Do You Really Need A Conditioner for Your Hair?

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Hair Conditioner

Overexposure to heat, over-styling,  chemical processing of your hair and other habits that can strip off the hair of its much-needed moisture and other natural oils, can result in severely damaged hair. In some instances, hair damage can be due to certain medical conditions.

In order to replenish and rejuvenate your scalp, you need to shampoo your hair frequently followed by a good and best-suited conditioner. As many shampoos of different ingredients are available in the market to treat your hair but out of those keratin shampoo is an ideal option to go for to achieve healthy, glowy and lustrous hair. These shampoos combat dryness and frizz while adding lustre, gloss, and bounce, to dull and damaged hair. It improves the moisture balance of your hair as it will cleanse up your scalp and soften and strengthen your hair.

So, What Is A Conditioner?

To put it in simple words, a conditioner is a conditioning or the moisturizing agent that is generally made up of the ingredients such as oils, silicones, and other emollients, as well as the cationic surfactants (it is the scientific term used for detergents or soaps, which help us to wash away the oily elements). When these elements are combined together, they replenish hair's moisture after some of it is stripped from the hair shampooing.

There are also various types of conditioners, too. Of the most common of them are are your traditionally used post-shampoo Hydrator which is a deep conditioner, which almost acts like a hair mask and is meant to be left for a longer period of time in order to penetrate the strands more deeply and effectively; the cleansing conditioner, which acts just like a shampoo and the conditioner hybrid which simultaneously cleanses and conditions your hair; and then leave-in conditioners which are post-shower, no-rinse procedure to be applied on your hair that nourishes and protects your hair from the harmful things like split ends, dry hair and the pollution throughout the day.

Hair Conditioner Application 

Follow these simple steps to condition your hair to guard them against various harmful distractions:

  • Wash your hair thoroughly in the shower to rinse out all applied shampoo.
  • Use the same amount of conditioner as recommended on the bottle, usually, it is about the size of a quarter.
  • Spread it evenly on the ends of your hair to treat the split ends and the dry hair. For long hair, spread it from the chin level of your body and down. Always try not to apply the conditioner to your scalp.
  • Run your fingers through the strands of your hair or with a wide-tooth comb through the ends of your hair to work out your conditioner in a much better way.
  • Let it stay for some time on your hair, following the instructions mentioned on the label. This is approximately 1 minute.
  • Thoroughly rinse off the conditioner from your hair.

Precautions And Potential Side effects

  • Leave in conditioners do involve a few risks. Allergic reactions attached to the ingredients in the leave-in conditioners are very rare, but they can happen to anyone. If the product used is burning or irritating your scalp, rinse off your hair immediately and discontinue its use.
  • Try not to get any amount of leave-in conditioners in your eyes, as it causes eye burning. If you do, rinse your eyes thoroughly with clean and cool water.
  • If your skin tends to have issues with acne, avoid getting any leave-in conditioners on your face.
  • You may also want to avoid the leave-in conditioners if you have oily hair that collects the product to build upon your scalp. Those having oily hair may also tend to have low porosity hair or hair that is more oily and dense and takes quite a long to dry.

Yes, hair conditioning is very very necessary for your hair's overall well being and to maintain its natural texture and oils.

The daily exposure to various atmospheric toxic air and the harmful sun rays, hair loses its natural shine and the lustre which in turn becomes dry hair, dull and breakable at the same time.

You should and must condition your hair regularly as it shields your hair against the various severe harmful effects to have your hair shine with all its natural and never-ending power.

Now, there are actually two ways that you can easily condition your hair:

  • Natural Conditioning 

Natural conditioning is done by using nature's products directly onto your hair without much processing in between.

The best natural hair conditioners are:

  • Coconut milk/ milk
  • The egg can be used with and without its yolk
  • Bananas
  • Avocados
  • Honey is only used if your hair is brown but never used for dark hair.
  • Apple cider vinegar

Take care of the amount of time you leave the natural conditioning product on your hair. Too much waiting time can be more harmful and does much worse than any good. A minimum slot of 10-20 minutes with a maximum limit of 20-30 minutes is good enough. 

  • Artificial Conditioning 

It is actually the form of conditioner that you bought from the market stores. You can use either of these conditioning methods, but you also have to remember the fact that not everyone has an identical hair texture and natural methods do not always suit everyone.

While using artificial hair conditioning products always try to follow these important points for better visible results:

Every time you shampoo your hair, you should use a conditioner to nourish your hair appropriately and effectively.

Never ever use conditioner on your scalp. It should always be used only on your hair strands and not on its roots as product build up in your roots scalp will block the proper blood circulation and hair breathing and even lead to severe dandruff. And, it is the hair strand that needs to be nourished; roots have their own natural oils production. Leave conditioner for a minimum of 5-10  minutes maximum up to 15 minutes.

Make sure you wash off the conditioner from your hair well with loads of water preferably the lukewarm water. The hair after the washing shouldn't be too dey or glossy.

At Least a gap of about 2-3 days before you go for the next usage of hair conditioner.

After The Hair Conditioning

Use any oil like olive, almond or coconut oil mixed with water after you wash your hair. When this is combined with vinegar it makes your hair glossy, shiny and healthy. But remember to apply it in very small quantities.

Take Away

Leave-in conditioners or other natural or other artificial conditioners may be an important part of your daily hair care routine to add nutrients, moisture, and strength and detangle your hair. It can be especially proven beneficial if you have dry hair or split ends  or using any styling product that tends to damage your hair, like any heat-styling tool, harmful chemicals or even bleach.