Can I Leave Conditioner in My Hair Overnight? [2022 Guide]

“Can I leave conditioner in my hair overnight?”

Have you also asked yourself this question? Well, I frequently get asked with this. A lot of my friends even think this is a good idea while some are just totally confused.

So in today’s article, you are about to join me understand what will happen if we leave conditioner in our hair overnight. Let’s dig out some facts, shall we?

What Is The Benefit of Conditioner?

We all know that a good conditioner can make our hair shiny. This is because it coats the hair shaft with chemicals that help simulate keratin effect wherein breakage and damage of hair shaft will be filled, making your hair shiny.

Getting the shafts of our hair exposed to pollution and dust can quickly damage our hair, leaving it with a number of fractured bits of protein. This will then expose hair shafts’ dull and rough layers, making your hair look unhealthy.

Fortunately, keeping your shaft coated with protein-rich chemicals can help you achieve natural shine for several hours. Even a small amount of conditioner can actually be used to keep your hair protected all throughout the day and make it look shiny.

So you are probably thinking by now that leaving conditioner in your hair overnight will even maximize its wonderful effects. Well, we need to take a closer look what compose your regular conditioner.

What Are The Ingredients Of Your Conditioner?

There are two types of conditioners: herbal or chemical based. Most of the conditioners available in the market today are chemical based.

These conditioners may contain toxic elements like Citric Acid, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Fumaric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Benzyl Salicylate, Sodium Xylenesulfonate, Magnesium Chloride and several others. 

Of course, you would not dare ingest any of these ingredients; each can be harmful and dangerous in their own ways. However, these chemicals can enter your bloodstream since it will get absorbed through your scalp. Yes, the amount of chemicals your skill will absorb is far less when compared to the amount that gets in your bloodstream if you were to orally ingest the conditioner. 

But, think about this, if you regularly leave the conditioner on your scalp overnight for the entire year, you will get to absorb plenty of these chemicals and that is absolutely a scary thought.

Is It Safe To Leave Conditioner on Your Hair Overnight?

So, if you’d ask me now, “Can I leave conditioner in my hair overnight?” I would absolutely say no and I would never recommend it. 

This is a risk not worth taking. There’s a reason why it is meant to be rinsed after few minutes – they are not formulated to be left on your hair day in day out. In fact, leaving conditioner for a longer period is one of the reasons for hair fall.

Anyway, you can check out below some helpful tips to keep your hair conditioned without damaging it:

  • As much as possible, do not let the conditioner get onto your scalp since it will only make your scalp and roots oily or worse, give you scalp acne. Only apply it to the ends of your hair where your hair is driest and most damaged. You can work your way up.

  • Spend some time reading the ingredients of your conditioner, if possible avoid ones that comes with silicones; there are plenty of reasons why you should avoid silicones at all cost, especially in your skin.

  • Read the instruction on how to use the product and look for the suggested time to leave conditioner in your hair; this should not be more than a couple of minutes. 

  • Don’t forget to thoroughly rinse your hair after or else, you will run the risk of your hair follicles getting clogged, causing buildup along your scalp and dulling your hair’s shine. Spend a few extra minutes on rinsing the product out, especially if your hair is thick or wavy.

Final Thought

So there you have it, the answer to the frequently asked question “Can I leave conditioner in my hair overnight?” 

But don’t get me wrong, conditioners won’t cause any harm to your hair, as long as you are using it the right way. It helps make your hair look healthy, but that is all. It does not do anything to improve the real health of your hair. You will only have “healthy looking hair” but not healthy hair

This is why I always recommend you opt for natural conditioners rather than ones that are chemical based. They have nutrients from natural sources such aloe vera, geranium oil, avocado oil and so much more.

Do you still have any questions for me? Make sure to leave it in the comment section below. I’d be glad to hear from you!

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