Why You Need Hair Conditioner
Conditioner does what the name suggests. Rather than cleaning the hair, it conditions the follicles and the results are usually immediate. But why? Because hair is covered in tiny cells which are a bit like fish scales. Damage causes these cells to roughen, which makes the hair look dull, rough and in poor condition. Conditioners work by smoothing the hair cells so your hair becomes smooth and shiny again.”
The benefits are less static and fewer split ends — so hair is more manageable. But appearance is everything. As shampoo opens the hair’s cuticle, conditioner seals it again – locking in important nutrients and keeping pollutants out of the hair. Conditioning strengthens the hair shaft, preventing breakage, split ends, and even hair loss.
How (and When) to Use It
You can use conditioner straight after shampooing or by itself. Generally, a few times per week is ok, but you can use it daily. Work out the frequency over time. If you hair is very fine and greasy, condition less often. If you have thick hair and its dry or damaged (like from coloring, chlorine, or the sun), it should be a more regular part of your haircare routine.
Barber Tip: Pick a conditioner with natural ingredients, like “Layrite Moisturising Conditioner” as it’s vitamin-packed and strengthens and moisturises the hair.
The biggest misconception about shampoo and conditioner is you only need one or the other. Your hair really does need both — but you don’t have to use them together all of the time. Say you shampoo three or four days per week, try conditioning on the off days. Because shampoo tends to strip moisture from the hair, you should conditioner more the more times you shampoo.
If you can’t help having a all-in-one product in the shower, pick a body/hair wash — and use a conditioner separately.