The expiration date of your hair is when it hits a certain length and no longer looks nice. It may look fried, brittle, wonky or my favorite, witchy. I read somewhere that a good way to tell if your hair is in poor condition was to hold out a small but thick section and see if it maintains the same thickness from the mid-shaft to the tip. However, with hair that is not cut bluntly, I'm not sure that is a fair way to judge (or so I'll keep telling myself).
In my quest to prolong my "expiration date", here are the deep conditioning treatments that seem to be beloved amongst stylists, beauty bloggers and You.
Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask in the jar got more votes than almost anything else. Kari from Fab Over Forty, suggests wearing it in your hair for a few hours and then rinsing and styling. Others suggested sleeping with the mask in your hair, covered by a shower cap would deliver amazing hair.
Solid Coconut Oil also got loads of votes. It's cheap, easy to apply and a little goes a long way. The favorite way to use it seems to be to apply to dry hair, let sit for a bit, perhaps even overnight (with a cap, this is really oily!) and to shampoo twice or even three times to remove what isn't absorbed by the hair. Coconut oil is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft, so I'm not surprised this ranked so well.
One die hard Wen fan (with the hair you see in the ads!) swears by using WEN Remoist in FIG for two nights in a row on wet hair. She then suggests following up two nights later with an Oil treatment overnight. I've tried Re-Moist and it is an amazing product. However, it's not the least expensive product on the market so you may have to save your pennies to afford it.
One of the smartest bloggers I know, Carleen of Beauty Fashion Tech, swears by Ojon's Damage Reverse Restorative Treatment, recommending that you leave it on your hair all day (just put it up in a clip!). She isn't in love with the scent, but loves the result!
A Parisian beauty I know swears by Leonor Greyl and I can't blame her. I've raved about the Huile de Palme for years. Her favorite? Leonor Greyl's Shampooing Creme Moelle De Bambou and Masque Fleurs De Jasmin. The shampoo is SLS-free and the conditioning mask is luxe. What's not to love?
Knowing all of this, I went shopping for the best product I could find that might help heal my hair, as much as something non-living can actually heal. After coming up empty at my drugstore haunts, I landed at Sally's Beauty Supply. I didn't want a product with silicone as the second or third ingredient, I didn't want to spend more than $20 and I wanted ingredients that I know are beneficial to the hair. Plus it had to be beyond super hydrating.
I landed in the ethnic product section of Sally's, which makes sense as ethnic hair is often more coarse or dry than my own Irish/English hair. I settled on the As I Am Naturally brand, which was totally new to me. As I Am caters to African American women who wear their curly hair naturally (meaning not permed or relaxed). I picked up the Hydration Elation Intensive Conditioner (and the Coconut CoWash, which is fabulous for less than $10), a conditioner that contains coconut oil, shea butter, tangerine oil and sugar cane extract. I left it on my wet hair for about an hour and rinsed. Was my hair perfect. No. Was it immensely better? Absolutely. I've been following it up with the Coconut CoWash and am really, really pleased with the results.
Since I originally asked everyone for their opinions, I've been cleansing my hair after every third day of wear. So far, my hair is thanking me. While I've been trying to extend the time between stylings, going too long was drying my hair out. Especially on the ends. Instead, I've been cleansing after three full days of wear and adding TEN, yes I said TEN pumps of Davines Oi to my hair. My hair seems so much happier, after only a week or two!
What is your favorite deep treatment? Give me some inspiration and tell me in the comments!
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