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Hair Conditioners - Types and Uses
The most important thing you need to know about conditioners
still remains that - 'Too much will leave you with limp hair and
too little will leave your hair crackling with static
electricity, especially during winter.
The basic function of a conditioner is to replace the sebum
that is lost from your hair. And though you get shampoos and
conditioners fortified with vitamins and proteins and fruit
extracts, the base line remains that none of them can replace
the importance of a balanced and healthy diet. Nevertheless, it
is always better to know what to use and what not to use for
your hair. Different types of conditioners with varying
ingredients are available in the market today. Choose what best
suits your hair.
Here's everything you wanted to know about conditioners but
did not know whom to ask:
Fortified with proteins, these lubricate your hair between
washes. Although the protein does not penetrate the hair shaft,
it can temporarily thicken your hair.
These usually contain most of the agents found in instant
conditioners and are more concentrated. Deep conditioners are
meant to remain on the hair for a longer period of time, at
least for about 20 minutes. They are also available in the form
of hot-oil treatments or protein packs.
The use of deep conditioners may include the application of
heat, because warmth causes the small breaks holes in the hair
shaft to enlarge. Deep conditioners work very well for damaged
hair. Once a month is what experts recommend.
These cover the gamut of blow-drying lotions, hair glazes,
and hair thickeners. These are applied o shampooed, towel-dried
hair and not removed until the next washing. These products
increase the shine in dull hair but do nothing for split ends or
Meant to be used straight from the bottle as they are
premixed, these are to be applied immediately after shampooing.
Instant conditioners usually contain additives including herbal
extracts, aloe, vitamins, balsam, and lanolin. These give sheen
to the hair, but are only mildly conditioning.