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Choosing the Right Hair Conditioner

Using conditioner on your hair means complementing the treatment offered by your shampoo. The perfect conditioner can have your hair looking and feeling softer and smoother, strengthening each strand to prevent breakage for healthy, glossy locks. Many people prefer to leave out the conditioner part of their hair care routine, but this is mostly because of incorrect usage. Follow the instructions to make sure you’re applying conditioner the right way, whether it’s to leave in for a few minutes or to rinse immediately. If you find that the product has weighed down on your hair, then leave it in for a minute less than what it states in the instructions. It’s all about testing in order to obtain the best results. Also, it’s a good idea to comb the conditioner through your hair in order for a more effective absorption. There are different conditioners to suit different hair types and needs, so read on to discover which conditioner can bring out the best in your own tresses. Hair Types: Thin/Fine Even though you may not think it, thin and fine hair does require some conditioning but look for lightweight formulas that rinse out easily and offer volume without weighing down your hair. If you just stuck to shampoo and forgot about the conditioner you could end up with dry, flyaway hair that lacks proper body, moisture and luster. Here are some ingredients that can help thicken and strengthen hair: biotin, caffeine, panthenol and amino acids. If your hair is particularly fine, just apply conditioner about two inches from the roots, avoiding the crown area, since your ends will require more hydration. Conditioners for thin/fine hair Normal/Medium Having this hair type means you just have to maintain a balanced hydration to conserve your hair’s health and texture. Since there are no specific hair issues bothering you, simply pick up a conditioner that can maintain moisture levels and preserve vitality and health while boosting shine with ingredients like vitamins A, C and E, eucalyptus and wheat proteins. These formulas will keep your hair refreshed and strengthened, especially if they’re intended for daily use. Conditioners for normal/medium hair Curly As mentioned in the shampoo buying guide, curly hair requires moisture in order to preserve its bounce. What a conditioner can do is deeply moisturize and nourish your curls, providing them with a healthy shine all the way to the ends. Your scalp normally produces natural oils but these often don’t make it all the way down the twists and turns of your curls, and can leave the ends dry and frizzy, which is why the use of a good conditioner can replenish that much needed moisture. Some effective ingredients include shea butter, olive oil and glycerin to promote elasticity and general hair health. Many stylists recommend a conditioner that is high in protein, which is very good for boosting your hair’s appearance. Conditioners for curly hair Thick Thick hair tends to take on a ‘lampshade’ look, being fuller at the bottom instead of at the roots, and if it’s also course then you can experience frizz and wayward strands. For this, you need a conditioner that contains softening ingredients like avocado oil and soy milk to even out the weight and texture while smoothing the volume. You’ll find that your hair will glow with health and become a lot easier to manage. Conditioners for thick hair Hair Characteristics: Oily Oily hair is directly a result of a dry scalp, as strange as it sounds. You need a conditioner that can soothe the dryness which causes the oil glands in the scalp to over-produce oil, that ultimately leaves you with greasy hair. Try to avoid using the conditioner (and shampoo) every day, since you’ll be cleansing your scalp constantly of its natural oils. With a controlled use of the conditioner you can restore balance to your scalp and enjoy cleaner, glossier hair. Conditioners for oily hair Damaged or Chemically Treated Dry, damaged or chemically treated hair requires an intensive moisturizing treatment to deeply hydrate and strengthen each strand. You can try leave-in conditioners to heal the hair shaft and replenish much needed moisture in order to restore your hair’s health and make it more manageable. You’ll need ingredients like argan oil to patch up the damaged areas of the cuticle and leave your hair smooth, soft and strong. If you’ve had your locks chemically treated it’s a good idea to pick a conditioner that can work with your treatment. Conditioners for damaged or chemically treated hair Color Treated Select conditioners that have been specifically designed to treat highlighted and colored hair because they contain ingredients that help preserve color and prevent it from fading with each wash. Keep an eye out for amino acids, sunflower extract and UV filters which protect your hair and maintain the vibrancy it had from the first day you had it color treated. Conditioners for color treated hair Hair Loss You can stimulate your scalp and hair follicles with a specially formulated shampoo and conditioner to encourage growth and promote the thickening of the strands as a preventive method for hair loss. Now there’s no need for you to despair with each hair that you lose, you can improve your situation with the right conditioner. Hair loss conditioners Sun and Swim Protection If you’re partial to the sun and the swimming pool, you’ll need to protect your tresses from the damage that can inevitably be brought on them. A conditioner that includes sunscreens and moisturizing ingredients is ideal for preserving health and shine, as well as creating a protective barrier over each strand to prevent damage. Sun and swim protection conditioners