When it comes to hair care, our routine works like a well-oiled machine — we shampoo, we condition, we opt for a leave-in serum occasionally, and that’s about it. But we're so used to this almost mechanical hair care routine that we forget to ask ourselves — is there something missing? Especially when it comes to conditioners!
Conditioners are one of those products that people either love or hate, but regardless of what their opinions may be, they can't stop using them. However, there are a few things that no one ever tells you about conditioners that are super important for making the most of the product and also getting your hair to look just right after conditioning. Wanna know what they are? Scroll down to find out.
- 01. How long do you need to leave it on for
- 02. The same conditioner doesn't work for everyone
- 03. Coloured strands need extra TLC
- 04. Your hair doesn't 'get used to' your conditioner
- 05. Your roots don't need conditioner
01. How long do you need to leave it on for
When it comes to conditioner, we all know to leave it on for a bit... But how long is 'a bit', exactly? The jury is in, and apparently, you only need to leave the conditioner on for 2-3 minutes before rinsing it off. This will ensure your hair gets all the goodness promised by the conditioner without making it overly greasy or weighing it down. You're welcome!
02. The same conditioner doesn't work for everyone
Just like skincare products, there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to conditioners. All hair types require different types of conditioners, but here's the good news: To find the one for you, all you need to know is the texture of your hair. If you have thin hair, a volumising conditioner like the TRESemmé Thick & Full Conditioner can help, since it’s enriched with biotin and wheat protein to give you thicker, stronger hair with every wash. If you have damaged locks, the Dove Intense Repair Conditioner can do wonders thanks to the keratin actives present in it, which deeply nourish hair. If you have frizzy hair, opt for the Love Beauty & Planet Natural Argan Oil & Lavender No Frizz Conditioner, since it’s a fast-rinse conditioner that soothes frizzy hair thanks to the argan oil present in it. You get the drift.
03. Coloured strands need extra TLC
If you have coloured hair, don't even think for a second that you can get away with using just about any conditioner under the sun. Coloured strands need extra TLC, and a sulphate-free conditioner like the TRESemmé Pro Protect Sulphate Free Conditioner can work really well. Formulated with Moroccan argan oil, the conditioner provides gentle care to coloured treated hair for long-lasting vibrancy and sheen while retaining moisture.
04. Your hair doesn't 'get used to' your conditioner
One of the biggest myths in the modern-day hair care world is that your hair 'gets used to' a conditioner, and eventually, the conditioner will stop having the desired effect. Stay loyal to your hair care products, and trust them to keep your locks looking on point! They know what they're doing.
05. Your roots don't need conditioner
The conditioner does not belong on your roots! Conditioning your roots can make your hair greasy, and we don't want that, do we? The scalp produces natural oils to keep itself nourished, whereas the ends of your hair remain devoid of moisture and end up looking dry. Applying conditioner from the mid-length to the ends, focusing more on the tips, will ensure your strands remain hydrated. And if you're concerned about your hair follicles being adequately nourished, do your locks a favour and opt for a hair mask, like the Dove Intense Damage Repair Hair Mask. It will refresh dry hair, revive dull hair, and repair hair damage while deeply nourishing your hair. Use it a couple of times a week, and your hair is going to thank you for it.
Written by Nishtha Bhalla on Aug 12, 2021
Nishtha is a freelance writer who loves all things beauty, fashion, culture, and lifestyle. With content covering a variety of topics, she brings a holistic, nuanced perspective to her writing. In her free time, she can be found watching reruns of The Office, reading anything she can get her hands on, and experimenting with astrology.