If your hair needs more moisture than shampoo alone can give, choose the right conditioner to get the job done.
Step 1: Use moisturizing conditioner Use a moisturizing conditioner if you have dry, coarse, curly, or processed hair. For extremely dry hair, pick up a moisturizer that contains essential fatty acids or EFAs.
Step 2: Try a volumizing conditioner Try a volumizing conditioner if you have limp, fine, thinning, or damaged hair. These conditioners coat the strand with protein, making it appear thicker, while filling in pieces of damaged cuticles.
Step 3: Choose a normal conditioner Choose a conditioner for normal hair if your hair and scalp aren't overly dry or oily.
TIP: Some conditioners cause build-up, so change the brand of conditioner every month.
Step 4: Treat oily hair Treat an oily scalp with a conditioner formulated for oily hair. It won't leave hair weighed down but will impart a healthy sheen.
Step 5: Go for a leave-in Go for a leave-in conditioner if you want shiny, tangle-free, and manageable strands. Outdoor types can choose one with a sunscreen, which offers added sun protection.
Step 6: Avoid two-in-ones Avoid the lure of products that contain both shampoo and conditioner in one. Your hair will be cleaner and more conditioned using separate products.
FACT: The ducktail hairstyle, or D.A., popular with men in the 1950s, contributed to the term "greasers," requiring lots of hair grease to hold the hair in place.