Section One – Taking Care of Your Hair
A pre-shampoo treatment can help to infuse your hair with the nutrients it needs to grow to its longest potential. This is the best time to apply a hot oil treatment. The warm oil allows nutrients to penetrate deeply into the hair shaft and then any excess oil will be rinsed away during shampooing. After applying, the hair should be covered with a plastic cap. Leave on hair for 30 minutes without heat or 15 minutes with heat. Then you may proceed to shampoo.
Your choice of shampoo is very important. Shampoos containing harsh sulfates strip the hair and should be avoided. The best type of shampoo to use is one that is gentle, moisturizing, and sulfate free like ESSENTIOUS Exonerate Gentle Shampoo.
Hair is stressed and loses protein each day by styling routines and the environment. Lost protein should be replenished regularly, as well as before and after any chemical service… even if your hair is not noticeably damaged. Hair can be severely damaged from many chemical processes (perms, relaxers, color, bleaching, highlights, etc.), which actually affect the molecular structure of the hair resulting in a loss of protein.
How often should you use protein treatments?
Determining the appropriate intervals for applying protein treatments will heavily depend on the condition of your hair, as well as your regular hair care practices. For damaged hair, protein treatments should be used at least once a week. For healthy hair, a protein treatment may only be needed once monthly. A great protein treatment is ESSENTIOUS Rejuvenate Strengthening Protein Treatment.
Heat appliances and chemical processes cause hair to dry excessively, therefore it is important to replenish lost moisture. A moisturizing conditioner like ESSENTIOUS Hydrate Conditioning Treatment should be used following every shampoo. For very dry and damaged hair, a deep conditioning treatment should be used once weekly.