Hair conditioner is very
ancient, although it only began to be mainstream in the 1950s.
Ancient Egyptians mixed fats and oils to create rudimentary
conditioner. Luckily, we don't have to resort to that today,
but remember, the most important preventitive measures you can
take to keep your hair healthy and beautiful is to keep it
clean and well nourished. Conditioning your hair is
therefore one of the most important steps you can do for
keeping healthy, sexy, full-bodied hair. It is essential that
you understand what hair conditioner is, how to properly apply
it, and what to look for to maximize the results for your type
Hair conditioner is, in a
sense, a moisturizer for your hair. Moisture in hair strands
help keep elasticity, strength, and beauty. When hair gets dry,
the outer shell can split and break, revealing the inside hair
fibers. This gives hair the dry, frizzy look that is so often
seen with split ends. Hair conditioner adds
moisture, helping keep the outer shell together which gives
hair the healthy shine. This also reduces the tendency to
tangle, making it more manageable.
Condition after shampooing. It
is important to apply conditioner properly, so do not pour
directly onto your hair. Doing so increases the chance that it
will be unevenly applied and not reach all of your hair.
Instead, place a small amount onto the palm of your hand and
rub them together. Once in a lather, apply to your hair and
gently massage it in. NEVER use your finger nails or dig into
your scalp. This will damage your hair and, in exteme
situations, can lead to hair loss. Be sure to let the treatment
sit for at least sixty seconds, giving your hair time to absorb
the nutrients. Rinse with warm (not hot!) water until
thoroughly cleaned. Use cool water for the last ten
What type of conditioner to use
and how much to pay? That questions depends entirely on the
type of hair you have and the budget you're under. More
expensive conditioners are not necessarily going to provide
better results, but generally, you get what you pay for
(especially toward the cheaper end of the price range).
Therefore, consult your hair stylist at your favorite Hair
Salon and get their expert opinion. See what brands they carry
in their workplace and find out what types they use personally.
Make sure they recommend a hair conditioner based on your hair
type and needs.
Ingredients to Help Hair Healthy
Aloe, cucumber, glycerin,
honey, plant oils, and even milk can help keep your hair
healthy. Remember, your hair is mainly protein, so protein-rich
solutions can help strengthen hair strands. Also, look for
solutions containing vitamins that will enrich your
Try and avoid hair conditioners
that have been formulated with thick waxes or polymers which
can weigh down your hair and leave you with a flat hairstyle.
This is especially a concern if you have fine hair.