How to Find the Best Conditioner for Your Hair Type
While you may be concerned about what kind of shampoo will rid your hair of any oil, dirt or grime, you should also be focused on what you follow it up with – conditioner. Conditioner is a must-have hair care product that should always—always—be used after each and every shampoo. Conditioner not only replenishes your hair of moisture but also addresses and protects against all sorts of hair concerns. And while most of us know that this hair care product is a non-negotiable, it can be hard to find the right conditioner for the needs of your specific hair type. Simply put, the best conditioner for you is the one that gives adequate hydration to your hair without weighing it down. To help you find the best conditioner for your hair care routine and hair type, we’ve outlined a few hair care tips below.
Why do you need conditioner?
As stated above, conditioner is an essential step in every hair care routine. This is because shampoo—while needed to cleanse your hair and remove styling product build up and excess oils—can strip your hair of the natural oils that help keep it moisturised and healthy. While it’s tempting if you haven’t found the right formula for you, skipping conditioner can result in your hair looking dull, dry, and damaged, not to mention even oilier (we’re serious)—that’s a big no, thank you!
Which conditioner is right for your hair
Conditioners are formulated to help replenish that lost hydration, which is why you should use a conditioner after each and every shampoo. While it’s a good idea to use a conditioner that’s formulated for your hair type and concerns, you’ll also want to make sure you’re using one that is formulated to complement the type of shampoo you use as well. This will ensure they’re a match made in heaven and are working perfectly well together to give you the best results possible for your hair. With so many options, it can be hard to know which conditioner is best for you – this is where we’re here to help.
While all conditioners are used for the same purpose—replenishing moisture for hair—every formula is tailored to different hair concerns, meaning your hair gets exactly what it needs. From curly, fine, thick, to coloured hair, there’s a conditioner for everyone. Read on to find out exactly what conditioner will work for your hair type.
If you have thick or coarse hair…
If your hair is thick or coarse, your hair may be prone to dryness and likely needs a lot more moisture to remain nourished and hydrated. Unlike our fine haired friends who need a lighter texture, look for rich formulas with conditioning oils and thick textures. Our favourite is Fructis Nutri-Repair 3 Conditioner. Formulated with three powerful fruit oils—olive oil, avocado oil, and shea—this nourishing conditioner leaves parched hair hydrated, and softer and shiner with every use.
If you have curly hair...
For curly hair, conditioner is one of the most important steps in your hair care routine. Having luscious curls is easier done when your hair is well-nourished and moisturised rather than dry and brittle. For those with curly hair it’s important to have something rich in moisture that doesn’t weigh down curls, but instead defines and hydrates them. We recommend a nourishing formula with ingredients such as coconut oil. Our favourite for curly and textured hair types prone to frizz is the Fructis Coconut No-Frizz Conditioner. We recommend pairing with the Fructis Coconut No-Frizz Shampoo and following up with a hair oil to further define your curls. Opt for the Fructis Triple Nutrition Marvelous Oil Hair Elixir.
If you have fine hair…
Alternatively, you may have fine hair, which is more prone to excess oil at the roots and can sometimes look a little limp and lifeless under the weight of too much product. In this case, you should stay away from the rich, heavy conditioners and instead pick one that boasts a hair volumising or lightweight formula. These formulas are less likely to weigh your hair down with excess moisture and instead will offer the lightweight hydration fine hair needs. Look for weightless oils in your conditioner formula. We recommend the Fructis Full & Luscious Conditioner for fine hair or the Fructis Coconut Water Conditioner for oily roots and dry ends as it won't weigh down your locks.
If you have colour treated hair…
If your hair has been dyed, you’ll need a dedicated hair care system, with a conditioner and shampoo designed specifically for colour-treated hair. This is to ensure your colour is maintained and protected for as long as possible leaving your colour bold and beautiful until your next colour. Opt for the Garnier Fructis Colour-Last Conditioner and Shampoo to ensure your colour remains vibrant and healthy.
How should you use conditioner?
Now that you’ve picked out the right conditioner for your hair type, it’s important to use it the right way to get the best results. Unless the instructions on your shampoo and conditioner system say otherwise, you’ll first want to wash your hair with shampoo to cleanse any hair build up and excess oil and then follow up with your chosen conditioner to replenish any lost moisture.
If you’re concerned about too much moisture weighing down your hair, then it’s important to focus conditioner application on the ends of your hair. Gently massage the conditioner into the ends of your hair and extend to about midway up the hair shaft, avoiding the roots. If you’re prone to hair becoming tangled or knotty take a wide tooth comb and gently comb through your hair before rinsing out the conditioner. Start from the bottom, and gently work your way higher as you ease out knots, which will help detangle any stubborn knots more easily and help avoid hair breakage.
Be sure you follow the directions on the packaging regarding the amount of time you should leave the conditioner on your hair before washing away, and rinse thoroughly once it’s time. Most conditioners instruct you to leave them on for 1-3 minutes after washing your hair with shampoo. When you do rinse, turn the water down to cool—or even icy cold temperatures if you can handle it! This helps to seal the cuticle on your hair strands and can help your hair look even shinier post wash.
After rinsing off, use your towel to gently pat excess water from your hair – avoid rubbing if your hair is prone to frizz. Once your hair is towelled-dry, reach for a leave in treatment for an additional boost of hair hydration. Comb through your damp hair evenly with fingers, and then leave your hair to air dry, or style as usual. Choosing to air dry reduces the amount of heat you’re applying to your hair and can help prevent further moisture loss or damage.
Now you know exactly what conditioner you should be using to nourish your hair, take it up a notch with a hair mask once or twice a week.