It is no secret that daily heat styling leaves hair feeling limp, fried, and lifeless. The use of home coloring products in conjunction with daily heat styling exacerbates the problem further. The most effective way to remove damaged hair is to simply cut it off. However, heat styling will often damage hair much faster than the rate at which one wants to get an expensive haircut. Fortunately, there exist several products that seemingly reverse damage, soften hair, and restore it back to its natural sheen.
Although one can scour the Internet for homemade conditioning recipes, these solutions are often messy, smelly, and downright goofy. You are not going to save money by whipping up your mayonnaise and eggs for a one-time treatment when you can purchase a worthy deep conditioning mask for less than seven dollars. Spare your food for eating purposes, unless you want to risk smelling like olive oil for a week. Also, do not bother with conditioners that cost more than forty dollars unless your budget is limitless.
The most convenient inexpensive way to rejuvenate fried hair is to use a deep conditioner that is effective in the amount of time it takes to shower. Most deep conditioning products recommend a five to ten minute application; do not feel compelled to leave the products in for several hours, overnight, or under heat. The best deep conditioner to use in the shower is Neutrogena Triple Moisture Deep Recovery Hair Mask. The conditioner contains olive, meadowfoam seed, and sweet almond. It smells divine, and a shockingly small amount (quarter-sized dollop) was enough to evenly rake through my medium length hair. Each time I purchase this product, it lasts several months with bi-weekly use.
My favorite method to deep condition is to apply the product from the ends to the roots, detangle hair with a wide-tooth comb, pile hair on to the top of the head with a giant banana clip, and temporarily hide the hair underneath a shower cap. The steam from the shower will seep underneath the shower cap and create a heated environment for maximum conditioner penetration. I typically put deep conditioner on when I know I will take an exceptionally luxurious shower, and I like to exfoliate thoroughly or do an in-shower facial mask while I am waiting for the conditioner to seep in. After five minutes, the conditioner can be rinsed out as you would your normal daily conditioner. Prior to rinsing all of the conditioner from the hair, I massage the ends of the hair for at least one minute.
One can deep condition hair as often as necessary, but avoid doing so daily in order to avoid product build-up. In between deep conditioning treatments, a light leave-in conditioner such as Infusium 23 Leave-In treatment, should be used daily. Additional enjoyable deep conditioning treatments include Pantene Pro-V Resore Beautiful Lengths Replenishing Mask, and Frizz-Ease Reinforce Strengthening Triple Creme Masque, though both are more difficult to locate in drug stores. If you are experiencing product build-up after incorporating deep conditioner into your beauty routine, purchase a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoos that are effective in removing grease and often transparent; creamy shampoos are more moisturizing.