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How to use a conditioner? Step-by-step guide

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Conditioner is the miracle-worker that can completely transform troubled tresses into luscious, beautifully smooth and shiny hair. But how do you know how much to use, where to apply it and which hair conditioner is right for you? Many questions. Luckily, we have the answers.

HOW TO USE A CONDITIONER?

We’ve put together a few top tips on how to optimise the use of your hair conditioner, so those troubled tresses get all the nutrients needed to bounce back. Our hair conditioner tips will make sure those hair worries are a thing of the past.

Just follow these simple steps explaining how to apply conditioner:

1.     Shampoo first

Don’t apply hair conditioner and then shampoo. Why? Because shampoo is a cleansing agent designed to clean the dirt, pollution, and impurities from your hair. If you apply conditioner first, the shampoo will simply cleanse away these benefits

2.     Choose the right conditioner

There are a lot of options out there, so make sure you consider the type of hair you have (thin, thick, oily, long, coloured) and what your hair needs (moisture, damage repair, split end support). If you’re looking for the best conditioner to moisturise hair, we’ve put together a helpful guide to point you in the right direction. If your hair’s sending SOS signals, try our super repairing 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor formula with Australian Macadamia Nut Oil. It helps restore damaged hair leaving it soft, shiny, and full of life.

3.     Know how much conditioner to use and how often

Did you know the amount you use and how often you condition your hair should depend on your hair type and needs? That’s right! If your hair’s in poor condition, you’ll want to treat it more often to help bring back the bounce and shine.

4.     Start at the tips

As we mentioned earlier, hair closest to the tips has been exposed to more damaging scenarios, compared to younger sections of hairs that are closer to your scalp. So, start with those older strands and work your way up, giving the conditioner more time to soak into the hair that needs it. Conditioner can be applied all over, but if you’re looking to boost volume at the roots then stick to the lengths & ends when conditioning.

5.     Let it soak into your hair

Let the moisture-boosting properties help repair and protect your hair by letting it soak into those strands for a few minutes.

6.     Wash out

Once the hair conditioner has soaked into those strands, make sure you rinse your hair thoroughly so there’s no residue as that can leave hair a little flat.

7.     Stick to the conditioner that’s right for you

It’s a common misconception that you need to switch out your shampoo or conditioner otherwise it’ll lose its effect. If you’ve found the conditioner for your hair type, you can keep using it and achieve the results you’re after – the effect will not wear down.

And there you have it… all you need to know on how to conditioner hair for the luscious, shiny, and beautifully conditioned hair you’ve been craving.

SHOULD YOU CONDITION YOUR HAIR EVERY DAY?

A common conditioner question is how often it should be used, and the answer? Using a hair conditioner every day isn’t going to do any harm to your hair, after all, the conditioner is the miracle worker that will rejuvenate your hair and help it stay beautiful for longer. It all comes down to your hair type and needs. Not sure about the best leave-in conditioner for your hair type? We put together a little guide to help.

If your hair’s withstood one too many treatments and needs a little extra help bouncing back to its best, we recommend using a conditioner or treatment every time you shower. We’ve got a deeply nourishing treatment for hair problems that range from colour treated to split ends and heat damage.

HAIR CONDITIONING TIPS

Not sure how much hair conditioner to use, how often or where to put it? No worries, we’ve got you covered. Just follow these three simple steps.

Don’t use too much. Start with less and apply more if you need to. Using too much simply wastes the product because your hair doesn’t use any more than it needs.

Start at the tips. Conditioner should be applied from the tips. If you’re trying to maintain your hair’s volume at the roots, it’s best to only condition the tips and lengths, avoiding the scalp. Don’t forget to rinse thoroughly. So, if you’re wondering ‘where do you put conditioner?’ The answer is lengths & tips.

Alternate conditioning treatments. You can use a hair conditioner daily if that’s what you need or swap out your regular conditioner for a deep treatment every other wash. Our 3 Minute Miracle Reconstructor is a deeply nourishing treatment that helps repair extremely damaged hair.

