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.
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.
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.
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.