Thursday, February 7, 2013

Choosing the Right Deep Conditioner for Your Hair

In the right state, your hair can be magnificent - a full and shiny source of envy. In the wrong state, it can drive you crazy. Luckily, having hair in the right state doesn't involve much upkeep. You just need to stick to an appropriate hair care regime.

A vital step in hair care is a deep conditioning treatment. It replenishes any moisture your hair loses due to shampoo, styling treatments, and every day wear and tear. It keeps your hair healthy and supple. A conditioner also smooths the cuticle of the hair, making it look shinier and less frizzy. The pH balance will be restored and your hair will be more manageable.

The first step to determine which deep conditioner is right for you is to figure out your hair type. Is it fine, thick, coarse, or curly? When you skip a wash or two, does it tend to get dry and brittle or slick and oily? Do you color your hair? Is it damaged? These factors can all affect how a conditioner will work with your hair. If you choose the wrong one, your hair may not be at its full fabulous potential.

Another thing to consider when choosing a deep conditioner is the difference between protein and moisture conditioners. Protein conditioners work with the premise that hair is primarily made up of protein. Many people assume that adding a protein conditioner will strengthen it. However, hair does not absorb the protein properly, making it less flexible so it will not hold onto moisture. If your hair is damaged because of too much heat, a low percentage of protein in the conditioner may be beneficial. If your hair is color treated or otherwise healthy, a moisture conditioner will be your best bet.

Besides the protein and moisture content, you also want to consider the other ingredients. It is better to use a deep conditioner that is as all-natural as possible. Check to see if your conditioner has essential oils, natural extracts, and botanicals. You can even make a deep conditioning treatment at home with a few ingredients from your kitchen. Eggs whites, avocado, mayonnaise, and olive oil can be an excellent choice for your hair.

One last significant factor when deciding which treatment is best for you is price. Deep conditioners vary greatly in price; however, price does not necessarily mean one is better than the other. Drugstore brands can typically work just as well as a salon brand. If you decide to go with a drugstore, be sure to read the directions first. If it does not say to leave on for longer than five minutes, it is most likely a regular conditioner versus a deep conditioner.

After considering all of these factors, the best way to determine whether or not a deep conditioner is the right one for your hair is seeing whether or not it works. If your hair does not improve or gets too dry, obviously you need to find another one. Whichever product you choose, your lovely locks will surely thank you. After all, be good to your hair and it will be good to you.

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