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Does your hair feel oily a day after you wash it? Do the ends of your hair feel dry even after conditioning them? If you answer yes to any of these, then you’re probably using the wrong conditioner for your strands. More often than not, we don't even know our hair type. We help you figure out the best conditioner for your hair type to ensure that you treat your mane the way it needs. Read on to know if you’re using the right one for you.
You could either consult a dermatologist or try this simple test to know what type of hair you have. Take a strand of your hair and put it in a glass of water. Watch it carefully for a minute or two. If your hair floats, it belongs to the normal hair type (phew!) and is low on porosity (which is a good thing). If it sinks in the water almost instantly, it's probably dry in texture (sigh, but it's okay, we tell you the right products to treat it) and if it stays on top, taking a while to sink down than it is extremely low on porosity and can be oilier in nature than other people's hair.
If the blow dryer is your best friend, or you've recently coloured your hair, chances are your strands feel coarse and brittle. Frizziness and roughness are common woes of dry locks. For coloured hair, it's wiser to use a creamier conditioners like Wella Professionals Enrich Moisturising Conditioner, the formula gets warmer as you apply, almost like a hot oil treatment. If you have dry ends and are facing a lot of breakage, try Tresemme Anti Breakage Treatment Masque, which comes with an amino vitamin complex and can nourish and hydrate your help your hair by using it once a week. You can also try Toni & Guy Nourish Reconstruction Masque, it comes with a deep conditioning formula to repair distressed hair too.
Keep in mind the following:
Avoid conditioners that are strengthening, fortifying or volumizing.
Look for conditioners that are moisturizing, smoothing, hydrating or control frizz.
A deep conditioning treatment is a great investment for dry or damaged hair a few times a month for softer, healthier locks.
If you don't face a lot of breakage, or have too many split ends, you're on the nicer, brighter side of the scale. Your hair isn’t necessarily oily or dry, so you can use conditioners based on your style. Get a boost of volume and shine by using the right products. If you have colored hair, you can use a suitable hair conditioner like Rene Furterer Okara Radiance Enhancing Conditioner to boost faded colour. Use a pump or two of L’Oréal Professionnel’s New Hair Spa Oil - use it sparingly to add some shine to your hair. You can use Schwarzkopf Spa Essence Conditioner, to give your strands a whoosh of moisture and a break from styling too!
Keep in the mind following:
A balancing conditioner like Joico Daily Care Balancing Conditioner is a great option as it is not too hydrating nor too drying.
Strengthening or fortifying conditioners also help make your locks extra strong.
For limp hair, try a volumizing conditioner.
Like it or not, your genes play a role in everything. One of the most common reasons for an oily scalp and hair is genetics. Try not to use heavy oils or creamy conditioners since your scalp is prone to greasiness and they could just make things worse. The Body Shop Rainforest Radiance Hair Butter, which is silicone-free and lighter in texture but keeps your hair nourished with a blend of olive and pracaxi oil, is a perfect pick for your hair type. If you have oily hair, then your scalp is oily too; manage both with Dove Anti Dandruff Therapy Conditioner without making your strands dry. You could also try Khadi Orange and Lemongrass Hair Conditioner, which helps remove extra sebum from your mane, giving it much-needed bounce.
Keep in mind the following:
Avoid conditioners that are moisturizing, hydrating or for curly hair as they can provide extra moisture to your locks, which you clearly don’t need.
Look for labels that say strengthening, balancing, clarifying or volumizing.
Spend extra time working in the shampoo into your scalp and massaging for a few minutes to get rid of all that greasiness before you add conditioner.
Do not apply the conditioner anywhere near your scalp as that can cause even more oiliness. Conditioner should be applied on mid lengths and ends only.