Here Are The Reasons Your Hair Looks Fried
We’ve all been there, standing in front of the mirror, wondering what happened to our hair. All of a sudden it has become an unruly and tangled mess, little hairs are covering the bathroom vanity. We use styling products that we have on hand and yet our hair still looks fuzzy. The culprit? Over processed hair, due to mechanical, thermal or chemical damage.
Before you pick up the kitchen shears or run out the door to your nearest salon in tears thinking you have to cut off your hair, take a breath. The solution can be as simple as adding a conditioning treatment to your hair care routine. A conditioning treatment will add strength, moisture and elasticity back to your hair and rid your hair of unwanted fuzz. The best part about adding a conditioning treatment to your routine is that it takes only 15 minutes, once a week.
There are three main reasons to condition your hair: to moisturize it, to add shine, and to make it softer and easier to comb. Conditioners coat the hair shaft with emollients that remain on after you rinse: they help reduce tangles, static electricity, and fly-away hair, and they smooth the hair cuticle so that it reflects light better and thus has more shine. Conditioners are like moisturizers for the hair.
Choosing a Product
There are many conditioning treatments on the market and it can be confusing trying to determine which is the correct conditioning treatment for you and your hair type. The purpose of each treatment should be written on the packaging. No description? Put it down and slowly back away.
All conditioning treatments are not the same, avoid a one size fits all product. Just because the word “treatment” appears on the bottle doesn’t mean it is best for your particular set of circumstances. Not all conditioning treatments are created for all hair types. I highly recommend using salon professional conditioning treatments. The following are treatments that are cream based treatments that can be used once a week.
JOICO – Kpak RevitaLuxe – the newest addition to the Kpak family. This award winning treatment is, in a word, miraculous. It corrects damage that has been done and prevents further damage. Each time you use it your hair becomes stronger, softer and more moisturized. This gem can be used on all hair types and can be used more than once a week without weighing down your hair. (Awesome for blondes)
UANS Crema – great for dry hair and split ends. A terrific treatment for swimmers who’s lovely locks are subject to chlorine/salt water. Great for all hair types and is a great detangler and for maintaining wigs & extensions.
REDKEN All Soft Heavy Cream – for dry, brittle hair. It rebuilds surface protection and is good for all hair types. If you have fine hair, remember less is more.
MIXED CHICKS Deep Conditioner – reconstructs damaged areas, makes curls manageable and is a great detangler – for curly, unruly hair, thick or fine.
GOLDWELL Rich Repair 60 Second Treatment – adds softness and moisture to dried out hair – for all hair types (can be a bit heavy for fine hair).
SOMA Reconstruct – Rebuilds your hair cuticle back to a healthy state – for all hair types (vegan and cruelty free).
ONESTA Nourishing Moisture Mask – an intense conditioning treatment that can be used with heat for for optimal repair. Free of parabens, sulfates, gluten, sodium chloride and dyes. (Meets EU compliance).
A treatment takes 2 – 15 minutes, once a week. Wash your hair, condition your hair with your daily conditioner, rinse, then squeeze out any excess water from your hair then apply your conditioning treatment. Apply conditioner from the middle of the strand to the ends, not on top, or it will flatten your hair. Sing in the shower, lather the rest of your body or go over your to do list. After a few minutes, rinse out your conditioning treatment (with the coolest water you can take, cool water seals the cuticle shut and locks in the moisture). If your conditioner makes your hair flat anyway . . . Wax, silicone, and balsam ingredients sometimes do, switch brands.
For Really Damaged Hair
If you’ve had a chemical treatment that has gone bad or if you’ve been in the Gobi desert for thirty days, an off the shelf conditioning treatment may not be enough and you may have to do a really deep conditioning treatment, if that is the case here are some hints:
Adding a conditioning treatment to your hair care routine will add longevity to your hair color, will reduce breakage and split ends and will add shine and control to your hair style, and will add a smile to your reflection.
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.