It is likely that you already know that conditioning can help make your hair shiny, soft and easier to manage. You may not realize that the kind of conditioner you choose to use and how often you use it can make a significant difference to your hair.

If you over-condition your hair, you will risk your hair becoming greasy. If you condition too lightly, your hair could get too dry and become knotted. To avoid these extreme conditions, it’s essential to find the proper equilibrium for your hair.

Find out how frequently you should condition your hair and also what may be best for your hair’s type.

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What do you know about hair conditioners?

Hair conditioner is basically a moisturizer that is applied to your hair. It is usually composed of cationic surfactants that assist in smoothing your hair and also consist of other components like emollient oils, and occasionally silicones.

Hair is also coated with silicone which helps in locking out humidity, reduces frizz and gives your hair a shiny appearance.

The three primary uses of conditioner are:

  • Replenishing the moisture that shampooing tends to remove
  • Moisturizing hair following chemical treatments, such as straightening or coloring.
  • It will help the hair to recover from heat damage, which includes the damage caused by curling  irons and hair dryers.

How often do you need to condition your hair?

The frequency at which you need to maintain your hair will depend on the type of hair you have and the kind of conditioner you’re using.

Rinse-out conditioner

Rinse-out conditioner is the first thing that you may consider when you are thinking of conditioning your hair. Apply it after shampooing your hair, then rinse it off after a couple of minutes.

It is recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) to apply the rinse-out conditioners after each wash, and ideally, a couple of times every week.

However, if you’ve got very fine or oily hair, it may be better to wash your hair less often because it could weigh down your hair even more.

If you’re having coarse, dry, colored or curly hair, it may be more beneficial to condition your hair more often -at least every other day or even daily. The reason is because these hair types that are these are typically on the dry side, and might appreciate an extra dose of moisture.

Leave-in conditioner

The leave-in conditioner that has been named appropriately, is intended to remain in your hair till the time when you rinse it off. This kind of conditioner is utilized to hydrate and moisturize the moderately dry and mildly dry hair, and also for repairing damaged hair.

In general, you should apply a leave-in conditioner at least once per week. If you have hair that is dry, damaged, or  curly then you may prefer applying more often.

Deep conditioner

Deep conditioners are formulated to apply to your hair for about 30 minutes or longer. 

It is considered to be heavier and more intense than leave-in and rinse-out conditioner. It is formulated to assist in repairing those extremely damaged hair and it will moisturize the extremely dry hair as well. It is normally meant for monthly or fortnightly applications. 

Cleansing conditioner

Cleansing conditioners are the kind of rinse-out conditioner which can both condition and cleans your hair. They help to remove the requirement for a separate shampooing product.

They are also usually lighter and less intense than other kinds of conditioners.Thus they will not weigh your hair down which makes them an excellent choice for those with oily or fine hair.

Cleansing conditioners are treated the same way as shampoo, and can be used just as often like shampoo. In general, this means every day or every other day for fine or oily hair.

Dry, curly or coarse hair may last longer between washes. Typically, this can last an entire week or longer. However, they must be conditioned more frequently therefore cleansing conditioner might not be the right option for these hair types.

How do you apply conditioner

The method that you apply your conditioner will affect the way it functions on your hair. It could also have a significant impact on the overall appearance and effect of your hair.

It’s tempting to put the conditioner all over your hair, however those who have oily or fine hair must avoid this. This can cause your hair to appear weighed down.

Instead, concentrate on applying conditioner only to areas near the end of your hair. Your ends tend to get damaged more easily as time passes, making them more porous and drier as compared to the rest of the hair around them.

On the other hand, hair that is curly or very coarse can be more beneficial from the allover conditioning. People with curly hair also have satisfaction with co-washing or using conditioner instead of shampoo.

It’s a more gentle method to cleanse your hair, even though it may cause buildup at times. If that’s the case, doing a clarifying treatment or an apple cider vinegar rinsing every two weeks may help.

What can you tell when you’re over conditioning?

While conditioners can help your hair in a variety of ways, it’s also possible that you are doing too much conditioning. It’s not a good thing. Some indications that you’re over conditioning your hair are:

  • Greasiness
  • Insufficient volume and buoyancy
  • Too much glossiness or shine
  • Having trouble styling your hair even using heat

If you spot any of these symptoms, just take a step back from your conditioning routine. You can experiment with the frequency of conditioning and the type of conditioner you choose until you find the perfect balance in terms of buoyancy, shine and smoothness.

What can you tell whether you’re not doing enough conditioning?

As you might over-condition your hair, it is also possible that you may have under-conditioned your hair. Hair that has not enough conditioning can exhibit:

  • Brittle or dry strands which break easily
  • Excessive tangling
  • Hair Frizziness
  • Excessive hair dullness

If one or more of the symptoms are bothering you, consider applying conditioner more frequently. Also, look into applying a deep conditioner to your hair regularly to maintain your hair’s moisture.


The frequency at which you need to condition or treat your hair is contingent upon the type of conditioner you’re using and your hair type.

Most people who have oily or fine hair must apply a rinse-out conditioner or cleansing conditioner a couple of times per week.

Hairs with curly, dry or coarse hair must be more frequent in performing their hair conditioning and should think about a deep or leave-in conditioner to ensure the optimum moisture for your hair.