Conditioning Hair Products

Conditioning Your Hair


Observing your hair can indicate when Conditioning maybe required.

Modern hair conditioner was created at the turn of the 20th century when well-known perfumer Ed. Pinaud presented a product he called brilliantine at the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. His product was intended to soften men’s hair, including beards and mustaches. Since the invention of Pinaud’s early products, modern science has advanced the hair conditioner industry to include those made with silicone, fatty alcohols, and quaternary ammonium compounds. These chemical products allow the benefits of hair conditioner without feeling greasy or heavy.

Today’s conditioners can contain moisturizers, reconstructors (hydrolyzed protein), Acidifiers, Detanglers (polymers), oils, surfactants, lubricants, preservatives and even sunscreen.

The two main types of conditioners are “leave in” and “pack”.  Most people use the leave in conditioners daily or fairly frequently while pack conditioners are left in for long periods of time and usually used to rejuvenate your hair.

Many people believe that hair conditioner penetrates into hair and this is the reason why deep conditioning is so effective.  Adsorption is probably the reason most people use hair conditioner and this is because adsorption is responsible for
1. Temporary repair of hair
2. Smoothing down of the cuticle 
3. Reduction of frizz/flyaway hair for the curlies among us.
4. Softness of hair post conditioning

There is no scientific evidence that all chemicals will be absorbed by your hair.  Rather than reading scientific journals and studies I would recommend using products that actually visibly improve the look and feel of your hair.

Read the label!  – Some products are known carcinogens like polyethylene glycol, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate and any color or synthetic fragrance;  actually any product ingredient that ends in “chloride” or any form of “ide” has the possibility of being a toxin.

Most manufactures make a specific product for each main type of hair.  Moisturizing for frizzy;  volumizing for fine or limp; light conditioners for oily hair etc.  If your not sure ask your hairdresser or Google types of hair.