Shampooing your hair helps remove dirt, grime, product buildup and other impurities. But it also robs your hair off its natural oils, leading to dryness, frizz, damage and tangled locks. This is why conditioners are an important part of hair care routines and should be used right after shampoo to add the nourishment back into your tresses.

However, to get the most out of your conditioner, it is important to understand how to correctly apply the product. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to apply conditioner the right way:

How to apply conditioner: Step-by-step guide

Step 01: Choose the right conditioner

The first step is to pick the right conditioner for your hair type. There’s a reason why so many shampoos and conditioners are available in the market — each one of them is formulated for a specific hair concern. Take a look at some of our top picks below.

  • Coloured hair —  For coloured hair, we recommend using a sulphate-free shampoo that will cleanse your hair and prevent the colour from fading. The TRESemmé Pro Protect Sulphate Free Conditioner is a sulphate-free formula that contains Moroccan argan oil that protects hair from damage and adds long-lasting shine and vibrancy to colour-treated hair.
  • Damaged hair: Dry and damaged hair needs special care and attention, and using a harsh formula will only make it appear dull. The Dove Intense Repair Conditioner is a mild, nourishing formula that coats each hair strand with moisture and repairs it over time. Using it in combination with the Dove Intense Repair Shampoo will improve the health of your hair considerably.
  • Thin, limp hair: Trying to add volume to thin and limp hair can be annoying, and tricks like backcombing only causes more damage. A natural and safe alternative is to use the Love Beauty & Planet Natural Coconut Water & Mimosa Volumizing Conditioner. Infused with the goodness of coconut water, it provides body and strength to fine, limp hair. While the ethically sourced Moroccan mimosas in it, transport you to a tropical paradise.

 

 

Step 02: Wash your hair

Step 02: Wash your hair

The first step is to wash your hair with a shampoo, before moving on to the conditioner. While applying the shampoo, make sure to focus more on the scalp than the length of the hair. After washing it off with warm water, wring out your hair. If you apply conditioner on sopping wet hair, the product will slide right off and won’t do much for your tresses.

 

Step 03: Apply the conditioner

Step 03: Apply the conditioner

Squirt out some conditioner in your hand and run it through the mid-shafts of your hair. The amount of conditioner depends on hair length, but a dime-sized amount is usually recommended. If you have long and thick hair, you can take double the recommended amount to ensure that most of your strands are well coated with it. Avoid putting conditioner anywhere near the scalp and concentrate only on the ends.

 

Step 04: Rinse out

Step 04: Rinse out

After you’ve let the product sit on your hair for a couple of minutes (read the product label to know the exact time; ideally 3-5 minutes), rinse it out with cold water as it helps close the hair cuticles and adds shine and lustre to the hair. Rinse it out until your hair doesn’t feel super slimy, then wring out your hair, and you’re done!