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We all know the golden rules for shampoo success: limit your washes, focus on the roots and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. But when it comes to shampoo’s trusty sidekick — conditioner — there’s a lot of grey area. What does conditioner do, anyway? Do you actually need it for healthy hair? And what’s all the buzz about conditioner bars? Sit back and relax because we’re going to tell you everything you need to know to get salon-worthy results.Shop Conditioner Bars
Conditioner is a moisturizing agent that is designed to enhance the look, feel and manageability of hair. It’s been around in some form or another for thousands of years. (Fun fact: Ancient Greeks used olive oil to condition their hair, while Ancient Egyptians supposedly opted for a combination of castor oil and almond oil to achieve enviable tresses.) These days, most commercial conditioners contain ingredients such as oily compounds, cationic surfactants (the scientific term for detergents that carry a positive charge to reduce staticky hair), polymers and silicones.
If you’ve never used conditioner before or you don’t use it often, you may be wondering: Does my hair really need conditioner? After all, humankind did just fine without commercial conditioners for thousands of years.
While that may be true, consider this: People thousands of years ago didn’t use modern shampoo as it’s known today. Modern shampoo is designed to gently remove dirt and sebum (oil) from the scalp, but some shampoos can end up doing the job a little too well, resulting in dry, staticky hair that is often difficult to style.
Conditioning your hair can provide the following benefits:
Walk into any grocery store or beauty store and you’ll likely see a dozen types of conditioners on the shelves. How do you choose the right one for your hair?
Let’s break down your options:
It depends on the type of conditioner you’re using. For example, if you’re using one of our hair conditioner bars, you’ll simply “paint” your conditioner bar on your hair, starting at the ends. Check out this video to see what we mean.
Here are a few general tips that apply to all types of conditioner:
To sum things up, conditioner is pretty darn important. For people with curly or coily hair, it might even be the star of the show (we see you, co-washers). So if you want to keep your hair game strong, don’t skip it!
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