How to deeep conditioning hair treatment

Dry hair? How to do Deep-Conditioning Hair Treatments at Home

Regular appointments for hair treatments are something many women would like to strike off their to-do lists. Knowing how to do deep conditioning hair treatments at home can save you money, time and will definitely keep your hair looking healthy, shiny and promote growth. You can promote healthier, longer hair by scheduling as many DIY deep conditionings as possible. The good news is that DIY hair conditioners are easy to do and the conditioning steps are easy to learn!

deep conditioning hair treatments

This is a turbie twist microfibre towel, great for keeping your hair damp and covering up the mask

My preferred deep-conditioning treatment is Monat Rejeuvenique oil – I apply to my hair 30 min before I shower, shampoo it, and then apply the Replenish Masque for 30-60 minutes. My hair is so soft and silky after a treatment and super-shiny! The Monat products are all-natural and they transform my dry curly hair unlike anything else I’ve tried. You can shop Monat here, or try out one or more of the following homemade hair masks. I have used them all, and they are great too! The ingredients are all easy to find at your local supermarket.

DIY hair conditioners

Working with homemade hair conditioners allows experimentation with different formulas for different results. You can vary your ingredients and formulas according to your hair’s needs.

  • Coconut oil and honey

This formula is the best for deep conditioning aimed at strengthening hair.  Coconut binds to the hair and prevents degradation of keratin, which is the protein in the hair while honey helps bind in the moisture.

  • Olive oil, Shea butter, avocado, and Apple cider

If you would like to do deep conditioning and disentangle your hair, this is the perfect mixture. Olive oil and Shea butter act as lubricants while the avocado and apple cider vinegar shrink and flatten the hair cuticles which make it easier to disentangle the hair. I have done this one several times, and some pointers are to make sure your avocado is ripe & use a nutribullet or blender to mix it all together.

  • Olive oil, glycerin, bananas, and honey

This is the formula for healthy hair that is easy to maintain. Glycerin and honey are humectants which make hair retain moisture. Bananas soften the hair and minimize shrinkage while olive oil penetrates the hair deeply.

Steps for deep conditioning Hair TreatmentS
  1. Wash your hair with shampoo and warm water. Do not use hot water as it weakens the hair leading to breakage. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry to remove excess moisture
  2. Apply your conditioner evenly throughout the hair taking care to ensure you get the whole length from the hairline to the ends. Use a wide toothed comb to pull it through and distribute it evenly.
  3. Massage the scalp 5 minutes to moisturize it and then work on the hair. Rub the conditioner in thoroughly. Put a shower cap or plastic bag on your head and then wrap it with a warm towel. If you have a heat pack or heated bonnet, even better. I have a microwaveable hair bonnet that will keep my head warm for up to 30 minutes, and I absolutely love it! Rest with the conditioner in for 20-30 minutes. The conditioner can be left on overnight for very dry hair – I just wrap mine in a scarf and use an old pillow to sleep on for the night.
  4. Rinse hair with cold water. It helps close the hair shafts and trap in moisture.
  5. Towel off gently.
Towel drying hair

Your hair will feel fabulous and so soft after the treatment. Enjoy your shiny locks!

To keep your hair silky and smooth, do this deep conditioning hair treatment at least once a week. I know it can seem like one more thing to add to the to-do list but it really does make a difference and you will enjoy the compliments when your hair looks fabulous! Treating your hair at home is so much more convenient (and more cost-effective) ensuring that you always have a head full of healthy & head-turning hair!

curly hair

Learn to Love Your Curly Hair

Curly Hair Tips and Tricks

I am a naturally-curly haired woman, and if you’re anything like me, you might find yours to be a bit of a blessing and a curse. It doesn’t look ‘neat’ or ‘tidy,’ does not do so well on a windy day (or when someone inconsiderate of it leaves a car window open). It’s hard to brush (I never brush mine), and it grows with humidity. Ever had one of those days? I’ve had many!

I’ve learned a few tips and tricks over the years to help control it, and I finally stopped wishing for straight hair – when I had my beautiful daughter who is a curly-head like me. I decided it was time to learn to love my curls for what they are; a unique and beautiful part of my makeup.

Curly hair

Beautiful curls!

Curly hair can be amazing and can give you the best of both worlds – curly and sassy or sleek and straight. Due to the texture of it, you can get great volume out of it when you straighten it and it looks absolutely stunning worn pinned up if you don’t have the time or patience.

Caring for those curls can be a bit tricky however and it took me over 30 years to find the best technique for mine.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your curls gorgeous, soft, and frizz-free.

  1. Wash your hair less often

The more we wash our hair, the more it loses its natural oil. Curly hair can be quite fragile, especially since most of us expect it to do double-duty and expose it to heat-styling. Wash your hair only twice a week, and on your off days – use your conditioner like a shampoo. I didn’t believe this would make a difference, I was a daily-washer and thought I would feel gross. My curls have thanked me for adopting this method by looking bouncier, shinier and by being more cooperative. My hair stays soft and manageable, and my curls still get detangled every day.

 

2. Throw Away your brush and comb

Ok, not literally!. Someone else might need them! Just don’t use them – a plastic wide-toothed hair pick will do, or your fingers. After you’ve “washed” your hair, blot it dry with a large soft t-shirt. Don’t rub, just gently blot or wrap. The fibers in towels can separate your curls and cause frizz. Detangle your hair with your fingers. If this is difficult, add a small amount of conditioner as a leave-in; this will keep your curls moisturized all day.

