GEMs Of Beauty:
Hair Health 101 – Deep Conditioning
The summer before I went to college, my hair was so long I could practically sit on it. It was thick and wavy and weighed a ton. I was so sick of it that I went to my mom’s salon to get it cut—new college, new experiences, new me. Right? Wrong. The hairdresser fanned my hair out as I sat in the chair, all eager, and looked at it for a moment.
“I can’t cut this,” she said, putting down her scissors. “You’re crazy if you cut this hair.”
I was so shocked I just got up and left.
It took me years to finally cut my hair, and it’s been even more years that I’ve seen its natural color; I can barely remember what it once looked like (LOL). Long-gone, too is my hair being as thick and shiny and lustrous as it once was. It needs help. A lot of help.
That’s because, unless your hair is super-oily, adding moisture is a must.
“There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about hydrating your hair,” says Jane Carter, CEO/Founder of Jane Carter Solution. “Hydrating your hair properly prevents unnecessary breakage, dryness, dullness, and frizz. Just as water is necessary to hydrate your skin, it is also just as important for your hair. Hydrated hair is more porous and has a greater ability to absorb nutrients.”
Ideally, according to Jane, you should first hydrate with a water-based product, and then seal in the moisture with a natural butter or natural-based oil. Luckily, there are so many fantastic products that I’ve become addicted to deep conditioning treatments. When my hair feels like straw, I leave a hair mask or conditioner on all night, and there’s loads more volume in the morning. A quick shampoo and you’re good to go.
Don’t forget to cut down on the blow-drying, too, because heat is terrible for tresses. Then try one of these products and your hair will thank you: