Decoding Your Conditioners

You probably use a hair conditioner when you shower and wash your hair, and you’ve probably heard some chatter about other types of conditioner, but you may not be entirely sure what their purposes are.  Because there are a few different types of conditioners, we wanted to eliminate any confusion and help you with decoding your conditioners so you’re fully informed.  Conditioners are an essential part of your hair care routine, so it’s definitely something you want to make sure  you’re informed about so you can be sure that you’re using the types of conditioners your hair needs in order to be healthy and gorgeous.

woman washing hair

Regular Conditioner
Like we said, you’re likely using a regular conditioner every time you wash your hair.  The great thing about the regular conditioners is that they’re great for adding and locking in moisture for the hair.  They’re designed to be used on a pretty regular basis, so they’re not super heavy (or they shouldn’t be) and they don’t add TOO much moisture to your hair where it could leave you looking or feeling like your hair is oily.  This is the type of conditioner that you apply and rinse out basically right after you’ve applied and moisturized your hair with it.

Leave-In Conditioner
Generally speaking, leave in conditioners are very lightweight and thin in their consistency.  Leave in conditioners can be used in a few different ways, you can apply it to your hair after you’ve showered to add additional moisture to your hair.  OR you can use leave in conditioners to act as a detangler of sorts to help you with making combing your hair a little easier and not causing damage with knots.  In both cases, leave in conditioners are really being used to add moisture and hydration to the hair to keep it healthy.  Because you’re not actually rinsing out this type of conditioner it’s very light and you want to make sure you’re not applying too much – as it can make your hair heavy and almost look greasy if you apply too much of it.

Deep Conditioner
You may have heard your hair stylist or other hair experts mention deep conditioners.  Basically, deep conditioners are used to give your hair a, well…deeper condition.  Because the other two conditioning formulas are lighter and just giving you a little added moisture/hydration boost, it can be really beneficial to give your hair a deep conditioning treatment once in awhile.  Typically with a deep conditioner it’s an actual treatment, so you apply it to your hair, let it sit for a certain period of time and then wash it out.  Depending on your hair and the deep conditioner that you use, you can use a deep conditioning treatment on a weekly or monthly basis to get the results you’re looking for from the treatment.

One thing is for sure, all three types of conditioners have their benefits and definitely do wonders for those that use them on a regular basis.

Do you use all of these types of conditioners?

Japanese Hair Straightening

Woman straightening hair

Typically when women think about permanently straightening their hair, they consider having a Brazilian keratin treatment done to their hair, which by the way isn’t a permanent solution. Another less-known straightening solution, which does provide permanent and lasting results, is Japanese hair straightening. For more information on the comparative information between the two straightening options, keep reading!

Brazilian Keratin Treatment
When performing a Brazilian keratin treatment, a stylist will begin by washing the hair with a clarifying shampoo, blow-dry the hair, and then apply the straightening solution to the hair section by section. Once the solution has been applied to every last strand of hair and has been combed throughout, and given the treatment a few minutes to set, the stylist will blow-dry the hair. When finished with the blow dryer, the stylist will seal the treatment using a flat iron. At this point, the keratin straightening process is finished, although some clients may be told not to style or wash their locks for a few days. In total, the process can take anywhere between two to four hours in the salon chair depending on the individual’s hair type and length. The client will be back at the salon in about three to six months to repeat the temporary process. It is also important for clients to understand that if the treatment is not a one-size-fits-all treatment, as it straightens wavy hair; it will only soften curly hair. That said keratin treatments are superb for eliminating frizz and making hair healthy and stronger over time.

Japanese Hair Straightening
Japanese hair straightening, which is also known as thermal reconditioning uses special flat irons that allow the hair to heat to the specific temperature, which allows the chemical solution to produce the desired results. Unlike the Brazilian keratin treatment, Japanese thermal reconditioning is a permanent hair straightening process. In addition to straight hair clients will notice that after the treatment, wet hair dries much faster, requires little attention during and after the shower, and allows for a professional style with little to know effort.

When going to the salon for a Japanese straightening treatment, the stylist will begin by washing the hair apply a straightening solution then rinse the solution  and apply a treatment specific conditioner followed by a heat protection product. After this, the stylist will use the blow dryer for a quick partial dry followed by a straightening session. Once straightened, the stylist will apply a neutralizer, which has the purpose of stabilizing the balancing the pH levels of the client’s hair. The neutralizer will sit for a few minutes before being rinsed out, at this time the stylist will proceed by re-applying and rinsing out conditioner.  Once rinsed, the hair will be treated with mineral water and control crème to prepare for the final blow-dry. Once dry, the hair is flat ironed for the last time, to ensure it is completely straight. Much like keratin treatments, the client must keep hair dry and un-styled for 48 to 72 hours. In total, the process can take anywhere from four to eight hours, however, the client will not have to repeat the process, is it allows for total and permanently straightened hair. This lengthy permanent straightening process works for those with wavy and curly hair, leaving clients’ hair smooth, silky and frizz-free for years to come.