What does conditioner do?
Conditioning something means transforming it into its desired state – hair, leather, etc. may not be in their optimal state unless they have been conditioned. However, being practical, why would anyone need to condition hair? If your shampoo left your hair in perfect condition, would there be any need for a conditioner to bring the hair to the next level? In fact, shampoo just cleanses hair, while a conditioner provides hair with compounds that protect and beautify it.
When shampoo is applied to remove sebum, residual styling products, dead cells, and dirt from your hair and scalp, it also creates a slight swelling of the cuticle layer. The cuticles, which normally cover the hair shafts in tight, even formation like shingles on a roof top, lift away from the hair shaft. In this state, hair is more vulnerable to damaging environmental factors and heat. This is where conditioners come in. They reduce the cuticle swelling, forming a tight layer with no gaps or raised cuticles. Your hair is now ready for styling and will make it through the day without serious damage. Properly conditioned hair is supple and retains moisture for dazzling shimmer.
Deep conditioner – a regular part of your hair care regime
The light-weight leave-in conditioner
If you tend to have greasy hair, and you find even the lightest conditioner is too rich, a leave-in hair conditioner may be a good light-weight solution. After shampooing, a moisturizing conditioner can be applied directly to the hair, especially to the hair ends. Leave-in conditioners work especially well for fine hair. Collagen-containing leave-in conditioner options give flat, fine hair more bounce. These leave-in treatments may also be applied to the roots of the hair where more volume and bounce is needed.
Leave-in treatments: Sometimes more is more
Leave-in hair conditioners can often be the best conditioners for dry hair. If your hair is over-processed or dry, a leave-in treatment with shea butter, coconut extract or argan oil is a good choice. Some leave-in hair conditioners contain ingredients like the hair building block keratin, structure-improving proteins and moisturizing glycerol. These treatments are suitable for over-processed and damaged hair. You may decide to use leave-in treatments regularly in addition to conditioning shampoos and hair rinses to provide sufficient conditioning. Don't forget to add a weekly deep conditioner or hair mask, like the Gliss® Ultimate Repair Anti-Damage Mask to your hair care regimen.
Using leave-in conditioners on color-treated hair
Color-treated hair tends to look more vibrant after applying leave-in conditioners containing enzyme-rich apricot kernel oil, panthenol for protection, and hair-regenerating keratin. These special ingredients add glow to any hair color. Special pigments in leave-in treatments for blonde hair provide a golden glow. Very damaged color-treated hair may need both a conditioning rinse and a leave-in conditioner after shampooing. This applies in particular to hair that has been frequently bleached. However, your color-treated hair may be quite healthy, in which case no more than a leave-in conditioner is needed after shampooing.