Conditioners are potentially the one hair product that people use (or should use) consistently. The type of conditioner and amounts used vary from head to head depending on the hair needs. However, there are several basic benefits conditioners provide that are worth discussing.
8 Benefits conditioners provide
Benefit #1 : Improve detangling
Experiments done with conditioned versus untreated hair have shown a clear benefit of improved wet or dry combing on conditioned hair. What that implies is that the comb can glide through the fibers more easily (less friction) thereby reducing mechanical damage to the hair. Thus, there is less tugging at knots, less breakage and quicker detangling.
Benefit #2: Smoothing
Conditioning ingredients deposit on hair such that they create a film on cuticles. By depositing more on the more damaged areas, they even up the surface of the hair, creating an overall smoother looking appearance. Often times, they will impart a silky feel and look. (Learn more here about how conditioners deposit on damaged areas more.)
Benefit #3: Shine
Conditioners often deposit ingredients such as oils that can improve the overall look of the hair by adding shine. But above all, the enhanced shine and luster comes from the improved alignment of the hair fibers to each other, and the smoother surface of the hair.
Benefit #4: Moisture
As the conditioning ingredients coat the hair, they also help to reduce the porosity of the hair. In so doing, they are effectively sealing in moisture in the hair fibers. In some cases, ingredients such as humectants are added to attract moisture to the hair. For those suffering from dry hair, these types of conditioners will be quite beneficial.
Benefit #5: Eliminate static electricity
Conditioners keep the hair smooth and hydrated as mentioned above. In so doing, they allow the charges on the hair to ‘flow’ and reduce static (localized) charges. Static charges cause the hair fibers to repel each other creating flyaways.
Benefit #6: Softness
Conditioners are rich in emollients whose purpose is to add softness to hair. They can make the hair more malleable and manageable creating the feeling of softness.
Benefit #7: Protection against further damage
Conditioning ingredients can somewhat act as a temporary shield towards mechanical damage, and even against weathering. The extra layer can to some extent diminish the effects of direct heat from a flat iron for example. Or, the added smoothness can prevent mechanical damage when the hair fibers fly past each other in the wind. Or, they can slow down weathering effects such as sun damage at the ends. For hair that has already suffered chemical damage, conditioners can certainly help maintain the current hair health and prevent further damage.
Benefit #8: Carrier of essential ingredients
Nowadays conditioners do not only consist of cationic polymers. Several ingredients such as natural oils, anti-frizz agents etc. are added to the product. These penetrate or adsorb to the hair and add extra benefits.
Now that you know some of the important benefits conditioners provide, are you ready to start your quest to finding the right fit for your hair?