Selecting the correct hair treatment is just as important as choosing a brand to use. The wrong type may end up being ineffective, or at worst, damage your hair. Here is an overview on what to take into consideration when treating your hair.
Leave-in treatments: The ease and brevity of application time make this type ideal for times when you are on the go. They add moisture to the hair strand and coat it with static reducers.
Some are enriched with oil for extra conditioning. When to use: Use them once in a while or when you plan to plait or weave your hair. Use them sparingly on relaxed hair as they cause breakage when used too often.
They have the disadvantage of leaving hair with an added film especially if you set or blow dry with extra oil. This weighs down the hair.
Protein treatments: These often contain keratin, the protein that makes up the hair. They provide strengthening support to damaged hair by filling in the cracks in the hair cuticle.
When to use: Use whenever your hair becomes damaged as a result of overprocessing or neglect. Once your hair is restored, you can alternate them with other types. They have a disadvantage of hardening hair when overused.
Hot oil treatments:
Warm oil is applied to the hair and scalp to aid penetration. They are used when hair and scalp are dry and lacking lustre. The oil settles inside the cuticle temporarily. This gives hair sheen and bounce. The main drawback is that they tend to weigh down fine hair, so that even though it shines, it lacks fullness.
Coloured hair requires specific treatments which can be recommended by your stylist. The weather plays a role in how treatment works. In hot weather, your scalp secretes more oil and sweat and should be washed more often. At such times, regular use conditioning treatments are helpful. When it is cooler, the scalp tends to dry up, and richer treatments should be used.
Natural hair treatments made from biological ingredients such as fruits impart softness to the hair, but the molecules are not modified to penetrate the hair shaft