What Should I Consider When Buying Hair Moisturizer?

Nychole Price
Nychole Price
Hair moisturizer may help soften hair.
Hair moisturizer may help soften hair.
Hair moisturizer may help soften hair.

Hair moisturizer is used to smooth and soften hair that is naturally dry, rough or coarse. Hair moisturizer is also referred to as conditioner or reconstructer. There are several things to consider when you are looking to purchase a moisturizing agent for your hair.

Consider the type of hair you have when purchasing a moisturizing agent. Hair that is naturally curly, frizzy, dry or coarse needs a hair moisturizer that contains cetyl or stearyl alcohol, methicones, panthenol, dimethicone or silicone. Hair that is fine, limp, or damaged needs a conditioner that contains proteins such as keratin or hydrolyzed protein. Fine hair, or hair that is easily tangled, will benefit from an acidifier, or detangling conditioner, that has a pH of 2.5 to 3.5.

People with curly hair should purchase a hair moisturizer that contains silicone.
People with curly hair should purchase a hair moisturizer that contains silicone.
People with curly hair should purchase a hair moisturizer that contains silicone.

There are four different types of hair moisturizer, including pack, leave-in, ordinary and hold conditioners. A pack conditioner is a heavy, thick cream that is applied to the hair for a long period of time and basically glues the hair together. Leave-in conditioner is a thin liquid that is applied to the hair and left in to moisturize the hair until the next time you wash it. Ordinary conditioner is applied to your hair after washing it, and is rinsed out immediately. Hold conditioner is similar in texture to hair gel and is used in styling the hair.

There are four different types of hair moisturizer, including pack, leave-in, ordinary and hold conditioners.
There are four different types of hair moisturizer, including pack, leave-in, ordinary and hold conditioners.
There are four different types of hair moisturizer, including pack, leave-in, ordinary and hold conditioners.

The next thing to consider when buying a hair moisturizer is if you have an allergy to any of the products listed in the ingredient list. Many people have an allergy to silicone, fragrances and dyes. If this is the case, think about purchasing a hypo-allergenic or organic variety of conditioner. These are available at most major retail stores, health food stores and online.

Consider how much you want to spend when buying a hair moisturizer. Salon products cost a lot more than chain brands, but they also perform better. Depending upon the condition of your hair, you may want to consider investing in a quality moisturizer. Hair that is overly processed, frequently dyed or bleached, or is naturally curly will greatly benefit from a salon conditioner. The difference in cost can be as much as $35 US Dollars (USD) or more.

Fine, limp or damaged hair responds best to conditioners with proteins such as keratin or hydrolyzed protein.
Fine, limp or damaged hair responds best to conditioners with proteins such as keratin or hydrolyzed protein.
Fine, limp or damaged hair responds best to conditioners with proteins such as keratin or hydrolyzed protein.

The final thing to consider is the scent of the conditioner. They come in a variety of scents including coconut, rose, mint and vanilla. They are also available in aromatherapy scents to make your shower relaxing, invigorating or energizing. For those who prefer it, conditioners are also available unscented.

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anon151272

I have been using Shielo's "Hydrate Refresh Mist" for the past three years. This is one of those products I use at least six times a week. First, I shampoo and then I use this deep conditioner to lock in moisture. I keep a wide comb or brush in the shower to brush out my hair I rinse my conditioner with cool water. Then when my hair is dry and I am combing, I use the mist. And throughout the day as well. My hair is left soft and silky. I also notice a healthy shine to my hair after it dries.

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    • Hair moisturizer may help soften hair.
      Hair moisturizer may help soften hair.
    • People with curly hair should purchase a hair moisturizer that contains silicone.
      People with curly hair should purchase a hair moisturizer that contains silicone.
    • There are four different types of hair moisturizer, including pack, leave-in, ordinary and hold conditioners.
      There are four different types of hair moisturizer, including pack, leave-in, ordinary and hold conditioners.
    • Fine, limp or damaged hair responds best to conditioners with proteins such as keratin or hydrolyzed protein.
      Fine, limp or damaged hair responds best to conditioners with proteins such as keratin or hydrolyzed protein.