Hairdressers say we make these 5 mistakes with conditioner

3. Not letting it absorb properly

Washing hair can be a matter of no time to one person, while someone else may spend upwards of 20 minutes on the entire process. If you belong in that first category, you may be making the mistake of not letting your conditioner be absorbed by your hair. As mentioned on the previous page, best practice is to let the product sit for at least a few minutes before rinsing. Additionally, you’ll notice a massive difference if you occasionally use a hair mask.

4. Using too much or too little

One person may squeeze out half the contents of the bottle of conditioner, where another maybe uses a pea-sized amount. “If your hair feels heavy after washing and drying it, you’ve used too much. If it still feels dry and rough, you’ve not used enough”, Cleveland explains. “The best way of finding the amount that works for you, is to start with two coin sized amounts. Carefully comb this through your hair with your fingers. If your comb or your fingers easily passes through your hair, you’ve used the right amount of product. If you’re still running into issues, you simply add another blob. Additionally, you won’t have to use conditioner every time you wash your hair! People with thin and sleek hair may skip out on conditioner every now and then.

5. Using the wrong product

When looking for conditioners, you’ve got a plethora of options available. A conditioner for dry hair, another conditioner for curls, and yet another conditioner for coloured tresses. But which one to choose? “Silicones and dimethicones are commonly used in cheaper conditioners, as they give the appearance of soft and healthy hair by making it seem shiny. But these ingredients are very artificial and not healthy for your hair at all”, warns Cleveland. Instead, look for products containing natural oils, such as jojoba, coconut or organ. And bear in mind: if you find your hair getting thin(ner), too many of these oils may weigh the hair down and create a dull and greasy look, so make sure you don’t use them in excess.

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Source: Well+Good | Image: Unsplash, Laura Marques