Ever find that after you’ve washed your hair it doesn’t feel clean, or it’s overly fluffy and dry? It probably comes down to using too much or not enough conditioner. We hit up hairstylist and Pantene spokesperson, Barney Martin, to school us in how to get the conditioner thing right.
Something that lots of women don’t know is that before you apply conditioner to your hair you need to first squeeze out all the excess moisture. This gives better absorbency. The hair is like a sponge so if you put it on when your hair is soaking wet most conditioner will just slip straight off.
As a general rule, if you have short hair then about enough conditioner to cover a ten cent piece is the right amount. If you have medium length hair then double that, and if you have long hair then triple it.
Length isn’t the only factor here though – if you have thin hair (strands or overall quantity) then you should use a little bit less. If you have thick hair or curly hair then use a bit more. If you have quite porous hair, rather than opting for a bigger quantity of conditioner, you should use a more intensive conditioner.
Wait, so it’s sounding a little bit trial and error? Well, yes. Barney agrees and suggests that squeezing the moisture out of your hair before you condition it will allow you to get a better feel for how dry your hair is and how much you’ll need. Start with a small amount at first and see how it feels. If you have long, thick, curly or porous hair and it drinks conditioner straight in, then add a little bit more. You’ll quickly learn what feels right.