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  • Emmett Henley

Are You Over-Moisturizing Your Hair? It Needs Strength Too

Women with curly hair using a protein conditioning treatment
Fortify Your Hair with the Right Strengthening Conditioner

As a hairstylist, you know that healthy hair is the foundation of any great hairstyle. A protein conditioner is one of the best ways to keep hair healthy. Protein conditioners are designed to strengthen hair and prevent breakage by infusing it with the nutrients it needs to stay strong and healthy.

Here are some protein conditioner tips and suggestions that I recommend to clients to keep their hair strong and healthy:

Tip #1 - Think "Three to One" when Deep Conditioning

The technology in deep conditioners has advanced over the years. They have become extremely effective, with smaller ingredient sizes that can penetrate the hair strand and even target damaged areas while leaving the healthy area alone. However, most people will “overdo it” regarding moisture. Too much moisture can leave the hair feeling mushy and deconstructed. Think about it: if you leave a piece of wood or organic material in water for a long period of time, it starts to deteriorate.

I recommend coming into the salon for your first deep protein treatment and talking to your stylist about proper use. However, a good rule of thumb is to do one protein conditioner for every three moisturizing conditioners. For example, if you do a deep conditioning treatment once a month, do a protein treatment every 3rd or 4th month. If it’s once a week, do your protein on the 4th week.

Tip #2 - Not all Protein Treatments are created equal

It’s important to use the right treatment for your hair. All protein treatments are not created equal. Some treatments do not require or recommend heat, and some require a hood dryer or steamer. There are treatments that we can flat iron into the hair, like a Split-End Treatment. There are even anti-aging protein treatments that replenish the hair with the necessary nutrients and lipids that it lacks due to age. And let’s not forget about treatments specifically designed for curly hair to help rebuild the structure of weak curls due to chemical, mechanical, and heat damage.

It's good to be Strong but it's important to be Flexable". – Mary Henley

Tip #3 - Advice from my Grandmother: Follow up with Moisture.

My Grandma was a hairdresser for many years. She is the person who inspired me to get into the craft. She'd tell a story about an oak tree and a willow tree in a storm. At the end of the story, the oak is broken, and the willow tree survives. Her wisdom: "It's good to be Strong, but it's important to be Flexible".

Tip #4 - My Top Strengthening Conditioning Treatments

  1. Moroccanoil Restorative Mask: This high-performance mask is formulated with argan oil, shea butter, and vegetable protein to help fortify hair that needs repair. It's perfect for hair that has been weakened or damaged by chemical treatments or heat styling. The mask helps to increase elasticity and promote a healthier look. Check Price and Details

  2. Eufora Urgent Repair Conditioner: This extra moisturizing formula is infused with protein to repair, strengthen, and add shine to dry hair. It's based on USDA-certified organic aloe vera gel and promotes scalp health. It's ideal for straight, wavy, and curly hair types 3. Available at Vasuda Salon Only

  3. Davines NOURISHING Hair Building Pack: This conditioner is formulated with keratin and (jojoba) seed oil to help repair and protect hair from damage. It's perfect for hair that has been weakened by chemical treatments or heat styling. The conditioner helps to improve hair elasticity and prevent breakage. Check Price and Details

  4. Eufora Triple Bond Treatment is a one-step, in-shower repair treatment that quickly penetrates the hair strand for weightless restoration and repair. Eufora's Pro-Bond Complex reconnects broken disulfide bonds, replaces hydrogen bonds, and reinforces salt bonds for restored structure, elasticity, texture, and shape. Available at Vasuda Salon Only

  5. Leaf + Flower Pro Curl Defining Treatment: Creates The Definition Of A Curl Styler With The Longevity of an In-Salon Treatment. Shapes, Defrizzes, And Protects All Curl Types For Bouncier, Smoother, And Healthier Curls Instantly And As Hair Grows. Results Last Up To 5 Washes. This Curl Treatment Nourishes The Scalp & Strands Using Phytoceramides + Vegan Collagen To Replenish Coiled Hair Fibers & Restore Curl Structure. Results Are Plumper, Glossier Curls That Are Resistant To Breakage. Check Price and Details

Tip #5 - Talk to a Professional

At Vasuda Salon, Our job is not only to give you beautiful and consistent service. A professional cosmetologist and hair designer can recommend, assess, and guide you through your journey to beautiful hair and personal style. It behooves us to advise you to keep your hair and our work looking beautiful. Healthy hair looks beautiful, displays our work properly, and gives more options for color, cuts, and styles.

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The benefits of using a protein conditioner are numerous. Protein conditioners help to strengthen hair, prevent breakage, and improve elasticity. They also help to repair hair that has been damaged by chemical treatments or heat styling. By using a protein conditioner regularly, your clients can keep their hair healthy and strong, which will help them achieve the hairstyles they desire.

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