How To Make The Most Of Your Conditioner

How To Make The Most Of Your Conditioner

Conditioner smooths, softens and boosts the health of your hair. However, according to the experts, there is a right and a wrong way to use it. Keep reading to find out more…

Seek Out The Best Formula

“Conditioner, put simply, is a moisturising agent made up of silicones, oils and emollients to replenish the moisture of your hair,” says Adam Reed, editorial ambassador at L’Oréal Professionnel. “They aren’t, however, all created equal, and it’s never been more important to assess your own individual needs and find a conditioner that’s right for your hair type. For instance, if you’re concerned with damage, look for a protein-rich formula to nourish hair from the inside out. Likewise, if you want to boost volume, conditioners can help when they include ingredients like Intra-Cylane (found in L’Oréal Professionnel’s Serie Expert Volumetry), which help to create a scaffolding-like support for the fibres, adding visible bulk and volume.” 

Nail Your Application 

“The right way to apply conditioner is in long, fluid motions so you’re reaching most of your hair,” advises Zak Twohig, technical director at Trevor Sorbie. “To make your conditioner work harder, try squeezing some of the water out of your strands after you’ve shampooed. Excess water dilutes the effects of your conditioner, preventing your hair from soaking up the key moisturising ingredients. Doing this simple trick will give your strands extra nourishment and softness.” 

Remove It Quickly

“Two minutes will suffice for most hair types as this is how much time it takes for a conditioner to adhere to your strands,” adds Adam. “It doesn’t need to be on much longer than this, otherwise it can weigh the hair down. However, if you’re using a deep conditioner, three to five minutes is ideal as they are built to penetrate the shaft." Those with thick, wavy or afro hair will benefit most from these deep conditoning formulas as they help to boost elasticity and manageability.

Stick To The Lengths & Ends

“Conditioners should be used on the lengths and ends of your hair,” recommends Zak. “If your hair is pre-lightened or coloured from the root then it’s perfectly fine to use a little on the scalp, but make sure you rinse it out thoroughly. For most hair types, applying conditioner at the root can weigh your hair down y and cause roots to appear greasy even after you’ve washed them.” 

Never Forgo It 

“Clients often ask when they should skip conditioner,” says Adam. “In this instance, think of it like skincare. You would never leave your face or skin un-moisturised, and hair is no different. Conditioner refortifies the cuticle with a protective coating, so the hair can keep growing without breaking easily – it’s deemed essential by many. Without it, your hair would be more difficult to comb and more prone to breakage. If you’re someone with fine hair and you’re worried your formula is too heavy, either speak to your stylist about switching things up." 

Invest In A Wide Tooth Comb

“This may seem like an unnecessary step, but using a wide tooth comb or a tangle teezer is key to work your conditioner through your hair,” adds Adam. “Not only does it help product adhere to each strand properly and boost shine, it’s also a great technique to avoid breakage while also getting rid of premature knots. If your hair is really matted, try using your fingers first to detangle – never tug at the hair with any tools.” 


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