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Conditioner is vital to healthy looking, shiny hair - it smoothes the hair cuticle aiding light reflection and allowing for that brilliant glossy appearance. This closing of the cuticle also helps to protect your hairs’ inner layer (the cortex) from damage and excess moisture evaporation, and aids in easing out tangles.
Nevertheless, condtioners often get an bad reputation because people find they weigh their hair down or make it look ‘lank’, ‘greasy’ or ‘dull’. However, this will only happen if you apply conditioner incorrectly, or use the wrong one for your hair texture. To choose the right conditioner for you hair type, you first have to determine the texture of your individual hairs (whether they are fine, medium, coarse or Afro/Carribbean) and then take into account its length and level of chemical processing. Need help? Click here.
How to Apply Conditioner Correctly
Pour a small quantity of conditioner into the palm of your hand, rub your hands together and smooth the conditioner over your hair, paying particular attention to the older, more weathered ends. To avoid weighing your hair down, do not rub conditioner into your scalp or to the hair near your scalp. Rinse immediately.
A well-formulated conditioner should work right away, so there is no need to leave it in in for longer than a few seconds. If you have particularly knotty hair, gently comb the conditioner through in the shower before rinsing using a wide tooth comb. Start at the ends of your hair and gradually work up.
The only exception to this in the Philip Kingsley range is the Pure Silver Conditioner. Because it’s designed to add shine to grey/discoulored or brassy blonde hair, we suggest leaving it in for 1 minute before rinsing to let the optical brighteners coat the hair sufficiently.
If you find your hair loses body after conditioning, check that you are using the correct conditioner for your hair texture. Also, make sure that you are rinsing enough and aren’t applying it too close to your scalp.