We believe that a conditioner is an essential part of ensuring hair is healthy, shiny and more manageable. However, we know that conditioning can present a challenge for some hair types.
Do you dread heavy-weight conditioners that make your hair flop or do you see conditioning as an essential part of your hair care routine? Often the answer to that question is based on hair type. We’ve seen quite a few heads of hair in our time and, in our experience, conditioner can present challenges for different reasons.
What’s your Type?
We think the starting point when you are considering how to take care of your locks is hair type. We don’t just mean is it thick or fine, curly or straight? It’s important to think about what you are doing to your hair. Are you colour-treating? Using heated styling tools? Playing lots of sport? Swimming? Or living in an urban environment. All of these factors can have an impact on the texture of your hair. Knowing your type will help you choose the right conditioner for shiny hair that's easier to style.
Conditioner makes my Fine Hair Flop!
If you have fine hair that’s colour-treated there are two things to consider. First, conditioning fine hair can be a frustrating experience. The last thing you want to do is use a conditioner that is too heavy. Secondly, if hair has a colour-treatment it needs moisture. No question. Colour-treatments are drying for the hair and the key to maintaining the colour is to keep hair well-hydrated.
The answer? A lightweight conditioner (preferably silicone free), something that will give moisture to the hair without weighing it down. When it has moisture the hair cuticle becomes thicker and plumper giving hair a look and feel of more volume – perfect for fine hair! It's not just about choosing a conditioner for shiny hair, your conditioner needs to help repair damage from colour-treatments.
Keep it Simple
We recommend simplicity when it comes to taking care of your hair. Avoid products that contain silicone. Silicones are often present in mass-produced products. They coat the hair and give it a slippery, shiny appearance but over time they create build up and the hair. Build-up creates two problems. It weighs heavily on the hair, making it flat and makes it drier over a period of time.
Is Dry Hair your Biggest Concern?
Our conditioner contains ingredients that moisturise the hair and make it shiny. When it comes to hair, moisture means shine. We love emollients – ingredients that soften and smooth and help the hair to retain water.
Our top five, favourite conditioning ingredients are:
Pro-vitamin B5 – one of the few ingredients that can actually penetrate the hair cuticle. Targets hair damage, reduces split ends and adds shine.
Ceteryl Alcohol – don’t be fooled by the name. This fatty alcohol will do nothing but good for your hair. It’s a white, creamy ingredient and its used in many skin products for its ability to moisturise.
Avocado – a powerhouse ingredient containing vitamins A, D and E to restore health and shine and natural fats that are good for the hair and scalp
Glycerin – attracts moisture to the hair while preventing water loss
Tocopherol – otherwise known as vitamin E is another favourite in quality skin care lotions and we use it in our conditioners to soothe and moisturise the hair.
We think looking after hair is a serious business but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Treat hair like your skin and you won’t go far wrong. Cleansing and moisturising skin is part of a daily routine for most of us. Would you consider skipping the moisturiser after you’ve cleansed your skin? Probably not. It’s the same for hair. A regular routine of washing and conditioning is the foundation for achieving the hair that you want.
If you would like advice about which of our conditioners is best for you, get in touch using the contact form below.