The most basic thing you can do to care for your hair (after washing it of course), is to pamper and nourish it with a conditioner after every cleanse. But in order to ensure that your conditioner delivers on its promises and leaves your hair softer and more manageable, there are certain dos and don’ts that you need to follow.
These conditioner rules will not only hydrate your strands, but will also ensure that problems like hair fall, breakage and frizz do not bother you anymore. Sounds like something you can’t wait to find out all about? Read on…
- Do - Rinse with cold water
- Do - Spread the product evenly
- Do - Wring your hair before application
- Don’t - Skimp on time
- Don’t - Apply it on the scalp
- Don’t - Use too much
Do - Rinse with cold water
Washing your hair with lukewarm water opens the cuticles, which allows your shampoo and conditioner to work better. But to prevent frizzy hair post drying, always rinse out the conditioner with cold water. Why, you ask? Well, cold water helps seal the cuticle and lock in the moisture from the conditioner to keep your hair soft, shiny and frizz-free.
Do - Spread the product evenly
Simply applying the conditioner isn’t enough to moisturise your hair; you also need to spread the product evenly. To do so, you need to gently massage your hair for a couple of minutes. This will ensure better product absorption, leaving your hair thoroughly conditioned and moisturised.
Do - Wring your hair before application
After rinsing your shampoo, ensure that you wring out all the excess water from your hair before applying your conditioner. Applying conditioner on sopping wet hair makes the product slide right off. This prevents maximum penetration, thereby rendering the process useless.
Don’t - Skimp on time
For the conditioner to show results, you must exercise a little patience. After applying your conditioner, wait for about four to five minutes before rinsing it out. This allows the ingredients in your conditioner to absorb into your hair and deliver maximum conditioning.
Don’t - Apply it on the scalp
Remember - a conditioner is only supposed to be applied to your hair length, and never on the roots. This is because the heavy texture of the conditioner could cause build-up and make your roots appear flat and greasy. Additionally, this build-up could also lead to a lot of itchiness, discomfort and clogged follicles.
Don’t - Use too much
How much conditioner to use depends on your hair type, length and thickness. But generally speaking, use no more than a coin-sized amount if you have thick, medium length hair. If you have fine hair, use even less. After you have applied the product, comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb to ensure that each strand has been properly coated.