The Truth Behind Conditioning Treatments

Do you ever feel like your conditioner just isn’t working for you? Or like your shine products just aren’t shiny enough? Well, it might not be your products that are the problem… the truth is, it could be your hair.

Think back to the last time you were at the hair salon… maybe it was last week… maybe it was last month… maybe even last year (Let’s hope not, but if so, we’ll talk about that later). Did your stylist offer you a conditioning treatment? If so, did you take her or him up on the offer?

So, what is a conditioning treatment? Why would your stylist be offering it to you? Why should you be getting one every other time in the salon? Stick with me and I will let you into the world of conditioning treatments!

What is a conditioning treatment?

A treatment can come in all forms, spray, masque, gel, cream. It all depends on the brand of products that you or your stylist are using. I am a big fan of sprays and masques. The reason I like these two methods best is because, in my experience and opinion, they are the easiest and the most effective. Both are used on wet hair and both can be done at the salon or at home. I am a big fan of being able to do things at home, sometimes I just don’t want to put makeup on or put on deodorant, or even put real clothes on but I do however ALWAYS want my hair to look healthy. Sometimes you’re in a rush and you might not have time to get that treatment in the salon, thats OK! Talk to your stylist about treatments that you could take home with you and do in your own free time.

Generally, a conditioning treatment is a heavier conditioner that will repair your hair from damage and dryness that the environment, hot tools, and products (yes, I said products) may cause. A treatment will penetrate into the top layer of your hair and repair from the inside out. That’s the main difference between a treatment and a regular conditioner. A conditioner will just sit on top of your hair, and it will definitely make your hair feel soft and look shiny but it’s not going to do any repairs. A treatment will repair the damage that your hair takes each day. A treatment should be used on a weekly to biweekly basis depending on the damage of your hair.

Why should your stylist be using treatments on you?

Even though you can do a treatment at home, sometimes it’s nice to have someone else do it for you. I’ve always said that if I win the lottery someday, I’m hiring someone to wash my hair for me everyday because, let’s be honest, it get’s annoying to have to do it yourself.

That’s not the only reason though, everything is guaranteed in the salon and from the salon. What that means is any product purchased outside of the salon (i.e. Ulta, Sally’s, Target, Whole Foods etc.) can’t always be guaranteed to work, EVEN IF IT’S A PROFESSIONAL BRAND. Always buy from your salon, you are not only supporting a local business but you are also getting quality professional products.

If, your stylist isn’t offering you a treatment, speak up!! Don’t be shy, ask for one yourself. If she still won’t give you… get a new stylist.

Why should you be getting one?

Raise your hand if you want soft, healthy, model like hair!! Need I say more?

If you have long hair and only get it cut one to two times a year, you absolutely need to get a treatment. Think about it, the hair at your roots might be new and healthy but how long have your ends been around? The hair at the bottom has been with you for 5,9,12,15 years? There’s no way that’s healthy hair. And if you’re not looking to chop it off and start over, a treatment might be something to think about.

So, here’s a couple products I’m a fan of:

Redken CAT Treatment. This is a treatment that you can get in the salon but also take home a bottle for yourself and use 2 – 4 times a month (Once every week or every other). CAT is a  pure protein treatment that comes in a spray bottle. After your hair is shampooed, towel dry and spray on! Focus on your ends, let sit for 5-10 minutes then rinse and condition. This is ideal for gals who are color feines, anyone who has been taken from blond to brown and vice versa. This treatment will put back that protein that harsh color can often take out.

Pureology Essential Repair Masque. This comes in a cream form, it looks a lot like conditioner but it has a much thicker texture to it. Pureology makes an array of masques for all hair types and they all have the same great sulfate free 100% vegan formula (save the animals!!!) The reason I like this one over the rest is because it’s reparative and it has biotin, which will make your hair grow, and soy milk which provides nourishment for those sad looking ends.

I hope this helps you in your quest for healthy shiny hair!

Thanks for reading.