Types of Conditioners and How to Use Them
There are different types of conditioners suitable for different hair. We either don’t know about the types of conditioners or often get confused about which conditioner we should buy. To help you out in this, we have discussed the different types of conditioners along with a brief explanation of how to use each of them. But, before you come to know about what are the types of conditioners, let’s understand what a conditioner is.
What is a Conditioner?
To understand what a conditioner is, you need to understand how our hair works. Our hair has different layers and the outermost layer is known as Epicuticle. It is a very thin and most important layer. The conditioner works on this particular layer. To put in simple words, a conditioner is a moisturizing agent whose main function is to lubricate the hair which also makes combing easier. It also replenishes the natural fatty oils that are already in and on your hair. Conditioner not only adds shine to your hair but also protects it from pollution and heat. Conditioner is an important product that needs to be incorporated in your routine.
How to Use a Conditioner to Your Hair for Maximum Results?
You might think only shampooing your hair is enough but no, hair experts suggest that you should condition your hair every single time you shampoo. Well, you might also get confused as to how or when to use a conditioner. There are different types of conditioners that you will get to read about later but first let us see how to use a conditioner.
After shampooing, squeeze out all the water from your hair. Excess water can dilute your conditioner and will prevent your hair from soaking up the moisture. Now take an adequate amount of conditioner. Spread it from the mid-lengths of your hair and to the tips. Do not put it on your scalp. Keep it for 3-5 minutes and rinse it off with water.
What Are the Different Types of Conditioners?
There are various types of conditioners out there in the market. It is very confusing to which conditioners to use and to which not. So here I am breaking it down to the three basic and important ones out there in this article:
1. Rinse-Out Conditioners
A rinse-out conditioner is a very basic moisturizing conditioner that is meant to be used every single time you shampoo your hair. This type of conditioner is lightweight and has lotion-like consistency that can be spread out evenly on your hair. This type of conditioner creates a protective coating on the outer layer of your hair. The main purpose of using shampoo is to clean the hair. But as you clean your hair, the natural oils of your hair get stripped off leaving it dry and frizzy. Rinse-out conditioner restores that lost moisture and lubrication. Due to our lifestyle, our hair is always exposed to sun and pollution which leads to damage and breakage of hair. Thus, a conditioner mends those injuries and protects your hair from future damage. It also reduces frizz, increases shine and strengthen the hair. We suggest you to use rinse-out conditioners as exactly mentioned above.
2. Leave-in Conditioners
Good leave-in conditioners are mainly used as an additional step after you have come out of the shower. The purpose of this type of conditioner is to lock the moisture and add an extra layer of protection from dust and heat. You can use leave-in without rinse out conditioner but for best results, use it after using a rinse-out conditioner. It is applied to damp hair or can also be applied to dry hair. The formula of leave-in is a very non-oily serum-like texture. But they also can be found in cream, lotion, and sprays. Once you apply it onto your hair it gets absorbed very quickly making your hair soft and manageable. You can also use leave-in conditioners for styling your hair as it can be used on different types of hair.
When it comes to leave-in conditioners, many people tend to go overboard with the amount which later makes the hair greasy. If using a serum, then take a coin size amount and spread it on your hair focusing mainly on the tips as it is prone to spilt ends. If using a cream or lotion leave-in, then a pea size should suffice.
3. Protein Conditioners
Our hair is made up of a particular protein called Keratin. It is an essential building block of our hair. Almost 90% of our hair is made up of keratin. If our hair does not have keratin then it cannot stand against the daily labor like combing, washing, etc. If your hair lacks that protein then the hair becomes very weak and prone to breakage.
Here are the few things you should know that damage the protein of your hair:
- All types of chemical dyes and continuous use of a heating tool on your hair
- Not taking proper care of your hair and not giving the nourishment that it needs
- Not eating foods that are high in protein
Light protein conditioners can be used after every shampoo to restore life into the hair. It not only repairs the excess damage but also gives your hair the much protein and moisture it needs to prevent it from breakage.
4. Deep Conditioning
A deep conditioner is nothing but a supercharged version of your everyday hair conditioner. It is an intensive, restorative, repairing, and nourishing treatment that you can do for your hair. A deep conditioner is packed with all the necessary ingredients that help your hair to moisturize, strengthen, grow, and of course protect.
Deep conditioners are of two types:
- Protein-based Deep Conditioners, and
- Moisture-based Deep Conditioners.
If you do not have damaged hair, it is better not to use a protein-based conditioner very often.
Deep conditioners are usually very thick in texture. You can take a good amount of it according to the lengths of your hair and use it all over from roots to tips. Keep it on for 30 minutes and rinse it off. This type of treatment is excellent for the overall health of your hair so once a week is highly recommended.
Hair is something that you, me, and all of us are very protective of. As we go out often and our hair is exposed to a lot of pollution, taking good care of it is very necessary. Along with a proper hair regime, you should also take care of your diet to get the maximum result. A good amount of protein, biotin, and omega 3 in your diet aids the result of healthy beautiful hair.
We hope that we have cleared your confusion about the types of conditioners for natural hair and how to use each type for different hair types. Now that you know how to keep your hair healthy, you might be interested to read about some of the best Granny’s tips to keep your skin healthy and glowing using natural formulas.
Do let us know in the comment box below which type of conditioner you found the best for your hair and any suggestion or comment on the post you have just read.
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