Have you ever wondered if it is safe to use conditioner everyday? Do you have an active lifestyle that requires you to wash your hair more frequently than others? If this sounds like you, find out in this blog post whether or not you are helping or hurting your hair health by using conditioner everyday!
Should I Use Conditioner Everyday?
Whether or not you should use conditioner everyday will depend on a multitude of factors. Conditioner is traditionally meant to be used as a hair softener and detangler after the use of a shampoo. It has a positive electric charge that attracts and bonds to the negative electric charge of hair, providing softening benefits and a reduction in frizz.
To use conditioner in your hair everyday might be overkill, but here are some factors where it would be okay:
- Your Hair Type: If your hair is dry and/or more a tightly coiled texture, being that conditioner will make your hair feel a lot more manageable and hydrated.
- The Climate: In harsh or dryer climates, you might benefit from using a conditioner in your hair everyday to protect against moisture loss in the elements.
- Hair Routine: Depending on how fast your hair starts to feel parched when in a hair style like a wash and go, twist or braid out, you might one to hydrate with a conditioner based solution throughout the week.
Keep in mind that using conditioner daily in this sense would mean to apply some conditioner in a spray bottle of water and spritzing your hair with it to keep the moisture levels up.
You can make your own conditioning hair spritz with this recipe below:
- Distilled Water: 1 cup
- Conditioner: 2-3 tablespoons of your favorite one
- Essential Oils: 2-3 drops of an essential oil to help with fragrance if you like
- Sterilize a clean spray bottle. Wash it thoroughly with hot, soapy water and then rinse it with a mixture of equal parts water and rubbing alcohol. Allow it to air dry.
- In a mixing bowl or using a funnel, pour 2-3 tablespoons of your chosen hair conditioner into the bottle.
- Add a few drops of your preferred essential oil if you’d like to enhance the fragrance of the spray if you like.
- Fill the remainder of the bottle with distilled water.
- Close the bottle with the spray cap, ensuring it’s securely tightened.
- Shake the bottle vigorously to mix the conditioner and water thoroughly.
To use your DIY conditioning hair spritz:
- Shake the bottle before each use to make sure the conditioner is well-distributed in the water.
- Spray the homemade hair spray onto dry or damp hair.
- Style your hair as desired.
What Happens If You Condition Your Hair Everyday?
Conditioning your hair every day might seem appealing due to the boost in hydration if you are suffering from dry hair, but you might want to consider reducing the frequency for which you use a conditioner.
Generally, it is best to use a conditioner as part of every wash routine whether you choose a rinse out conditioner or a deep conditioning treatment or mask. If you are washing your hair once per week or every other, using a conditioner is extremely beneficial when it comes to hydrating and replenishing the hair.
The problem with using conditioner every single day, lies in the fact that it can cause a host of problems over time if used improperly. Over moisturizing your hair can lead to hygral fatigue, in which your hair holds on to too much water.
The constant swelling of your strands to allow that moisture into your hair, can eventually lead to hair that feel gummy, looks limp and eventually breaks off.
This constant swelling of the hair strand can also damage the inner portion of the hair called the Cortex.
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What Does Conditioner Do To Your Hair?
Conditioner is a vital part in maintaining the look, feel and health of your hair. A conditioners main focus whether it is the traditional rinse out, a deep conditioner or a leave in conditioner is to help replenish the hair strands with the hydration, vitamins and minerals it needs to thrive.
Here are some other key benefits to using conditioner in your hair:
- Reduces Frizz- conditioners are most loved for smoothing down the cuticle layer of the hair strand, which reduces friction and and frizz to promote a sleeker feel and appearance.
- Detangles- with all the slip that can be found in conditioners, it is a great addition to use after your shampoo in order to help detangle faster and help to reduce breakage when styling.
- Hydrates and Moisturizes- conditioner is great at revitalizing the moisture levels in the hair, while providing essential nutrients to help it thrive. Conditioner helps to keep your hair from drying out too quickly while leaving your hair feeling soft and smooth.
- Strengthens- if you choose a conditioner that caters to your hair needs, you can provide your hair with an added layer of proteins to strengthen your hair before you even go in with a styler. By protecting the hair shaft and providing a protective barrier at the very start, you can help shield your hair against heat damage, environmental toxins and chemical damage.
- Restore PH balance- did you know that after using shampoo, the PH levels in your hair are higher and need to be lowered back down again in order to lay the cuticle layer down flat? Conditioner does this the best and that is why it is important to use either a rinse out conditioner or deep conditioning treatment after every hair wash.
- Reduces Breakage– conditioner helps to keep the hair strand flexible, elastic and less likely to split at the ends by providing slip and excess moisture that is need to tame dry hair.
Is Conditioner Bad For Thin Hair?
While conditioner is beneficial for all hair types, using everyday on thin hair can become an issue. Conditioner is meant to hydrate and coat the hair, while providing manageability and strengthening properties.
When used to frequently on thin hair, you run the risk of product buildup. When product buildup forms on the hair, it can weigh the hair down making it prone to breakage and more thinning over time.
If you have thin hair, try to use a conditioner or deep conditioning treatment at least once per week or every other. Try to avoid using conditioners that are heavy and/or contain a lot of oils and butters.
Sometimes less is more and if you want you hair to thrive you should consider creating a hair regimen that is not too frequent but enough to keep you hair and scalp healthy and clean.
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