What does conditioner do for hair?
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 their hair? If your shampoo left your hair in a perfect state, would there be any need for a hair conditioner to bring your locks 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 hairspray, 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 a 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 products like normal and deep 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 conditioner for hair
If you tend to have greasy hair, and you find even the lightest conditioner is too rich, a deep treatment may be a good lightweight solution. After shampooing, a moisturizing conditioner can be applied directly to your hair, especially to the ends. Deep conditioners work especially well when it’s necessary to find a product that suits hairstyles for fine hair. Collagen-containing conditioner options give flat, fine hair more bounce. These deep treatments may also be applied to the roots of the hair where more volume and bounce is needed.
Deep treatments: Sometimes more is better
Deep treatments can often be the best conditioners for hair that is quite dry. If your hair is over-processed or dry, a deep conditioner with shea butter, coconut extract, or argan oil is a good choice. Some deep hair treatments 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 deep options regularly in addition to conditioning shampoos and hair rinses to provide sufficient care. Don't forget to add a weekly hair mask to your care regimen. Some advantages for deep conditioner over normal conditioners include moisturizing dry hair, detangling and softening hair, promoting hair growth and helping to strengthen and revitalize lackluster hair.
Using special color conditioners when hair has been color-treated
Color-treated hair tends to look more vibrant after applying deep 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 deep treatments for blonde hair provide a golden glow. It’s worth noting that Schwarzkopf hair dyes, like Keratin Color honey blonde 9.0, come with a pre-color serum that helps hair stay conditioned before coloring. Very damaged color-treated hair may need both a conditioning rinse and a deep 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 typical hair conditioner or a deep treatment is needed after shampooing.