To get the most benefit from a hair conditioner, you need to know the right one to buy and how to properly use it. Most hair conditioners are applied while in the shower and left in for a short time. Deep-conditioning products are applied outside of the shower and are left in for an extended time.

Choose the correct conditioner for your hair type. For fine or thin hair, use a light conditioner. For chemically damaged hair, select a deep-conditioning treatment. With colored hair, use a conditioner especially for color-treated hair, along with a weekly deep-conditioning treatment. You should pair your shampoo and conditioner to the same formula since they can interact with each other. For example, if you're using a conditioner for colored hair, use a shampoo for colored-treated hair as well.

Start by shampooing your hair and thoroughly rinsing it. Squeeze out excess water.

Place a quarter-sized amount of conditioner into the palm of your hand and rub your hands together.

Run your hands through your hair from root to the tip. Keep a wide-toothed comb in the shower and use it to comb the conditioner evenly through your hair.

Don't dig into your scalp; gently massage your hair from scalp to tip. Leave the conditioner on for the designated time the bottle indicates. If it doesn't have a time, leave on for at least one minute.

Rinse your hair thoroughly with warm water. Finish by running cool water over your hair for 20 to 30 seconds.