Friday, 27 March 2009
We now know that conditioners work on the outside of the hair. The effect of a conditioner usually will last one wash (you can extend this by using a leave in conditioner to keep coating the hair). The reason for this is that water will lift off those conditioning ingredients from the hair. First message, don’t expect miracles from a conditioner (even if the bottle promises the world). Trichologists consistently say that a product used in the same way will yield the same results. What does this mean for you? If you use a shampoo and then condition your hair for 10 minutes, you cannot compare this to just using conditioner alone without shampoo. The differences may be just minor but if you are trying a product, then it is probably useful for you to try it again in a different way. The one thing that will not be useful, would be to use the same conditioner again in the same way and hope for better results. Therefore, do change your conditioner if you find that you don’t get the results that you want. Secondly, conditioners from different companies (and also between the same brand – for example dry hair formula compared to normal hair formula) contain different quantities, types and even sizes of these conditioning ingredients. So, have a play, find which one works for you. If you find your conditioner leaves your hair soft and moist, then remember it, keep a supply in your bathroom. Do experiment with others if you wish to but you can always go back to what works!! I have been natural for too many years now to be a product junkie. I have found my two 'go to' products (pictured). I do support all PJs because natural hair is an exploration, you need to find what works for you.