In order to put the shine back into hair and restore its natural lustre it may be necessary to use a specific hair conditioner that meets the hair's requirements. Conditioners, with the exception of hot oils, should be applied to freshly shampooed hair that has been blotted dry with a towel to remove excess moisture.
Conditioners are formulated to be used after shampooing to smooth down uneven cuticles. They work by coating each hair with a fine layer of oil which serves to make hair more manageable.
Normal hair needs a balanced conditioner; dry hair needs deep conditioning whilst greasy hair needs a light conditioner. You can't build up condition on your hair - you need to re-apply conditioner every time you wash to maintain shine and manageability. Leave the product on for the time stated neither longer and nor shorter to work properly.
Types of Hair conditioners
Today, there is large and sometimes confusing, number of hair conditioners on the market. The following describes those which are widely available.
Basic Conditioners coat the hair with a fine firm, temporarily smoothing down the cuticle and making hair glossier and easier to manage. Leave for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly.
Hair Conditioning Sprays are used prior to styling and form a protective barrier against the harmful effects of heat. They are also good for reducing static electricity on flyaway hair.
Intensive Conditioners help hair to retain its natural moisture balance, replenishing it where necessary. Use this type if the hair is split, dry, frizzy or difficult to manage. Distribute the conditioner evenly through the hair and allow to penetrate for tow to five minutes. Rinse very thoroughly with lots of fresh water.
Leave-in Hair Conditioners are designed to help retain moisture, reduce static and add shine. They are especially good for fine hair as they avoid conditioner overload, which can cause lankness. Convenient and easy to use, they also provide protective barrier against the effects of heat styling. Apply after shampooing but do not rinse. These are ideal for daily use.
Colour / Perm Conditioners are designed for chemically treated hair.