After you wash your hair with shampoo, the natural protective layer of your hair (called your “hair cuticles”) begins to open up.
By applying a personal treatment to your hair after you wash it, the right ingredients are then absorbed by your hair before the hair cuticles close back up again, giving you naturally healthy and shiny hair.
To learn more about treating your hair, take a look below.
WHAT IS A TREATMENT?
Treatment is the general term for conditioner/mask.
When it comes to treating your hair, many people think that hair treatment only serves to detangle your hair, and that the more product they use, the shinier and softer their hair will feel. But actually, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Too much of anything is usually bad, and in regard to treating your hair, if you use too much of a product it can actually overfeed your hair and make your hair lifeless and difficult to style.
A proper treatment should contains nourishing, restorative, volumizing or soothing ingredients. Depending on what your hair and/or scalp needs, these are pushed inward and because the treatment has an acidic to neutral pH value, the hair cuticles are able to close. This way the hair has natural protection and shine. Even if you have scalp problems or you want more volume, you can benefit a lot from the right treatment.
This applies not only to women, men also have many benefits when applying the right treatment.
No matter your gender, all of our needs and wishes are divers thats why it’s incredibly important to get the right hair treatment, but before we dive in on what kind of hair treatment you should use, let me share the different types of treatments available, and what each of them does:
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF TREATMENT?
A fast-acting treatment with a milky, creamy look that nourishes your hair for about two minutes before you rinse it off.
Also known as “deep treatments,” these are usually have a leave- in anywhere from five to fifteen minutes and penetrate deeper into your hair core than a conditioner does. Hair masks often have a butter-like appearance to them. ! NEEDS TO BE RINSED OUT VERY WELL !
These are intensive, long lasting treatments that work nutrient dense nanoemulsions (hyper-fine particles) into your hair core. This treatment normally works immediately, meaning it can be rinsed out soon after application, and will also last through a number of washes before wearing off (still a conditioner is recommended to re-aply next time you wash the hair). Boosters usually have a clear, water-like appearance to them.
WHERE TO BUY TREATMENT?
When it comes to buying treatment, you have so many different options that I’ve decided to write a blog post about this. I have listed all the stores in the blog post and explained my experience with them. To read more about that click here.
Are you ready to feel the difference that investing in healthy hair makes?
Talk to a specialist at your local salon, and after they let you know which products are right for you, buy 1 bottle of shampoo and 1 bottle of treatment. On average, a standard sized bottle (250 ml/8 fl 0z) will last you about two and a half months.
Once you’ve begun your new hair care ritual, make sure not to disrupt the process by using another product if you want to experience the true effects of your new shampoo and treatment! It can take a while for the built up silicone from cheaper shampoos to wear off, though by the end of the test, you can decide for yourself whether or not the investment in more beautiful and healthier hair was worth it.
Comming soon: reviews from different people who tried it out before and their experience
WHAT TO BUY?
If you have read the blog post that I've shared above, you now know that there are a lot of treatments out there that won’t help you on your journey to beautiful and healthy hair, as good as they might smell. We also decided that your local salon is your best bet when it comes to finding products that actually help nourish your hair.
When you’re looking to buy your first professional treatment, the options can seem a bit overwhelming at first, but don’t worry!
By answering a few of the questions below and talking with a hairdresser, you’ll be well on your way to having hair that truly shines:
Are you looking for a natural or a cosmetic treatment?
Do you have a tight budget, or are you willing to make an investment?
Do you have any scalp problems? (These can include dandruff, an overly dry or overly oily head, or redness and irritation. If you don’t know, have a specialist at the salon check your scalp for best results.)
Does your hair tend to look healthy or fall out at the roots?
or does it seem brittle and break off instead?
(You can test this by gently pulling on the middle of three different hairs from different places on your head. If the hair breaks easily or bounces back into a curl, it likely means your hair is weak, whereas if the hair is unchanged, your hair is likely healthy.)
Is your hair natural, or is it colored or bleached?
What about the type of hair you have? Is it straight, curly, or wavy?
With all of these answers in mind, your specialist will be able to find a treatment that’s suited to your hair’s exact needs.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I APPLY TREATMENT?
As I described in the earlier section on washing your scalp, when you use shampoo your hair cuticles begin to open up — and this is the perfect time to treat your hair, so that the right ingredients can be absorbed by your hair before the hair cuticles close back up again. This is what helps give your hair the naturally healthy and shiny look you're trying to achieve.
So, how often should you treat your hair? After every time you shampoo your hair.
I know some of my customers feel like they don’t have enough time to both wash and treat their hair in the same day, but here’s a personal tip I use to ensure I always follow washing with treating my hair without losing time: When you shower (or take a bath), you can save a lot of time by starting to wash your hair right away.
For example, when it’s time to wash my hair, I will apply the shampoo right away, and after I’ve massaged it into my scalp and have rinsed the suds off, I apply my treatment and then go about cleaning my body while I wait to rinse the treatment out.
Sometimes I also brush my teeth or clean my face and start the necessary face care ritual too.
Perhaps this tip will work for you, or maybe you already have your own routine. The point is, treating your hair doesn’t have to feel like extra work, especially if you can learn to multitask a bit and remember how beneficial the treatment will be for your hair.
HOW TO APPLY TREATMENT LIKE A PRO
Do you want to achieve that same smoothness or light bounce that you only seem to have after leaving the hairdresser? Once you’ve read my guide on washing your hair like a pro, follow the steps below to ensure your hair has the opportunity to be nourished in the way it needs.
After you’ve washed your hair, gently squeeze or towel dry the excess water from your hair. On no occasion should you wring your hair out — this can cause a lot of damage.
Next, use your fingertips to shake your hair apart so that it falls into loose locks.
Once your hair has been dried a bit and shaken apart, take a small dollop of treatment into your hand (about 1 fingertip’s worth for short hair, 2 fingertips’ worth for medium hair, and 3 fingertips’ worth for long hair), and then work the product into the ends of your hair first, slowly working your way up towards your root. Unlike shampoo, you do not need to massage treatment into your scalp (unless you have a treatment that specifies otherwise, like scalp treatments).
After you’ve left the treatment on for its specified amount of time, use your fingertips like a comb to work the product through your hair once more. Before rinsing the product out, it’s best to gently squeeze the treatment from your hair by adding a bit more water to your hair. Professional hairdressers call this “emulsion,” and it’s done to ensure that the treatment will mix well with water, and rinse out completely.
For the last step of treating your hair, you can now rinse the rest of the product out with cool water, which helps make your hair cuticles close up and keep the product in.
Congratulations! You’ve now completed two of the most important steps on your journey to more beautiful and healthy hair.