If you want to get the absolute best out of your hair, you will need to invest in products that will help you attain your goals. No matter what texture, color or grade of hair that you have, it will boil down to the types of ingredients, chemicals and other substances that you allow on your hair.
As we are all aware, there are different brands and types of shampoo and conditioner available. However, the backbone of any quality hair plan will be your conditioner. That’s right, a good moisturizing conditioner will make all the difference in whether you have dry, dull, brittle hair or hair that is highly hydrated, soft and manageable.
The tips below will provide further details on moisturizing conditioners and why it should be a staple in your hair plan. Read on.
A Word About Pre-Shampooing Before Conditioning
One great reason to use a pre-shampoo is that it is excellent for your hair. What’s so great about it? Well, our hair is put through the ringer sometimes. It can be self-inflicted through styling tools and chemicals or our hair is the victim of our environment: wind, blowing sand, humidity, salt water and the list goes on.
By drenching your hair with coconut oil, olive oil, or whatever moisturizing treatment that works best with your hair type prior to using shampoo, your hair will thank you in the way of beautiful, shiny, healthy hair.
Pre-shampoo will get your hair ready for the deep clean that a shampoo can provide. You can think of it in the analogy of applying a primer before you add a coat of paint to a building.
When your hair is fortified with a hydrating substance and then washed with shampoo, you will get a much better result. And remember, there are all types of shampoos that you can purchase that work well with certain types of hair. Be sure to look into combinations of moisturizing conditioners that work with whatever type of shampoo that you use on your hair. Pretty simple, right?
Moisturizing Conditioner Acts As A Detangler
One of the biggest steps when caring for your hair, especially in the case of people with curly hair, is to de-tangle it. The good news is there are plenty of moisturizing conditioners that will detangle your hair gently, which is key.
Definitely add a detangling conditioner to your regimen, so you have less damage and breakage to your hair. This is especially true whenever you comb or brush your hair. If you haven’t settled on a conditioner that will not only detangle, but moisturize your hair for a decent price, now is the time to make it happen. Do some research or even try lots of different product until you find one you love.
My hair tends to be dry like the Sahara desert, so I focused on a product that would hydrate the heck out of my hair. My moisturizing detangle product of choose is WEN Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner. I love it, so you might want to put it on your list to give it a try.
Seal Your Hair And Protect It From Damage
The biggest advantage of a hair moisturizing conditioner is that it primes, seals and protects your hair for the long haul. A good conditioner will seal your hair. The advantage of sealing your hair strands is to thwart off things like split ends and brittle, breaking hair.
All things considered, if you want to prevent your hair from snapping and breaking, you must moisturize and seal. The easiest way to do that is to moisturize your hair to prevent dryness then you seal your hair to maintain the moisture you just added.
Moisturize & Seal Your Hair Video
That is why water based moisturizers are the very best for moisturizing our hair. When determining what product to purchase one rule of thumb is to only buy when the first ingredient is water. Also, look for ingredients that assist in maintaining high amounts of water such as humectants, panthenol or glycerin.
Next, seal your hair with shea, olive, castor, coconut or mango oil following your moisturizer. This process will help keep your hair lubricated. One question I often get is should I use natural or commercial product?
I say it is a personal preference. I will be honest and say, I prefer natural oils. However, if I get busy and I don’t have the time or inclination to make a blend I like, I use a brand that I trust and like and keep it moving.
NOTE: Castor oil and Olive oil can be very heavy on your hair, but for me they are the perfect sealant. My hair is thick, so it works. However, if you have fine or thin hair you may want to go with a different option. Some lightweight oil options include: grapeseed, coconut or safflower. Coconut is a favorite because it really penetrates your hair cuticle.
Leave In Conditioner Adds To The Sheen And Luster Of Your Hair
I swear by leave in conditioners because they make my hair really soft and that is important to me.
Essentially this type of product acts as a lotion for your hair. Your hair will be moisturized with a leave in conditioner, so that you can go about your day free of worry about how the environmental elements will affect your hair.
In harsh weather or winter in general leave-in conditioners should be in your general rotation to help keep your hair moisturized. Now, just because you see the sun come out and the season is changing for the better with warmer weather, you must not abandon your leave in conditioner routine.
How do you choose the best leave-in conditioner?
There are just a couple of things you need to keep in mind:
- Choose a leave in that is best for your hair type
- Use ingredients that are natural like coconut oil and shea butter, but stay away from anything synthetic
Someone with thin hair shouldn’t use the same leave-in conditioner as someone with thicker hair. The same advice goes for someone with wavy, curly or straight hair. Get enough moisture, but you don’t want to weigh down your black hairstyles.
Sometimes You Need A Clarifying Shampoo
All in an effort to have stylish, trendy, beautiful hair sometimes we go too far. We use edge control, gels, spritzes and hair sprays. Overtime, all of these products build up even with weekly shampooing and conditioning.
All of that yucky residue makes hair look dull and weighted down. What’s a girl to do when this happens? To remove the product buildup from your hair it is going to require in-depth cleansing with a clarifying shampoo. If your hair has a heavy, greasy look, you may need to use a clarifying shampoo once a month to get rid of the residue. Before you know it, your shampoo and conditioner will start to work again.
As you can tell, your go-to hair care plan is not complete without the addition of a good moisturizing conditioner along with a few other good habits. It is scientifically proven to give you the best out of your hair.