Hairdressers say we make these 5 mistakes with conditioner

Washing your hair isn’t as simple as it seems

A decent glob of shampoo, followed by a squirt of conditioner and every now and then: a hair mask. For a lot of people this is their general approach to haircare. Still, there’s certain things you’re better off avoiding, according to hairdressers. According to them, a lot of people will make these five mistakes while conditioning their hair.

1. Applying conditioner to the roots

The most basic mistake we tend to make is applying conditioner to the roots of our hair. While shampoo keeps your scalp healthy, conditioner is meant to take care of the lenghts of your hair. “In shampooing your hair, you’re cleaning your scalp’s skin, and removing oils and remnants of hairstyling products”, says celebrity hairstylist Michelle Cleveland. “If you were to put conditioner onto your scalp, you’d only be reintroducing those oils to your skin”, she explains to Well+Good. And of course, that’s the opposite of what you’re trying to do. “This results in flat and less voluminous hair.” That’s why you should avoid applying conditioner to your scalp.

2. Applying it the wrong way

It’s not just important where you apply your conditioner, but also how you apply it. “Most people will just take a blob of the stuff and apply it all willy-nilly. That’s a no-no, because it’s important to apply it evenly across the parts of your hair where it’s most tangled, most damaged, and most stressed”, says Trey Gillen, artistic director of haircare brand Sachajuan. Proper application is easiest by applying tiny bits of conditioner to the ends of your hair. Then, use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to brush the conditioner through the rest of your hair and remove any remaining tangles. Let the conditioner sit for a few minutes before rinsing it out with lukewarm water.

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