Conditioning treatments are sold in every salon as in-salon treatments and take home products; there are many home recipes and so-called “miracle” ingredients, but how beneficial are these products really? Conflicting reports about what products to use and how often can have you wondering if these treatments are really beneficial at all. Click the notes for the pro lowdown. –– Kelly Rowe
How conditioning treatments work
Conditioning treatments work by adding moisture and protein to fortify the cuticle so the hair looks and feels softer and is stronger when styled. However, when you wash your hair you essentially rinse the conditioning treatment off. It is only with consistent use do you see extended benefits because that’s when the treatment will start to filter through the hair shaft.
It matters which one you use
A conditioning treatment should be tailored to your specific hair needs to have the most benefit, so if you have damaged hair you are going to need protein for strength and moisture to keep the hair supple; if you have more normal hair you need just moisture to keep the shine high. Too much protein in hair that doesn’t need it can make the hair feeling hard or brittle and too much moisture in hair that doesn’t need it can make the hair heavy and greasy.
Are they really doing anything?
Yes they are, but they require consistent use so if you are short on time or patience, find a simple one like whipped treatment that is meant to be used in the shower.
Key ingredients to keep an eye out for
Keratin (protein for your hair), Shea Butter or Olive/Coconut Oil for fatty acids and moisture, and Vitamin B5 (panthenol), a softening humectant.
By Kelly Rowe. Kelly Rowe is a professional hair stylist in NYC and a regular contributor to Style Noted.