Conditioning your hair is most likely the second step in your hair regimen, after shampooing. I would also consider it one of the most important steps of your hair regimen.
Why do we condition our hair?
When we cleanse our hair, we remove dirt and product and possibly some of our natural hair oils in the process, leaving our feeling stripped. This causes our cuticles to open up a little. Conditioning our hair is the a way of feeding our hair and in turn closing the cuticles back up again.
What are the benefits of conditioning?
- Conditioner strengthens the hair
- Makes your hair softer
- Reduces frizz
- helps with moisture retention
- Prevents and makes loosening tangles easier
- It restores moisture
What should you look for in a good conditioner?
The good stuff
Water – Since water is the best moisturizer for your hair, it should be one of the first ingredients listed on the back of the label.
Natural Oils – Like olive, coconut & avocado oils is very beneficial to your natural hair.
Slip – make sure that it has great slip. If detangling is not easier after you’ve applied your conditioner, it’s best to get a thicker conditioner.
What should you watch out for in a good conditioner?
Mineral oils – is basically a “fake lubricant” which gives you the feeling of silky smooth hair but actually just clogs up your cuticles preventing your strands from being hydrated. You will also need to use a harsh cleanser to get rid of it too.
Silicones – the same as mineral oils, it prevents further moisture to enter your cuticles and we needs all the moisture we can get, right??
Chemicals like Formaldehyde, Polyethylene Glycol & Propylene Glycol is also very bad for your hair but I will do a formal post on ingredients real soon.
My recommendations: (those products that have personally love & worked for me)
- AfroBotanics Moisturising Conditioner
- My Natural Hair Hydrating Conditioner
- Curls And Coils In Control Moisturising & Softening Conditioner
If you have any questions or you want to add a few tips or points, comment in the section below.
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