The hair conditioner, while being an essential step in any hair care routine, sometimes ends up as just an afterthought. You might pick up a conditioner from the same range as the shampoo or just get any product without giving it much thought, amirite? But guess what ladies, as a rule of thumb, your shampoos should be chosen depending on how your scalp feels (dry, oily, etc.) and conditioners, based on how your hair feels to touch (frizzy, dry, rough, etc.). For instance, you might have an oily scalp, but your hair might feel dry and rough on touch — in this case, the responsibility falls on your conditioner to infuse moisture back into your dull, dry hair.
Choosing the right conditioner based on your hair type can help reduce tangles, increase shine, decrease static and make your hair more manageable; without weighing it down. Here’s how to pick the right conditioner for your hair type.
01. Limp, oily hair
For hair that is limp and oily, often the solution begins with skipping the conditioner once a while. When in reality, if your hair feels greasy despite using a conditioner, it is because it's the wrong kind or hasn’t rinsed off properly. Avoid products that mention ‘hydrating’ or ‘moisturising’ on the labels; instead, go for products labelled ‘volumising’ or ‘balancing’. Also, make sure to spend a minimum of 30 seconds rinsing the conditioner off your mane.
02. Dry, dull hair
Moisture should be key when dealing with dry and dull tresses. Look for products that claim to have moisturising, hydrating, smoothing, or balancing benefits. Even products formulated to help maintain curls can be of big help. These formulations help balance the moisture level in your hair without weighing it down too much. Deep conditioning sessions are an added plus and when done at least twice a month, can prevent dryness.
03. Damaged, frizzy hair
If your hair is excessively damaged, look for products that have added benefits like repair and frizz control. Formulas targeted at chemically treated hair also do wonders for damaged, frizzy hair. Ingredients like argan oil or coconut oil can help strengthen your stands and bring it back to health as well.
Pro tip: When using a conditioner, focus on massaging your hair from mid-lengths to the ends. Keep the scalp out of bounds and make sure you get all of the product out before stepping out of the shower.