Condition Your Hair: Did you know that shampooing your hair too often can damage it? It’s a sure-fire way to eliminate hair follicles and hair growth, resulting in your disappearing quicker than you realize.
So, what’s the solution if you’ve shampooed once too often? How do you strengthen your hair while keeping it clean, fresh and healthy?
Simple: you use a conditioner.
The question that usually follows, though, is “how often?”. Before we get to that, let’s look at what conditioners are, why you should use them and how.
What is a Conditioner?
Conditioners are healthcare products that are designed to counteract (to some degree) the impact of shampoo. While many shampoos clean your hair, leaving it fresh and smelling amazing, they have components that result in hair and scalp being lost in the process (even the top-of-the-line brands). Conditioners act to protect your hair, ensuring that any hair or scalp loss is minimized.
Why Use a Conditioner?
Many benefits come with using a conditioner. They are substantial and can make a huge impact on the quality, style and health of your hair. Here is why you should use a conditioner as part of your hair care routine:
- It restores natural oils that are vital for your scalp and hair, protecting its overall health.
- It replenishes the moisture that shampoo strips away, ensuring that your hair remains in top condition. At the same time, it also smooths, thickens, and preserves your hair.
- It coats the hair follicles, ensuring that your hair is protected from the effects of the shampoo.
- It recovers any hair from heat damage caused by blow dryers, dry and humid weather conditions.
How To Use a Conditioner:
Incorporating conditioners into your hair care and showering routine isn’t as drastic or dramatic as it sounds. It’s just an extra step that ensures that your hair remains in top condition at all times. Here is how you can do it effectively:
Once your shampoo has been rinsed away, add some conditioner to your hair. The amount depends on how much hair you have, so it’s best to start small until you find the right amount. The idea is that you just enough to coat your hair, but not overdo it.
Grab your brush and slow comb the conditioner through your hair. It’s a great and effective way to coat your hair and scalp without leaving any areas unattended. Remember that conditioner has a much thicker consistency and density than shampoo, so make sure that the brush or your hair is slightly wet. Don’t try it on dry hair – it won’t work.
Let it sit and set! Don’t rinse out the conditioner once you have combed it through your hair. It’s important to ensure that all the vitamins, minerals and essential oils work their way to the follicles and your hair. You should wait around 10 minutes for it to settle. Then, rinse it off completely until there’s nothing left. It would have done the job perfectly.
How Often Should I Use a Conditioner?
The magic question and a simple answer: it depends on your hair health.
If you have strong hair health and the conditioner does not impact it negatively, you can use it every day. However, that might be excessive for some people.
Some signs indicate that should be conditioning more than expected:
- Lack of volume
- Excessive shine or glossiness
- Difficulty styling with heat
Ideally, every two to three days is ideal, as it ensures that your hair has had time to replenish over the break before getting more conditioner. You’ll have to trial and test it to see what works for you.
Of course, it can be difficult to gauge how much conditioner you need on a given week or day. If you find that you can’t find the right balance, book an appointment at your trusted hair salon.
A hairstylist will be able to wash and condition your hair, offering you insight and advice before you take it and use it for yourself.
It’s a smart way to ensure that you always have lovely, lavish hair. And ensure you use the right conditioner the right way – and the right amount of times!