Hair care routines should include shampoo and conditioner. Hair conditioners moisturize and protect hair. Dry, damaged hair is certainly in need of conditioner if regular heated styling occurs. Better hair health can be achieved for oily and fine hair too, if hair masks and leave in conditioners are applied occasionally.

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Is conditioner good for hair?
Hair conditioner is a very important part of your hair care routine. Once your hair has been thoroughly cleaned using a quality shampoo, you must use conditioner to moisturise and replenish your hair. Even if your hair is oily, you should not skip the conditioning step. Hairhouse has shampoo and conditioner sets for every hair type whether it is coloured, damaged, short or long. For oily hair, try Muk Oily Scalp Shampoo or Evo Normal Persons Shampoo and Conditioner.

If your hair is extra dry or frizzy, you can apply a leave in conditioner to keep your hair looking and feeling soft and healthy. KMS California does a leave in conditioner, as does Muk, Biolage and Alfaparf.

Men and women with very short hair may be tempted to skip the conditioning process but a moisturising conditioner is important for all hair lengths.

Can conditioner clean your hair?
Shampoo is the product that actually cleanses your hair. The shampoo lathers up and removes the build-up of dirt and chemicals on your scalp and in your hair. Shampoo and conditioner have been designed to work in tandem with each other. The shampoo removes the grime and the conditioner adds moisture and nutrients to the hair follicles and hair ends, enabling your hair to look and feel soft and supple.

When to use conditioner on hair?
You should be using conditioner every time you wash your hair. Apply conditioner to your hair after you have washed it thoroughly using shampoo. Squeeze as much water as possible out of your hair to enable the strands to absorb the conditioner.

Use a liberal amount and run your hands through your hair, concentrating on the ends and lightly massaging the scalp with your fingertips. Let the conditioner rest in your hair for a few minutes. This gives it time to work its magic and nourish your locks. If your hair is particularly knotty, this is a good time to comb it through. The conditioner will act as a detangling lotion.

Once your hair has absorbed the conditioner, rinse your hair thoroughly. Dry and style, as you wish.

What is the best shampoo and conditioner for curly hair?
The best shampoo and conditioner for curly hair is one that specifically addresses curl definition, frizz control and also has detangling properties. Hairhouse sells a complete range of conditioners and shampoos that are wonderful for curly hair, as well as dozens of curly hair styling products. Try the Make Hydrate or the Davroe Moisture Senses. Paul Mitchell makes a Curls Spring Loaded Frizz-Fighting Conditioner and Sexy Hair has a Curl Defining shampoo and conditioner set.

Sometimes, with curly hair, you need to try the product a few times until your hair gets used to something new and 'calms down'. Use a new product for a week and then assess the outcome.

What is the best shampoo and conditioner for damaged hair?
Every time your hair is chemically treated, whether with colour or by perming (straight or curly), it is being damaged. Using a heated styling tool like a curling wand or a hair straightener just adds to the mess and your hair becomes dry, brittle and the ends split. A dedicated shampoo and conditioner that address these issues are really important to your future hair health. If you have frizzy, damaged hair, try the Paul Mitchell Strength Super Strong Daily Conditioner or the Bosley BosDefense for Colour Treated Hair. Hair house has dozens of different brands of hair shampoo and conditioners for you to choose from.

If you have questions about which product to use for your hair type, drop into one of our Hairhouse retail stores and ask a staff member to advise you.