Whether you’re sporting a lob or have Rapunzel-length mane, your hair will never look healthy if it's dry or frizzy. Which is why it’s necessary to pamper your tresses using the right products. One product that adds instant nourishment and moisture to dry and lifeless hair is a conditioner. It is an essential product in every hair care routine. The key to healthy and luscious hair lies in using a conditioner after each hair wash.
However, if applying conditioner to your tresses religiously is not helping or giving you the hair of your dreams, chances are you’re not using it right. That’s true; using too much, too little or the wrong conditioner can ruin your hair. Here are a few common conditioner mistakes you might be making.
- 01. Applying conditioner to your roots
- 02. Applying too much conditioner
- 03. Not deep conditioning your hair
- 04. Not warming your conditioner
- 05. Applying shampoo first every single time
01. Applying conditioner to your roots
One of the biggest hair care mistakes most women make is applying conditioner to the roots. Your scalp produces enough oil to nourish the roots, hence you must stick to applying conditioner from the mid-lenght to the tips. However, if you feel your scalp is dry, try nourishing it with hair oil.
02. Applying too much conditioner
As a rule of thumb, it is recommended to use a coin-sized amount of conditioner, but depending on your hair length and type, you can reduce this amount. If you have fine or short hair, applying a coin-sized amount will weigh your hair down and make it look limp.
03. Not deep conditioning your hair
Don’t expect your hair to miraculously turn smooth and shiny by applying a conditioner and leaving it on for a few minutes. Thick, damaged and brittle hair can’t be repaired using a conditioner alone. Instead, pamper your tresses to a deep conditioning mask to give them a new lease of life.
04. Not warming your conditioner
This might come as a surprise, but did you know that warming your conditioner bottle before use can increase its efficiency and absorption? Yes, really! Allow your conditioner to get warm under the shower steam or place the bottle in hot water to heat it up.
05. Applying shampoo first every single time
While you’ve been shampooing first and then conditioning your hair all your life, sometimes it’s best to use a conditioner first. That’s right! Especially if you want your tresses to look voluminous, apply conditioner first, let it stay for a few minutes and then wash off using a mild shampoo.