Can You Over-Condition Your Hair? A Celeb Hairstylist Weighs In.
It’s pretty much ingrained in us that conditioner is the route to silky-smooth strands—hairstylists sing the praises of regular deep-conditioning masks, the market is flooded with hydrating leave-in treatments—so it’s understandable why many of us have adopted a more is more approach. But if your shower is as littered with haircare products as ours is, perhaps you too have wondered am I over-doing it? We consulted the hair master and Matrix SOCOLOR Celebrity Stylist George Papanikolas to find out if our conditioning habits have gotten out of control.
Scroll through to find out if you need to step away from the conditioner!
Before Papanikolas would even address the topic of over-conditioning he wanted to set emphasise one important point: “The first thing you need to do is be sure you're using a conditioner that is specific to your hair type. If you have fine to medium hair, a lightweight conditioner applied to the mid-length and ends should be sufficient.” If you have thick and or curly hair, he recommends a hydrating conditioner and suggests incorporating a weekly mask into your routine for an extra boost of moisture. We like Pureology's Precious Oil Softening Masque ($50).
Papanikolas says it’s pretty much impossible to over-condition course and curly hair because these hair types are dry by nature. But if you’re using keratin-infused products, you do have to be careful. “With deep conditioning treatments you can use hydrating products regularly, but be cautious of protein repair treatments,” Papanikolas says. “Products like the Matrix's Biolage Keratindose System are great at repairing heavily highlighted hair, but if used too frequently, can make hair feel dry and brittle from the heavy protein content. Use these types of protein repair treatments to 2 to 3 times a month to get the full benefit without overdoing it.” Consider yourself warned: Over-conditioning with keratin can have the reverse effect. Sub in a moisturising conditioner like Matrix's Total Results Repair Conditioner ($15), every other treatment, for best results.
One final note on conditioning: If you’re drowning your hair in every product you can find and still not seeing the soft, smooth results you want, it’s probably not your conditioners fault. Papanikolas says all the conditioner in the world isn’t going to make damaged ends manageable. “Once hair has been over-processed, a haircut is the only solution.”
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