Hair conditioner is very ancient, although it only began to be mainstream in the 1950s. Ancient Egyptians mixed fats and oils to create rudimentary conditioner. Luckily, we don’t have to resort to that today, but remember, the most important preventitive measures you can take to keep your hair healthy and beautiful is to keep it clean and well nourished. Conditioning your hair is therefore one of the most important steps you can do for keeping healthy, sexy, full-bodied hair. It is essential that you understand what hair conditioner is, how to properly apply it, and what to look for to maximize the results for your type of hair.
Hair conditioner is, in a sense, a moisturizer for your hair. Moisture in hair strands help keep elasticity, strength, and beauty. When hair gets dry, the outer shell can split and break, revealing the inside hair fibers. This gives hair the dry, frizzy look that is so often seen with split ends. Hair conditioner adds moisture, helping keep the outer shell together which gives hair the healthy shine. This also reduces the tendency to tangle, making it more manageable.
Proper Application of Hair Conditioner
Condition after shampooing. It is important to apply conditioner properly, so do not pour directly onto your hair. Doing so increases the chance that it will be unevenly applied and not reach all of your hair. Instead, place a small amount onto the palm of your hand and rub them together. Once in a lather, apply to your hair and gently massage it in. NEVER use your finger nails or dig into your scalp. This will damage your hair and, in exteme situations, can lead to hair loss. Be sure to let the treatment sit for at least sixty seconds, giving your hair time to absorb the nutrients. Rinse with warm (not hot!) water until thoroughly cleaned. Use cool water for the last ten seconds.
What type of conditioner to use and how much to pay? That questions depends entirely on the type of hair you have and the budget you’re under. More expensive conditioners are not necessarily going to provide better results, but generally, you get what you pay for (especially toward the cheaper end of the price range). Therefore, consult your hair stylist at your favorite Hair Salon and get their expert opinion. See what brands they carry in their workplace and find out what types they use personally. Make sure they recommend a hair conditioner based on your hair type and needs.
Natural Ingredients to Help Hair Healthy and Moisturized
Aloe, cucumber, glycerin, honey, plant oils, and even milk can help keep your hair healthy. Remember, your hair is mainly protein, so protein-rich solutions can help strengthen hair strands. Also, look for solutions containing vitamins that will enrich your hair.
Try and avoid hair conditioners that have been formulated with thick waxes or polymers which can weigh down your hair and leave you with a flat hairstyle. This is especially a concern if you have fine hair.