The shampoo’s purpose is to clean the hair without over-cleaning the hair and drying it out. The Post “All About Shampoo” was about how to cleanse the hair properly with a shampoo and choosing the right one for your hair type. The conditioner’s purpose is to seal the cuticle and treat the hair with different ingredients that are for your hair type. If you have a certain problem with your hair it is imperative that you correct the problem so that it doesn’t get worse and you end up with a giant untamable fur ball on your head. So, that being said….what are the issues you are having with your hair today?
Frizzy- This can occur when the cortex or inner layer of the hair is large, and the cuticle is dry. To correct this problem you need a conditioner that has hydrating oils and is a butter base. This will tame the cuticle around the cortex so the problem hides itself while repairing the damaged hair. Try Kerestase Bain Satin 1 or 2, or Kevin Murphy Young Again
Dry- Lack of moisture plays a big roll in most peoples hair. This is due to several factors like heated tools, too much sun or wind exposure (blowdrying), or chemical processing. These are all factors that can strip the hair of it’s natural oils and proteins leaving it dry, especially on the ends. Try Kerestase Elixir Ultime or Kevin Murphy Hydrate Me Rinse
Not shiny enough- if your hair is dull and lifeless this could be for a lot of reasons. Mainly because of damage, but also because you are not getting enough natural oils to the shaft itself. If you are using a shampoo with sodium laurel sulphate then that is one major reason. Another reason may be that you are using a plastic or metal brush and it is not distributing the natural oils from your scalp to the ends. An easy fix, besides changing factors those just mentioned, is a trick I like to use in my shower that produces great results. In your hand, with your conditioner, add a few drops of Argan or Moroccan oil. Disperse evenly, and rinse well. Voila! Added shine that you will see instantly in just a few uses. Try not to over use this technique as it will create excess oil. When you feel like your hair’s condition is improving back off and only do this once every 4 -5 washes. Use oils such as Kerestase Elixer Ultime lines. L’oreal just recently launched their line of “Blended Oils” that are great but, make sure you choose the right ones for your hair type.
Too big- Most likely you have curly hair…. Don’t freak out, there are great options to tame this big hair. My favorites are the entire Kerastase line for curly hair, or Kevin Murphy’s Luxury rinse. There are a few options in the orange Oleo line from Kerastase, and they have made it easy to find the right conditioner for your type of curly hair. You should have a conditioner you use in the shower as well as a leave in conditioner you use when you get out of the shower. Never let your stylist thin out your hair with thinning shears because your hair is too big, unless they do it at an angle, only in the nape area. Thinning out the hair breaks the curl pattern and even if it sound like a good idea, it ultimately leads to even bigger, frizzier hair. Try Kerastase Oleo Relax, or Oleo Slim.
Limp- Your cortex is small and your cuticles lay very flat. Not attractive, I know. So your best option is a weekly volumizing treatment you can do in your own home, or another great option is the Kerastase line of products for thinning hair. Nioxin also makes a conditioner I love called Scalp Therapy that adds volume while helping hair to grow thicker from the root. Kevin Murphy recently launched the Plumping Line that smells amazing and ultimately does what it says, plumps the hair. Over the last few years Kerastase has developed a few innovative products that I see will make a big trend in volumizing conditioners. They have been launching several new things that correct and treat the problems of fine and thin, or thinning hair. They first and foremost have a line called Volumeactive that adds volume without weighing the hair down. They have since added the Volumifique line which uses more conditioning ingredients in the shampoo while the conditioner’s focus is more on volumizing. This is the innovative product I was mentioning earlier. It is a gel based conditioner, not a cream based as in most conditioners.
Colored Treated- This doesnt exactly mean blondes, although it may be good for blondes, I am referring to Gray color treated, or darker color treated hair. Basically you need something that is going to help extend the life of your color and keep your locks moisturized and shiny until your next visit to the salon. By adding hair oil into your daily routine you can help keep moisture and color in the hair.
Damaged- As I said before, there are 3 types of damages- Chemical, Environmental, and Mechanical. These are rarely avoided because we color and style our hair then go out into the sun and wind. So, that being said, we need to protect our hair as much as possible. Try not shampooing your hair every day, and try out innovative styles that don’t use a blowdryer or curling iron. There are tons of YouTube channels dedicated to this topic.
Bleached or lightened- The process of lightening the hair is basically eating away at the protein of the hair. This process will damage hair, there is no way around it. Depending on the thickness of the cortex, however, makes it easier or harder to damage. So, since the product is eating the protein, the best thing to put back into the hair is protein. Try a conditioner that is moisturizing and has added protein.
Tangles too much- This is overly dry hair or damaged hair. Which in essence is lack of protein in the hair. Try a conditioner with added protein like oat protein or biotin.
Dandruff or Eczema- lets get this straight! Dandruff is caused by a fungus, Eczema is caused by a virus. The only ingredient in a shampoo that will get rid of dandruff is Pyrithione Zinc.If you are having flakes it could also be dry scalp. The only sure way to see what you have can be diagnosed by a doctor or dermatologist. Most shampoos and conditioners on the market today will take care of all the problems as a whole, but if you only have dry scalp there are better ways to take care of it than using this chemical on your hair and possibly damaging your color or over drying the hair. Use a moisturizing conditioner if you feel like your scalp is just dry, if that doesn’t work then call your doctor and get an appointment to see if it really is something more serious.
Curly- Curly hair is typically dry hair. So to keep your locks pretty and bouncy you need a lot of moisture. Try a moisturizing conditioner or add a few drops of hair oil into th conditioner you already use. You can also try this hair mask recipe once a week for 30 min. After you shampoo your hair leave this on for 30 min and rinse thoroughly. Mix 3-4 TBS coconut oil and 1-2 TBS honey and comb through hair. If you feel like the hair has no slip and you need the extra detangling follow up with a conditioner.
Straight- straight hair has it’s own slew of problems, it can be too thick, too thin, too straight, or too blah! Well, the good news is that it is usually the healthiest. A normal conditioner should do the trick!
Normal- Normal conditioner with no frills!
Breakage- A lack of protein and moisture usually causes breakage in hair. A strengthening conditioner is what you need to put the love back in your locks.
Oily Scalp- As I said with the Shampoo post, sulphates usually cause an allergic reaction which causes the PH level to increase and your natural sebum to start over producing. You need a PH balanced conditioner. Most natural conditioners are PH balanced, read the label to see what your conditioner says. If your hair is too oily, this usually means that the PH level is too alkali and needs to be brought to a more acidic level. Apple Cider vinegar mixed with water or baking soda mixed with water can help bring your scalp to a balanced PH level.