You know everything there is to know about conditioning your hair, right? Maybe not.

1. Don’t put conditioner on soaking wet strands. You’ll want to squeeze out the water or even “towel” to ensure your strands actually absorb your conditioner.

2. You already know to rinse with cool water because it closes the cuticle, but why is that important? Well, rinsing with warm or hot water actually raises your risk of losing all the nutrients you just spent 30 minutes infusing into your strands.

3. Alternate between strengthening deep treatments and moisturizing treatments. Strengthening treatments will include ingredients like amino acids, keratin and hydrolyzed proteins. Moisturizing treatments include fatty alcohols, emollient butters, glycerin and humectants. Alternate back and forth between each type of formula. Your Palmer’s Cocoa Butter & Biotin Conditioner is a fantastic moisturizing treatment.

4. Focus on your ends. Though it seems like it makes sense to smother your conditioner through your roots first, DON’T do this. Your ends need conditioner, not your scalp.

5. Remember that only the first five ingredients in any conditioner have the most impact. Most deep conditioners have the same base, so if the advertised ingredient ranks 11th, it won’t make much of a difference. Always consider adding ingredients to your conditioner that you absolutely love, so you KNOW the formula contains it.

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