Moisturizing Plus ConditionersFor the greatest moisture supplementation, deep conditioning with a moisturizing conditioner cannot be beat. While water based moisturizers boost daily moisture, they cannot touch the conditioning power of today's moisturizing deep conditioners. While hair product mistakes in other areas of your hair regimen are often excusable, shoddy moisturizing deep conditioning efforts will always show! Moisturizing deep conditioners are no doubt the backbone of any healthy hair regimen.
For the best moisturizing result, your weekly conditioners should always be super moisturizing. Protein-based deep conditioners should only be used as the hair dictates. You may find that you can go quite a while without protein deep conditioning, and that is okay! Keep in mind that many moisturizing deep conditioners also contain some protein. Wheat and silk proteins are the most common gentle proteins in moisturizing deep conditioners. They tend to be extremely gentle and actually enhance the hair's elasticity by helping moisture bind within the cuticle. So, if you see this kind of protein in your moisturizing deep conditioner don't fret! You're still okay moisture wise!
What should you be looking for in a Moisturizing Conditioner?
1. Fat: When looking at moisturizing conditioners, you really want a conditioner with lots of "fat" in it! Okay, meaning of fat? You need a moisturizing conditioner that contains lots of fatty alcohols. Fatty alcohols are "hair friendly" alcohols, unlike the alcohols found in finishing sprays which are often drying to the hair. Common fatty alcohols include substances like cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, and myristyl alcohol.
2. Humectants, Emollients, and Conditioning Agents: Humectants are substances that draw moisture from the surrounding air to the hair! Common humectants, emollients, and conditioning agents you want in your moisturizing deep conditioner are propylene glycol, sodium lactate, sodium PCA, hydantoin, glycerin, polyquarternium, glyceryl stearate, centrimonium chloride, and other natural waxes and oils.
3. Silicones: You also want a moisturizing deep conditioner formula with a few silicone ingredients, or "cones." Silicones have gotten a bad reputation in many healthy hair care circles as scalp clogging, hair coating, moisture defeaters. However, all "cones" are not bad and many are quite useful. "Cones" actually help with your ability to effectively detangle your wet hair. Much of the sleekness and softness we get from rinsing out our conditioners is thanks to those pesky "cones"! Now if you are conditioner-washing the hair regularly (or washing the hair without shampoo), you don't really want to deal with "cones" too much. Silicones will build up on the hair without your shampoo's surfactants there to assist with removal. If your moisturizing deep conditioner is silicone heavy, you should consider clarifying the hair at least once or twice per month.
Ingredients: water, cone.... There is a problem. A conditioner whose ingredient list reads this way is not deep moisturizing your hair. It is merely applying layers of slick silicones to the cuticle, giving you an awesome shine and making your hair a dream to detangle. Unfortunately, such a conditioner will eventually lead to dryness from a lack of moisture being deposited within the strand. If you use a conditioner like this, use it as a final conditioning rinse after you've already gotten your main moisturizing deep conditioning done. Some "cones" leave more 'breathable' layers on your hair than others. Amodimethicone and Cyclo (any kind of 'cone') are the most stubborn "cones" to remove from the hair shaft. These "cones" often need to be completely clarified away.
So what ingredients should you avoid in your moisturizing conditioners? You should basically try to stay away from moisturizing deep conditioners that contain petrolatum, mineral oil, heavy proteins, and other heavy oils. These conditioners will only coat your hair.
How to Use Your Moisturizing Conditioner
1. Choose a sulfate free shampoo from the regimen builder. Kenra Moisturizing shampoo is wonderful for this. Thoroughly saturate your hair with warm running water for 5 minutes to remove any topical debris on the strands and scalp. Apply your moisturizing shampoo.
2. Rinse the shampoo thoroughly. Apply a moisturizing deep conditioner and Cover hair with plastic cap.
3. Sit under hooded dryer for 30-45 minutes on medium heat.
4. Rinse the conditioner with cool water. Proceed with leave in conditioner and preferred styling methods.
Choose the Best Moisturizing Conditioner
To choose the best moisturizing conditioner, it is best to consider the type of hair you have, as well as if your hair is prone to becoming greasy or oily. Thick, rich conditioner, for an example, is a good choice for very dry, thick, or curly hair, whereas a lighter conditioner is a better choice for thin, very straight hair. In addition, consider whether you want moisturizing conditioner to be used every day, as a deep conditioning treatment once a week, or if you want leave-in conditioner that helps to style the hair.
There are many different types of moisturizing conditioner available, with various types of active ingredients. Moisturizing and humectant ingredients are the most important, as these are the ones that help add moisture, and repair damaged hair. Shea butter, coconut oil, panthenol, and glycerin are some of the most effective ingredients for moisturization, and some of the most common. Other ingredients added to moisturizing conditioner may include detangling ingredients, silicone to add shine, and fragrances.
If you prefer organic or all natural moisturizing conditioner, these are available as well. You may also ask your hair stylist for recommendations, or read reviews online from websites that sell beauty products. For people with fine hair, or hair lacking in volume, it may be a good idea to choose a weightless, volumizing conditioner; any conditioner will add moisture, but it is important not to add extra weight to the hair, which can make it appear flat and greasy.
On the other hand, people with long, thick hair, or curly wavy hair, often need a thicker and richer conditioner. It may not be necessary to purchase a volumizing conditioner in this case; instead, choose a conditioner designed to add a lot of extra moisture that will help to prevent frizz and dryness. Conditioner should be applied to the ends of hair every day, whether or not one shampoos the hair daily, in order to prevent damage and split ends.
Other types of moisturizing conditioner, such as leave-in conditioner and deep conditioning treatments, may be used for hair repair as well. Generally, these are only needed by people who have particularly dry or frizzy hair. Weekly deep conditioning treatments can be an excellent way to repair damaged hair, such as from coloring the hair or using heated styling tools. A daily leave-in conditioner can be a good way to style the hair while treating it at the same time.
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