even at a year conditioner can loosen your knots some. If your hair isn't really dry and needing the conditioner don't use it. A lot of residue is left on hair which can attract yucky stuff. I put 2 or 3 drops of oil and a cap full of acv into a (clean) 2 gallon milk jug fill it up with water ....shake it up and then poor it over my hair...i let it set for a couple minutes...then rinse it out with clear water. The vinager smell does not stay ....but the smell of the essential oil does. I have people tell me all the time that my hair smells nice.