How is it even possible to “use conditioner wrong?” Read on. I received a jar of Kerastase Nutritive Nutridefense for free at an event; I believe it was at Beauty Company in San Francisco. Not only were the instructions in French, but they were in type so tiny that I couldn’t read them, even with my glasses on. I had never tried a Kerastase product, but I kept hearing how wonderful and expensive it was, so I almost didn’t want to try the freebie for fear of loving it too much.
But the inevitable day came when I ran out of conditioner and Madame Kerastase was the only thing in the house, so I tried it. The fact that it comes in a little pot made me assume (for some reason? maybe because how annoying would it be to try to twist and untwist that lid in the shower?) it was a leave-in conditioner and I slathered it on post-shower. It felt a bit weighty (duh), so I didn’t use any of my regular styling products, fearing too much of a gunk factor. I spiraled my hair into ringlets as per usual to let it air dry. I had a Pilates client that afternoon, so he had the pleasure of witnessing me in my payos as I instructed him through bridges and toe taps and mermaid. But I had an event afterwards so I didn’t want to risk loosening the curls too soon—that always means trouble i.e. frizz and misbehavior. Still, when I finished with my client and ran to the bathroom to change, I expected less than perfection. Too much moving around during the Pilates session likely had imperfected things. But, you guys, and I’m not bragging, (OK maybe but it’s from a place of love and generosity!) my hair looked really awesome. I raked through the ringlets and the waves fell gloriously in place. Several kind folks complimented my hair that night, asking where I got it cut, etc.
Oh and if you didn’t figure it out already, the stuff is not meant to be left in the hair. It’s meant to be rinsed out.
But it makes me wonder if we can maybe skip the styling products if we don’t rinse out our conditioner? Then maybe it wouldn’t feel like such highway robbery to spend nearly $100 on a pot of conditioner (for 16 ounces, it’s like half that for the smaller size)? Maybe not for thin hair. But if it’s dry and thick, try it and please report back!