10 TIPS FOR USING CONDITIONERSSoilscents
“Idiot! Nobody mixes conditioners with water!” Somehow, even after all these years, my cousin’s scornful words ring in my head every time I reach for my conditioner. For a long time, that has been my only rule for applying conditioner, hoping for a makeover of my frizzy hair every time.
Many years and many disappointments and revelations later, it dawned on me that there is indeed a set of rules for the right use of conditioner. It is not to be regarded as an add-on to enhance the effect of the shampoo. Conditioner has its own role, and its own rules too.
These are the tips that I picked on while experimenting with brands, formulas, fragrances, testimonials and a lot more. And these rules, backed by beauty experts, have helped maximise the benefits of using conditioner and keep my hair healthy, nourished, and manageable.
- I start with clean, shampooed hair, and ensure that I have thoroughly rinsed out the shampoo from the hair.
- Always choose the right conditioner: Select one that is suitable for your hair type and concerns. Whether you have dry, oily, damaged, or colour-treated hair, there are conditioners designed to address specific needs.
- Make sure you use the right amount of conditioner. It varies depending on your hair length and thickness. Begin with a small amount, such as a quarter-sized dollop, and adjust as needed.
- Keep in mind that there is an application method. Gently squeeze out any excess water from your hair, leaving it damp but not dripping. Take the conditioner in your hands and distribute it evenly throughout your hair. Start from the mid-lengths and work your way down to the ends. Avoid applying conditioner directly to your scalp, as it can weigh down your hair or make it appear greasy.
- Use a wide-toothed comb or your fingers to gently comb the conditioner through your hair. This helps distribute the product evenly and detangle any knots.
- Let it sit: Allow the conditioner to work its magic by leaving it in your hair for the recommended time. This can vary depending on the conditioner you’re using, so check the instructions on the bottle. Typically, two or three minutes are sufficient.
- After the designated time, rinse your hair thoroughly with cool or lukewarm water. Ensure that no residue is left behind, as it can make your hair appear dull.
- Finish with a cool water rinse: For an extra boost of shine and to help seal the hair cuticles, finish your rinse with a quick blast of cool water. This can also increase the manageability of your hair.
- Pat your hair dry with a soft towel to remove excess moisture. Avoid rubbing vigorously as it can cause frizz and damage.
- Use a conditioner every time you shampoo the hair. And the frequency depends on the type of your hair and how exposed it is to the elements.
There could be ten tips for the correct application of a conditioner, but there is only one rule for me to pick up the best conditioner. Soilscents’ Green tea and Brazilian Babassu oil conditioner for dry scalp. Just a single use, and I made it my go-to conditioner. Check it out!