Home Hair Treatments – Simple steps to keeping hair healthy

Home hair treatments are a great way to keep your hair healthy between salon visits. But as discussed in this post, there is science behind real results.  Doing it correctly allows beneficial ingredients to penetrate deep in the hair strand, producing effects you can see and feel.

Before diving in, it’s a good idea to talk with your stylist about the right treatment. When it comes to hair treatments, there are so many products to choose from that it’s easy to feel confused. Masks, serum, conditioners…matching a product’s purpose with your hair type and desired outcome is key. Let your stylist be your guide to narrow down the search. She can point you in the right direction and match you with the perfect product. Once your ready, follow these simple steps to bring out beautiful, healthy hair at home.

1. Start with a deep cleansing shampoo

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Before applying any treatment, it’s best to be working with a clean surface. Find a deep cleansing shampoo to remove any product build up on your hair. This will create a “clean slate” that will better accept the treatment. A deep cleansing shampoo can be used prior to treatments or alternated with your daily shampoo about every 8 washes. At Fix Salon, we love Redken’s Hair Cleansing Cream. It has a yummy citrus scent and a foaming lather for squeaky clean results.

2. Towel Dry

After rinsing out your shampoo, take the time to really towel dry your hair. This should be done by scrunching your hair in a towel, rather than wringing it dry. Removing the excess water gives the treatment more room to “live” in the hair.

3. Watch where you apply the treatment

Hair treatments should be applied to the midshaft and ends of your hair first. These are the areas that benefit the most. Afterwards, you can apply a small amount to the hair near your scalp. If you tend to have an oily scalp, avoid your scalp area altogether. With most quality products, a little goes a long way. Make sure you cover the hair thoroughly and evenly, but don’t over apply.

4. Bag it up

If you are stepping out of the shower while your treatment processes, put on a shower cap to protect your hair and your surroundings. You can buy light weight disposable shower caps from a beauty supply or better yet, grab the complimentary caps when you stay at a hotel. In addition to keeping things tidy during the treatment, bagging your hair provides the added benefit of trapping in heat. When your hair warms up, it expands, allowing for better absorption of the treatment into your hair.

5. Warm it up

In addition to using the shower cap to trap heat, you can also stay in the shower for the processing time or sit in a warm place. Hair treatments are perfect when you are sitting at the beach or by the pool. The sun warms your hair for a better result.

6. Rinse well

Be sure to give yourself extra time to rinse out your treatment. Treatment masks are typically heavier than a daily conditioner, so it requires more effort to get it out of your hair. If you do a quick rinse, you run the risk of leaving residual treatment in your hair, causing it to feel over conditioned and heavy.

Treating your hair at home can be a fun, relaxing event that produces noticeable results. By using the right treatment in the correct way, your hair will look amazing. For best results, always use a professional salon product and save the avocados and mayonnaise for the sandwiches.

Avocado and Mayonnaise Are Not Hair Treatments

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I’ve been doing some homework and looking into some online hair advice that is misleading. There are a endless amount of home hair treatments using things that are better on a salad than your head. I wanted to take a moment to touch on what makes an effective hair treatment and how dedicated hair treatments work differently than groceries.

Bananas, avocado, eggs, vinegar, mayonnaise, and coffee. These are just a few of the ingredients I have found for home hair treatments. Users swear to their effectiveness and seem to love the “organic” nature of the ingredients. The truth is what ever effect these ingredients have on the hair is cosmetic, or surface with a short longevity. Yes, eggs are a protein and we know we need protein for healthy hair, but these proteins are not designed to penetrate the hair strand in a way that will strengthen it. Penecillian is a drug derived from mold, but in order for it to be effective there is a chemical process that makes it compatible with our bodies and effectively do it’s job.

Every hair care manufacture developes treatments to repair the hair. The technology allows these products to derive the best of specific ingredients and partner them with science to give them effectiveness and longevity. As technology advances the effectiveness increases surpassing what a home treatment can provide.

Additionally, from a market perspective, there are over the counter salon treatments and in-salon treatments. In-Salon treatments typically have the ability to penetrate deeper into the hair strand and last much longer than an over the counter treatment product and in half the time.

At Fix we love our Redken Chemistry System. This unique in-salon treatment allows us to custom mix benefits specific to your hair needs. They can help reduce color fadaged, reduce frizz, add softness and/or strength. This treatment locks in its benefits by balancing the pH levels in the hair. The treatments take 7 minutes to apply. Because the technology drives the beneficial ingredients in to the center of the hair strand the effects are seen much longer than a home hair treatment or a over the counter salon treatment.

Our best selling over the counter treatment is Redken’s Strength Builder Plus. This cream mask is used in replacement of conditioner and when it is used 3 times consecutively it can increase the strength of the hair by 96%. Just think about that for a minute. 96%. Because Redken prides its self on science and technology every claim must by proven in a laboratory before it can be attached to a product. I have yet to read about a home hair treatment that can make a similar claim with scientifically proven results.

So, the next time you feel like your hair could use a little extra conditioning, strengthening, or shine visit your hair stylist instead of the produce aisle. Salon treatments are more effective and last longer than anything that was stored in your fridge.