To get the best results from your conditioner, it's important to know how much you should be using. Too much conditioner will eventually coat your hair in heavy build-up, leaving you with a lifeless, unmanageable mane. If you don't use enough conditioner, your hair will be hard to comb out and look dry. Be sure to match your application of conditioner to your hair length and type. Here are the details.
What are the Benefits of Using Conditioner?
Conditioner is an important step in keeping your hair healthy and beautiful. Conditioners work by coating your hair's cuticle in a protective layer to prevent damage from heat, pollution, or other external factors.This coating can make your hair appear shinier and thicker. Conditioner also penetrates the hair strands, leaving them moisturised, nourished, and smooth.
Too much conditioner can weigh your hair down or alter hair's natural texture; this is called 'over-conditioning'. But skimping on conditioner means you don't get all the hydration and protection that the product promises. Too little conditioner may leave you prone to static electricity build-up or flyaways in winter.
So, How Much Conditioner Should I be Using?
You should use conditioner every time you wash your hair. If you have extremely frizzy, dry, or damaged hair, leave-in conditioners or deep treatments can be added to your routine as well. For other hair types, it's best to use such products in lieu of a normal rinse-out conditioner.
How much conditioner you use depends on the length of your hair and your hair type. If you wash your hair and it still feels unclean or heavy, you should reconsider how much conditioner you are using.
Condition According to Your Hair Length
Wring out your hair before applying conditioner to ensure the product sticks to your hair strands. This will help you accurately feel how much product you should be using. If you apply conditioner to sopping wet hair, it will just rinse off, and you'll need more product.
As a general rule of thumb:
If you have short hair, you should be using a dab of conditioner about the size of one blueberry.
If you have shoulder-length hair, you should be using two blueberries' worth.
If you have long hair, you can use the equivalent of three blueberries.
However, this is only a guide. If you feel that not every strand has been covered, use more; if you have excess product, use less.
Comb through your hair with a wide-toothed comb such as evo Roy Wide-Tooth Detangling Comb, to ensure even distribution and make your conditioner go further.
Condition According to Your Hair Type
If you have fine or thin hair, you should be using less conditioner and focusing on the ends of your hair. If you have thick or curly hair, you might need to use more conditioner to make sure every strand is properly penetrated.
However, it's more important to use the correct conditioner for your hair type. You shouldn't be coating your colour-treated hair in more conditioner just because it's damaged. It's much more beneficial to use deep treatments in your routine instead.
Similarly, if you have thin or fine hair, you may be tempted to use a tiny amount of conditioner or skip it altogether (no!). Instead, switch to a lighter or volumising conditioner and use the right amount.
Using the correct amount of conditioner is key to enjoying the benefits of the product and reducing the risk of over-conditioned or dry and damaged hair. It's important to see what your hair reacts best to. This will involve trial and error, but within a few days, you'll know exactly how much conditioner to use and how often.