Can leaving conditioner in your hair overnight be a damaging move? In this blog, we compare the Pros and Cons of overnight Conditioning and what it does to your hair.
Unless you have an allergic reaction to a product, using a conditioner isn't going to cause harm if it is in contact with your hair throughout the day. A conditioner is used as a final step in the hair washing stage to lock in moisture, add shine, protection and detangling agents. In short, sleeping in a conditioner overnight in excess is not recommended for your hair or even necessary.
Using a Conditioner overnight can be harmful to kinky and curly tresses if 'directions of use' (which should be found on the packaging) are not followed. For example, according to the directions for using our Moisturising Conditioner, a simple three minutes is sufficient before rinsing your hair through. It isn't recommended as an overnight hair conditioner.
Anything in excess is not good for us. It is all about getting the balance right. The same can be said for too much water absorbed into our hair.
As moisture is absorbed through the shaft, our hair strands contract and expand. Sleeping with a conditioner in your hair can put your strands at risk of hygral fatigue. This is the direct opposite of dry, brittle hair as hair loses its elasticity and becomes fragile from continuous wetting and drying.
Our advice is to be careful. There are different techniques that work for different hair types. The trick is to be observant of what agrees with our hair and what doesn't. Through education and a kind hand, it can be easier to identify what works resulting in healthy hair.
If you don't yet have a hair routine, it may be a good time to start thinking about creating one. Starting with the right products!