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Quick Tips: How To Squeeze More Out of Your Conditioner

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By Jc of The Natural Haven Bloom

Some conditioners can be quite expensive. For one moment, just putting aside the argument as to why a cheaper conditioner can actually contain the same ingredients, if you have made the decision to purchase the product, you may want to make sure you get your money’s worth from the product.

Here are two tips to helps you stretch out the conditioner.

1. The relaxer style application of conditioner.

There is a tendency to sort of plop conditioner on the hair. This can lead to a huge excess on the hair and in some cases (for example conditioning in braids or twists), the conditioner may not have really good access to all the strands of hair.

If you apply hair conditioner in the same way a relaxer is applied with an applicator brush, you may find that a little goes a long way. All you need to do is section your hair appropriately for your length and then apply the conditioner using the brush onto small segments from each section. This method is quite time consuming especially if your hair has a lot of shrinkage but the benefits are that you cover each individual strand and there is very little excess product on the hair.

Do remember that a good coating of conditioner is not necessarily visible as a thick layer. Often when you layer conditioner on thickly and you can visibly see it as a layer or squeeze some off,  you probably have too much and you are only going to wash it off and waste it. Well applied, the conditioner will cover all the strands but as there is not much excess, it is not easy to squeeze off the conditioner and there are just a few streaks in the hair as opposed to a thick layer.

2. Wet your hair before applying the product.

Some people like to apply conditioner to dry hair. If you have ever tried this you will notice that the conditioner does not tend to be as slippery as it is when the hair strands are wet. This means there will be a tendency to add more product to the hair.  The ideal hair conditioning routine is to shampoo first to cleanse hair of dirt and give the hair conditioner a clean surface to work with and repair (i.e any breaks or gaps on the surface will not be filled with dirt/oil as shampoo will have cleaned them off). Additionally, the damp hair reduces friction and allows you to use less product.

How do you get the most out of your conditioner?

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hyspin
hyspin
8 years ago

Get the Conditioner to do “double shifts” if the conditioner can double as a deep conditioner (by additional ingredients), or a leave-in, or as a detangler. depending on the. A lot of individuals say that the wash-out conditioner can’t be used as a leave-in, but I find the ingredients don’t vary much at all I think you objective is to lighten existing ingredients with water, gylcerin, light oil and/or other light ingredient. Also they find that often the bottles that most viscous consistency materials for skin and hair care often causes the consumer to waist the product by upto 25%. http://www.consumermiser.com/2010/09/30/gettting-the-most-out-of-lotion-toothpaste-and-other-items/ So… Read more »

Adrienne Young
8 years ago

I agree with hyspin. Here are my suggestions:
1) Use a less expensive conditioner (like Suave or VO5) for detangling (mix with water in a water bottle) and spray away!
2) Co-washing
3) As a deep conditioner (by adding one of your favorite oils with it: olive, coconut, jojoba, etc).

hyspin
hyspin
8 years ago
Reply to  Adrienne Young

I totally forgot about the Co-wash. I definitely agree.

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df
8 years ago

I use cheapie but goodie tresseme naturals moisture as both a detangler and deep conditoner by mixing it with evoo. I love AO HSR as a DC but not as a detangler. It also runs out way too quickly so I just add it to this mix. The product lasts much, much longer and I still feel like I’m getting my money’s worth because even the little I add boosts the moisture of the mix.

So yeah I squeeze more out of my conditioners and I save time by detangling and deep conditioning all in one swoop. It’s kinda awesome.

Sieta
8 years ago

I tend to dilute conditioners — in water or oils.

francene
francene
8 years ago

I tend to use may washout conditioner as a leave in, applying it to my wet hair then detangling and combing through I then pull it into a single braid and tuck the ends. Right before I get out the shower I rinse my scalp (since some conditioners can irrate your scalp), it also dilutes the conditioner a bit so I doesn’t weight my curls down too much.

I also add my olive oil blend added in as a deep conditioner.

I don’t know about ya’ll but I love both Paul Mitchell’s The Conditioner and Wen, which both pull serious double-duty.

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