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How to Choose the Ideal Conditioner for Your Hair
The conditioners are complementary hair care products used in addition to hair washing. They can have different actions, especially on the scalp, as well as on the appearance and health of the hair.
Which care to choose and how to integrate it into your hygiene routine? We'll explain everything.
What is a Conditioner?
A conditioner is a hair product that is not meant for washing the hair, unlike shampoo. It is a product to be applied after hair washing, as part of post-wash care.
The conditioner can have various actions on the hair, such as detangling, nourishing, etc. It can be used for all hair types, either as part of routine care or occasionally to address specific issues (dandruff, brittle hair, etc.).
Different Forms of Conditioner
Conditioners come in different forms. Most commonly, they come in a tube, in liquid form, to be applied to wet hair in the shower. Solid conditioners resemble soap bars, which rub and liquefy upon contact with water. Leave-in conditioners are more similar to hair treatments. They intensely nourish the hair and aid in detangling, especially for curly hair. They are applied after washing, like a hair cream, without the need to rinse.
What is a Conditioner Made Of?
The composition of a conditioner is crucial: the active ingredients present in the treatment will determine its effectiveness on the hair. Therefore, the presence of a vegetable oil (coconut, castor oil, argan) or shea butter provides nourishment. Similarly, certain essential oils or plant extracts also bring nutritive or soothing benefits. Lastly, it is advisable to favor a composition with mostly non-chemical elements and avoid derivatives from the plastic industry (silicones, etc.), which can hinder the hair's breathability.
Hair Mask or Conditioner: What's the Difference?
A hair mask has a richer formula than a conditioner. Additionally, it usually requires a longer waiting time and allows for deep nourishment, especially with active ingredients like shea butter or vegetable oils.
Choosing the Right Conditioner Based on Your Hair Type
• Dry or brittle hair: choose a nourishing formula. Curly, wavy, or kinky hair tends to be drier than straight hair. Therefore, it's not uncommon for such hair to appear dry, rough to the touch, and/or brittle. In this case, a nourishing conditioner can be applied after each wash to repair and provide the necessary nutrition.
• Irritated scalp, dry dandruff: choose a soothing formula. In the case of dry dandruff, which is white and fine, the scalp can be treated with an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner. This will help cleanse the hair, soothe the scalp, and prevent itching.
• Oily dandruff: choose a purifying formula. Oily dandruff is caused by an excessively oily scalp. An appropriate anti-dandruff conditioner will cleanse the scalp and regulate it to prevent excessive oiliness.
• Easily tangled or curly hair: choose a detangling formula. A detangling conditioner smoothens the hair, making it easier to brush. It can be applied for each wash, especially useful for untangling long or curly hair.
• Curly hair: choose a smoothing formula. Some conditioners have a formula that smoothens the hair and/or reshapes curls. These are recommended for curly or kinky hair to avoid frizz and enhance curl definition.
• Normal hair: choose a moisturizing and/or detangling formula. Normal hair is neither dry nor oily, representing healthy hair. There are conditioners that nourish the hair and help detangle without weighing it down or making it oily. In this case, occasional use is sufficient.
• Colored hair: choose a protective formula. Colored hair is naturally weakened by dyes. A suitable conditioner protects the hair fiber, ensuring the color lasts longer.
Can you use conditioner on oily hair?
When we talk about oily hair, we are actually referring to the scalp, which produces too much sebum. It is possible to use a rich formula conditioner without making the scalp oily, applying it only to the ends or lengths.
How to Apply Your Conditioner?
You've chosen the right product for your hair and are wondering how to use the conditioner?
Here are some tips for applying your treatment at home.
• Where to apply?
Conditioner is primarily applied to the lengths, as this is where the hair tends to become dry or in need of nourishment. However, for very dry hair (such as kinky hair), the treatment can be applied to all hair, including the scalp. The same applies to short hair.
• With what accessories?
You can use a wide-tooth comb to apply your detangling conditioner and make brushing easier. The treatment will help remove persistent knots, especially in curly, very long, or heavily tangled hair, or in children.
• What interval?
A conditioner is a treatment that requires a break. Usually, a few minutes (between 3 and 5) are sufficient for the product to penetrate the hair. You can also take this opportunity to detangle during this period, distributing the product along the lengths.
• How often?
A conditioner can be used with every wash if the hair type justifies it: curly hair, dry hair, or hair that is difficult to detangle. As a preventive measure (for colored hair) or in addition to a nourishing shampoo, for normal healthy hair, weekly application may be sufficient.
You can also use a conditioner after any other wash.
• Can it be used as a mask?
The mask and conditioner have different compositions. The former is more nourishing and is not meant to be used daily. Similarly, a mask will be used less frequently than a conditioner, although the latter can act as a mask on normal hair.
• A conditioner is a hair treatment
Perfect for integrating into your daily or weekly routine. In addition to shampoo, it can help repair dry or brittle hair, nourishing the hair fiber and making it easier to detangle curly or very long hair.
Three Things About Conditioner:
• In addition to shampoo, conditioner is used as a hair treatment. However, it does not wash the hair;
• Conditioner is applied primarily to the lengths to nourish them deeply;
• There are different formulas, with targeted actions for each hair type.