FAB BAG Magazine
Hair Care 5.2.

Published on May 5th, 2017 | by Yashodhara Ghosh

Hair care: Conditioners

Static charge making your crowning glory a tangled mess? Conditioners is what you need – here’s what they do and why!

Did you know that once upon a time conditioners were so greasy that users would have to spread cloth on furniture to avoid staining the upholstery? If this is bringing back woeful memories of your oily days in school, let’s quickly repress that thought and take comfort in the fact that the science of beauty has made massive leaps and strides since those days: thankfully, oils isn’t the only conditioner at our disposal these days.


Whether you have wild curls or poker straight locks, conditioners are your saviour from that frizz attack. They coax your hair into submission, making them more manageable and less tangled. But why do they get tangled, you ask? Now that’s a long story, but we’re willing to share… Each strand of hair consists of three layers: the cuticle, the cortex, and the innermost medulla. The chief function of the cuticle is to lock in moisture and pigment for the strands. The cuticle consists of separate scales which lie flat along the length of the hair shaft, arranged like tiles on a roof, forming a sheathe that protects the inner cortex. Now whenever the strand of hair is under stress of any kind, these scales inadvertently open out, standing up on their ends instead of lying prone to form the protective sheathe. When these scales stand up, they leave the inner cortex exposed and vulnerable to loss of moisture.

Stress? On hair?

The next logical question, of course, is what counts as stress. Sadly, many things: ranging from heavy duty factors like perming, colouring, straightening to everyday factors like washing, pollution, wind, and friction. All it takes is a few electrons to abandon the strand of hair and cause it to develop an electrostatic charge, and the hair strand develops a bad case of gooseflesh, with the scales of the cuticles standing on their ends. One of commonest reasons that cause displacement of electrons and unhappy cuticles is shampooing. All that soaping and rinsing inevitably strips off all the moisture and causes enough friction for the hair strands to become electrically charged, making your mane sport a dry, bedraggled look. Shampoos are notorious for disturbing the natural pH balance of hair: in a nutshell, that means that while the soap in shampoos removes dirt and grime, they also strip electrons: and the more you lose electrons, the more static-y and dry-looking your hair becomes. But at the end of the day, shampoos are a necessary evil: and to undo the damage that they unwittingly do while cleansing your hair, conditioners are an absolute must.  While shampoos agitate your hair, conditioners calm down the strands, making them lie flat, and hold on to every ounce of moisture.

The magic ingredients
  • Conditioners contain large doses of moisturisers such as dimethicone. Some of the moisturisers are also humectants, which help retain and hold on to the moisture as well. One such agent is panthenol.
  • Then there are detanglers, which help you run the comb from root to tip without encountering and knots and tangles. They usually consist of polymers that add a glossy protective coating over your hair, preventing friction between strands.
  • Reconstructors are another component: they replicate the structure of the amino acids that hair is formed of. They add strength to the hair.
  • Fatty acids are usually found in intensive or deep conditioners, as they provide extra doses of moisture. They are thick and heavy, and practically smother your hair into submission. Unless your hair is screaming out for moisture, you could give these a wide berth or use once in a while.
  • Acidifiers maintain the pH balance of conditioners, and contain hydrogen ions that tighten the cuticle and force them to close, leaving your hair smoother.
  • Some conditioners also contain sunscreens to sun protect your hair.
Kronokare Hydrate & Untangle Conditioner : Take the straight road! Introducing our untangling conditioner. Get rid of the yucky, feel lovely and lucky! Citrus works on cleansing from within. CLICK HERE to view product
Just Herbs Kumuda Indian White Water Lily Silicon Free Conditioner : While regular conditioners may provide an instant smoothening effect, they may also cause silicones (commonly used conditioning agents in mass market products) to get deposited in your hair making it greasy or heavy. CLICK HERE to view product
Sebastian Volupt Conditioner : Boost your volume without weighing down your hair with the Sebastian Professional Volupt Conditioner (250ml). Unlike other volume enhancing hair care ranges, Volupt leaves hair feeling up to 45% softer without compromising on body. The rich conditioner smoothes down frizz and flyaways, whilst providing maximum volume for a sleek yet naturally thicker, bigger look. CLICK HERE to view product

