How To Choose an Appropriate Hair Conditioner

Hair conditioners make your hair look and feel soft, smooth and healthy. It tames frizzy hair and limp locks. Frequent blow drying and styling causes your hair to become brittle and dry. With conditioners, damaged hair is brought back to life.

When buying a hair conditioner, it should be based on your current type of hair. Here are useful tips in choosing a hair conditioner.

  1. Buy regular conditioner if you have normal, healthy, shiny locks.
  2. Choose a volumizing conditioner if you have limp or fine hair. This type of conditioner can add body to your hair. Look for conditioners with panthenol or pantothenic acid.
  3. Select a rich moisturizing conditioning formula for dry or frizzy hair. The following ingredients are ideal for this hair texture: Shea butter, jojoba, coconut, avocado, safflower and mineral oil, to name a few.
  4. Look for light conditioners with citrus oils, rosemary or peppermint oils when you have oily hair. Use only a small amount so as not to weigh down your locks.
  5. Use a rich, thick conditioner if you have color treated hair. Specially formulated conditioners for dyed hair contain ingredients that prolong the effects of the dye on your hair. It also brings out the shine and brightness of your color treated hair.
  6. Buy a deep conditioner for curly hair. Kinky hair needs a conditioner that is high in protein.
  7. Opt for natural hair conditioners as a substitute. Olive oil and mayonnaise are great for your hair. These are chemical-free substitutes.
  8. Avoid hair conditioners that contain isopropyl alcohol. This ingredient can dry your hair. Sodium polystyrene sulfonate is another chemical to avoid. If you have sensitive skin, it is best to stay clear of conditioners with: menthol, balm mint, capsicum, resorcinol, cinnamon and coriander.
  9. Stay away from conditioners that add too much oil to your hair, making it look greasy.
  10. Choose a different conditioner for the summer and spring months and the fall and winter months. Use a lighter conditioning formula during warmer months. When the cool winds of winter come, choose a conditioner that will rehydrate your hair.
  11. Select your conditioner based on what it can do for your hair and not by the cost. Just because a particular hair conditioner is more expensive doesn’t mean it is best for your hair. See which conditioners work best for you.
  12. Stay away from two-in-one combos. Shampoos work differently from conditioners. One cleans, while the other conditions. These two jobs are better done one after the other.

Reminder:  Change the brand of your conditioner (and shampoo for that matter) every so often. At some point, your conditioner will no longer work properly on your hair. This can be due to excess build up which can be stripped by using a clarifying shampoo.

Hair conditioners rejuvenate dry, dull, limp and damaged hair. Many conditioners in the market have vitamins and proteins to keep your hair healthy or repair damaged strands. When you shop for hair conditioner look for one with light formulations which will not weigh down hair strands or make them look greasy. Read the labels carefully. Look for conditioners formulated specially for your hair. Your conditioner should provide enough lubrication and moisture to keep the strands soft, hydrated, and manageable, without robbing the hair of its volume or shine.


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