DO YOU APPLY CONDITIONER ON WET OR DRY HAIR?

If you’re wondering ‘can you put conditioner on dry hair?’ the truth is, it’s much more effective on wet hair. Conditioner on wet hair’s easier to spread, ensuring no strands are missed and your hair gets the most out of the conditioning treatment.

Conditioner, when used with water, detangles hair and leaves it smooth and soft. When applied to dry hair, things can get a bit messy.

Of course, there are special conditioner forms that you can apply on dry hair to leave-in (so not wash out) to help detangle and protect the hair before brushing or combing it. Our Aussie Miracle Moist leave-in conditioning spray or Aussie 3 Miracle Oil Reconstructor are perfect for pre or post-styling to help manage that mane. But, if we’re dealing with your everyday conditioning treatment, wet hair is best.

WHY DO WE USE HAIR CONDITIONER?

It’s good to know why applying a hair conditioner it’s a crucial step in our hair care routine.

The closer the hair is to the root, the younger and more healthy-looking it is. The opposite is true for the lengths and ends. Why? Because this hair’s been exposed to different types of damage.

Did you know that hair grown to shoulder length is 2-3 years old? That’s a lot of showers, hair brushing, styling, and exposure to elements, like sun or humidity. This is why we see damage in the form of split or dry ends. So, what are those types of damage?

  • Physical. Combing and towel rubbing can weaken the surface of those strands.

  • Chemical. Colourants, perms, straightening and styling products can damage the hair’s structure and resilience.

  • Environmental. UV light, wind, humidity, and pollution all impact your hair’s condition.

  • Health. Your diet and inner health can influence the condition of your hair. If you’re ill, you’ll notice your hair may appear dull and a little lifeless.

All of these can lead to surface damage, making hair less shiny and less healthy-looking. It’s also much more prone to breaking. Lucky for us, there’s a conditioner.

For optimum results, pair your conditioner with a shampoo that supports the same hair need. Like our Aussie Aussome Volume Shampoo and Aussie Aussome Volume conditioner. The volumising formulas work together to plump up flat, lifeless hair. And if your hair needs an extra treat, give it 3 Minute Miracle Volume Deep Treatment.

HAIR CONDITIONER BENEFITS

While some benefits differ between products, there are key characteristics every conditioning treatment boasts…

Hair conditioner makes hair softer Yep, just like adding fabric softener to your clothes wash, conditioner makes hair oh so soft! You’ll notice the difference if you use shampoo but skip the conditioner. Hair can feel a little rough and tangled if you opt for a cleansing shampoo without a good conditioner. Just a squidge of the stuff will work wonders on freshly cleansed hair. Shampoo works to rid hair of impurities, like dirt and oil. It leaves hair squeaky clean. Conditioner is the Robin to this Batman – more than just a trusty sidekick, the conditioner has powers in its own right and brings out the best in your hair. The two work seamlessly together to keep hair looking and feeling its absolute best.

Oh, and softer hair is easier to manage – winning!

Conditioning treatments make hair silky smooth and tangle-free Well, not magically tangle free – you still need to use a comb (or your fingers). But gone are the days when you wince in pain as the brush gets snagged on yet ANOTHER knot. Long-haired beauties… conditioner is your bestie. Not only will those tresses thank you, but those arms can also have a rest because it’ll take half the time to brush your hair. Aussome!

Conditioning treatments protect your hair It just keeps on giving! Who needs a knight in shining armour when you can arm yourself with a good conditioner. The benefits of conditioner include giving hair an added layer of protection that sets up a defence against the elements. This helps to keep hair strong and healthy. Thank you, conditioner, thank you!

“So, what’s the difference between all the different conditioning treatments?” we hear you ask. The formula! Each bottle contains a uniquely crafted concoction of ingredients designed to get you closer to your dream hair.

Leave-in conditioning treatments can help you style a messy mane That’s right! Leave-in conditioning treatments help tame flyaways and give hair a little frizz defence. Work a little Aussie Calm the Frizz Lightweight Oil into the lengths of dry or damp strands for 24-hour protection against the elements. Just what an Aussie adventurer needs! It’s the perfect mate for hair that fits in your work or gym bag.

