The key difference between a conditioner and a moisturizer is in the concentration of ingredients used.
The usage rate for most ingredients that go into hair products dictates that you use less in products that you leave on compared to products that you rinse off.
A moisturizer is essentially a leave-on conditioner and as such is less concentrated that rinse-off conditioners.
I have had people email me with hair issues because they applied rinse-off conditioners and let them sit in their hair for hours on end.
The worst offenders go to bed with the conditioner on their head and wake up with a bald patch the next morning – this is because conditioners are not meant to be left on for more than 30 minutes. Any extra time does absolutely nothing to improve the condition of your hair.
In summary, conditioners are concentrated products designed to be applied to hair then washed off, moisturizers are less concentrated leave-on products.
Ultimately, both conditioners and moisturizers (a.k.a. leave-in conditioners) are designed to improve and maintain the condition of your hair. They soften, boost shine and aid detangling to varying degrees depending on the brand.
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