Get Celebrity-Worthy Hair with These Simple Conditioning Steps

I’ve shared my hair epic shine and shampoo routines before. Now, it’s time to dive into my conditioner and hair mask routine. This article will take you through every step of my conditioning process on wash days and answer a few frequently asked questions about what I use, how I use it, and how often.

How I Choose My Conditioning Routine

My conditioning routine isn’t the same every time. It depends on what I feel like using that day. Sometimes, I use both a conditioner and a hair mask. Other times, I might just use one of them. I have several favorites that I’ll mention later.

If it’s a K18 wash day, I usually stick to one conditioning product after using K18. This is because K18 adds an extra step and a 4-minute waiting period. After that, I don’t feel like adding both a conditioner and a hair mask. So, I choose a product that conditions my hair just right.

On non-K18 days, I often use both a hair mask and a conditioner. Later in the article, I’ll explain more about using them together or separately.


My Favorite Conditioning Products

My favorite products are well-loved in my routine. When I find something that works, I stick to it. People might think I like everything because I review so many products, but that’s not true. I’ve tested many conditioners and masks that I won’t use again. Here are my favorites:

  • Pureology Strength Cure Conditioner: This conditioner is great for strengthening and repairing hair. It leaves my hair feeling soft and manageable.
  • Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner: This one is excellent for damaged hair. It helps to strengthen and fortify the hair structure.
  • L’Oreal EverPure Bond Repair Conditioner: I love this conditioner for its bond repair properties. It helps in making my hair look healthier and shinier.
  • Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Intensive Treatment: This treatment is a lifesaver for very damaged hair. It’s intense and works wonders.
  • L’Oreal EverPure Bond Strengthening Concentrate: Another favorite for strengthening hair bonds. It’s lightweight yet effective.
  • Elizavecca Collagen Ceramide Coating Protein Treatment: This is perfect for adding protein and repairing hair. It leaves my hair feeling strong and silky.
  • Amika The Kure Intense Bond Repair Mask: This mask is super hydrating and perfect for repairing hair. It makes my hair feel very nourished.
  • Oribe Gold Lust Transformative Masque: A luxurious mask that transforms my hair, making it feel incredibly soft and shiny.

I won’t dive deep into each product here because I plan to do a detailed review series soon. But these are what I use in my routine.


Step-by-Step Conditioning Routine

Step 1: Wring Out Excess Water

First, I wring out excess water from my hair. This might seem obvious, but it’s crucial. If your hair is too wet, the conditioner can slide off. I squeeze my hair gently to remove water before applying any product.

Step 2: Apply Hair Mask in Sections

If I use both a hair mask and a conditioner, I apply the hair mask first. I section my hair into four parts for better coverage. If you have less hair, two sections might be enough. The goal is to coat your hair evenly.

I take a small amount of hair mask and apply it from top to bottom. When I no longer feel the product on my hands, I add more and continue. I make sure my ends, the most fragile part, get enough product. Once applied, I let the mask sit for about 10 minutes.

Step 3: Clip Up Hair

While the hair mask sits, I clip up my hair to keep it out of the way. Then, I can shave, exfoliate, and wash my body without disturbing the mask.

Step 4: Rinse and Apply Conditioner

After 10 minutes, I rinse the mask thoroughly. If it’s not a K18 day, I might follow up with a conditioner. I apply the conditioner in sections like the mask but leave it in for only 3-4 minutes.

Step 5: Final Rinse

After conditioning, I rinse my hair thoroughly. I make sure there’s no residue left, as this can weigh my hair down. I use cool water for the final rinse to help seal the hair cuticle and add extra shine.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have to use both a conditioner and a hair mask?

No, you don’t have to use both. If you have a great hair mask or conditioner, you can use just one. It’s about what makes your hair feel best.

Should you dry your hair off before applying conditioner or a hair mask?

Don’t fully dry your hair, but wring out excess water. This helps the product stay on your hair and work effectively.

Should you apply conditioner or a hair mask first?

It depends on your preference. Some products with active ingredients might work better if applied first. But generally, you can apply them in any order.

How do you know if you applied enough?

You’ll know if you applied enough once your hair is dry. In the shower, feel for soft, coated hair. If some areas feel bare, add more product.

Should we apply conditioner or hair masks to our scalps?

Generally, no. Focus on the lengths and ends of your hair. Applying to the scalp can lead to build-up and make your hair greasy.


Additional Tips for a Perfect Conditioning Routine

Use a Wide-Tooth Comb

After applying the conditioner or hair mask, use a wide-tooth comb to distribute the product evenly. This helps ensure every strand is coated and gets the nourishment it needs.

Avoid Hot Water

Hot water can strip your hair of natural oils and moisture. Stick to lukewarm water when rinsing out conditioner and masks. For the final rinse, use cool water to help seal the hair cuticle and add shine.

Don’t Rush the Process

Take your time with each step of your conditioning routine. Let the products sit in your hair for the recommended time to get the full benefits. Rushing through can lead to less effective results.

Listen to Your Hair

Your hair’s needs can change based on the weather, your health, and even your diet. Pay attention to how your hair feels and adjust your routine accordingly. If your hair feels dry, incorporate more hydrating masks. If it feels heavy, try a lighter conditioner.

Protect Your Hair

After conditioning, protect your hair from heat damage by using a heat protectant before styling. This helps maintain the health and integrity of your hair, keeping it looking its best.


The use of the right conditioning routine can transform your hair. Whether you use a conditioner, a hair mask, or both, it’s all about what works best for you. Remember to wring out excess water, section your hair for even coverage, and enjoy the process. Your hair deserves the best care!

With these tips and product recommendations, you can achieve soft, shiny, and healthy hair. Experiment with different routines and products until you find what works best for you. Happy conditioning!

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