THE BEST HAIR CONDITIONER FOR YOUR HAIR TYPE

Now you’re in the know about the benefits of conditioner, it’s time to uncover what hair conditioner’s best for your hair type and needs. A key thing to note is that each conditioner focuses on a hair hassle solution. Whether it’s frizz, damage, colour-treated hair or dry, dull tresses. There’s a conditioning treatment out there to answer your hair prayers. If you’re not sure what hair conditioner is best for you, keep reading for an Australian-grown solution that’ll have you saying h-A-llelujah!

Hair conditioner for frizz prevention

Hooroo frizzy mane, and g’day smooth tresses. Whether it’s an everyday conditioner you’re after for everyday frizz protection, or a quick shot frizz prevention blast, we’ve got you covered.

Our Calm the Frizz Collection’s designed to give hair the moisture boost it needs to help protect it from frizz-causing humidity. Infused with authentic Australian Hemp Seed Extract, give our Calm the Frizz Conditioner a go if frizz worries are getting you down.

Colour protection hair conditioner for a colour to envy

If it’s colour protection you’re after for those freshly dyed tresses then our Colour Mate’s your new, well, mate! It works miracles for dyed or highlighted manes. This beauty protects colour-treated hair so the look you love lasts longer. Yay!

Hair conditioner with moisture, baby!

Whether the styling tools made you do it, or your hair’s seen one too many salon treatments. Maybe the winter weather’s giving those strands the dry, dull winter blues. If it’s moisture you’re after, it’s moisture you’ll get with this super intense hydrating conditioner treatment. Our Moisture Paradise Hair Mask and Cap is infused with Australian Macadamia Nut, which is called the “Queen of the nuts”. This Aussie native was used in face and body painting by Indigenous Australians as well as for treating ailments (is there anything this nut can’t do?!). It’s used in skincare to moisturise and soften the skin and we squeeze it for intense nourishment, de-tangling, and natural UV protection (against the hot Australian sun). So, settle in with this deep treatment – the perfect stay-cation treat (for you and your tresses!).

Shiny, shiny, sparkle, sparkle – hair conditioner to transform dull tresses

Shine so bright you’ll need to shield your eyes. Our Miracle Shine Collection, with conditioner and 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment’s just the thing for dull, lifeless locks. These babies wake up tired hair leaving it vibrant and gleaming by adding gloss to every strand. The special formula’s infused with Australian Beach Strawberry (mmmmm strawberry) so pop the lid and wake up those senses with a treat, too!

Hair conditioner for damage repair

The repairing properties are strong in this one! Feel the force (and the oh so soft and smooth tresses) with our SOS Repair Treatment Shot infused with Australian Caviar Lime. If your beloved locks have seen better days, give strands a damage repair blast with this deep conditioner that works instantly! Now that’s what we call damage repair with no time to spare.

Keep damaged tresses looking and feeling their best by revamping your hair care routine to include our Kiss of Life Collection. Use the everyday conditioning treatment along with our signature 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatment Reconstructor to bring hair back from the depths of despair. Our Kiss of Life formula’s made up of a power medley: Tasmanian Pepperberry, Lemon Myrtle and Caviar Lime (sounds like a fancy dinner party). Truth is, these ingredients are Australian superfoods packed with powerful vitamins and nutrients that, when combined with our Aussie formula, can help repair damaged hair. A-mazing!

Distinct types of conditioning treatments are also designed to fit your lifestyle. Conditioner for everyday use is made to wash out easily so it doesn’t leave behind any residue. Our 3 Minute Miracle Deep Treatments are designed to make a big impact in a small amount of time and can be used alongside or in place of your everyday conditioner 2-3 times a week. Our hair masks give you the treat of a spa vacation in the comfort of your own home, while our treatment shots are designed to work in an instant for the time-poor. The form you choose will come down to your lifestyle, while the type will be based on your hair need.

Now you’re an expert on the benefits of a hair conditioner, read more about how to use a hair mask.