Conditioners for men remain a mystery to the majority of modern males despite these men’s hair products playing a dramatic role in creating and keeping the good looks of one’s mane. What follows below is an epic guide on men’s hair conditioners, so switch to “learning mode” and read all you will ever need to know about conditioners!
An epic men’s guide on regular conditioners, leave-in conditioners, deep conditioners and hair-repairing products
Conditioners. Conditioners for men, no less.
If you are like I was some 10 years ago with regards to the nomenclature of men’s hair products, you probably place conditioners in the category of “those products I dare not ask what they do”. It’s only normal though; we dudes have shampoo, which we all know what it is and does since I covered it already in my specific men’s shampoo guide; then, we have hairstyling products such as hair gel, pomade and hair wax, which I too covered in my men’s hairstyling products guide; and, lastly, we have hairstyling tools for men such as hair clippers, hair driers, combs, hair straighteners and more, which I covered in my men’s styling tools guide. While I have provided the most-detailed guide on men’s hair products in my bestselling book, The Men’s Hair Book, I do also want to provide some public online service and let y’all folks learn the basics of all those products that you can throw on or to your hair and actually expect good aesthetic results. Today, it’s the turn for men’s conditioners.
What are Men’s Hair Conditioners?
Conditioners for men are nothing more than specific hair products that provide your mane with shine, strength and gloss; or, in other words, a conditioner is a product that makes your hair, whether straight or curly, look epic as in “epic good”. Ergo, a hair conditioner is an essential tool for men who want to make the most of their hair and take advantage of what knowing the right stuff can do to one’s overall looks.
The 3 Types of Conditioners for Men: Regular Conditioner, Leave-in Conditioner and Deep Conditioner
All in all, there are 3 types of conditioners that you can use on your lustrous locks:
- Regular conditioner: as the word says, this is nothing more than a conventional conditioner that is rinsed.
- Leave-in conditioner: this is a conditioner that you don’t rinse and that can be used for styling your hair.
- Deep conditioner: this is a conditioner that you leave on your hair for a longer-than-usual amount of time and then rinse it out.
Each conditioner above caters to specific cases although you should be making an effort to own at least a regular conditioner if you want better hair (and ideally the 3 types of conditioners). Lastly, there is another type of conditioning product for men that should be included in this guide, and that fourth conditioner type is what I call hair-repairing products for men, which usually come as creams or lotions and which are designed to amend any heavy damage incurred on your hair; while the way in which way hair-repairing products and the other 3 types of conditioners work is essentially the same, we could classify hair-repairing products as “pseudo conditioners” and not true conditioners, although, for your convenience, in this guide I have included hair-repairing products under the men’s conditioner spectrum.
Regular Conditioner for Men
Regular conditioners are also known as normal conditioners, rinse-out conditioners and even simply as conditioners. Regular conditioners offer the benefits of improving the looks of your hair and making your locks stronger, which is the premise of all types of conditioners for men.
To use a regular conditioner, squeeze out enough to coat your palm and apply the conditioner to your hair as you proceed to leave it on without rinsing for one to three minutes (the specific time will be stated in the product label). The regular conditioner is always used right after rinsing the shampoo from your hair and the conditioner should be coating all of your hair; once the one to three minutes of stipulated time are over, you then rinse the conditioner from your hair and you’re done.
You should ideally use a regular conditioner every time (and right after) you shampoo, especially if you have curly hair! The transition from shampoo to regular conditioner should be done while still in the shower and with your hair wet; a regular conditioner is quite easy to use and apply, and it will greatly improve your hair after 2 weeks of continued use.
- Get this regular conditioner (it comes in a 32-ounce package, so it will last you for ages)
Leave-in conditioner for men
A leave-in conditioner, also simply known as a leave-in, offers the same hair-enhancing features of a regular conditioner (i.e. glossy, moisturized hair that is easier to manage), yet the main difference between the two conditioner types is that a leave-in conditioner is left on the hair and not rinsed (whereas the regular conditioner is rinsed). Leave-in conditioners are particularly useful for men with any of the curly hair types, and leave-in conditioners can also be used as de-facto hairstyling products for curly haired men (although men with straight hair can also use a leave-in as a hairstyling agent).
