Is Conditioner Bad For Hair?

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Most people believe conditioner is a harmless product for their hair. This is true – unless the product is misused.

How Does Conditioner Cause Hair Loss In Your Growing Hair?

Properly using any product is key to achieving the desired results, but it is the incorrect use of a product that can have undesirable effects. Conditioner is specifically designed to be used on the mid-shafts to ends of hair, where hair is most damaged and in need of the most moisture. Most people are applying conditioner very similar to how they apply shampoo. This means that the conditioner is getting directly onto the scalp, and this, in combination with improper rinsing, can lead to build-up and long-term hair loss. Why is that? Because most conditioners have some form of oil in them, so if you already have a problem with oily hair or an oily scalp, adding the conditioner onto the scalp can only contribute more to the issue of excessive oiliness and lead to some very undesirable effects such as:

  1. Scalp itch
  2. Oily dandruff
  3. Excessive hair shedding

3 Keys To Proper Conditioner Use

  1. Emulsify the conditioner – After squirting the conditioner into your wet hands, and BEFORE placing it onto hair, rub the product together in your hands, emulsifying the product before working it through the mid-shafts to ends.


  1. Less is more – You don’t need a lot! We repeat! You DON’T need a lot. Remember you are only placing conditioner on the mid-shafts of your hair to the ends. If your hair is 8-10” long, you really only need about a nickle sized amount of conditioner. You can always add a little more, but more is not always better.


  1. Mid-Shafts to ends – The first 2-3 inches of your growing hair is the healthiest hair. That hair is not in need of extra moisture. Focus your conditioner use on the mid-shaft (middle of hair) to the ends as this is where hair needs the most help. An easy way to do this if you have long hair is to pull hair over one shoulder and gently massage it into the hair from mid-shaft to ends.

How Does Conditioner Cause Hair Loss In Your Hair Addition?

In the video above, we show the inside of an actual hair addition. The white spots that are seen on the inside is the build-up of conditioner that has been placed at the base of the hair addition instead of ONLY at the mid-shaft to ends. Conditioner should NEVER be used at the base of the hair addition.

When conditioner gets onto the nylon base of a hair addition, it begins to build up, and because it is almost impossible to get the conditioner out once built up, it ultimately causes hair loss in three ways:

  1. When the conditioner is wet and built up at the base, it can cause the hand-tied knots to become loose or slip, causing normal brushing to cause hair to come out at the knot.
  2. When the conditioner gets into the base of hair addition and then becomes dry and hardens, it can cause the hair to break over normal brushing or styling.
  3. Then there is the dreaded itch! Conditioner is defiantly not good for the scalp. It contributes to excessive oil on the scalp, and excessive oil is the #1 cause of itch. Often times the white areas in the video are exactly where the guest is itching, and that is exactly where they begin to notice holes or missing hair in their hair addition.

Discover the Health of Your Hair & Scalp

Statistics show 84% of women and 58% of men use conditioner. Are you using conditioner?  Do you have hair shedding,  oily hair/scalp, itch, or dandruff? Maybe you are using conditioner the wrong way. Or maybe there is more to the health of your hair and scalp.

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