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    so not sure if this really counts as health... i guess hair health?

    but whats the point of conditioner? I know i should already know this but shampoo cleans your hair and conditioner just...cleans it extra? makes it look pretty? If I gel my hair should i still use conditioner?

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    Many shampoos clean your hair too much, which makes your hair want to overcompensate by producing extra oil. Conditioner is there to restore the balance of oils, not to reduce static or create volume. However, many commercial off-the-shelf shampoos are extremely harsh, and strip your hair down completely, to give you that "squeaky clean" feeling, and then they sell you conditioner that just coats your hair with a fine layer of wax, instead of actually hydrating and nourishing your scalp.
    Look for a good shampoo, that gently cleanses your hair. You should feel like your hair should be ok, without conditioner. A good conditioner should absorb into your scalp and nourish from the roots up.
    Generally, the more ingredients are on the bottle, the better the product. This is a very generic statement.

    As far as your question, it depends on the quality of hair, type of hair, and the amount of time you have in the shower every day. Conditioner isn't essential, I use it because it makes my hair smooth and silky, and helps it relax from being held in a tight bun all day.

    -- MoonCake

    Also, it may seem weird, but it's best not to wash your hair everyday. It strips away too much oil, which makes your hair more vulnerable to breaking and split ends. I would wash it every other day or 2 days, and just brush water through it on the off days. The brush strokes and hot water will help massage your scalp and encourage growth. Brushing will also help distribute the oil along each hair strand and naturally condition your hair. I have asian hair, but with the way I treat my hair, I've also never had any split ends.

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    • #3
      I never knew that. I've always just used conditioner because my mom told me haha.

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      • #4
        Face palm

        Shampoo is just soap for the hair, conditioner is moisturizer for the hair.

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        • #5
          I don't use any commercial shampoo or conditioner as it is quite toxic to our bodies.

          I grow a lot of herbs and steep Yarrow in distilled water as a hair rinse.
          It is very mineral rich and works like a feed for the hair and scalp.

          I use hazelnut oil as a kind of conditioner for my hair,it is amazing for both skin and hair.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Sacky View Post
            I don't use any commercial shampoo or conditioner as it is quite toxic to our bodies.

            I grow a lot of herbs and steep Yarrow in distilled water as a hair rinse.
            It is very mineral rich and works like a feed for the hair and scalp.

            I use hazelnut oil as a kind of conditioner for my hair,it is amazing for both skin and hair.


            can't be too toxic if ... probably billions of people are using said products with almost no serious adverse effects.

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            • #7
              Have a look at the ingredients on the bottle some time,our skin is porous and is our largest organ and it a sponge,after a swim we are a few kilo's heavier as we are like a teabag

              I choose to follow the idiom of Anne Wigmore which goes like,never put anything upon your skin or hair that you cannot put into your mouth.

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              • #8
                So what do you wear? A shirt made of pasta?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Sacky View Post
                  Have a look at the ingredients on the bottle some time,
                  You can list the constituents of any item in a long scary sounding way, this matters not.

                  Originally posted by Sacky View Post
                  I choose to follow the idiom of Anne Wigmore which goes like,never put anything upon your skin or hair that you cannot put into your mouth.

                  That's fine...although kind of silly? If you had a cut would you not use an antibiotic on it? Or an antifungal? I can think of plenty of things I would want on my skin and not in my mouth...because those two things are not equivalent.

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                  • #10
                    It's good to do things differently,I am a herbalist and I get my antibiotics from plants.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Sacky View Post
                      It's good to do things differently,I am a herbalist and I get my antibiotics from plants.
                      Since when is doing things differently a virtue? Hipster much?

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                      • #12
                        Not everyone is the same,believe it or not!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by zarshisha View Post
                          So what do you wear? A shirt made of pasta?
                          Cotton,funnily enough.

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                          • #14
                            As a specialist in hair, I can say:

                            Too frequent of washes to the hair strips natural oils, producing more and more. Conditioner can be helpful when hair is dry, frizzy, etc. You would hardly ever use it if you already had naturally oily hair and skin. You would condition the ends, not the scalp. If of course you're naturally oily. I only use high end haircare products. Salon only is the way to go. None of that panteen crap. A little goes a long ways def.

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                            • #15
                              Conditioner makes my hair softer. Much softer actually

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