Shampoos are great! They clean your hair, get rid of all the impurities, and make it smell good. However, your hair care regimen is incomplete if you use only a shampoo. You need to follow it up with a conditioner. Irrespective of whether you have fine, thick, thin, curly, wavy, or coiled hair, everyone needs a conditioner. It’s more than a trusted sidekick and deserves to take centre stage now.
Here’s everything you should know about this hair care miracle!
What is a conditioner?
A conditioner is a hair care product used after a shampoo. Apart from ingredients such as silicone, oils, and emollients, this moisturising agent also contains cationic surfactants (cleansing ingredients) that get rid of the oily elements in your hair. And together with these two powerful factors, a conditioner replenishes the moisture lost during shampooing.
What are the benefits of using a conditioner?
Weather, frequent styling, and daily wear and tear can set the stage for hair damage. And shampoo alone cannot hold the ground. Though it’s designed to clean your scalp, hair, and sebum build-up, you also need something potent yet gentle, to replenish the lost moisture and the natural oils stripped from your hair. This is where the conditioner steps in.
• Everything that your hair goes through daily, damages your cuticles and causes them to ultimately break. The conditioner strengthens them with a protective coating, prevents breakage, and promotes hair growth.
• Another major benefit of using a conditioner is that it moisturises your hair, and makes it soft, smooth, reduces frizz, and adds shine to your tresses.
This is why you should not skip the conditioner part during your hair washing routine.
How often should you use a conditioner?
People often skip using a conditioner since it is an additional step in their hair care routine and time-consuming. But does this mean that you too should skip conditioning your hair? No. One of the most asked queries about conditioners is whether they would weigh your hair down? Not for everyone. This occurs mainly if you have fine, thin hair. Fortunately, there are different types of conditioners to suit your unique requirements.
Now, back to the question of how often to use this miracle product – you should condition your hair every time you wash it. While shampoo opens the hair’s cuticles to cleanse the dirt and impurities, a conditioner seals them to lock in the moisture. These two essential hair care products complement each other to give you healthy, strong, and moisturised tresses. You may notice a difference in your hair’s texture from the first wash itself. Plus, practicing the shampoo + conditioner routine regularly will make your hair healthier and stronger with time.
How to use a conditioner properly?
Now that you know about the nourishing benefits of a conditioner, let’s look at the other important step—how to use a conditioner? You might think that it only requires applying the product to your hair, wait for a few minutes, and wash it off. But the process is more defined than that. And we are here to guide you on how to apply conditioner the right way.
Step 1: Wash your hair with a nourishing shampoo. After rinsing it off, squeeze the excess water from your locks. This will ensure that the conditioner covers your hair properly and provides it with all the essential nutrients.
Step 2: Now squeeze a coin-sized amount of conditioner onto your palms. It’s important to know how much conditioner you should use. The rule of thumb is to use less formula if you have fine hair.
Step 3: Apply the conditioner from the mid-lengths of your hair to the tips. Avoid the scalp as it can make it oily.
Step 4: Gently massage the conditioner to ensure that each hair strand is coated well. Now comb the conditioner through your hair strands using your fingertips.
Step 5: Leave it on for a few minutes and wait for the conditioner to work its magic.
Step 6: Now rinse it off. Do it gently but ensure that you clean your hair thoroughly. It’s advisable to use cold water to wash your tresses to provide them an added shine. If your hair continues to feel a bit slippery, it can be because it isn’t rinsed completely. So, keep washing (gently).
Which conditioner should you use?
Choosing the right conditioner depends largely on your hair type, structure, and thickness.
If you have fine hair and want to add volume to your tresses, Pantene Sheer Volume Conditioner does an incredible job. This lightweight, volumising conditioner is enriched with a nourishing Pro-V formula that helps you get fuller and healthier hair.
Hair frizz is a common problem, and a majority of women wake up with a bedhead. To tame and smooth frizz-prone hair, try the Pantene Smooth & Sleek Conditioner that’s formulated with Pro-V nutrients to lock out humidity and help you flaunt hair that’s smooth, strong, and manageable.
Daily wear and tear and regular heat styling can cause hair breakage. To protect your delicate tresses, use Pantene Long & Strong Conditioner to strengthen them from inside out. This reduces the damage and you’ll notice a visible reduction in *hair fall.
Different hair types need different conditioners that not only address the problems but also give you gorgeous, strong, and healthy locks. Explore the wide range of Pantene Conditioners that are formulated to address your unique haircare requirements and make you ready for the good hair days!
*All references on this page refers to hair fall or hair loss due to breakage.