While we’re sure you’ve already heard about conditioners and use one regularly, did you know all the available different types? Today, we’re breaking all that down, plus how all these different types fit into your conditioning/moisturizing routine and how properly conditioning your hair can take it to the next level.
So, What is a Hair Conditioner?
A conditioner is a product formulated to make the hair softer and more manageable. Some specialty conditioners contain additional ingredients to achieve a specific result. Some examples of these are:
- Strengthening conditioners contain some form of amino acids/protein meant to improve the strength and structure of the hair.
- Toning conditioners are made to tone coloured So, they often contain a bit of dye, which will cancel out ones. A good example is the purple conditioner used to cancel out yellow or brassy tones in blonde hair.
- Colour-depositing conditioners are made to amplify the colour once the hair starts fading between appointments.
There are many more types of conditioners, but surprisingly, these conditioners will all still fall into three major types of conditioners, which we’ll discuss later in the blog post.
Why Do You Need to Use a Hair Conditioner?
It Makes the Hair Softer
Conditioners are typically formulated with a mix of humectants, oils and fatty alcohols. These ingredients together make the hair feel much softer to the touch and make the hair more elastic/bouncy.
It’s a Great Addition to Your Moisturizing Routine
While it is entirely possible to moisturize your hair using only water and an oil or butter of your choice, we recommend that you incorporate a conditioner into your routine. Certain types of conditioners are formulated to provide longer-lasting results than what you would achieve using water and oils, potentially reducing how often you have to re-moisturize in-between washes.
One of the ingredients responsible for this is humectants. Humectants are responsible for drawing water into the hair as long as you’re not in an area where the air is too dry. In other words, the humectant gets busy keeping your hair hydrated while you get to all the other things on your massive to-do list.
It Improves Shine
Remember the oils and fatty alcohols that we mentioned earlier? That is why the hair looks so shiny and healthy right after you rinse-out your conditioner.
However, some conditioners have heavy-duty ingredients such as silicones, which may be challenging to wash out of the hair, eventually leading to a build-up in many cases. It’s not impossible to get out of the hair, but you’ll need heavy-duty cleansers, i.e., sulphates, that will leave the hair feeling stripped. After a while of this cycle, your hair will become more prone to dryness and become harder to manage, so avoid them at all costs.
It Makes the Hair More Manageable
Conditioners not only make the hair soft, but in the case of curly and coily textures, they can also lubricate the hair strands enough to help with detangling. These types of conditioners are said to have “slip.” Conditioners like these make the process of maintaining the hair faster and pain-free. And who doesn’t love that?
Types of Hair Conditioners and How and When to Apply Them
This is your regular conditioner, which most people think about when discussing conditioning hair. These conditioners are formulated to be quite potent to condition the hair quickly. They also smooth the hair because their pH causes the cuticle to seal once they’re rinsed out of the hair.
You’re in luck if you’re shopping for a new rinse-out conditioner! We’ve got three rinse-out conditioners for you to choose from, and here’s a quick guide on which one will suit you best.
Best All-Around: Prettykind Intense Moisture Conditioner
If you’d like a no-frills, deeply moisturizing conditioner that has great slip and won’t cause build-up on your hair, then this is your best bet.
Best for Curl Definition: Prettykind Curl Defining Conditioner
This is a dream for helping define wavy, curly and coily hair types, so this is ideal as part of your stash for days when you want your waves, curls or coils to pop. It also makes detangling such a breeze!
Best Environmentally Friendly Conditioner: Prettykind Solid Conditioner Bar
This solid conditioner bar, our OG conditioner at Prettykind, is great for you if you’re looking for an environmentally friendly option that’s also easy to travel with and gives you quite the bang for your buck. The average solid conditioner bar has about the same active ingredients as two 250-ml bottles of liquid conditioner.
As the name suggests, leave-in conditioners are less potent conditioners that are meant to be used and left in the hair between washes. These are, in our opinion, the staples of a good moisturizing routine for the hair and act as a great base before applying styling products. We've got you if you’re looking for a good leave-in conditioner! Check out the Prettykind Deeply Moisturizing Hair Lotion that boosts shine and curl definition during the week.
This is the heavy hitter. Deep conditioners pack the most potent blend of ingredients to condition the hair deeply and are especially needed in damaged hair. These can be used regularly to maintain hair that isn’t damaged, but care should be taken to leave it on for as long as is described on the labels and not to use them too frequently.
If you do either of those things, your hair may suffer from moisture overload, which makes your hair look and feel mushy and a bit matted. We recommend that you only deep condition once a week so you don’t suffer any adverse effects.
Bet you’re not going to be looking at conditioners the same anymore... and when they are such an excellent way to sneak in a power punch to improve your hair, we don’t think you should either. As always, leave any comments or questions below.
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