Just as moisturizers do on your skin, hair conditioners coat your hair with emollients that keep them naturally nourished and hydrated as the day goes on.
The result: Shinier, healthier hair that is more flexible, is easier to manage, holds its shape better, and resists damage better.
There is such a thing as over-conditioning, though. If you use too much conditioner, it can make your hair stringy and reduce its volume. If your hair is difficult to style because it's thick, oily, and heavy, or if it looks overly limp and soft, then you've over-conditioned it.
This article will give you some guidance on how to use hair conditioners effectively to keep it easy to style, shiny, and healthy.
For People With Fine Hair
If your hair is naturally fine and lacks body, using a botanical oil treatment before shampooing is a good choice. You may think your hair is oily enough already, or that putting more oil on it would only make it even more limp, but the truth is that if you get the right kind of oil and use it the right way, it can do wonders.
The right kind of oil, in this case, is either flower-or plant-based. These natural oils are sheer and light enough to get under the cuticle of the hair.
After applying the oil, wash off any oil remaining on the surface of the hair with a highlighting shampoo. After that, add conditioner to your hair while it's still wet, and wait a minute or two for your hair to absorb it before using your regular shampoo.
Alternately, just shampoo as you normally would, then work the conditioner into your hair from halfway down the shaft to the tips. This will make your hair more manageable and give it shine, while making it feel thicker and bouncier!
For People with Medium To Thick Hair
People whose hair is medium-thick or thick should use a lightweight conditioner with ingredients that naturally hydrate hair, like shea butter. Natural ingredients are nourishing, but not too heavy.
If you're trying to recover from over-conditioning your hair, start with a good, thorough rinse with a highlighting shampoo. As soon as you do, you should find that it no longer feels heavy, and that it moves freely.
After that, work conditioner all the way through all your hair, starting at the roots, and let it sink in for a minute or two. Then, rinse your hair again again.
If your hair tends to be dry, your best bet is to use a leave-in conditioner. Put it on right after stepping out of the shower, but before styling it.