What Are the Benefits of Hair Conditioner? Here's Why You Should Use It and How Often
By: Kenra Professional
Conditioner is the cornerstone of any good hair care routine. After you cleanse your hair with shampoo, you need to add a bit of moisture back in to fortify and smooth your follicles. Conditioner will make your hair more manageable and give it that healthy shine. But what exactly is conditioner, and which one is best? Today, we will give you the inside details on all things hair conditioner so that you can be a haircare pro, just like your stylist.
What Exactly Is Conditioner?
Sure, we all know that you typically follow up shampoo with a conditioner. But what exactly is conditioner, and how does it work? Conditioner is a conditioning or moisturizing treatment made up of oils, nutrients, humectants, emollients, and surfactants. Humectants and emollients are ingredients that help make your hair soft and flexible by adding moisture then locking it in. Surfactants—also commonly used in shampoos—are soap-like ingredients that wash away oils and cleanse your hair.
To put it simply, after shampoo cleans and removes oils, conditioner reintroduces moisture back into your hair and helps to smooth your strands for a shiny, soft, healthy finish. It is kind of like how you wash your face and then apply moisturizer. A conditioner is essentially a moisturizer that is designed for your hair. It adds moisture and protects your hair from damage and split ends.
How Do You Use Conditioner?
It’s easy, right? You just put the conditioner in your hair and then rinse it out. Surprisingly, there is actually a really common mistake you could be making when applying conditioner—using too much water. According to professionals, the best way to apply conditioner is by first ringing out your hair a bit to remove excess water. If your hair is too wet when you apply conditioner, you could be washing a good amount of your precious product down the drain.
When your hair is too wet, the conditioner gets diluted by the water and cannot soak in as well. With too much water, you could be preventing your hair from absorbing all the beneficial ingredients from the conditioner.
For best results, squeeze out the excess water, starting at the roots and moving gently down your hair. Next, take the amount of conditioner that is necessary for your hair length into your fingertips and palms. Then, gently massage the conditioner into your hair in long fluid motions. Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to work the conditioner through your hair and remove any tangles. Then let your moisturizing conditioner go to work.
How Long Do You Leave It In?
The amount of time that you let your conditioner sit in your hair will vary from product to product. Check the back of your bottle to see what the product recommends. For most conditioners, you only need to leave them in for one to two minutes. However, some deep conditioning treatments need to be left in for up to five minutes to allow the product to fully condition each strand of hair. Leaving the conditioner in your hair for longer definitely does not hurt!
The Benefits of Using Conditioner
If you think that conditioner sounds like an unnecessary step, then think again. Using conditioner has countless benefits for your hair. Our hair is constantly getting damaged by styling, brushing, the sun, and even air pollution. Conditioner fortifies your hair’s cuticles by
covering them in a protective coating that not only fills in tiny damaged spots but also protects your hair from accumulating more damage.
Another fantastic benefit of conditioner is that it detangles your hair and makes it easy to comb through. It also makes your hair shinier, more vibrant, and softer to the touch. Conditioner is essential to any good hair care routine.
Is Conditioner Good for All Hair Types
The short answer is yes. If you shampoo your hair, you should definitely condition it. Conditioner can be beneficial for all types of hair, from fine and straight to super curly and coily. However, the specific conditioner that works best for you can be different for different hair types.
Generally speaking, a high-quality conditioner should do the trick, but some people need a conditioner with more heavy-duty moisturizing capabilities than others. You may need to try out a few different conditioners before you find the perfect match.
If you color, bleach, or highlight your hair, then using a good conditioner is especially important. All of these processes dry out your hair, so adding a ton of moisture back in is a no-brainer. Once you level up your conditioning routine, you will find that your color will appear more vibrant than before.
Typically, people with curly hair can benefit from using a super moisturizing conditioner. The extra moisture will help to define curls for gorgeous bouncy results. However, for someone with fine, straight hair, you will want to use a lighter conditioner so that your hair doesn’t get weighed down. It may take a bit of trial and error, but once you find the perfect conditioner for your hair care needs, you’ll be looking (and feeling) like a million bucks.
Which Conditioner Is Best?
There are endless different types of conditioners to choose from, but in the end, you should look for a professional-quality product for the best results. At Kenra Professional, we create high-quality products that are fantastic for hair professionals as well as anyone who wants to achieve salon-quality hair. We offer several different types of conditioners for a variety of benefits, and one of our fan-faves is our Luxe Shine Conditioner.
Kenra Professional Luxe Shine Conditioner is perfect for any type of hair. This premium conditioner is enriched with precious gold for lustrous slip and opulent shine. If your hair is feeling dull or lifeless, this conditioner will transform your locks back to their natural, full-bodied glamorous state.
The Luxe Shine Conditioner is formulated without added parabens, sulfates, and sodium chloride so that your hair will be as healthy as it is gorgeous. It will revitalize and rejuvenate your hair from root to tip, leaving you with smooth, manageable fresh-from-the-salon hair with every wash.
For best results, use it alongside our Luxe Shine Shampoo. This gold-enriched shampoo is the perfect companion product to the Luxe Shine Conditioner. This powerful duo will transform your hair care routine and give you endless good hair days.
Healthy Hair Habits
Conditioner has likely always been a part of your hair routine, but now you have a better understanding of its benefits, how it works, and how to use it correctly. Remember to squeeze the excess water out of your hair before applying your conditioner and let it soak in for one to two minutes before rinsing. This will help the conditioner do its job by coating each hair follicle with moisture and reinforcement against damage.
When it comes to top-notch conditioners, Kenra Professional should be your go-to for salon-quality products. Whether you’re a hair professional or just someone trying to achieve salon-quality hair at home, Kenra has the products to make all of your hair dreams come true. With our Luxe Shine Conditioner, your hair will be silky-smooth 365 days a year. You will be amazed at the difference that high-quality products can make. Get ready to have the best hair of your life.