My hair has changed a lot since I grew it to Sam Elliot length. The downside to longer hair is that it takes more care. It takes longer to dry. My short hair was easy to manage. I would quickly use a towel to dry it. I have to squeeze out all the water and wrap a towel around it like Ferris Bueller and ladies to dry my hair while I do other maintenance tasks.
My hair seems to have more potential for looking bad now that it is longer. My hair’s “poofiness” is the thing that I struggle with most. If I don’t take care of my hair, it makes me look like Albert Einstein. I was actually on a road trip when I walked into a gas station along I-40. The hillbilly clerk behind me exclaimed, “Man! You look just like ol’ Albert Einstein! Damn!”
I had to start using conditioner, a product that I knew nothing about, in order to counter my Einstein-esque, poofy hair. Even if you don’t have as long hair as mine, this step is still important in your grooming routine.
What is Hair Conditioner?
My knowledge of conditioner was limited to what I saw on TV. It “nourished” my hair and made it look younger.
I was also aware that shampoos I used to use had conditioner, such as Pert Plus or Head & Shoulders 2-in-1.
Conditioners have become more important to me since I grew my hair longer.
Conditioner can be thought of as a lotion for your hair.
Conditioner works the same way as lotion to make your hair smoother, more moisturized, and healthier.
Dry hair tends to look frizzy, feathery and frizzy. My hair poofs like Albert Einstein when it is dry. This makes gas station clerks laugh at me.
What is the best way to dry hair? The biggest culprit is shampooing. Shampooing your hair can strip it of its natural oils. After washing my hair, my hair is the most poofy.
Hair can also be dried out by sun, chlorine, saltwater, and other factors. Your hair will naturally become drier if you live in a dry environment. A blow dryer can also dry hair.
Gray hair tends to be drier. Gray hair loses some of the natural oils it has. It can become frizzy and wet. This is probably the main reason for my Albert Einstein poof. Now, I am mostly a silver Fox.
Conditioners protect your hair from dryness, frizz, and possible poofiness. They coat your hair with oils and silicones as well as emollients to hydrate it and make it look smoother, shinier and fuller. Conditioner makes it easier to brush your hair and comb your hair.
Different types of hair conditioners
I was aware that I would need conditioner more often so I went to CVS to check it out. I thought I’d grab the first conditioner I saw.
Capitalism allowed me to discover that there are a wide variety of conditioners available, including rinse-out and leave-in options. There are shampoos with conditioners. What if I could just use that?
Here is a breakdown of the most commonly used conditioners and their operating principles:
Rinse out conditioner. This conditioner is the most commonly used. It is easy to apply the conditioner while you are in the shower and leave it on for a few seconds before washing out. You will notice a difference in your hair’s texture and shine. The easiest type of hair conditioner to use is the rinse-out.
Leave in conditioner. A leave-in conditioner is one that you apply to your hair. Instead of applying the conditioner in the shower, and then rinsing off the excess, leave it on your hair for a few minutes before styling your hair. The leave-in conditioner locks in moisture and keeps your hair healthy throughout the day. It works just like applying lotion to your hair.
There are two types of leave-in conditioners: cream and spray. Spray is easier to use and distributes the oil more quickly. The cream is more oily than the spray so your hair will feel silky and shiny. Unfortunately, the cream can be more difficult to spread evenly through your hair, and it can look heavy and weighed down depending on how your hair is styled.
Also, leave-in products have a higher chance of causing acne. The oils and emollients in your hair can migrate to your skin. Although leave-in products can cause more breakouts than others, any hair product, even those you wash out, could trigger acne. Your shampoo or conditioner could be the reason you are experiencing breakouts along your scalp and hairline. Mix up your products.
Shampoo+conditioner. Most likely, you’ve used a 2-in-1 conditioner and shampoo at one time or another in your life. Many shampoos targeted at dudes are 2-in-1. Two-in-1 shampoos are popular with dudes because they offer convenience. These combo products can actually condition your hair.
It’s kind of.
Shampoo+conditioner is a combination of shampoo and conditioner that you do not give your hair time to soak in. You are essentially washing your hair as the conditioner is applied. Although you might notice a slight reduction in frizz when using a 2-in-1 shampoo, it won’t give your hair the full shine and volume that a straight-up conditioner will.
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A 2-in-1 is fine for shorter hair. You will need a straight conditioner if your hair is long and frizzy.
Remember that conditioners can vary in how heavy they are. Dry hair will need something that is more hydrating, while those with finer hair will prefer something lighter. A volumizing conditioner will give your hair more volume if it is thin or thinning.
How to use hair conditioner
Reduce the frequency you wash your hair. Natural conditioners are great for hair. When you wash your hair with shampoo, it becomes more important to apply a manufactured conditioner. Don’t shampoo your hair as often as you do now.
If you are someone who sweats on a daily basis, requires a daily shower and finds shampooing your hair makes it too dry. Rinsing it with water won’t remove the funk. A tip is to “wash” your hair with conditioner. Use a large blob of conditioner to work your hair. Massage your scalp with your fingertips. Rinse. Rinse out. This will get rid of the sweat-embedded salts and funks from your hair without stripping its natural oils. Once your hair is sufficiently oily, you can return to shampooing.
Use as necessary. If your hair is shorter, you don’t have to apply conditioner as often. Use as necessary if your hair is dry/frizzy. You can use the product in your hair for styling, but it could also be a leave-in conditioner.
Conditioner may be necessary for longer hair or dry hair. My hair looks wavy if I don’t put conditioner on it for a few days.
After shampooing your hair, you will want to use conditioner. Shampooing your hair can strip it of its natural oils, making it dry and frizzy. After shampooing your hair, conditioner will revive your silky locks.
Conditioner should be generous for thicker hair. To ensure that all hair is covered, conditioners will be more effective if you have a lot. You’d be surprised at how much you actually need. A quarter-sized amount of conditioner is recommended on conditioner bottles. I find that I need at least a quarter-dollar-sized amount of conditioner.
Distribute the conditioner evenly throughout your hair, with a focus on the ends. The conditioner should be applied to as much hair as you can, focusing on the ends. This will reduce frizz and split ends.
Allow it to sit for three minutes, then rinse off thoroughly. Rinse-out conditioners should be left on your hair for at least three minutes. The longer the conditioner stays in your hair, the better. My conditioner is applied right after I shower, or just after I shampoo it on days when I shampoo. After the conditioner has sat on my hair, I wash my body. It sits for a minute or two more, as it only takes about 60 seconds to wash my body. I then rinse it off in the shower. To remove any conditioner residue from your skin if you have acne-prone skin, you should wash your face immediately after you rinse it out.
Shampoo your hair after you get out of the shower to remove all conditioner. You could end up with hair that looks dull and greasy.
You don’t need to wait for the conditioner to sit before you can work through your hair and rinse it out. It won’t work as well if it’s not allowed to sit.
Apply your leave-in conditioner after you have finished showering and before you style your hair. Apply your leave-in conditioner while your hair is still damp. Apply your leave-in conditioner evenly to your hair, focusing on the ends. Give your hair a good brushing after you have applied the leave-in conditioner to ensure that it is evenly distributed.
Here you go. Here’s a guide for hair conditioners. You won’t look crazy, no more frizz, no more poof.