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The Ultimate Guide to Hair Conditioning

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Here is what you need to know about hair conditioning

This is a question you should ask yourself to maintain a healthy and beautiful foundation of your hair. Hair conditioning is something that is highly recommended, but can be easily overlooked. I am a manufacturer of my own hair product line, and I’m surprised to find of how often I run into women who encounter hair problems as a result of overlooking this step.

Some of the hair problems that I hear women encounter include frizzy hair, thinning hair, and damaged hair. Lack of conditioning hair can play a factor, however is not the only reason of why women encounter some of these hair problems. There are other factors as well, including the usage of hairstyling tools like curling irons or flat irons, shampooing hair too often, or chemical relaxers. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with using chemical relaxers or a hairstyling tool from time to time. However, there has to be counter measures in place to keep hair in a healthy state and preventing those problems from occurring.

So if you’re encountering hair problems like damaged hair, or need to promote healthy hair growth and your hair has hit a plateau, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • Am I conditioning hair enough?
  • Am I shampooing my hair too much?
  • How often am I using heat-based hairstyling tools?
  • Do I use too many chemical relaxers and perms for my hair?
  • Am I protecting my hair from outside elements like the sun?
  • Am I using hair products that contain the right ingredients?
  • How often do I get my ends trimmed?
  • How does my hair feel when I don’t condition it at the right time?

These questions, when you answer them, will open your mind and help you realize what you may or not be doing right. It will also motivate you to take better action in taking care of your hair overall, with one of those ways being to condition your hair consistently.

Rule of thumb is, you should be hair conditioning daily, or at least 3-4 times a week. This will help to keep moisture in your hair, and prevent your hair and scalp from drying out. Hair conditioners contain vitamins and nutrients that your hair absorbs thus helping to replenish hair and maintain its beautiful state.

It’s also a great idea to deep condition hair at least once a week. This method really helps to lock in moisture into hair. Just apply more conditioner into your hair than you normally would, cover your head with a shower cap, and leave it on for 25+ minutes before rinsing hair. Someone with thick hair usually needs to follow this step since thicker hair needs more moisture, and it’s usually harder for moisture to fully seal into all the hair.

When looking for the right conditioner for your hair, think about what you need for your hair type or for what you want to do with your hair. If you have fine hair and looking to add more volume, then you should look for volumizing conditioner. If your hair is weak, then a restoration/strengthening conditioner is the best fit. But if you are looking for more moisture or manageability for your hair, then a good leave-in conditioner will suit you best.

Darlene Alexander
Guest author Darlene Alexander has been a licensed cosmetologist for 31 years, is an author, and is a manufacturer of professional hair products. She helps salon professionals provide healthy hair solutions for their clients to give them beautiful, healthy, sensational hair! You can contact her at and visit for the latest hair care and salon business tips.

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Steam; The Latest Hairstyling Technology

Heat Cap uses steam to set hairstyle
Behind the Scenes of the Discovery of a New Steam Styling Tool

I went to beauty school in the days when hair setting was an art. As time went by, the gains in speed and convenience brought by curling irons and hot rollers came at a high price. The incredible glamor and high fashion of true hairstyling skills that I loved and trained for began to fade, and heat damage became a way of life.

There has to be a better way

Considering some of the tricks we used during the time of my cosmetology training, I wondered if steam could be used to create strong, lasting curls, without the need for scorching high temperatures. With some experimentation, a product was born. A simple microwavable cap was created that surrounded dry hair, set on any kind of curlers, with warm gentle steam. You never know for sure what’s going to happen. And then we tested it . . . and we were amazed.

We eventually realized how it worked. By letting the steam in the cap surround the dry hair on the curlers for 2 minutes, the hair was relaxed to the shape of the curlers. However, the trick that made it work came after removing the cap. Allowing the hair to air cool before removing the curlers was the unexpected part of the equation. With testing, we found that this cooling process was what “locked in” the curls, and that they lasted incredibly without the need for scorching high temperatures.

Asian Hair Type is the most difficult to curl

Asian hair, the ultimate test

An Asian model close to the project at the time had hair that was considered “impossible to curl”. We tried setting her hair dry in perm rods. We warmed the cap briefly in a microwave, and placed it (filled with warm steam) over the curlers on her head for 2 minutes. We then removed the cap, and allowed her hair to cool for 3 minutes. And then we held our breath . . . and removed the first curler. It was one of those moments that you never forget. Her long hair (which was normally to the middle of her back), had turned into incredibly strong tight spirals that came only to her shoulders. None of us had seen anything like this, including the model, who couldn’t recall seeing any significant curls on her head in her entire life. As we continued testing with more and more individuals, we found that the cap worked incredibly well on hair that was considered difficult to curl.

And then came the media

As production began, so did the publicity circuit. One of the first live on-the-air demos (WJZ13 Morning News) captures the spirit of early days of the release, along with the surprise of the interviewers after seeing the results. Give it a look:

As women learn more and more about the damage done to their hair by traditional heat styling tools, they will naturally seek new ways to move away from harsh temperatures and chemicals, and more and more toward more gentle and natural methods, I see a shift toward the use of pure steam, without scorching damaging heat, as the primary method of styling. It has been my blessing and privilege to be a part of this change.

Contributing author Carol Graves originally received her cosmetology training in the Washington DC area, and is currently the President of Microwaves Corporation. Microwaves Corporation produces the patented Microwaves® Steam & Style® Heat Cap. Facebook and Follow us on Pinterest and Twitter.

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