Which Conditioner is Right for Your Hair?

When it comes to hair treatments the conditioner we choose can really impact not only how our hair holds a style but it’s overall health and appearance.
Most people feel overwhelmed by the number of conditioners available.
Leave in conditioner or Rinse out conditioner? 
Which conditioner is right for your hair type?
How much conditioner to use?

Here are some great tips on hair conditioners.

Define Your Hair Type

Before you choose a conditioner, you need to know a little about what conditioner does for your hair.
Conditioner is typically used right after washing your hair and is meant to replace the lost moisture from shampooing.
Conditioner is important for all hair types, but not every conditioner will work for your hair type.
I look at it this way - Shampoo is chosen based on scalp condition and conditioner is used to treat and enhance the condition of the hair.
If your scalp is oily and your ends are dry, choose shampoo that is best suited for an oily scalp and a conditioner that will hydrate your dry ends.

Hair Types

Oily, Limp Hair

Before you condition, spend extra time properly shampooing the hair.
If hair is fine and oily, try using conditioner first, then shampoo.

Avoid conditioners that are hydrating, moisturizing, smoothing, or good for curly hair. These conditioners tend to add too much moisture and will cause your hair to be limp.

Look for conditioners that are volumizing, light, strengthening, or balancing. Added protein is a good for oily hair as well. These products are less moisturizing and more effective at removing excess oil.

When applying conditioner, make sure to keep the product off your scalp.
Apply a small amount to the middle and ends of your hair and rinse thoroughly – a minimum of 40 seconds.

Dry, Damaged, Dull or Brittle Hair

When your hair is dry, damaged or brittle, choosing the right conditioner can make or break your good hair day.

Avoid strengthening, fortifying, and volumizing conditioners.

For hair that is slightly dry, look for conditioners that promote moisture, hydration, smoothing or balancing. These products are great for moisture balance without weighing the hair down.

If your hair is very dry, damaged, and or brittle, look for conditioners that promote repair from damage, control frizz, are good for color treated hair, and protect from heat damage.

Deep Conditioners are great for dry and damaged hair, use 1 - 4 times per month, damaged can be repaired and future damage prevented.

Try a coconut oil treatment for intense damage repair.

Benefits of a Conditioner

Conditioners smooth the cuticle of the hair and also even out the pH level of the hair,  reducing tangling, increases shine, decreases static, and helps make hair more manageable.

How Much Conditioner to Use?

It depends on the density, or thickness of the hair.
The rule of thumb is the amount of a quarter but if your hair is thinner or really thick you may need more or less.

Conditioner for Color-Treated Hair

Some ingredients can break down artificial pigment in the hair, causing it to fade, look dull, or turn brassy.
Switching to products formulated for color treated hair will help give the hair an added bit of protection keeping hair color from fading or looking brassy.

Types of Conditioner

Hydrating/Moisturizing Conditioner

Good for thick, curly, or course hair, adds moisture, shine, and smoothness to hair.

Volumizing Conditioner

Excellent choice for fine or limp hair, if your hairstyle needs a boost and lift, a volumizing conditioner won't weigh hair down.

Strengthening/Fortifying Conditioner

Good for damaged, over processed, highlighted, weak, or brittle hair, helps to detangle, smooth, and strengthen hair.

Balancing Conditioner

Balancing conditioners are a good option - Not too moisturizing but won't dry your hair out.

Smoothing/Straight Hair Conditioner

Extra moisturizers and smoothing agents help seal the cuticle and provide a smooth start for your straight hairstyle.

Curly Hair Conditioner

Conditioners that are formulated for curly hair are typically very moisturizing and make an extra effort to reduce frizz.

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