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Why Conditioner is So Important for Your Hair

February 15, 2021

We all want soft, manageable hair, and to get it, hair conditioner is a must-have beauty supply. But sometimes, people with oily hair or who have less time each morning tend to skip the conditioner because they don’t think it’s worth the time. But conditioner is important for everyone, and here’s why.

How does conditioner work?
To understand why conditioner is so important, the first step is understanding the structure of the hair. Each hair shaft is made of a core called the cortex and an outer layer called the cuticle. The cortex gives hair strength and length, and it’s protected by the cuticle. The cuticle is made up of several cells stacked on top of each other. When healthy, they seal together tightly and protect the cortex. But when there’s damage caused by the environment, these cells can open up and become frayed. These uneven cells then get tangled with other strands and leave the cortex exposed.

The result is frizzy, dry hair that tangles easily and is difficult to style. The conditioner works by nourishing the cortex then sealing down all the cells of the cuticle, so each hair strand is smooth, soft, and easier to style.

Who needs a conditioner?
It isn’t just dry hair that needs conditioner. Oily hair happens when your hair follicles in your scalp over-produce the natural oils that work as a conditioner to seal in the cuticle. It’s a delicate balance of oil production that can be upset when shampoos and environmental factors over-strip those oils and cause even more production. Conditioners formulated for oily hair help restore this balance.

For people with dry hair, heat absorbs the moisture in these natural oils before they can coat the hair shaft. Conditioner formulated for dry hair helps restore moisture lost from heat and other factors and replaces the natural oils your hair lacks.

What type of conditioner should I use, and how often?
This is a question that varies for everyone. Most people need conditioner every day, even though it’s best to shampoo only a few times a week. People with especially dry hair need extra conditioning, like leave-in conditioners or weekly deep conditioning masks that drench hair in vital moisture. Ask your Anna’s Salon Elite stylist to recommend the best products and frequency for conditioning your hair.

Conditioner helps:

  • Soften hair
  • Make hair comb out and style easier
  • Bring out the vibrancy of hair color, since smooth hair reflects light better
  • Give hair a healthy glow

Make an appointment with your expert stylist today at Anna’s Salon Elite for a great cut and style and to find out which products will help make your hair look amazing and style with ease every day. You can shop online from anywhere to get the products you need to make your hair look and feel great between salon visits. Find us at 2616 Brodhead Road in Aliquippa, give us a call at 724.375.8511, or for your convenience, visit our website to book an appointment online.

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