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Products for Dry and Damaged Hair
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Hair only grows below the surface of the skin and then emerges as a completed fabric. If you have damaged hair, you have damaged the fabric and it will not grow back and it will not fix itself. Fixing your hair is, therefore, up to you! The first step in finding the right hair products for your dry and damaged hair is determining the cause of your dry and damaged hair. No matter the cause, the path to healthy hair is, generally the same: Protect your Hair and Deep Condition your hair. Continue reading to learn about the different types of Products for Dry and Damaged Hair.
A leave-in Conditioner is exactly that, a conditioner that you do not rinse out. You apply it after you shower, and leave it on your hair until your next shower. A leave-in conditioner is a good way to instantly add moisture back into your hair, help tame frizz and leave the hair feeling softer. These products also make it easier to comb and detangle your hair, preventing damage from un-tangling snarls and hair breakage. Leave-in Conditioners are great for all hair types. These types of conditioners can also help protect the hair from pollution and the sun, preventing further damage. When you first start using a leave-in conditioner, it may be tricky to find the perfect amount to use on your hair, so start with a small amount and increase it as needed. If your hair starts to look or feel limp or greasy you're using too much product. Leave-in Conditioners are available as a liquid or as a spray. Bonacure Color Save Spray is a leave-in spray for fine and normal hair that prolongs color retention. For all hair types, we'd recommend Alterna Spray Leave-in Conditioner. It's a weightless spray-on, leave-in conditioner that also provides UVA and UVB protection. For normal/damaged hair, we'd suggest Abba Pure Gentle Conditioner, a put-on leave-in cream that works especially well for curly hair that always feels dry.
Leave-in Hair Oil
A Hair Oil is any hair product that contains a naturally derived oil. A hair oil should be applied after shampooing and conditioning the hair and left in until your next shampoo. Hair oil is effective because it is left in the hair, allowing the product to fully penetrate to the core of the hair shaft. It protects the hair from further damage by coating the outer layer of the hair shaft which prevents further damage. At the same time, it soaks into the core of the hair shaft, healing and repairing damage that has already occurred. What makes Hair Oil so effective at healing and protecting your hair are three key ingredients. Cyclopentasloxane, Dimethicone and a naturally derived oil. Cyclopentasloxane is a carrying ingredient that helps detangle your hair, which helps prevent damage. Dimethicone is a coating ingredient that helps fight frizz and protects your hair from further damage. The Naturally Derived Oil, like Argan Oil, sinks into the hair strand adding moisture and strength back into your hair to help heal the damage. While Argan Oil is becoming increasingly popular, there are other oils that will also heal and nourish your hair. Check out how your hair can benefit from Kukui Nut Hair Oil, Macadamia Nut Hair Oil, Obliphica Hair Oil, and Wild Growth Hair Oil. There literally is something for everyone.
Leave-in Hair Serum
Many people wonder what the difference is between a leave-in hair conditioner and a leave-in hair serum. A leave-in hair conditioner is, usually, slightly thicker than a hair serum. Think of a normal conditioner just watered down a bit. A hair serum is an entirely different thing. They tend to be super thin, closer to water than cream, and made up of different ingredients than a leave-in conditioner. You also tend to use a drastically smaller amount of hair serum than a leave-in conditioner. Hair serums usually add a lot more shine to your hair than a leave-in conditioner. Hair serums are a great help with taming frizz, softening hair adding shine and detangling the hair, which prevents hair breakage. The Lanza hair serums are definitely a cut above the others. The Lanza Neem Plant Silk Therapy is very light on your hair, detangles wonderfully and leaves you hair feeling and smelling great! It contains Vitamin C, UVA & UVB protectors and pollution guards. If you have colored/dyed hair, try the Lanza Magic Bullet. It is a revolutionary deep-penetrating formulation that heals from within to add shine, calm frizzies, and extend the life of your color.