 

3. A lesson in rinsing

Cоndіtіоnеr іѕ a curly gіrl’ѕ bеѕt wеароn against frіzz, ѕіnсе it рrоvіdеѕ the hуdrаtіоn your curls аrе thirsty fоr. Lеаvіng ѕоmе conditioner іn thе hаіr іѕ аlѕо key — especiallyіf you tеnd tо get a drу, frіzzу halo оn tор of уоur hеаd. To rinse hair without ѕеndіng аll уоur соndіtіоnеr dоwn the drаіn, dо a “trickle rіnѕе.” Aftеr cleansing and thеn соndіtіоnіng, ѕtаnd away from thе shower stream аnd сuр уоur hands together under the wаtеr. Thеn splash thе wаtеr bасkwаrdѕ оvеr уоur hаіr a соuрlе of tіmеѕ. Thіѕ еnѕurеѕ thаtthе tор lауеr оf hаіr, which tends tо be very dry, will keep thе right amount оf соndіtіоnеr tо prevent іt frоm bеіng drу аnd, аѕ a rеѕult, frіzzіng.”

 4. Sleep on IT

A tight hair band can put your mane into place while getting your beauty rest, but will also cause knots and possibly breakage. Instead, try sleeping with your hair wrapped in a silk scarf of bonnet. This will help keep your hair out of your face and keep it moisturized. If you can’t sleep like this, try a satin pillow-case to stop your hair from tangling and let it loose.

5. Avoid heat styling 

Another crazy idea! If your hair is naturally curly, and you’re going for a curly look, then do not dry it with a hairdryer unless it’s fitted with a diffuser. Even with a diffuser, don’t dry it more than 50%. If you do, the strands will separate and you’ll end up with frizz. When  possible, allow your hair to air dry so that the strands group together and you get a proper curl. If you must dry your hair, just cup the roots into your diffuser on warm heat – not hot and take some of the moisture out.

Curly hair

Drying hair with a diffuser

I like to use a little root-lifter for volume on top. Concave diffusers work best as you can cup your curls into it. .

The exception to the above obviously is if you are wanting to style your hair straight. Add a good heat protectant, and blow dry with a round brush – you’ll likely need a straightening iron.

Find a good hairdresser that has curly hair or has a good reputation for styling it

A good layered cut is crucial to a great curly hairstyle. Layers help the curls to form by preventing the weight of the length from pulling the hair. A good hairstylist will ask you tonnes of questions and assess your hair before snipping.

If you’d like to try the curl products that I use, check out Monat’s   balance  line, styling taffy and rejeuvenique oil here. They are the only products that I will use in my hair and my daughter’s, they last forever and they’re plant-based/toxin-free.

Hope this helps! Leave me a comment if you have questions or found this information useful!

Kind regards,

Julie Black

www.wholesomeglamour.com

 

Blow dry basics

Blow-Dry Basics, Style Like a Pro!

Style Tips

Whether you’re looking to add volume to limp hair or want to add some staying power to your look, one solution is heat styling. It’s easy to find a style that you love if you have the right information and tools. Use these following tips to get professional-looking results at home.

 

Tip #1: Get the right tools

Find the right blow-dryer. A good dryer comes with multiple air and heat settings as well as 1800W. Medium heat is perfect for pre-drying hair. High heat basically manipulates the shape of your hair and air sets the style. Look at the nozzle – It’s key for a smooth look and will keep your hair from getting exposed to too much heat. Curly locks will need a diffuser – I absolutely love mine (I never dry my curls all the way, but I do like to use my diffuser to add volume on top).

Hair dryer

I love babyliss-pro anything, but there are plenty of brands that will do a great job!

A good round brush is needed for straightening, to make waves or even make the ends flip. A good brush will be vented to allow the air to pass through. To save time, the bigger the brush’s surface area, the quicker its drying time. Brushes reduce styling time by several minutes. Hair clips are essential as these keep the layers separate and easy to manage. (I like alligator clips personally!

For those of you that straighten often, I highly recommend a round styling brush-dryer like the babyliss one that I purchased about a year ago. It’s great to add volume and also saves time. They can be found on Amazon.

 

Tip #2: Choose Your Products

There are several products you will need for styling. A good heat-protectant (there are creams and sprays available) I use monat rejeuvenique and styling taffy. Whether I go curly or straight. Check them out here. You will also need hairspray, and cream/gel or mousse if you’re going curly.

 

Tip #3: Start the Process

 

For A SLEEK LOOK
The first step to blow-drying is to pre-dry and section. Set your dryer on high air speed and medium heat after taking off the towel. Gather your hair on top of your crown. Then, with a use of a clip, secure it. Start drying your lower layer with a brush with the use of more heat. Point the nozzle of dryer downward to create shine and help smooth the hair. After that, remove the clip and dry the top layers. For a straight finish, you should pull the brush through while the drying ends with warm air. You can also apply a styling cream.

 

CURLY GIRLS                                                                                                                                                                        If you have frizz-issues, try wrapping your hair in a large t-shirt rather than a towel. Layer your chosen products. First and foremost, apply a conditioner to keep the moisture in every strand as you dry them. Second, use a gel for defining curls and help set it in place. It can also prevent frizz.
To blow-dry curly hair, you need a dryer and a diffuser. Curls never call for a high temperature. Stick with medium and low settings for air and temperature. In terms of diffuser, search for a design that is concave in the middle. It enables curls to take a natural shape and rest inside. Don’t dry it 100%

After drying, use a finisher to add shine and hold and hydrate ends.
Blow drying hair doesn’t require expertise. As long as you know how to follow instructions or steps and you keep important notes in mind when blow drying, you can guarantee that you will be able to get exceptional results without the need to visit a salon or require professional assistance. Just make sure to choose the right products and tools, and you’re good to go!

Warm regards and hope this helps! Feel free to leave a comment with your best tip!

Julie Black

www. wholesomeglamour.com