Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Conditioners: I want to control my frizzy, fly-away hair. What can I use?

Q. I want to control my frizzy, fly-away hair. What can I use?
A. Frizzy hair is often caused by dryness. Use a light moisturizer after every sharnpoo. Quantum Extra Care End Mend is good or try Ion Anti Frizz Leave In or Keragenics Rejuvenating Treatment. Frizzies caused by humidity are generally a result of having very fine, porous hair which causes the hair to swell in humid conditions. A solution to this problem is to use a light leave-in conditioner, like Ion Anti Frizz Leave In, which puts moisture in the hair. Also try Ion Anti Frizz Gel Mist, which is a styling product that controls curls and retains styles on the muggiest of days.

Q. Is a protein treatment the same as a conditioner?
A. Yes. Some conditioners work only on the hair's cuticle. These can be used everyday. Protein treatments rebuild strength in hair that has lost its elasticity by adding protein to the cortex, allowing hair to be strong and retain moisture. These deep-penetrating treatments often come in single applications, in packets or vials.

Q. Can a protein treatment be used on all textures olf/hair?
A. Yes, however to be most effective protein treatments should be used on damaged hair. Healthy, coarse hair is already strong, and may only need extra moisture. ' :

Q. How many times should you use a protein treatment?
A. It depends on the hair damage. If a protein treatment is used too often, the hair can become dried out. As a general rule, it is safe to use a treatment weekly for the first month to get hair in good shape. Then, use one or two times a month after that. Always follow the directions on the package or consult your stylist.

Q. A stylist told me that constantly-pulling back my hair in a ponytail or using hot rollers too much can put me at risk for hair loss. What should I use to build strength and resilience?
A. First, be sure you are using protected hai'r bands to help a minimize hair breakage. Don't pull hair too tightly or use hot rollers too often. Strengthen hair periodicaly using protein treatments, such as Jheri Redding NaturaI Protein, Aphogee Protein Packs, Pantresse Vitamin Treatment Pack, or Keragenics Revitalizing Protein Packs. All add tensile strength to keep hair from breaking.

Q. The last time I got a perm, my hair was extremely brittle afterward. What can S use BEFORE I get my next perm to avoid this problem?
A. Use a protein treatment at least three times a week and a moisturizing conditioner after you shampoo on the other days prior to perming. A daily moisturizing treatment such as Quantum Extra Care Daily Moisturizing Treatment or Ion Moisturizing Treatment should help. For protein,try Ion Reconstructor, Fantasia IC Reconstructor or Jheri Redding Natural Protein Treatment.

Q. How often should I use a deep-penetrating treatment?
A. Use it once or twice a week, depending on the damage to your hair. Try it once a week for a month until hair is healthy. Then use the treatment once or twice a month thereafter. Over-use can be harmful to hair and dry it out.

Q. When using a deep-penetrating treatment, why should cover or wrap my head?
A. Keeping the head warm helps open the cuticle layer and allows the conditioner to penetrate more effectively. The head can be wrapped with a hot towel or even in cellophane, like Glad Wrap! For easy, no mess cover-ups, try plastic processing caps like your stylist uses.

Q. I never have time for deeps penetrating treatments; When is best morning or night?
A. It doesn't matter. You can, and should condition anytime. If you want a deep-penetrating treatment you may want to shampoo at night and condition while showering, wearing a plastic cap on the head so the conditioner penetrates better. If it is a conditioner that dries the hair you could do this at night and re-wet hair to style it in the morning. A daily, leave-in conditioner is, a great answer to protecting hair from daily abuse of sun, wind and hot styling appliances.

Should you shampoo after using a deep-penetrating treatment to remove residue?
A. No. You would be counteracting the conditioning process. All shampoos contain lauryl sulfate which removes oil from the hair.

Q. I am going skiing this winter. When should I have a deep-penetrating hair treatment?
A. Conditioning should be planned monthly to protect hair. Cold weather has negative effects on hair due to the dryness. So, before Winter sets in, condition to prevent problems

Q. When I am under a lot of stress, my hair looks stressed out tool What type of treatment will revitalize my hair?
A. If hair is stressed because of over-processing, you need a deep-penetrating protein treatment. If hair is simply dry, a deep-penetrating moisturizing treatment, such as Ion Moisturizing Treatment, Ion Effective Care Treatment or Quantum Extra Care Weekly Hair Repair should be used. For everyday, try Keragenics Rejuvenating Treatment because it contains panthenol and is effective on all hair types.

