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Why is it that when you hit up the salon for a blowout, your hair ends up looking absolutely fantastic—but when you shampoo, condition, and blow-dry your hair at home, things just aren’t the same? Ah, it’s the age-old question. Well, it could be that you’re not using one such hair care product—conditioner—as best as you could. In fact, if you cover your roots in conditioner every time you wash your hair, or if you completely skip out on using it (gasp!), then it’s time to make some changes to your hair care routine. Here, learn about some of the most common conditioner mistakes and what to do instead. Happier hair washing days ahead!
Before you go squirting half a bottle of conditioner into your hands to slather on post-shampooing, hear us out: When it comes to conditioner, less is definitely more—especially if you have fine hair. When you use too much, this can potentially make your hair look weighed down. A good rule of thumb is to use one or two quarter-sized dollops of conditioner, depending on the thickness and length of your hair.
Hold it right there! It’s a good idea to apply conditioner only where it’s needed the most—i.e. your mid-lengths to your ends, since this part of your hair tends to be drier.
So, you don’t have a ton of time to get ready in the morning. You’ll just shampoo and go—nothing to it, right? Uh-uh. Just like you shouldn’t skip out on moisturizing after cleansing your skin, you shouldn’t leave the shower without using conditioner after you’re done shampooing. Since shampoo cleans your hair, conditioning can help add some much-needed moisture to your mane. Makes sense, doesn’t it?
We get it: Choosing a system of shampoo and conditioner can be tricky. But really, it’s all about finding products that are right for your hair type and needs. Think about it: You wouldn’t use products formulated for dry skin if you had oily skin, would you? Not sure where to start as far as shampoo and conditioner go? Here are a few options from L’Oréal Paris:
Try this system of shampoo and conditioner for processed hair: L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverSleek Keratin Caring Conditioner
Try this system of shampoo and conditioner for thin hair: L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverStrong Thickening Conditioner
Try this system of shampoo and conditioner for dry, damaged color-treated hair: L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris Hair Expert Color Vibrancy Intensive Conditioner
Try this system of shampoo and conditioner for wavy to curly hair: L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverCurl HydraCharge Conditioner
Try this system of shampoo and conditioner for frizz-prone hair: L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Shampoo and L’Oréal Paris EverPure Frizz-Defy Conditioner
Again, we know that your time is precious. But if you apply your conditioner only to rinse it off immediately, you may not be reaping all of its benefits. Typically, you’d want to leave a conditioner on for the amount of time listed in the directions on the packaging.
Swapping out your regular conditioner for a deep conditioner or hair mask once or twice a week could be a good idea—especially if your is dry or damaged—or just feels like it needs a little extra love.
Typically, you’d hop in the shower and shampoo and rinse, then condition and rinse. But if you’re not willing to rethink that mindset, you could be missing out on a seriously cool product. We’re talking about cleansing balm. Not sure what that is? Cleansing balm is a multitasking product that takes care of all of your hair’s needs in one step—and that includes conditioning! The L’Oréal Paris EverCreme Cleansing Balm for dry, damaged hair does six things in one: It cleanses, conditions, treats, detangles, softens, and adds shine. To use, apply six to eight pumps to wet hair (you may need to use more for longer hair). Massage the cleansing balm gently into your hair and distribute it evenly until your hair is fully saturated. Leave it on for three to five minutes, then rinse—there’s no need to follow up with conditioner.