Despite many efforts, sometimes, our hair looks all flat and lacks the zing. It is certain that you could be making some hair conditioning mistakes without realising them. A conditioner plays an inevitable role in protecting your hair from damage. Washing your hair tends to dry out your strands and thus using a conditioner helps to restore the lost moisture. So, skipping it in a hurry is not always a perfect choice. Therefore, you must avoid committing these hair conditioning mistakes to protect your hair from damages.
Let’s take a look at them.
1. Applying on your roots:
A conditioner is meant to treat frizzy and dry hair, and applying it all over your roots is one of the biggest mistakes. Your scalp already produces the natural sebum required for its nourishment and moisturization. Besides, your roots are younger and healthier than your hair strands, and thus they don’t need any special conditioning. So, instead of using conditioner on your scalp, apply it from the mid-length to the tips of your hair.
2. Using too much or not at all:
Are you guilty of using the same amount of conditioner as much as you use your shampoo? If yes, then you are over-conditioning your hair. It can make your hair limp, greasy and flat, even after washing. Besides, if you are not at all using a conditioner, then it may cause dryness which can further lead to split and frayed ends. So, even if you have dry hair, do not go overboard with your conditioner and on the other hand, if you have oily hair, do not skip using it.
Over-conditioning is the case when you skip a shampoo and apply the conditioner alone. Over-conditioning is bad as it totally alters the texture and nature of your hair. Your hair becomes very oily and greasy in no time and will look flat and limp.
4. Not deep-conditioning:
I was guilty of not deep conditioning my hair. I have moderately thick hair with dry ends, which were much drier before I started using a deep conditioning product. The process of deep conditioning can revitalise your hair if they are frizzy and dry. It also prevents split and frayed ends and keeps your hair moisturised.
5. Assuming conditioner as a de-tangling product:
In any case, you shouldn’t assume that your conditioner will work as a de-tangling product. You will be needing more than what is required to detangle those messy knots, which could lead to over-conditioning of your hair. To prevent this issue, always brush your hair to detangle them. It will ease the work of conditioner, and you will just need a little amount to work on your hair.
6. Not leaving long enough:
Leaving the conditioner on your hair for a long time can weigh down your hair while making them greasy and limp. Besides, if you immediately rinse off the conditioner after application, then your conditioner won’t have enough time to moisturise your hair. So, you must give some time for the conditioner to work its way. Usually, leaving your conditioner for 2-3 minutes is quite sufficient to get the optimum results.
7. Working unevenly on your hair:
If you are using a large amount of conditioner over your mid-lengths and a little at the ends, it will not do any good to your tresses. Apply the conditioner evenly on your hair length, instead of focusing on one place. In order to facilitate an even distribution, you can also take the help of a wide tooth comb. It will make it easier for the conditioner to go through each strand, especially if you have thick or curly hair.
8. Using a conditioner in the end:
You must have already seen many products that are formulated for the reverse hair washing method. Once in a while, you can use a conditioner before using a shampoo. It will totally change your hair washing game. When you use a conditioner before a shampoo, it provides all the benefits to your hair without leaving any residue behind. It will make your hair voluminous without weighing your tresses down.
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