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WHAT IS HAIR CONDITIONER AND WHY ARE THEY NEEDED?  


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Hair conditioner is a hair care product used to improve the appearance and manageability of hair. Its main purpose is to reduce friction between strands of hair to allow easier brushing or combing, which might otherwise cause damage to the scalp.

The hair conditioner is usually used after the hair has been washed with shampoo. It is applied and worked into the hair and may either be washed out a short time later or left in. conditioners are available in a wide range of forms including viscous liquids, gels, and creams as well as thinner lotions and sprays.

BENEFITS OF CONDITIONING YOUR HAIR

The primary benefit of a conditioner is that it makes the hair much easier to comb through, smooth the hair, detangle it, increase shine, reduce frizz, close cuticles and return hair to normal pH level after shampooing.

Conditioners help protects and beautifies the hair. When you wash hair, shampoo removes sebum, residue from styling products, dead cells and dirt which can make the cuticle layer swell slightly. The cuticle layer normally covers the hair shaft in a tight, even formation, but is slightly lifted away from the hair shaft after washing. In this state, hair is more vulnerable to damage caused by environmental influences and heat. Conditioners reduce the cuticle swelling, making them once again form a tight layer over the hair shaft. The hair is now ready for styling and it is less likely to be seriously damaged by day-to-day activities. Once applied it’s important that you leave conditioners on for at least a minute to ensure the hair holds onto its moisture for a dazzling shine.

Conditioner refortifies the cuticle with a protective coating, allowing the hair to keep growing and not break easily. When hair is exposed to the outside world, the cuticle, or outer lining, gets damaged until it ultimately breaks; the conditioner fills in those injuries and coats the hair to assist the cuticle.

Shampoo mostly strips the hair of its natural moisture along with dirt and oil. Conditioner simply replaces it. Along with moisturization, it also fixes freeze and prevents split ends. Longer hairs are vulnerable to split ends mostly because the sebum produced by the scalp fails to travel that far to reach the ends. There comes conditioner to help.

Each hair is covered in tiny cells that look a bit like fish scales. Damage causes these to stand out which makes the hair look dull, rough and out of condition. Conditioners work by smoothing down these scales so your hair looks smooth and shiny again. Shampoo opens the hair’s cuticle, conditioner seals it back up locking nutrients in and pollutants out. This, in turn, strengthens the hair shaft, preventing breakage, split ends, and even hair loss.

Conditioners have the ability to protect hair from the overexposure it has to the sun and other harsh weather conditions. It makes it easier to groom hair as well as improves the way it looks and feels. It is most helpful to dry and brittle hair as conditioners nourish and straighten hair strands.

 

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