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Deep Conditioning: The Solution to Dull, Lifeless Hair

Trade In Your Dreary Hair For Shiny, Bouncy Locks

Dry, dull, lifeless hair is one of the biggest complaints I hear from new guests coming to my studio. Lackluster, uninspiring hair almost always has one central cause, lack of moisture. The most common causes of dry hair include overwashing, heated styling tools, environmental factors and age. In winter, moisture loss is attributable to the drying effects of indoor heating. In the summer, sun, salt water, and chlorine are big contributors to dry hair. Age can also contribute to moisture loss from to the gradual decrease in the production of natural oils. I am not talking AARP status here either, age-related moisture loss in hair can start to occur in the early 20s. Since these moisture thieves affect almost everyone, I recommend regular deep conditioning to all but those with extremely fine, limp hair.

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Daily Conditioners vs. Deep Conditioning

A daily conditioner is the safety net to your hair care routine. However, daily conditioners generally do not provide the additional moisture needed by most hair types. A daily hair conditioner that provided the necessary ingredients to fully moisturize your hair would then be too heavy for daily, or near daily use. In addition, deep conditioners frequently contain different and/or more concentrated emollients than those used daily on the hair. The more effective deep conditioners are often packaged in a tub or tube because of the much thicker consistency. The directions are likely to be a good clue whether the product can be used as a deep conditioner, as the  directions will suggest you leave the conditioner in your hair for 5 minutes or longer.

This deep conditioner tops my list.

What exactly does a deep conditioner do to hair?

Both daily conditioners and deep conditioning treatments will smooth down the outer cuticle of the hair so it reflects light. Conversely, dry, damaged hair appears dull because the roughed up cuticle is not able to serve as a reflective surface. If you are experiencing frizz, a deep conditioning treatment will work to repel moisture in the atmosphere which helps to reduce frizzy hair.

Deep conditioners do have some limitations. For example, on occasion I’ll have a guest in my chair who has severely damaged hair, even after a deep conditioning treatment that didn’t seem to help. While deep conditioners are able to repair some damage, they primarily replace moisture and soften the hair. If your hair is severely damaged from chemical over processing, I would recommend a reconstructing treatment in combination with a deep conditioner. A reconstruction treatment is similar to a deep conditioning treatment, but with added components such as keratin. But a reconstruction treatment is definitely something that should be left to the professionals. If in doubt, check with your hair stylist to determine the best solution.

Deep conditioners are great treatments to get in the salon, this process can also be done very effectively at home using a good product and following these instructions.

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Deep Conditioner How to:

Shampoo your hair, blot excess water and apply deep conditioner concentrating mainly on the ends. Gently comb the deep conditioning product through your hair to ensure even distribution. Place a plastic cap (or plastic wrap in a pinch) over your head. Apply some heat, either by using a blow dryer (be careful not to get dryer too close and melt the plastic) or a moist hot towel for about 10 minutes (my preferred home method because I can go do other things like catching up with Downton Abbey).

You can also keep conditioner on overnight. When the treatment is complete, rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water, dry your hair and style it as usual. If the ends still feel dry, apply a lightweight hair oil (mid-shaft to ends only) to complete the deep conditioning treatment.

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How Often Should You Deep Condition?

For most hair types, I would recommend a deep conditioning treatment at least once per month, year around to compensate for heat styling, weather and/or age related dryness. However, this regimen may need to increase or decrease depending on the frequency of your use of heat styling or how often your hair is exposed to hair color processing or straightening chemicals. If you wash your hair frequently and use heat styling tools frequently then you might want to schedule more frequent deep conditioning treatments.

Marcia Marcionette
Contributing author Marcia Marcionette is a stylist and color artist with over 15 years of experience. She owns Soulvana Hair, Tampa, Florida’s premier eco-chic salon studio where the philosophy is “style that feeds the soul”. Marcia’s is known for combining healthy, environmentally conscious products and practices with high performance hair artistry. You can contact her at Soulvanahair.com.

