Whether you regularly use a leave in condition or are a complete novice, today’s article will leave you a total expert in all things moisturising!!
Below is the need to know details about leave in conditioners…
WHATS THE DIFFERENCE?
We don’t want to teach you stuff you already know but believe it or not most people don’t actually know the difference between a standard conditioner and a leave in one!
Essentially conditioners have two key jobs: one to add moisture and the second to smooth your cuticle. Now while your standard everyday post shampoo conditioner will do this a leave in one is far more concentrated and as such you get a way more intensive treatment.
Nowadays everyone obsesses about shiny hair… they best way to get this is with making a leave in conditioner part of your weekly routine!
How I hear you say? Because you can only get shiny hair when you have smooth cuticles! The cuticle is the outermost part of your hair and is essentially made up of tiny scales. When your hair becomes dry, and rough these scales become raised and your hair looks dull. By smoothing these tiny scales light bounces back off your hairs surface and thus… you get the shine!
WHAT'S THE BEST LEAVE IN CONDITIONERS?
Choosing a deep conditioner that is best for your hair can be tricky. We’ve had the best results with products that feed moisture into the hair over time. Quick fixes are not always what they promise and, in our experience, hair needs moisture on a regular basis, little and often.
To know a Leave In Conditioner will work you want look for ingredients that will nourish you hair. We’ve listed some of our favourites below:
Shea Butter – Containing both Vitamin A and E with essential fatty acids which add moisture and shine to your hair. Its non-greasy quality makes it an excellent moisturizer for the hair (without leaving an oily mess!). It softens dry brittle hair and repairs split damaged ends as well.
Glycerin -this works by attracting moisture to the hair which is important as it also prevents moisture loss and works to prevent frizzy hair
Vegan-Keratin – Giving all the rejuvenating benefits of standard Keratin but with none of the potential damage from overuse this really is a gamechanger for hair moisturising!
Hyaluronic Acid – lauded as a wonder anti-ageing ingredient the benefits of HA is that it aids absorption of all the other great ingredients meaning… you get more bang for your buck and the results will be more intense and way more quicker too!
We’ve combined these ingredients into a super-smoothing, mega-moisturising hair mask, designed to be used weekly to build and maintain health and strength in your locks. Our Healthy Hair Mask not only leaves you with smooth, shiny hair but also smells incredible! If you’ve yet to try it you are in for a treat! Fragranced with Lavender, Rose Essential Oil and Ylang Ylang, close your eyes and let it transport you to luxury spas and exotic climes from the comfort of your own bathroom.
HOW LONG SHOULD YOU LEAVE A LEAVE IN CONDITIONER IN FOR?
The answer to this question is that it depends on your hair. We’ve given you a good guide below, but the more you use a Leave In Conditioner the more your hair will thank you for it!
· Fine, dry hair – a maximum of 2 hours
· Coarse, dry hair – anything from 2 hours to overnight.
· Grey, dry hair- hair tends to be finer as we age so unless your hair is very coarse so we recommend no more than 2 hours
· Dry, curly hair – if your hair is curly and thick overnight will be fine. For fine curls, we recommend a couple of hours max
· Dry, colour treated hair -overnight if your hair is thick/coarse. Otherwise anything from 2 to 4 hours. Try a plastic cap to add some heat intensity to the treatment with a hairdryer!
WHAT'S THE BEST METHOD FOR USING A LEAVE IN CONDITIONER?
The process for using a deep conditioner is super simple….
1. You can use a leave in conditioner on either dry or wet hair. Obvs if you’re planning on leaving it in for a few hours then getting your hair wet may not be your ideal choice.
2. If you are going down the wet hair route then towel out the water. Once rinsed, it’s time to get rid of the excess water. Too wet and the product can slip off the hair, sending your deep conditioner down the drain. Hair should be damp, not dripping wet. Be gentle with wet hair. Because hair is most fragile when wet, the best way to get rid of excess water is to gently squeeze out the water. Avoid rubbing the hair.
3. Warm up the deep conditioner in your palms. Working up the deep conditioner in your hands is a great way of warming and softening the product so that when applying to the hair it’s easier to spread. This avoids overloading one area of the hair.
4. Concentrate on the ends and mid-lengths. The only exception to this is thick, coarse or curly hair. You know your hair and if it can take a product at the roots, by all means, work the product up to the roots.
5. Once you’ve applied the deep conditioner, it’s up to you how long you leave it on your hair. You can follow our guidelines on timing above. Having said that, if you are using another manufacturer’s deep conditioner check their instructions first.
6. The final step? Rinse the deep conditioner out of your hair. Style as normal and enjoy your silky, shiny locks.
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