Conditioners are applied to improve some aspect of the hair after it has been washed.
For years we have heard the phrases “good hair” and “bad hair”. Well, there is no such thing as “good” or “bad” hair. It’s all about the texture.
A conditioner may be used also to moisturize dry hair, prevent tangling, protect the hair from heat , or to provide body to limp hair. Homemade hair conditioner recipes can call for a variety of ingredients. Eggs,mayonnaise,honey,yogurt to name a few . The concoction is then worked into the dampened hair and covered with a warm towel & or shower cap . It is not necessary to leave conditioner on any longer than 20 – 25 min . That is all the time your hair needs to absorb what you put on it . Its also good to use heat when conditioning .
I wash & condition my hair every 2 weeks with a normal conditioner . Lets say Mizani Thermasmooth Conditioner for example. I deep condition it once a month using a richer product . Organic root stimulator hair mayonnaise is a good deep conditioner .
Depending on your particular hair style/type, you should wash and condition your hair once a week, or once every two weeks. Hair care products for other ethnicities are designed to remove oily buildup. But since African-American hair has the opposite problem, lack of oil, you don’t want to strip your hair of oil by washing it too often. Concentrate on the ENDS of your hair when applying conditioner.The ends are drier & it takes longer for natural oils to reach them.
Here is a list of my favorite hair conditioners !
Ouidad Deep Treatment
Organics Root Stimulator Olive Oil Replenishing Pak
John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Repairing Conditioner
Tresemme Silk Protein Healthy Volume Conditioner
Dove Intense Repair
Most of these products can be found at a drug store or some place like walmart . They are all pretty affordable .
I don’t get caught up in name brands . I use it all ! Whatever works ! I experiment on myself ! I also read the ingredient labels . They teach stylist in hair school about product ingredients . What is good . What is bad . How to tell how much of something is in the product . Avoid the use of the following ingredients or make sure they are at the end of the list of often-unpronounceable products:
- Isopropyl Alcohol
- Methyl, Propyl, Butyl, and Ethyl Paraben
- Petrolatum and Mineral Oil
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate
The last few ingredients that are listed at the end means there is just A LITTLE BIT in the product. If its listed first that means there is a lot . For example, water would be the main ingredient in a kool aid drink . That is mostly what it is composed of . It would be the first . Then probably sugar & food coloring .