Like all hair products, too much conditioner can actually get in the way of hair health. The good news? It’s pretty easy to spot the signs of over-conditioning.
Your hair stays greasy, even after you wash it.
If you condition your hair too much, it may retain much more oil and product than what’s normal, leaving it oily even after a wash.
Styling your hair is difficult and takes time.
A dead giveaway of too much conditioner is when hair refuses to stay in place even after styling. You may even end up resorting to hairsprays and bobby pins to (and a silent prayer), to keep the style in place all day.
Your hair is soft. And limp.
Too much conditioning can leave your hair feeling super smooth, but it could also make it look limp and lank, resulting in a lack of natural volume.
But how much conditioner is too much conditioner? For that, we must first understand the role of conditioner in hair care.
So, what do conditioners do?
The role of a conditioner is to hydrate the hair, and shield it from harm (think pollution, heat, humidity, dryness) by forming a layer around each strand.
Conditioners come in three broad varieties: creams, oils, and sprays, and each does its job differently. Cream conditioners are of thicker consistency, and work better on damaged or dry hair which need more intensive hydration, while oils & sprays are thinner, and ideal for fine or greasy hair.
Conditions that apply
If you can't bring yourself to give that conditioner a break every now and then, here are a few tips on how to avoid your hair looking like it got caught in an oil spill.
After conditioning in the shower, do not apply a leave-in conditioner.
If you've just washed and conditioned your hair, don't incorporate a leave-in conditioner in your post-wash regimen. You’ll merely be piling on products on your freshly washed hair.
Deep condition, but no more than once a week.
A thorough conditioning therapy can make your hair silky and soft, and give it a boost of hydration. But done too often, it can leave hair greasy and even clog the pores of the scalp.
Detox the scalp of product build-up.
Hair products (along with dust, pollution, dead skin cells, and sebum) can build up on the scalp over time, leaving hair dull and limp. Detoxing the scalp every now and then with a clarifying shampoo, helps remove build-up, and allows the natural oils of the scalp to reach the length of the hair strands, leaving hair smooth and strong.
The hair type guide to conditioning right
The main factor that determines how often you should condition your hair is - no points for guessing - your hair!
Invest in a quality moisturiser that is formulated to lock in moisture and essential oils in your hair. On days that your hair is excessively dry and frizzy, apply a leave-in conditioner. Choose milder shampoos, and pamper your hair with cream conditioners and the occasional hair conditioning masque.
Don't use conditioner every day – it will keep your hair looking greasy. Also avoid using conditioners with silicones, while also using a purifying shampoo to eliminate extra product and oil from your hair.
Set and follow a consistent conditioning regimen to heal repaired hair - a quality conditioner can establish a barrier around the hair strands, to prevent further damage. On non-washing days, use a leave-in conditioner to keep hair protected.
A conditioner can thicken and add volume and texture if it is thin and easily damaged. If you notice damaged strands, use a conditioner more frequently; however, if your hair becomes oily, reduce the amount of conditioner you use.
The more strands you have, the more conditioner you'll need to keep it smooth and frizz-free. Take care to not load up conditioner near the roots, making sure you only apply near the ends and mid-lengths. This will help keep your hair smooth and silky without making the scalp greasy.
And one last condition-
Remember, it’s better to condition smartly, rather than daily. Do take care to condition according to your hair type. If in doubt, just head on over to Haeal.com for a range that should answer all your concerns.