Did you know that your hair moisturizer (i.e., your regular conditioner) can be used for something other than just your typical conditioning in the shower? Secret or no, there are definitely ways to use your conditioner/moisturizer to your advantage and get the most out of its moisture! Here are three you can try.
It may be tough to break away from the idea that a product has to be labeled "leave-in" in order for it to be used as a leave-in. Your regular conditioner can be left in your hair (Well, some of it! We'll tell you how to do that in a mo.) and really should be for the sake of your curls' moisture levels. To be honest, spray leave-ins or products made specifically as leave-in conditioners are fine, but they just don't have enough moisture for curls. And as we know, curls need all the moisture they can get! So when you're washing those delicate curls (and before you style with your Controlled Chaos Curl Crème), rinse your conditioner out and you can do one of two things. You can either leave in about 20% of the conditioner when you rinse, or you can rinse like normal and add some back in when your hair is still super wet. In other words, the conditioner needs to be diluted to be left in, but you'll get a feel for how much moisture your curls need to be their best and stay hydrated. You'll want your hair to feel slippery like seaweed with the conditioner and water in—but if you leave too much in, your hair will feel dirty or gummy when it dries. You don't want that.
Your regular conditioner can be used as a detangler in more ways than one. First, you can detangle your hair with a wide-tooth comb in the shower while your conditioner is sitting on your hair. You can also mix some of the moisturizer with water in an empty spray bottle and use it to detangle your curls before styling with Controlled Chaos Curl Crème or on the in-between days when you don't wash your curls. (But we don't recommend combing them at that point.) You can even treat it like a refresher, spraying it lightly over your curls to reshape them on non-wash days. Just be sure to spray with water first and then spray the mixture lightly. This will help keep your curls hydrated and keep them from tangling on themselves. You can add a bit more to problem areas, like the nape are that gets tangled on collars or scarves.
Just because it doesn't say "deep conditioner" doesn't mean it can't be one! You can create your own spa-day feel with your regular conditioner, making a treatment out of it. Apply the conditioner to freshly washed hair and wrap a hot towel or a shower cap over it. (Or you can be extra cool and do both! Shower cap first.) The heat opens up the outer layer of the hair, allowing the moisture to penetrate deeper than it otherwise would. Once it cools off, you can even use your blow dryer to replenish the heat for a bit. Let it sit for at least a half hour—or more, if you're painting your toenails or reading a great novel. It basically can't be on there too long, so don't worry about that. When you're ready to rinse, it's best to rinse in cool to cold water so as not to undo the work the conditioner and heat have just done. Your curls will thank you!
Do you have any other secret or not-so-secret uses for your hair moisturizer? Feel free to share them with us! (And yes, you can shave your legs with your moisturizer too, but we're talking specific hair uses here.) Let us know your thoughts!