Bringing back what was lost hair
Protein and deep conditioning treatments help rebuild or add moisture back into your hair. Understanding when your hair needs protein or conditioning is the key to maintaining healthy hair. But knowing which treatment to use, and when to use it, is crucial.
The Facts: Protein treatments strengthen the hair. They’re used to replace some of the protein lost from hair that is regularly coloured, permed or bleached (remember the fairy floss?).
As a general rule of thumb, if your hair feels mushy or overly elastic when wet, this is a sign that you need a protein treatment. But remember, nothing beats keeping protein where it should be in the first place; in the strands.
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Dry, brittle hair that reminds you of straw or feels crunchy at the ends is calling out for a deep moisturising treatment. Avoid using protein treatments on brittle hair. Whilst they help rebuild the hair fibres, protein at this point is more likely to have a further drying effect.
Brittle hair will need conditioning with substances containing a high lipid content. The higher the lipid content (the more greasy and thick the emollient), the better and longer it works, but the messier and harder it is to wash out.
Shea butter is an excellent example; it is rich in vitamins A, E and F. Vitamin F consists of two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid and alpha-linoleic acid. These acids, which make up 85 to 90 percent of the total fatty acid in Shea butter,17 hydrate and revitalise the hair and scalp, giving you luxuriously soft, healthy hair.
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