 



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How to Repair Damaged Hair

How to Repair Damaged Hair

The Smart Girl’s Guide on How to Repair Damaged Hair

We have all been there. As we look down at the counter and see little hairs covering the counter top and we have lost count of the hairs we have pulled out of our hair brush, we find ourselves looking at our reflection in the mirror wondering, “Is my hair dry or damaged?” Today’s tale is about how to repair damaged hair. There are three major types of damage when it comes to your lovely locks.

 

Mechanical Damage

Your hair looks and feels dull ( like the hair of your favorite childhood doll) little pieces of hair fall onto your clothes. In some cases the hair looks singed, kinked and fuzzy.

  • The Cause –  brushing and teasing the hair in excess (picture a 1950’s beehive), and using thermal styling tools without the proper products.
  • The Solution – Use a good conditioning treatment once a week such as Joico Kpak Intense Hydrator, or Uans Crema. Also use a thermal protection spray such as, Bain de Terre Magnolia Thermal Iron Protector, or Paul Mitchell Hot Off The Press, each time you use a flat iron or curling iron.

 

Environmental Damage

Your color fades and your hair doesn’t feel clean;  it feels like product build up is on your hair.

  • The Cause – Sun exposure and pollution.
  • The Solution – Most professional hair care lines have U.V. protectants in their products and there are many leave-in conditioners that have U.V. protectants as well, such as Matrix Biolage Daily Leave In Tonic and Sebastian Potion 9 Lite. A good clarifying shampoo like SOMA Clarifying Shampoo, once or twice a month (depending on how much product you use) will help as well.

 

Chemical Damage

Your hair looks and feels fuzzy, it will not hold a style, looks like frayed cloth. It breaks off , inches at a time.

  • The Cause – over use of chemical services such as hair color, lightening, perming or chemical straightening.
  • The Solution – Stop whatever chemical process you are doing right now. Give your hair a break for a while – hats are in this season. You need to get a good deep conditioning treatment done with your stylist ASAP. If you can’t get to the salon – I highly recommend JOICO Kpak Revitaluxe. The newest addition to the Kpak family – this treatment is restorative and strengthens the hair with each use. For a leave in, Redken’s Extreme Anti Snap is terrific, just as it’s name states – it will help your hair from breaking or snapping off.

I highly recommend that you use Professional Salon products. Many of the other brands on the shelves have too many sulfates, detergents, silicone’s and alcohol which defeats the purpose.  Your hair may feel good but some of those products don’t penetrate the hair – they just coat the hair, which leads to further damage.

 

 

 

Contributing author Sara Stancu is “That girl in the red coat”. Sara is also the manager of a salon and retail shop with over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. Her tell it like it is approach is aimed at educating and enlightening clients, stylists and salon owners. She has also been the woman locked in the bathroom hating her hair. You can follow Sara on her website That Girl in the red coat and Twitter.

 



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Deep Conditioning Treatment for the Holidays

Deep Conditioning Treatment


A Deep Conditioning Treatment For the Holidays

Why not give yourself a little something special for the holidays?

It’s easy to forget how good it feels to get pampered, especially this time of year. But with all the parties and festive events going on, now is the best time to indulge yourself.

Consider getting a deep conditioning treatment done in a hair salon. You’ll love it! Of course, you can do a deep conditioning treatment at home, but it won’t be the same.

Most hair salons will do a deep conditioning treatment for $20.00 to $25.00. Most often it is put on your hair, you sit under a hair dryer for 15 to 20 minutes, to open the cuticle for better absorb-ability, and then the product is rinsed out. There are lots of deep conditioning treatment products out there that will work, go to a reputable hair salon and they will do it up right.

Recently, a friend of mine did this at a beauty school. Her hair never looked so good, and, it only cost $21.00. Deep Conditioning TreatmentThey used a Crede MottoBene Clay Esthe Pack Scalp Treatment which is a deep conditioning treatment specially formulated to hold in hair color and boost shine in your hair.

A couple affordable recommendations:

  • Kenra: Intensive Emmollients
  • Sebastion: Laminates Mask $19.00
  • Ion: Effective Care Treatment $8.99

I was reminded of just how great they can be after reading a post by fellow blogger at I am fashion, check it out the entire article and see what it’s done for her.

  



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