Traditional conditioner can weigh down hair

How Normal Conditioners Weigh Your Hair Down

You try to do everything right. You visit the stylist regularly to keep split ends at bay. You know conditioner is important, and use it each time you wash your hair. You’ve tried several different brands, and you do your best to pick out premium products.

But no matter what you do, your hair always seems to fall flat. It looks lifeless and even a bit greasy. What’s going on? If you’re using a normal conditioner, that could be the root of your problem.

While conditioner is an essential part of your hair care routine, normal conditioners weigh your hair down. Here’s how. 


Silicone is often added to conditioners as a way to tame frizz and smooth hair. Unfortunately, silicone builds up on your hair and can be hard to remove. 

Since silicone coats your hair, it blocks the absorption of other ingredients needed to help moisturize and strengthen your hair. With time, this can cause your hair to dry out and (gasp!) break. 

Excess Emollients

While we want conditioners to lock in moisture, many commercial brands include an excess of emollients. And since they also contain silicone, those emollients are locked out with no place to go. 

Additionally, because all those heavy (often artificial) emollients aren’t easy to rinse out--particularly on top of silicone residue--you end up with dull, greasy hair. 

Harsh Additives

There are many cheap and harsh additives in normal conditioners, which are often included to help prolong shelf life or improve scent. These include things like parabens, propylene glycol, formaldehyde, and fragrances. 

All of these ingredients can cause scalp irritation and damage your hair, resulting in that dull, limp look. Additionally, formaldehyde and parabens have been linked to cancer. They’re definitely not good for the health of your hair or the rest of your body. 

Two-In-One Products

Hey, we like convenience as much as the next person, but shampoo/conditioner combos just aren’t all they’re cracked up to be. They simply aren’t effective.

Part of the problem lies in how shampoos and conditioners work. Shampoo opens your hair follicles in order to clean your hair. Conditioner seals them up again. Applying both at once keeps either from properly doing their job. 


The simple truth is most normal conditioners are made from ingredients that allow them to be mass-produced at a low cost. All the corners that are cut and chemicals that are added to allow them to last for ages on the shelf do a number on your hair.

That’s why despite your best efforts, normal conditioners always weigh your hair down. It’s not you. It’s them. 

Thankfully, it’s possible to create natural, highly effective conditioners without using any harsh ingredients--a secret the Red Yao have known for centuries.

Our conditioner bars are made from the same Longsheng rice and other natural ingredients the Red Yao women credit for their incredibly long tresses that remain strong and healthy despite only being cut once in their lives!

Ready for a change? Give our conditioner bars a try and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you!

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