A hair wash is never complete without a good conditioning routine. Everyone loves detangled, bouncy and moisturised hair. But, if you feel that your conditioner is not making a big difference, despite spending a fortune on it, chances are you are making a few mistakes.
If you are wondering why the same product works like magic at a salon but fails to deliver the same results when you use it at home, here are some tips that may help you:
You May Be Washing Your Hair Wrong
How does one wash their hair wrong, you ask? Well, here is how. The directions on your conditioner bottle ask you to leave the product on for at least 5 minutes before rinsing it off. But that is not the end of it. Your hair needs to be washed off thoroughly afterwards.
Even if you rinse well after conditioning, chances are, your hair is not conditioner free. The slight amount of conditioner that stays back will probably weigh down your hair.
On the contrary, if you apply the conditioner first and then rinse it off and follow it up with a shampoo, though unconventional, it leaves your tresses bouncy and shiny!
So technically, you get all the benefits of the conditioner without your hair getting greasy too quickly in the week. How awesome is that?
In case you like your hair extra conditioned and want to leave on some product, it's best to invest in a leave-in conditioner. They tend to work perfectly when it comes to styling your hair into waves or curls without making them look greasy.
Are You Conditioning Your Hair Properly?
We just discussed the reverse shampooing technique for bouncier hair. But what about how you are conditioning your hair? The bottle is said to apply conditioner to your hair and avoid the scalp and roots. Well, they are not kidding!
Whatever happens, do not let your conditioner get to your roots and scalp as they will clog your pores. With clogged pores, hair growth is affected, and your hair will not grow as quickly as it should!
There's more. If you get conditioner in your scalp and roots, your scalp tends to get oilier and greasier, making things worse for people who already have oily hair and scalp issues.
Applying the conditioner to the length of your hair, avoiding the scalp and roots works best, in a more targeted approach.
It will give you bouncy waves for days and days!
Choose Your Conditioner Wisely
Not all products suit everyone. You should choose a hair product according to your hair's texture.
If you have dry hair, an uber hydrating conditioner should make it into your list, like Oriental Botanic's Pomegranate Vinegar Hair Conditioner
which is packed with nourishing ingredients. Pomegranate Vinegar helps in getting glossy tresses and restoring the natural pH of the scalp. The sweet almond, avocado oil and jojoba oil add that extra oomph of moisture. Fruit extracts like Amla conditions the hair with Vitamin C, promoting overall hair health all the more. Find a conditioner with a great ingredient list to help keep your hair well hydrated for a longer duration.
If you have normal to oily hair, you can go for a lighter conditioner that hydrates the hair but isn't very high on oils, leaving oily hair greasy. Try Oriental Botanic's Red Onion Hair Conditioner
, bound to help your hair with its impressive ingredient blend. It comes infused with red onion oil known to help hair growth and give a much-needed boost to overall hair health. It contains Bhringraj which helps control excess hair fall, and the astringent and antioxidant properties of Manjistha and Kalonji are sure to leave your scalp clean and nourished.
If your conditioner is not suiting your hair, don't try to make it work forcibly. Just increasing the number of washes does not help. Your hair type can change with time, which may or may not go well with your current conditioner. You have to figure out what has changed. Do they seem more damaged? Oily? Weighed-down? You may even have to switch depending on your hair concerns. The current texture of your hair needs to be considered before choosing your conditioner.
you don't need to change your conditioner from time to time. If your hair's texture remains neutral, not too dry or too oily, you can continue using your conditioner.
Conditioner Is For Everyone!
Yes, you heard that right. It is for everyone, whatever your hair type may be. Oily, dry, normal, everyone needs a conditioner according to their hair type. Generally, people don't get the product that suits their hair type, resulting in them ditching the conditioner altogether. On the contrary, a conditioner can contribute to your hair health & texture exponentially if used in the right way. Just avoid products which are high in silicones or loaded with harmful chemicals, and you are good to go!
And now for the big reveal,
You Can Use A Conditioner Without Shampooing!
It's true. We kid you not. If you are skipping your next wash, you can use your conditioner to keep your hair hydrated. Without regular conditioning, your hair tends to become frizzy, dry and unhealthy. While washing your hair every day may not be possible, but conditioning them regularly is possible.
This revelation is especially great for people who have an oily scalp with dry ends. If they wash their hair often, it is bound to dry out their tresses. Skip a wash and condition your hair with a small amount of conditioner. This process will keep your hair conditioned and your scalp clean and dry.
Moreover, a conditioned slicked back pony is back in fashion! You can style them with professional clothes, and you will be a force to be reckoned with. Taming away those baby hairs shouldn't be an issue as well, as you can smooth them out with a conditioner and have your perfect hair-do ready in 2!
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