Looking for that silky smooth hair? Maybe conditioner will help. But how does conditioner actually work? What does it do???
I’ve always understood that shampoo is what washes your hair, but have never really understood the concept of conditioner. Yeah, it makes your hair soft and smooth, but how? One of the ingredients in conditioner called cationic surfactant is what really does the trick. Your hair has dead skin cells that wrap around a cuticle layer. The cationic surfactants is what holds these skin cells and cuticle layer tight together, making your hair smooth. If they weren’t wrapped tightly together, that’s what would cause your hair to be frizzy and rigid.
Conditioner also has other chemicals and oils (good ones of course) that will make your head and hair have a balanced pH level. The pH level of your hair is what determines how dry your hair will be, or even if your hair looks a little greasy. Too much conditioner will cause this greasy look to it, most likely on the top scalp of your head.
Like I said before, conditioner has oils in it that also help detangle your hair. After shampooing and scrubbing, your hair is clean, but can also become extremely knotted. This is what the oils are for. The oils in conditioner are like a lubricant that smooth out the coated conditioned pieces. But what people don’t realize is that your hair is really just dead skin cells, meaning that its really just dead tissue. So when people are concerned about the health of their hair, they are really worrying about an unreal thing; dead tissue can’t be healthy. So, the point of conditioner isn’t to save your hair or make your hair healthy again. It’s job is to simply make it look “healthy”, and that can be whatever definition of healthy you think it should be. The takeaway from this is that conditioner has a purpose, and there are reasons why it acts the way it does. If you want detangled, silky, smooth and shiny hair, using conditioner is your best bet for that “healthy” look!
Here is a video that I found that explains what I talked about. Enjoy!