There’s more to a conditioner than a two-step routine that includes shampooing and, well, conditioning. The process isn’t as simple as lathering the tips of your hair. The key to restoring your limp, lifeless hair to its former frizz-free, moisturised avatar lies in the way you condition it. Let’s go over a few hair conditioner hacks that can breathe life into your tresses.
- Condition before shampooing
- Use your conditioner as a hair mask
- Style your hair with it
- Comb your hair after application
- Squeeze out excess after before conditioning
Condition before shampooing
A conditioner primes your hair — just like your standard makeup primer primes your face. Some shampoos are notorious for stripping your hair of its natural oils and drying your tresses out. A conditioner forms a protective layer over your strands, thus retaining the moisture of your hair. It also rids your hair of excess oils without stripping off the natural oils. Conditioning before shampooing can help distribute the shampoo evenly around the hair, and this gives you a better cleanse than usual. The paraben and silicone-free Love, Beauty & Planet Tea Tree Oil & Vetiver Hair Conditioner is perfect for adding volume to your hair. Infused with Australian tea tree oil, this one deeply hydrates each strand. And the earthy scent of vetiver just adds to the appeal!
Use your conditioner as a hair mask
A hair mask is a cocktail of hair-loving ingredients and should be used weekly. But if you don’t want to invest in another product or have run out of your hair mask, you can always make the conditioner do double duty. Apply it from mid-length to tips (avoiding the scalp) and leave it on for about 30-40 minutes. Wash it off after.
Style your hair with it
Conditioners are known to soften your hair. They add a hint of shine to your tresses as well. Leave-in conditioners do just that, but, as suggested by the name, they’re not meant to be washed off. They lock in moisture, detangle your hair, and make it softer and easy to manage. This makes styling the hair easier since you have a nice, smooth base to work with.
Comb your hair after application
Your hair is riddled with tangles after shampooing. Apply some conditioner to it, and let it sit. Then, using a wide-toothed comb, brush your hair to rid it of tangles and knots. This doesn’t just detangle your hair and prevent breakage, but distributes conditioner evenly through your tresses, hydrating each strand in the process. Infused with the goodness of natural ingredients, the Sunsilk Coconut Water and Aloe Vera Conditioner is known for its detangling properties. If you want to minimise breakage, this is it for you.
Squeeze out excess after before conditioning
You might have invested in a conditioner replete with enriching ingredients, but what if you’re not conditioning the right way? All the efforts will go down the drain. Literally. When your hair is wet, your conditioner will slip right off instead of being absorbed by the hair shaft and that moisture and shine you’ve been anticipating? It’ll never show. So ensure you squeeze out the excess water from your hair after you’re done shampooing. This will allow the hair to absorb all the goodness from the product and moisturise the hair thoroughly.