How Often Should I Apply Conditioner?

How Often Should I Apply Conditioner?

The hair you’re rocking literally stands head and shoulders above the rest of your look. That's why maintaining that shiny and lustrous mane can make or break anything from a first date to your career.

The trick to nailing swoon-worthy style starts with healthy hair, and conditioning is a big part of that process. So we asked grooming expert Benjamin Thigpen what you should know about the product responsible for replenishing hair’s natural oils and moisture.

“It’s rare that I work with someone who uses conditioner the right way,” Thigpen says. “But when a client takes the time to condition, he definitely notices a sheen and feels the silkiness—and so will your partner.”


One common mistake guys make is lathering up the scalp, Thigpen says. Conditioner can actually clog the scalp's hair follicles and cause buildup. Instead, Thigpen recommends starting half an inch from the scalp and pulling the product to the ends. Leave the conditioner on for two to three minutes before rinsing.

Also, the more active you are, the more frequently you’ll need to wash your hair. If you can help it, try washing every couple of days with a conditioning rinse like Kiehl’s Rice and Wheat Volumizing Conditioning Rinse.

The rules of conditioning depend on hair type. Whether yours is thick or fine, oily or dry, there’s a product out there for you.

Fine Hair 
Thickening conditioners work to strengthen weak or brittle hair by depositing weightless moisture and shine into pockets where it may be missing.

For example, the Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Conditioner also reduces static and works to smooth out tangles. Thigpen personally recommends Nexxus’s Hydra Light Weightless Moisture Conditioner as his favorite because it doesn’t weigh down fine hair. 

Thick Hair
If you’re a dude who’s constantly trying to tame an unruly mop, the right conditioner is imperative to getting the best from your tresses.

Although coarse hair tends to be naturally strong, keeping it nourished and hydrated is still a necessity for fighting fly-aways. Try Neutrogena’s Triple Repair Fortifying Conditioner to mend split ends that come along with thick hair, while continuing to strengthen your strands and protect from further breakage.

Dry Hair  
When dry and damaged hair is screaming for a little TLC, nutrient-enriched conditioner packed with botanicals and vitamins, like Baxter of California's Daily Moisturizing Conditioner, can be an excellent part of your daily grooming routine.

In addition to regular conditioning, a leave-in product is a great investment. This Bumble and Bumble Quenching Complex leave-in treatment can be applied every day and replenishes hair cuticles, renewing shine and sealing in moisture for all-day protection. 

Oily Hair   
Oily hair can be a pain, but preventing that greay sheen around 3 in the afternoon may actually be as simple as washing hair a little less frequently.

Oftentimes, in an effort to rinse out the oil you see every day, you’re actually washing out your scalp's natural oils and causing it to overproduce in the most vicious of cycles. Seek out conditioners with tea tree oil or menthol, like this Dove Men+Care Fresh Clean Fortifying 2 in 1 Shampoo + Conditioner, as these ingredients tend to remove excess oils without damaging the scalp.

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