Choosing the Right Conditioner

The conditioner that you use in your hair is important for many reasons. First of all it is your hair’s first line of defense against styling trauma and damage caused by the elements. Secondly it is what repairs your hair from damage caused by styling, over-processing, normal grooming, and aging. Finally, your conditioner is what helps protect your hair from hair disorders like frizz, split ends, and straw-head.

Choosing the Right Conditioner – Step #1

The first step for choosing the right conditioner is to evaluate your current shampoo. Since you most likely put some effort into selecting a good shampoo for your hair you should be able to use it as a model for selecting a conditioner. It is usually a good idea to use a conditioner that is manufactured by the same company as your shampoo.

Choosing the Right Conditioner – Step #2

The second step to take when shopping for a conditioner is to decide what type of conditioner you are looking for. If you are looking for an everyday conditioner to use with your shampoo then you will want to follow the suggestion made in step #1 and select a conditioner made by your shampoo’s manufacturer. However, if you are looking for a spray in conditioner, or a leave in conditioner, then you may need to look for a product made by another company.

Choosing the Right Conditioner – Step #3

If you are looking for a conditioner that will produce a specific hair effect then you may need to browse through the products of several hair care manufacturers. For specialty conditioners make sure that you read their labels before you buy the product. You will want to select products that are designed for your hair type and that are designed for the hair effect that you are after.

Choosing the Right Conditioner – Step #4

Step 4 for choosing the right conditioner is to decide if you want to shop for a salon conditioner or a store brand conditioner. There are several advantages for using a salon product. First of all your stylist will be able to help you pick out a product that will work with your hair and that will produce the hair effects that you are after. Next these products tend to use ingredients that are of a higher quality and effectiveness then store brands. While salon products have a lot of great features they are also a lot more expensive and you usually have to go to your salon to buy them. You will need to take these cons into consideration when deciding where to buy your conditioner.

Choosing the Right Conditioner – Step #5

Step five is to establish your budget. If you are on a tight budget then you may want to consider buying a generic brand conditioner that has been designed after a name brand conditioner that you like. For example, Equate offers a line of conditioners that are patterned after Head and Shoulders’ conditioners. Not all generic brands work as well as their sister name brand products do, however, there are several generic brands that do work extremely well. To figure out which ones work and which ones don’t you really just have to try them out.

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