Heat Protecting Spray
This is one of the most important products for dry and damaged hair that too many people are NOT using! A heat protecting spray is a must for anyone who is heat-styling their hair. Blow-drying, flat-ironing, and using a curling iron on your hair severely damages your hair without the use of a heat protecting spray. Lightly spray your hair with one of these products before applying heat to protect your hair and help prevent damage. Some people complain that their hair feels sticky after using a heat protecting spray. Many heat protecting sprays do include ingredients that a have a likeness to hair spray, in addition to their heat protecting ingredients. These hair-spray-like ingredients are there to help maintain your hair style so that you don't have to repeatedly restyle your hair with heat (which would cause even more damage). They're also there to help combat the effects of humidity on your hair, so you don't poof or loose your curl half-way through the day; think of it as a two-in-one product that is saving you money! The Paul Brown Hawaii Thermal Power Spray protects hair from thermal heat or UV rays and detangles and conditions your hair, leaving your hair silky smooth, shiny and easy to style. One of the most impressive heat protecting sprays is Kevin Murphy Damage Manager. This instant, weightless heat shielding spray contains natural ingredients that protect your hair and hold your style in place and promises up to 428 degrees Fahrenheit (220C) of heat styling protection! The average heat protecting spray only protects up to 300 or 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Deep Conditioning Hair Masks / Masques
For any and all types of hair that are dry and damaged, a deep conditioning hair mask is a necessity for restoring your hair to a healthy state. Daily conditioning isn't enough for hair that is dry and damaged. The best way to replenish moisture and help repair the hair is to use a deep conditioning mask. Deep conditioning masks are designed for all hair types. General recommendations for use are to apply the mask once a week for 10 to 15 minutes. How frequently you use the mask and long you let it sit depends on the amount of damage to your hair and the lack of moisture. For hair that is severely dry and damage, you can use the mask two or three times a week until your hair becomes healthier, and then cut back to once a week. Deep conditioners contain larger amounts of healing ingredients and are left on longer than your daily conditioner. You can also apply heat while using a deep conditioning mask to further enhance the effects of the mask. Using a professional Heat Cap while deep conditioning can double, even triple the effects of the hair mask. For all hair types, try Alterna's Caviar Anti-Aging SeaSilk Hair Masque. This mask penetrates quickly to renew and repair hair for unprecedented results. For hair that is color treated, try the Biogenol Ultra Deep Masque. This mask locks in moisture, leaving the hair energized, vibrant, and healthier than ever before. If you have fine or oily hair, try the Paul Brown Hawaii Thermal Ash Masque. This mask balances oiliness in the scalp, thickens, enriches and conditions the hair and delivers fuller volume hair. Learn more about Conditioning Masques.
At Home Hair Treatments
All of the products we've mentioned above are recommended for consistent use to prevent and heal mildly to moderately damaged hair. If you hair has been severely and/or repeatedly damaged, you're going to need an at-home hair treatment. At home hair repair treatments come in a variety of forms, all of which are completely customizable to your hair type. An at home hair repair treatment is equal to a hair repair treatment you would receive in a salon, but you can do it in the comfort of your own home, without having to drive to a salon and pay anywhere from 40 to 100 dollars more than what the treatment is actually worth. From simple, two step treatments to thoroughly customizable treatments, there is something for everyone, and every hair type. A great two-step treatment is the Bonacure Collagen Treatment. It is designed for extremely chemically damaged hair; restores elasticity and provides ultimate strengthening. For a more customizable treatment, there are the Kevin Murphy Hair Treatments. Kevin Murphy offers different types of treatment kits that are customizable to your hair type and condition. Our favorite at home hair treatment is the Lanza Ultimate Treatment. Not only does the treatment help heal and repair your dry and damaged hair, it can help prevent damage as well! A Lanza Ultimate Treatment can be applied before a chemical service to help reduce chemical damage. It can also be applied after to help repair dry and damaged hair. As with a deep conditioning mask, heat can be applied to an at home hair treatment to further enhance the effectiveness of the treatment. A professional Heat Cap is the easiest and most effective way to evenly apply heat to your hair at home.
In-Salon Hair Treatments
In-salon hair repair treatments, or deep conditioning treatments, do not really differ from the at home hair treatments we described above. They both saturate the hair with nutrients and essential oils, moisturizing the hair and restoring softness and shine. They both help repair damage and are custom fit to your hair type and condition. Generally, heat is applied in the salon during your deep hair conditioning treatment using one of those big driers that looks like a bowl, or heat lamps. You can get the same results at home using a Heat Cap. So really, the only difference between an at-home hair repair treatment and an in-salon treatment is that you are paying someone else to do the work.
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