Can we use conditioner on a scalp?

Hair-Exactly! This is how you get more out of your conditioner

Every hair is broken. The only question is how broken. You can only get the most out of your conditioner care if you know exactly what your hair needs.

In the 1990s, the product for a silky shine was simply called a conditioner. Meanwhile the word has spoken hair conditionerthat the star stylists in particular like to use it so much in advertising, prevailed against it. Whether it's hair conditioner or conditioner, both products promise something that we don't want to do without: smooth, shiny and well-groomed hair. Why it is worthwhile to get to the bottom of the tube.

What does a conditioner do?

Washing your hair with shampoo and warm water opens the cuticle of the hair. Especially in the lengths you can feel that the hair feels rough after washing. To close the roughened hair layer, use a conditioner after waxing the hair. With its creamy texture and ingredients such as oils, moisturizing cream, hydroproteins, silicones as well as detangling and shine substances, this closes the cuticle again and protects the hair from external influences such as the sun.

Hair likes it cold ...

1 We prefer it to be cozy and warm in the shower instead of freezing cold. Our hair see it differently. Washing with warm water also roughens the hair fiber. If you dare, you should try to wash your hair with cold to lukewarm water. Rinsing out with cold water in particular creates more shine by contracting the hair fibers.

... and conditioner not too wet

2 You should therefore wring out your hair well before applying the conditioner, because hair that has been softened and swollen by the water does not absorb the active ingredients of the conditioner as well. On the other hand, the conditioner simply runs down on dripping wet hair. The same also applies to hair treatments!

Conditioners love lengths and ends

3 The scalp and hairline usually require different care than the length of the hair. Longer hair in particular tends to be dry and split ends, while the roots tend to be oily. The general rule then is: care that has a discomforting effect is better kept away from the scalp and roots, especially the conditioner.

Give the conditioner time

4 If you need a little extra care, simply leave the conditioner on for longer. Conditioner works like a moisturizer, so it takes some time to do its magic. But after two minutes at the latest, the conditioner should go back down.

Rinse well

5 Unless it is a special «Leave-in»Product, it is important to wash off the conditioner thoroughly. Both shampoo and conditioner residues weigh down the hair and, in the worst case, make the freshly washed hair look pale and greasy. This is especially true for curly and thick hair.

Change conditioner

6 As with shampoo, a distinction is made between conditioners for colored, fine and damaged hair. You should not only choose the conditioner according to your hair type, but also according to the season. Which is partly due to the diet, but much more due to the air. In summer we sweat more and therefore wash our hair more often. But the more often we wash our hair, the more we activate the sebum glands on the scalp. The result is often greasy hair. Leave-in conditioners can help if the sun bleaches your hair, turns it strawy and loses its shine. We can also take it with us to the beach and the pool or wear it after the dive. Perfect as a detangler for on the go.

In winter, on the other hand, the heating air is a problem for us and allows the hair to dry out, so more extensive care is necessary. Which conditioner is the right one for all cases can only be found out by trying.

The best conditioner for damaged and unbridled hair

7 If your hair feels brittle and broken and there is chaos in the hair after washing, you should definitely use the conditioner for damaged hair. It is best to choose a conditioner with many natural vegetable oils, such as argan, macadamia or almond oil. The oils not only smooth the brittle hair surface, they also balance the moisture balance.

The best conditioner for colored hair

8 Hair coloring removes moisture from the hair. So what remains is water damage, which also prevents the color from coming through in very damaged hair. With a conditioner that contains apricot oil or panthenol, you can give your freshly painted head of hair the moisture boost it needs to make your hair and color shine again.

The best conditioner for fine hair

9 A special conditioner was the only one developed for this hair structure. And that is justified, because caution is advised with fine, thin hair. Too much care is a burden on fine hair. The hair hangs limply, no trace of an airy Walla-walla mane. That is why most conditioners for fine hair rely primarily on volume care that does not weigh down. Good ingredients are, for example, green tea or hops.

On the next page there are conditioner treatments that you should know about.

Of course, you can't use the same comb for every hair. If, for example, fine hair not only needs volume, but also needs special care due to the sun and dye, you have to dig deeper into the conditioner bag of tricks. These are currently the most popular conditioner treatments among beauty professionals.

For fine, thin hair: Reverse washing

1 First shampoo, then conditioner, in the well-known order. Reverse washing reverses this principle and uses the Conditioner first. Thin and oily hair in particular reacts well to this principle, as the conditioner with the shampoo is then washed out even better and less residue weighs down the fine hair. The structure is also less roughened by the protective film of the conditioner during the subsequent shampooing. The hair is still cared for, and by washing it out more effectively, even fine hair can use a richer conditioner with this washing method.

For brittle and hard-wearing hair: The conditioner cure

2 If you want to increase the effectiveness of your conditioner, heat a small portion in the microwave or oven for a few seconds. Then massage the portion into your hair, ideally wrap a towel around it and let it work for 30 to 60 minutes. The heat causes the ingredients to penetrate deeper into the hair structure. This means that more moisture gets into the hair. But be careful, the conditioner must not get too hot, otherwise it will act like a hot straightening iron.

For damaged and curly hair: Conditioner only and Cleansing Conditioner

3 With conditioner only, or no-poo, as the process is also called, shampoo is completely avoided for some time. Because conditioner also contains cleaning surfactants, but not as many as shampoo, which should have a gentle effect on the hair structure. Heavily damaged and curly hair should respond particularly well to this method, so well that there are now so-called cleansing conditioners on the market. Cleansing conditioners promise to clean the hair particularly gently and thus lead to more volume, shine and grip in the long term.

B.ei Frizz: Conditioner as an anti-frizz treatment

4 Crisp hair is really annoying. But if you don't want to wash your hair and style it again right away, you can simply warm a little conditioner in your hand and apply it to the dry lengths. Et volià, goodbye frizz!

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