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Beautiful You Beautiful Hair

Beautiful You Beautiful Hair

Beautiful You Beautiful Hair

For looking beautiful, long hair used to be the only option, at least for Indian girls. The market would have us believe that conditioners are one of the important hair care products and should be used routinely, especially if you have long hair. Nobody really stops to consider if that really is the case or if there could be any long term negative effects of the product for total hair health.

When on investigation the VOICE team discovered, that amongst the urban consumers at least, a large number of users exist for hair conditioners, we bought 15 brands of conditioners and carried out an individual user test. The test result shows – conditioners are neither a very bad product to use, nor is it so good that it should be used after every shampoo. Actually, the VOICE user test came up with a consumer response as vague as the product is reputed to be. Are hair conditioners a vague product? To know this, read further.

Currently, many products exist in the Indian market for hair health. Which amongst them is good or bad is the big question. Conditioners are one product, which supposedly make hair soft, silky and manageable, and consumers are happy using them. The basic demands on conditioners are to make hair shiny and manageable. The only clear difference between different hair conditioning products is whether they have an oil base or a silicone base, or if they contain a film-forming ingredient to make the hair thicker. The conditioners also differ with the particular concentrations of oil and/or silicone and/or film forming agent.

The overall result of the user tested conditioner brands varies from good to best, but it helped us to choose the best among those available. Livon, Garnier Fructis and Mrs. Marino are the three toppers amongst the tested 15 brands. They give all kinds of hair the expected shine and help in managing hair well, thus making them the best buy for consumers.

What Makes a Hair Conditioner

The term “hair conditioner” is vague. Different brands use a set of different ingredients to get their product to classify as a ‘conditioner’. These range from Natural products, like tea tree oil, jojoba oil etc. to including moisturizers, reconstructors, detanglers, acidifiers, glossers, and EFA treatment chemicals.

How to Apply

The correct amount and method of using are important factors while using conditioners. Too much and your hair may feel greasy. Too little and the hair feels dry. The correct amount is usually a “quarter’s” worth. Pour the conditioner in your hands and rub them together, never apply a glob of conditioner to the hair directly. Apply even amounts of conditioner to the hair shaft and ends. Do not apply to the scalp and always condition the ends or tips the most. Most conditioners, even the ones claiming to be instant, need to be left on the hair for at least 1 minute.

It is important to rinse the conditioner off completely and as directed by the packaging instructions. Often times leaving residues of conditioner on the hair can attract dirt and dust, as well as leave you with a “greasy” feel. Never comb your hair in a wet state. They are at most vulnerable state when wet. This is when the most damage can occur.

Problems With Conditioners

It may be best to avoid conditioners with herbal ingredients because if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, you may find your skin responding negatively. The exception may be Jojoba oil, which is the least allergenic of the natural oils. Conditioners with hair coating and thickening agents in them may also induce a reaction in those with sensitive skin.

Homemade Conditioners
When you go into the store to choose a hair conditioner, it can be overwhelming! Not just because of the amount of conditioners on the shelves, but also the price range can be quite confusing. If you would like to make conditioner in the comfort of your own home and cheaply, try one of these recipes. Depending on the length of your hair, you may have to double or even triple up these recipes.

How to choose

  •  Choose a rich, moisturizing conditioner if your hair is dry and frizzy.
  •  Use a volumizing conditioner if your hair is limp and fine.
  •  Get conditioner made for normal hair if your hair is healthy and shiny.
  •  Change the brand of conditioner you use every month, since hair can become immune to a specific formula’s effects, and buildup can occur.


  •  Boil 2 cups of water and place 2 green tea bags in it. Allow to steep and cool down. Remove the tea bags and pour the mixture onto your hair. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes. Rinse out.
  •  Squeeze a fresh lemon in a cup of water; pour it on the washed hair and rinse.
  •  Mix a tablespoon of vinegar into a cup of water, apply and rinse.



  •  Place olive oil and boiling water into large glass bottle or jar with a lid. After the mixture cools, massage it on your scalp and cover your head with a shower cap, then wrap your head in a hot towel that has been soaked in hot water then wrung out. After half an hour, shampoo your hair as usual.
  •  Grind tender hibiscus leaves and the petals of the flower together and apply it all over the head. Leave it for nearly 30 minutes and shampoo it as usual.
  •  Traditional henna paste used for 3/4 hours or till dry, also helps to condition hair. 


  •  Blot hair to remove excess moisture before applying conditioner.
  •  Gently massage conditioner into the hair, or use a wide-toothed comb to distribute it evenly.
  •  Leave the conditioner on the hair for the time specified – check whether it is a “leave in” or “rinse out” variety.
  •  If necessary, rinse thoroughly.
  •  Treat wet hair with care; it is much more sensitive and vulnerable than when it is dry.
  •  Avoid rubbing, pulling, or stretching wet hair.


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How Does a Conditioner Work?
Most conditioners fall into the category of surface acting conditioners. They are formulated to work on the outer layer or cuticle of the hair shaft. The hair shaft is composed of scales that become raised through general daily wear and tear and you will notice your hair becoming dull and lifeless the more these scales are raised. The hair will also lose some of its elasticity, which leads to breakage. A conditioner coats the strand, making the scales close against the shaft appearing smoother. Simply a little added protection for your hair. Traditionally, Indians have used prewash oiling of hair as a conditioning agent for centuries. For detailed information log on to



  •  Sharing combs and brushes can spread scalp diseases: Lice and other parasites can be transported from scalp to scalp through the sharing of combs and brushes.
  •  Diet is related to hair loss: It’s important to eat right in order to be generally healthy.
  •  Stress causes hair loss: Severe stress can shut down hair production, causing temporary hair loss. The scalp usually recuperates, though, and hair grows back.
  •  Wearing tight braids, ponytails or buns causes baldness: It results from wearing tight ponytails, cornrows or buns over an extended period of time. Avoid this potential problem by opting for looser styles that minimize scalp tension.
  •  Smoking causes gray hair: smokers are four times more likely to have gray hair than non-smokers. Even worse, smoking has been conclusively linked to accelerated hair loss.
  •  Split ends will travel: Uncut split ends can travel up the hair shaft towards the roots. Hair that is not tended to, over time, may develop splits that migrate and split all or part of the entire hair. Some ends can actually tear multiple times so that your split ends have splits.

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