What is it?
Just an Oil in cream / lotion form, placed in high pedestal.
Conditioners are normally some Fatty / oily substances, natural and or synthetic. It can lubricate the skin and the hair. Many vegetable oils can do that safely at a lesser cost. Conditioner, as such, are not hairloss control products.
What is fat?
Fat and Oil mean the same thing chemically. What is solid at 20* C is normally called Fat. Almond Oil, Avocado, Castor, Maize, Olive, Soya, Sunflower, Sesame and Mustard are Vegetable Oils. They may be used in Cosmetic products because of their Emolliency - softening and smoothing impact to the skin.
The natural oils like Coconut, Sesame or Soya can be called Glycerin Fatty Acids or Glyceryl Fatty Acids because the Fatty Acids in the oils are combined with Glycerin. The Fatty Acids in each Oil and their composition would differ from one another.
Not many bother to know the basic scientific / medical factor for using a Conditioner. The skin is devoid of sufficient oil. That is all.
Whether the skin got dried up because of shampoo or climate is for you to know. Oil is an emollient. So oil / conditioner has to be used to restore the suppleness to the skin. In winter, an oil coat becomes a must because the heat energy from the oil helps to withstand the cold – cracked lips, heels, dry and rough forehands
The articulated benefits for hair are often imaginary. We have to concede that marketing induces us to touch the nose in a round-about way and gloat over it.
Caution - Chemicals in conditioners
Quaternary Ammonium salt may be in Conditioners. This chemical can make the hair brittle and lead to hairloss after 2-3 months’ use. Another chemical that may be used in Conditioner is 'Silicones'. Silicones are water repellent items and gives glossy effect. A water insoluble item can get into the hair / roots in traces. That is not desirable.
What is the benefit of conditioner?
It just lubricates the hair like an oil. Most other advertised benefits are bloated / imaginary. Has anyone gained anything else? The exact nutrients for the hair roots / follicles are unknown. Applying an unproven 'fat' is not the right option for hair retention or haircare
Never go for shampoo and conditioner in one product - one is an oil cleaner and another is oil. They have to counter act one another.
Coconut Oil as Conditioner
Coconut oil is a very good hair conditioner. It is safe, natural, economical and the usage is proven for Centuries. It is a non-drying, saturated Oil / comparatively, non-reactive. It would provide Sun Protection / SPF to the head in Summer. Sesame Oil is good for the skin / body.
Oleic Acid is the main Fatty Acid in Olive Oil. Oleic Acid is a skin irritant. So, I do not think Olive Oil is good for the hair. It is expelled by the body / is a content in Sebum. But then, Olive Oil is a big foreign Exchange earner for the European Union. So, Europe has to sing its praise. And paid pipers blow it further
Olive oil is imported. That is sufficient reason why many Indians use Olive Oil for hair. You can talk about it with pride to others. If there was one shelf for Olive oil in a stacking rack in a nearby supermarket store about 10 years back, now in 2018, 2 racks with five shelves are stacked with Olive Oil of different brands.
If it a wonder oil for the hair, Aristotle would not have cried in pain in 3rd BC that ‘the only way to avoid baldness is to choose your parents or become an eunuch’
An oil coat is necessary for the hair. That is what usage of conditioner means. For more, refer ‘dry hair style’.