How to Use Conditioner for Men

How to Use Conditioner for Men

When it comes to grooming, guys are focused on their hair cut and how they’ll style their facial hair.

But they often overlook the all-important health of their hair and scalp. If conditioner is not yet a part of your routine, you might want to consider adding it.

Hold on to your hair, because you’re about to find out why and how to use conditioner, men!

What is the Correct Way to Use Conditioner for Men, by Hair type?

Much like for women, choosing and using the right conditioner for men will depend on the type of hair you have.

How to Use Conditioner for Oily Hair

You may think you don’t need conditioner if you have oily hair, but that’s not always the case.

The issue may be that you are washing it too frequently. Shampooing your hair often can strip the natural oils from your hair and scalp, which can leave your scalp too dry.

So your body produces even more oil to compensate. Rather than forgoing conditioner, you should try washing your hair less often, use a formulation specifically for oily hair and/or wash without shampoo every other shower.

Also, be sure to only apply conditioner to the ends of your strands.

How to Use Conditioner for Dry or Coarse Hair

If your hair is on the dry, coarse side, then your hair needs a little extra love and conditioner is the way to get it! For extra hydration that will have your hair looking healthy and shiny, try a leave-in conditioner.

Just like the name sounds, this is a conditioner you can apply and you don’t need to wash out, giving your hair all-day protection.

Alternatively, use a co-wash bar to keep your scalp healthy and provide a light cleansing with a boost of moisture for your hair.

How to Use Conditioner for Fine or Thinning Hair

If you have fine hair, you may find that it’s brittle or weak and breaks easily. For this type of hair, use a volumizing  conditioner that adds moisture without weighing your hair down.

Be sure to apply conditioner right to the ends to help prevent split ends.

How to Use Conditioner for Thick or Curly Hair

If you have thick or unruly hair, a conditioner can help you manage it and keep it healthy.

Using a conditioner that minimizes frizz can help keep thick, wavy and curly hair to stay hydrated and looking great. It will also help provide “slip,” making it easier to de-tangle your hair

How Do You Use Conditioner Properly?

A common mistake that men make when using conditioner is to rub it into the scalp. This is great for shampoo, when you’re trying to remove dirt, debris and oil from your scalp. But not for conditioner. 

When  using conditioner, however, the process is different. You don’t want to work conditioner into your scalp because it can clog the hair follicles and cause unwanted buildup.

The goal of conditioning your hair is to keep the strands hydrated and moisturized, especially after the shampoo strips out natural oils. 

Here are some simple steps to help men get the most from their conditioner.:

  • After shampooing your hair, squirt some conditioner into your hand and use your fingers to start massaging it into your hair about half an inch from your scalp, moving downward to the ends of the strands. 
  • Leave it in for two to three minutes to let it do its work. The whole point of using conditioner is to help revitalize the strands, so give it some time to work its magic.
  • Rinse out the conditioner thoroughly using warm (not hot) water.

How Often Should Men Use Conditioner?

Once again, this depends on your hair type and condition.

For curly, dry, or coarse hair (or if you colour your hair), you should condition your hair daily or at least every other day to ensure that you keep it hydrated and healthy.

If your hair is oily or fine, conditioning once or twice a week should be plenty.

Is it Good to Use Conditioner Every Day for Men?

Conditioner is to hair like lotion is to skin – a way to keep your hair healthy and moisturized. It is also meant to be used with shampoo, to replenish the moisture that gets stripped away when you wash it.

While you don’t need to use conditioner every day, you should use it every time you shampoo your hair. 

You may also want to read our article on "Can you use body wash as hand soap" or "What happens if you use scented soap on a tattoo" for more ideas.

Final Thoughts on How to Use Conditioner for Men

Conditioner not only provides hydration to your hair so that it looks good, but it also protects it from damage from combing, styling products, sunlight and pollution.

Now that you know how to use conditioner, all that’s left to do is choose the right conditioner for you. Check out CleanO2’s shampoo and conditioner bars for an all-natural solution to keep your hair looking great.

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