If you have curly hair (from wavy hair to afro-textured hair), it is a good idea to own both a regular conditioner and a leave-in conditioner: use the regular conditioner after rinsing the shampoo, rinse the regular conditioner, dry your hair so it feels damp, and then use the leave-in conditioner to style your waves, coils or kinks. Men with straight hair can also benefit greatly from using this hair-grooming blueprint of mine (regular conditioner + leave-in conditioner), which I explained in great depth in The Men’s Hair Book.
As a final point for men’s leave-in conditioners, you can use any hairstyling product you want together with your leave-in conditioner to style your mane; simply apply the leave-in to your hair first and then apply the hairstyling product (e.g. hair gel) to style your hair.
- Get this leave-in conditioner (if you budget allows for it, then get two tubs of this leave-in conditioner as it is one that will last you a very-ong time, especially if you get two of them in one go; and you won’t have to go shopping again to buy more of it!)
Deep conditioner for men
A deep conditioner is to be used once or twice a month just like you’d do for clarifying/chelating shampoos (click the link to know about these shampoo types), and I recommend you to always follow a clarifying shampoo or a chelating shampoo with a deep conditioner.
Deep conditioners help strengthen your hair, so try to use them at least once a month if you have straight hair and at least twice a month of you have curly hair or you have hair that isn’t responding to your regular conditioner. Follow the instructions on the label although you will usually need to leave the deep conditioner on your hair for at least 10 more minutes than a regular conditioner (usual application time for a deep conditioner is 15 minutes). Once the application time for the deep conditioner is over, you then rinse the product from your hair.
Hair repairing products for men
Unfortunately for us dudes, hair doesn’t have an intrinsic mechanism to repair itself, for hair is, after all, dead tissue. Thus, if you damage your hair (e.g. incorrectly using a hair dryer), you will never have your hair 100% damage-free again. Remember the analogy of a car chassis that I used in my book: if you damage the chassis of your car, you can take it to the mechanic to fix the bump or scratch you’ve done to it, but the chassis will certainly never get to look 100% brand new; exactly the same occurs with your hair.
Having said the above, there are certain hair masks, creams and lotions (aka hair-repairing products) that can aid in regaining the natural look of your damaged hair and have your hair go from being a damaged dead rat to being in reasonably great shape (or being an “awesome mane”, as I call it in my book). Hair-repairing products are extremely helpful in cases of badly-managed hair or when hair has been straightened or blow-dried too frequently (remember my 1 on/1 off rule of thumb in The Men’s Hair Book).
Hair-repairing products can also come in other formats such as ointments or liquids, but, regardless of product presentation, their key attribute is always the same: to improve the aesthetics of damaged hair. You can use hair-repairing masks, creams and lotions as often as you want until you see your hair enhanced or bettered; however, if you’re in urgent need to improve your damaged hair, using the hair-repairing cream below for 14 consecutive days will yield a fast positive cosmetic effect.
- Get this hair-repairing cream, whether you need urgent hair repairing or want to be on the safe in case you damage your hair in the future
Conditioners for Men: Conclusion
Quite likely, just before you read this men’s conditioner guide, you were quite likely oblivious to the fact that a simple product, as a conditioner is, could drastically improve the state of your hair. We men are constantly being brainwashed into buying shiny zombie-dust hairstyling products without stopping to consider that the bad looks or even mediocre looks of our manes could actually be because we are simply not conditioning our locks enough. Now that you finally know about the 4 types of conditioners for men and know how to use them, you can then improve your hair even further and make use of that extra lifestyle edge that reading Manly Curls always yields, and without having to remotely sacrifice your testosterone at any time!
All the best, gentlemen.
Last updated: 12th September 2016
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