Q. My hair is damaged from over-processing. What conditioner will put moisture and bounce back into my hair?
A. Most hair damaged by over-processing needs a combination of moisture and protein. The protein packs are excellent. Use a deep-penetrating protein treatment, such as Keragenics Revitalizing Protein Pack, Ion Effective Care & Intensive Therapy Conditioner Protein Pack and Aphogee Reconstructor Pack. For only dry hair, use a deep-penetrating moisturizing treatment. For hair breakage, try a deep-penetrating protein treatment. If it is dry and brittle, it probably needs a strong moisturizing treatment left on for at least 15 minutes. On a day-to-day basis, use a leave-in conditioner to protect hair, which seals the cuticle and keeps hair from being damaged further as it is brushed, combed or styled.

Q. When is the best time to apply es conditioner to the hair after hair has been colored?
A. Immediately after coloring (after shampooing). Use a conditioner which is formulated for use on color-treated hair like VYella In Depth Conditioner, Roux Mendex, Keragenics Revitalizing Рас or Fermodyl Treatment Vial Special Formula.

Q. My scalp itches in the winter. What conditioner can I use to relieve the itching?
A. Try a hot oil treatment which will moisturize the scalp and remove that itchy feeling, such as Keragenics Hot Oil. Aura Rosemary & Mint Rinse contains peppermint which soothes and cools itchy scalp.

Q. Can a person with thin, flyaway hair use a hot oil treatment?
A. Yes, but' the results will be minimal because hot oil treatments are topical and can weigh hair down. Fine hair needs a protein treatment to build strength.
Does a no-heat activated conditioner work as well as a heat activated conditioner?
It depends on what you are trying to achieve. For damaged hair, a heat activated conditioner may be more effective because heat tends to swell the cuticle so the conditioner penetrates the hair more readily. Ion Microwave Treatment, Ion Hot Oil, Let's Jam Hot Creme Treatment, L'Oreal Oleocap Lusterizer, Salon Care Cholesterol and Tresemme 4+4 Hot Oil are excellent options.

Q. What is the difference between a conditioner and a reconstructor?
A. A conditioner is often designed to add shine and manageability. The term "reconstructor" is used when the product has a high protein content to help strengthen hair. Examples of reconstructors are Aphogee Conditioning Treatment and Jheri Redding Keratin Reconstructor.

Q. My hair is thin and fine. Do I need a hair texturizer or hair thickener?
A. Both would work well, but differently. A texturizer styling lotion, such as Natural Balance Texturizing Setting Lotion, adds body and fullness and works well on most hair types. A thickener adds diameter to the hair by swelling the hair shaft. A good one to try is Fantasia Thick N'Hair.

Q. Because my hair is so thin, I continually have split ends. Is there something I can put on my hair to keep the ends from appearing split?
A. Condition and trim hair on a regular basis. Minimize the use of excess heat on hair with blow dryers, hot rollers and curling irons. Use a thermal styling lotion like Quantum The-mal Protectant before blow drying, or using hot rollers. For instant results, try a hair shiner which is a silicone based product. Rub shiner onto ends of hair and style. Shiners not only close the cuticle, but fill in gaps where it is broken. They won't solve the problem, but they make hair look shinier and softer! Try Ion Anti Frizz Hair Glosser, Replenishing Hair Shiner by Jheri Redding Professional Prescription or ACV Gloze. Be sure to follow directions. A tiny bit is all you need!

Q. When should I use a hair rinse or lemon rinse instead of conditioner? Will a vinegar rinse work as well?
A. Hair texture is the key. On fine hair, a lemon or vinegar rinse leaves hair with less tangles, but it could be too acidic for some fragile hair. Ion Finishing Rinse or Aura Rosemary & Mint Rinse offers the proper acid balance without the softening effect of a conditioner. Conditioners work best on hair that needs softening and manageability.

Q. Is there such a thing as a "mask" for your hair?
A. Yes, however, mud packs provide only temporary topical help. Try Naturonics Organic Mud Treatment, available in individual packs and an 8 oz. size. It is formulated with vitamins, minerals and botanical extracts-to help restore moisture content and improve elasticity.

Q. I have hard tap water which dulls my hair. What can I do to improve the luster of my hair?
A. Minerals in hard water, like calcium and iron, bond to hair's protein making it dry and dull. Try Quantum Clarifying Gel Crystal Treatment to remove hard water build-up.

Q. What medications affect the condition of my hair?
A. Most all do. Medications are excreted through the hair, leaving a fine, thin film on hair. Quantum Clarifying Gel Treatment is designed to remove chemical traces from hair and is available in individual packets. It may also be used before a perm or chemical service in order for them to take properly. Consider also trying a clarifying shampoo.

Q. Does soft water affect the condition of my hair?
A. The salt used in water softeners can cause a build-up over time. Remove with a clarifying shampoo or treatment periodically.

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