Tips and Tricks: Home Hair Treatment

6/08/2015 02:21:00 PM

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Summer is favored by a lot of Filipinos due to the countless activities that are available during this period. However it is equally dreaded because intense heat and high humidity in the country can wreak damage to our tresses. The general majority turn to salons for a quick fix. But why spend so much money when you can save more by doing the hair treatment yourself? I know the season is about to end but it is not an excuse. Your hair should always get some good old TLC. Here are my tips:

Make it a habit
I recommend setting at least an hour and a half every weekend for this task. If that doesn’t work a bi-monthly schedule would do. Point is, do it as often as possible. Frequency will not only produce better results, it also helps prevent future damage.

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Chemical or Natural?
Natural treatment methods such as coconut oil or the likes, most of the time, will not work with chemically treated locks (with the exception of Argan Oil). Chemical processes alter the composition of hair preventing it to fully absorb nutrients from natural substances. It will just sit on top and will get washed off easily.

Shampoo Tricks
Like animals adapting to their environment for survival, hair too, will get accustomed to any given merchandise that is frequently used. Switch it up on treatment day! By introducing a different shampoo, hair will react differently because the chemical formula is not something it is familiar with. Doing so will increase the possible benefits of hair treatment.

Leave the shampoo on for 5 to 10 minutes depending on hair type. The feeling will be extra dry after washing but the cuticles will open, allowing more of the product to be absorbed.

Treatment Dos
Strictly follow the recommended time frame. Leaving it on for an extended period doesn’t guarantee a better outcome, but it could actually cause more damage. Using a hair cap or hot towel may help, but do check if it is suggested. Bottom line is: read instructions carefully before using.

Water Talk
Use lukewarm water during shampoo to help open the hair cuticles. Use cold water when rinsing treatment product to seal it.

Next Day Routine
Try to avoid washing hair for at least 24 hours. As majority of treatment products will not show immediate effects, natural oils may increase the possibility of an enhanced turn out. However, I am also aware that this is out of the question during summer. An [itchy] alternative is skipping shampoo for the next one or two bathing sessions. They are formulated to clean, thus will also remove any treatment product easily or whatever is left of it. Stick to your favorite conditioner (it’s easier said than done). Who knows, you might be up for a silkier surprise!

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The use of hot tools is not recommended as this will increase the possible damage inflicted to your hair. The temperature is bad enough but adding more stress to the tresses by utilizing curling irons, flat irons, or blow dryers in high setting during this season will greatly speed up mane mayhem.

Treatment Products
Change it up once in a while. Do I still have to blabber about how hair adapts? You get the point.

Also, don’t just buy random products off the counter. Research is key to get the optimal result. Find out which ones are proven to be effective. Click the “Product Review” or “Hair” link under labels (right hand corner of the page) to see the items I’ve been using lately!

Conditioner Break
This is more of a pet peeve than a tip. But believe it or not, some people still use conditioner during treatment day! No. Nope. Just no.

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Salon Visits
Though a lot of at-home hair treatment products are out there, it is still important to get an expert’s opinion. Visit your stylist and get a salon treatment at least every quarter.

I hope this short article helped! I came up with these tips and tricks after years of getting hair treatment at salons and doing it myself at home. Comment on this post and share your best practices! I'd love to try them out myself!

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