Here is a quick Q&A with Harrisons Hair Team director and owner, Sue Harrison, on why conditioners are so important for our hair and how we should apply them for optimal effect:
Why is it important to use conditioner on our hair?
Fundamentally, hair is made up of protein and moisture. Everyday activities such as shampooing your hair, blow-drying it or using straighteners, for example, all lead to the hair losing some of its protein and moisture. Conditioners are designed to put some of the lost protein and moisture back in your hair and seal the hair cuticle to prevent further loss, thus helping your hair maintain its strength and shine as well as increase its combability. Conditioning treatments work more intensely within your hair to repair it.
Who should use conditioner?
Essentially, anyone with hair that is long enough to be combed or brushed should think about using conditioner in their hair. It is most important, however, for those with mid to long hair, as this will have the propensity to lose more protein and moisture simply because the hair will have been shampooed or blow-dried more often.
How should we apply the conditioner?
I would recommend a two-fold approach to keeping your hair in the best condition. The type of shampoo and conditioner you use will depend on your hair type, but the method of using and applying it is the same for all hair types.
Firstly, I recommend using a ph-balanced shampoo, such as the Redken range we use in our salons. This should then be followed by a high quality conditioner, which is applied to the freshly shampooed hair and massaged through the middle of the hair length to the ends. Depending on the condition of your hair and how much protein and moisture it needs, this can be left on for around 5-15 minutes before being rinsed off thoroughly. Some leave in treatments, however, such as the Redken Curvaceous range, don’t need to be rinsed off.
Secondly, I would also recommend using a more intense conditioning treatment, such as one of the Redken cream masks, in place of your normal conditioner once every four to five shampoos to give extra gloss and shine to your hair. This is applied in a similar way to your normal conditioner.
How do we choose the right conditioner for our hair?
Your stylist will be able to offer you advice on which shampoo and conditioning products would best suit your hair, but these will largely depend on factors such as: hair length; hair thickness; whether or not your hair has been coloured; your health, as certain types of medication can also have an effect on your hair. External factors such as the weather will also have an impact on your hair, especially with regards to sun exposure or cold and damp conditions.
If you are looking for an in-depth conditioning treatment for your hair, our Evegate salon has a special treatment room where you can relax while our stylists apply a tailored conditioning treatment, including prescription treatments, suitable for your hair’s needs. This means you can relax and enjoy a luxurious head massage while the treatment works hard to repair and nourish your hair.
For more details on our conditioning treatments or products or to book an appointment with one of our trained stylists, call 01303 813 062 or visit www.harrisonshairteam.co.uk