Tags: , ,

About the Author

Back to Top ↑

  • Recent Comments

  • Latest

  • Instagram Slider

    • Lets celebrate your power to be desirable with The Objecthellip
      1 week ago by thefabbag Lets celebrate your power to be desirable with The Object Of Desire  #SeptemberFabBag . Tap the link in bio & Book yours now.  #FabBag   #BeautySubscription   #ObjectOfDesire   #Power   #Desirable 
    • Giveaway Alert Join in our 5th Anniversary celebrations and standhellip
      7 days ago by thefabbag  #Giveaway  Alert: Join in our 5th Anniversary celebrations and stand a chance to win this Makeup duo from Essence that includes their 3D Eyeshadow & I Love Extreme Volume Mascara. Hurry Up! We are giving away this incredible duo to 6 lucky ladies! To participate, all you have to do is: Step 1: Follow  @thefabbag  Step 2: Tag 3 friends Step 3: In the comment section below, tell us what look you will create with these products Note: Participants, please keep your Instagram accounts public to be eligible to win.  #Contest  ends: 20th September 2017 11:59 PM
    • Be as BOLD as your lipstick! The Seasoul Moisture Matthellip
      6 days ago by thefabbag Be as BOLD as your lipstick! The Seasoul Moisture Matt Lipstick contains Vitamin E and is a unique infusion of Care and Colour. Perfect for everyday use, it provides multiple benefits from moisturisation to protection. It glides easily on lips, giving it deep moisture and intensifying it with an amazing finish. Its hydrating yet matte finish formula helps it stay longer. A must-have for your makeup vanity - get one of these beauties along with other amazing beauty products! Tap the link in bio and Book the  #SeptemberFabBag  Now.  #FabBag   #SeasoulLipsticks   #LipstickLove   #BeautySubscription   #TheObjectOfDesire 
    • Absolutely stunning  attention grabbing! says sunshineblurbs about the Seasoulhellip
      5 days ago by thefabbag 'Absolutely stunning & attention grabbing!' says  @sunshineblurbs  about the Seasoul Moisture Matt Lipstick she received in The Object Of Desire  #SeptemberFabBag . It moisturises and intensifies to give an amazing long-lasting effect. A super hydrated and lead-free lipstick, it's your must-have matte finish lipstick, that's highly pigmented with no undertones. Don't wait, life is too short to wear boring lipstick. Tap the link in bio & Book your September Fab Bag now.  #FabBag   #BeautySubscription   #TheObjectOfDesire   #Lipstick   #LipCare   #Leadfree   #Natural   #MustHave   #SeasoulLipstick 
    • Giveaway Alert This month join in our 5th Anniversary celebrationshellip
      4 days ago by thefabbag  #Giveaway  Alert: This month join in our 5th Anniversary celebrations and stand a chance to win this all-natural Goodie Bag from The Nature's Co worth 995/- that includes: Exfoliating Face Wash, Bath Salt, Comb, Body Wash, Hair Cleanser cum Conditioner, Body Lotion, Soap, Body Mist, Cleansing Lotion, Lip Balm & Eye Mask. To participate, all you have to do is: Step 1: Follow  @thefabbag  &  @thenaturesco  Step 2: Tag 3 friends Step 3: In the comment section below, tell us what is your natural skin care regimen? Note: Participants, please keep your Instagram accounts public to be eligible to win.…
    • InMyFabBag Happy to receive some great products from great brandshellip
      3 days ago by thefabbag #InMyFabBag  ️ Happy to receive some great products from great brands in a super stylish bag Always wanted to try  @trysugar  Nail Lacquer. Happy with my choice of shade in  @seasoulcosmetics  Lipstick. Undereye Cream is a always Yes -  @worldofiraa . Never Tried Lip Plumper so  @tvakh  Lip Products were full of excitement and after trying  @seersecrets  Facial Mist, I got excited to see another product from them in my September The Object of Desire  @thefabbag . Honestly, I loved the Curation and Congratulations  #FabBag  for Completing 5 Years" says  @niharikaverma22  about the products she received in The Object Of Desire  #SeptemberFabBag . Don't wait…
    • The winners of our InMyFabBag August Contest are dazzlingbelle khushi1775hellip
      2 days ago by thefabbag The winners of our  #InMyFabBag  August Contest are dazzling_belle, khushi1775, TweepleTwitdom,  @itsmedivv ,  @jewantha_parul ,  @kaursonfleek ,  @lagrandefemme ,  @randominsanityy ,  @satabdishee ,  @shridevi_decodingbeauty  ... Congratulations! Each of you wins an Essence Silky Touch Blush ! Winners, please DM us your Name, Address, Contact No, Email ID and Order ID at the earliest so we can ship your prize. Lots of love to everyone who participated. Xx
    • Tvakhs CENamon Lip Plumper is an unique lip formula blendedhellip
      17 hours ago by thefabbag Tvakh’s CE-Namon Lip Plumper is an unique lip formula blended with ancient ingredients like Cinnamon oil and Argan oil that makes the lip appear fuller in just a few seconds with adding a pop of colour to your lips while hydrating dry areas. The 100% pure Cinnamon oil replenishes lips with powerful antioxidants, vitamin E and stimulates the blood vessels while Argan oil and Jojoba oil seals in moisture, soothes and enhances barrier recovery. Don’t be alarmed by the tingling sensation you feel after application—that’s how you know CE-NAMON is working its magic. Some of you may receive this Lip…