc. (e.g. Dove Damage Therapy, Matrix Biolace Fiberstrong, L’Oreal Elvive Nutri-Gloss, etc.)
- Leave-in conditioner: Meant to detangle hair and keep it in good condition by making it softer and more manageable. (e.g. Sexy Hair’s Healthy Sexy Hair Soy Tri-Wheat Leave-in Conditioner, African Pride’s Shea Butter Miracle Leave-in Conditioner, Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula Leave-in Conditioner, etc.)
- Deep conditioner: Generally enriched with essential oils, keratin and vitamins, deep conditioners were specially designed to offer complete care for dry and intensely damaged hair. (e.g. Eden Body Works Jojoba Monoi All Natural Deep Conditioner, L’Oreal Serie Expert Intense Repair Mask, Kérastase Nutritive Bain Oléo-Curl/OléoRelax Masque, etc.)
Step 2: Examine the scene
When using a conditioner, you should bear two questions in mind: “What is my hair type and what are its specific needs?” The aforementioned list of conditioners offers remedies for:
– Colour-treated hair
– Curly/frizzy hair
– Dry, damaged hair
– Lank, limp hair
Once you have established the overall lacks and necessities of your hair, you may commence the long and arduous journey through the aisles of the Beauty Depot.
Step 3: On to the treatment!
For attracting the onlookers and rocking beautiful, sumptuous locks, remember to always use a conditioner for properly maintaining your hair. In the event that you do forget, spray a bit of leave-in conditioner and you’re good to go! Your regular washing routine should consist of several minutes where you massage the shampoo deep into the hair follicle, with circular movements. Be careful not to be too brusque or you might cause unwanted breakage. After rinsing out all the shampoo foam, gently apply the conditioner with your fingertips throughout your hair, from the scalp to the ends, with more emphasis on the ends (these often split and less moisture gets to them). Depending on your time and patience, the longer you keep the conditioner, the more it will be able to improve the condition of your hair. Rinse it out after several minutes with cold or tepid water (never hot) to seal the strands.
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