The 411 on Hair Conditioners
When you use conditioner, "You're doing one of two things to hair--you're making it bigger, or you're making it smaller," Jessee says.
If your hair has lots of volume, you need a conditioner heavy enough to give you the amount of smoothing you need to tame frizzies and flyaways and get hair back under your control, Jessee says.
If your hair is fine and flat, you need a lighter conditioner. "If somebody has fine hair, and they use a smoothing treatment, it's going to feel oily, limp, and lifeless," Jessee says. Use a lighter-weight product that won't weigh down fine hair, she advises.
Sign #4--You have dry hair, and you're using a strengthening shampoo.
Extra strength won't help dry hair. If you're not getting enough moisture then you're not treating the true problem, Jessee says. "It's kind of like eating a steak when you're thirsty."
Dry, damaged hair needs a rich, moisturizing daily conditioner. At least once a week, revive parched hair with a deeper, leave-in conditioning treatment. Once a month, have it done at a salon.
Sign #5--You bought the most expensive conditioner.
While you don't want to buy the cheapest conditioner in the store, you also don't need to spend $100, or even $30. A conditioner that is five times more expensive won't necessarily make your hair look five times better. Some experts say that once you get past the $5 range, you're not adding much value to your hair.
Once you get the best conditioner for you, use it right. These are Jessee's recommended steps:
- Shampoo the roots
- Condition the ends. That's where damage like split ends occurs
- Only in rare cases do you need to deep condition the scalp
- Use a wide-toothed comb to evenly distribute the conditioner throughout your hair. Keep one in the shower just for this.