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Hair conditioner is an important part of the process of looking after your hair. Conditioner is usually
applied after you’ve shampooed and many people see it as the reason why hair looks shiny and feels
great. However, it’s a little more complicated than simply grabbing a conditioner from your local store and using it.
What Conditioner Does
When you wash your hair you need to consider two things; what type of scalp do you have and how
do the ends of your hair look. As many dermatologists will agree, the wrong products will encourage
skin issues on your scalp. This results in rashes and itchiness. But, it also means you’re stripping your
head of essential oils and preventing your hair from getting the nutrients it needs.
You can have an oily scalp and dry, split ends. This shows the nutrition isn’t getting through the hair
and you need to change the products you’re using. Shampoo opens the cuticles in your hair, allowing you to remove excess oil and debris. But, shampoos with harsh chemicals can also suck the moisture from your hair, leaving it dry, brittle, and easily damaged.
Your conditioner closes your cuticles, locking moisture and nutrients into your hair. That’s what
makes it such an important part of your hair care regime. Of course, conditioners can also help you
to tame your hair and encourage the glossy mane.
Choosing The Right Conditioner
The secret to successfully conditioning your hair is to ensure you’re using the right conditioner.
There are hundreds to choose from. But the one thing you’ll notice from reputable products, such as
the Kevin Murphy range, is that they use natural products. These are designed to help your hair
stay healthy, as opposed to harsh chemicals that can strip the goodness from your hair.
Of course, you will need to adopt a trial and error approach to find the perfect conditioner for you
and your hair type, it’s a personal decision.
How Long Should You Leave It In For?
When using a conditioner you’ve probably been curious about how long it should be left in for.
While it is acceptable to lather with conditioner and wash it straight out, this will simply help to
protect your hair. To ensure you’re giving it all the nutrients it needs to shine, you should, three or
four times a week, leave it in for twenty to thirty minutes.
Simply lather the conditioner into your hair and then leave it, this gives the ingredients time to be
absorbed into your hair and improve its health. You should note that leaving it in for longer than thirty minutes has no discernable benefit. In effect,
your hair is fully hydrated and should look fantastic. Leaving the conditioner in won’t increase the
hydration level as this will be impossible.
If you’re in a rush then five minutes of conditioning while you wash your body will suffice. But, you
should make time to condition it for thirty minutes several times every week. You will end up with
hair that a celebrity would be proud to have.
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