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If you are skipping deep treating your hair, you are likely not seeing the kind of results you hope for. Deep treating the hair simply refers to the use of deep conditioners or oils that are used for a prolonged period on the hair. Standard conditioners are not deep treatments. They are formulated to lubricate not penetrate, although oils and other additives that have penetrating abilities can be added. When looking for products to use as deep treatments, look for the words "deep," "intensive" or "penetrating." These products are formulated to travel deep into the hair shaft and attach themselves to weakened or compromised areas along the hair strand. While nothing can regrow damaged areas, deep treatments can go a long way toward enhancing elasticity and stopping further protein loss. While many such treatments' instructions suggest that you leave them on for 3-5 minutes, most treatments are greatly enhanced by prolonged contact with the hair strand. 30 minutes to an hour or longer is advised. When it comes to deep treating the hair, more is better. More time and more contact are advisable. Always make sure and section the hair so that each and every strand is getting saturated with the treatment. Leaving a treatment on overnight is a wonderful method to use, as is incorporating a heating cap or overhead dryer. Heat in this instance is therapeutic, because it causes the hair shaft to relax and the cuticle to raise - ensuring maximum penetration of lubricants, moisture and nutrients to troubled areas. Keep in mind that commercial treatments are not the only way to go. Natural oils, honey, eggs and herbs such as henna and cassia make superb deep treatments. Natural oils and additives should generally be used as a "pre-poo" or pre-shampoo treatments, as they need to be thoroughly cleansed from strands. Some wonderful oils to use as pre-poos are olive and coconut. Their molecular structure is clinically proven to easily penetrate the hair shaft and attach itself to compromised areas - helping to stop protein loss. Commercial products can be used as pre-poos as well - just make sure that you are using a conditioner for moisturization after shampooing them out. Deep treatments should be used on a weekly
basis to gain maximum benefits. With consistency, you'll begin to see the results you've been longing for!
1. Ditch the heat! Each pass burns away essential protein, moisture and lipids and compromises hair health.
2. Co-wash mid-week for added moisturization.
3. Eliminate drying sulfates - use a sulfate-free shampoo or cleansing bar.
4. Drink water daily - hair health and moisturization begins on the inside.
5. Eat a healthy diet - nutrients fuel hair health.
6. Put down the combs and brushes - practice low manipulation as often as possible.
7. Moisturize and seal hair as needed.
8. Deep condition weekly - it aids hair flexibility which cuts down on breakage.
9. Practice protective styling frequently - keep ends protected as much as possible.
10. Incorporate coconut oil into your regimen - this wonder oil is proven to help stop protein loss in damaged hair.
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Although winter weather can take a toll on your hair there are a few simple things you can add to your regimen to combat winter hair problems. Put the brakes on shampoo: shampoo is extremely drying. That can be a big problem for winter hair which is already prone to dryness. Switch to co-washing for the bulk of the month with one or two shampoo uses to clarify. Add greenhousing to tackle dryness: make it a habit of putting on a plastic cap whenever you are just hanging around the house. You can even sleep in one under a satin bonnet. Greenhousing raises natural moisture levels and allows your natural oils to incubate under the cap which fights winter dryness and aids true moisturization. Add deep oiling for increased lubrication: incorporate a deep penetrating oil such as coconut into your winter regimen. It is truly softening and aids in the retention of your hair's natural proteins. As a sealant it really boosts lubrication because it penetrates deeply and forces the water in your moisturizer deep into the cortex. Pull out that bottle of glycerin: add a small amount of vegetable glycerin to your moisturizer. Vegetable glycerin is a natural humectant - it binds itself to the moisture in the air which leads to added moisturization. Incorporate silk: line rough wool hats and collars with silk scarves. Not only are winter fabrics rough on hair, they can also zap moisture. Protect ends from harsh cold: increase your protective styling. Bathe your ends in a moisturizer and sealant every day and tuck them away in an elegant protective style. With just a few tweaks to your normal regi you'll survive winter and come out looking like a fox next spring!
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During my time in the do-it-yourself trenches I have found that droves of women systematically neglect caring for one of the most important areas of the hair: their nape. Nape care is extremely important for one reason: it's the nape hair that fills in back length and detracts from that see-through look. If you are neglecting your nape you might find that the hair there is super short and not filled in. If you begin to care for the nape area on a regular basis you will start to see that area fill in and lend much-needed thickness. Normal moisturizing and sealing often doesn't address the nape area or only partially treats it. We have to make a specific effort to ensure that each strand in that area is fully treated. The good thing is that nape care need not be difficult or tedious. A little special care just once a week can start to turn things around. Here is a simple nape care routine. To make it easy to remember simply schedule it for the same day that you shampoo and deep condition.
✿ Lift the hair in back and horizontally (ear to ear) part off 2-3 inches of the nape area. Pin other hair out of the way.
✿ If hair is dry spritz with a little water or rosewater to pre-moisturize.
✿ Massage a few drops of castor or vitamin E oil into the nape area scalp.
✿ Apply a moisturizer of your choice from root to tip.
✿ Seal the area with an oil of your choice.
✿ Roll the nape hair into a loose bantu (if it's long enough).
✿ Tie a silk scarf around the head so the area can incubate. Repeat weekly.
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Co-washing is simply using conditioner instead of shampoo to wash the hair. Instead of the heavy-duty stripping that shampoo can do, your strands are left soft and moist. If you are a frequent exerciser like Tressbuzz, co-washing is probably your BFF. It allows you to clean away all the drying sodium while leaving the hair moisturized and flowing. These are some simple guidelines to follow for those just starting out with co-washing. Once you have the basics down you can begin tweaking your methods and formulas.
1. Throw a co-wash into your regimen mid-week. It does much to re-moisturize dry hair and soften new growth.
2. Do not co-wash frequently with a protein-based conditioner. This will lead to hard hair and unsuccessful cowashes. Choose a moisturizing conditioner free of protein for softest results.
3. Wet hair thoroughly with very warm water prior to applying conditioner. This opens the cuticle to receive the emollients and nutrients.
4. After wetting hair, apply conditioner as the first thing you do in shower. This will give it time to go to work as you finish showering. Apply to ends first then work your way toward the roots.
5. Gently massage the conditioner throughout the hair to loosen dirt and debris. Do not pile the hair on top of the head and scrub away at it - this will cause tangles and knots.
6. Add in a quick scalp massage. It invigorates the hair follicles and promotes growth.
7. Once hair is saturated with conditioner put a plastic cap on and continue your other tasks such as shaving, loofah, brushing your teeth, etc.
8. Rinsing the conditioner out should be the last thing that you do. Try a slightly cooler rinse to seal in moisture and shine.
9. For super-dry tresses add back in a tiny amount of moisturizing conditioner, focusing on ends.
10. For maximum moisture retention, moisturize and seal in-shower. This seals in the most moisture and nutrients before they have a chance to evaporate away.