Choosing your perfect hair repair product is not an easy task to do. It requires some research and a bit of knowledge of the type of products on the market. There are many articles focusing on products for certain hair type – thin and thick hair, dry and greasy hair, curly or straight. But none of them reveal the true point of hair care – the specific need of every hair type in regards to it’s condition.
Best hair repair product is not the same for everyone
Hair care must be adequate for a certain type of hair, and modified accordingly to achieve the right results. The types of products we use are directly related to the effect we would want to achieve. Conditioners, treatments – moisturizing, protein, with oil and oil-free – you should consider all of these items when choosing an adequate shampoo and conditioner for your specific hair care.
In this article, I’ll try to focus solely on hair care products, and in some of the following ones, I’ll focus on the shampoo types and best choices in this area.
Hair moisturizer for every hair types
Natural dry hair implies that the transition of natural oil (sebum) from the scalp to the length is prevented by the structure of the hair. When speaking about natural dry hair, it mostly refers to curly and wavy hair, but often straight hair can be prone to drying out. Hydration and moisture are crucial in this case.
Dry hair can be also caused by treating it with hair dye, bleach, hot styling tools. Even humidity, heating, cold, sun and the wind can cause your hair to be dry and brittle.
Just to make things clear and simple – moisture refers to oil in your hair, and hydration refers to water in your hair. Together they mean the same thing – keeping the water inside your hair in order for it to be elastic and healthy,
I always recommend leaving hydrating treatments and hair moisturizers on as long as possible. Whenever you have time, let it sit for a while in your hair. When it comes to moisturizing products the rule is – the longer the better. For even greater effect, wrap your hair in the plastic bag or a shower cap, heat it with the hairdryer for a minute or two and then rinse.
This treatment is called deep conditioning and it is highly recommended for every hair type, especially dry hair. Using this technique helps the effect of hydrating ingredients to reach their maximum. I explained the whole deep conditioning process in details in this article so be sure to check it out.
How to choose your moisturizing hair product
A good treatment, hair mask or conditioners should have a rich ingredient list with the best ingredients on top of the list. The ingredients you should be focusing on are the following:
- natural oils which would be easiest to recognize like sunflower oil, argan oil, olive oil, Palm oil, Shea butter, Avocado oil etc.
- fatty alcohols, emollients, glycerin and all that contains the word “glyceryl”
- cetearyl alcohol, stearyl alcohol, lanolin alcohol, isopropyl palmitate
- Isopropyl stearate, Isostearyl stearate
These are the most common ones you can memorize, in order for it to be easier when you’re reading the ingredient lists in the drugstores. And don’t be embarrassed to do it, it’s something everyone should do!
One of the certain ways to check your ingredient list is to enter it to the website cosdna.com
You should look for emollients, moisturizers, antistatic ingredients. It won’t be long before you remember the basics of reading the ingredient list to know what to target and what ingredients would you avoid.
You should not worry about the presence of preservatives like citric acid and alcohols at the end of the ingredients list because their concentration is very low. They are used as preservatives and do not have the strength to dry out the hair.
Hair repair products – Protein Hair Care
Every hair that has been treated by hair dying, bleaching, extensive blow drying, hair straightening is more prone to loss of keratin – the main substance of which the hair is structured of. If you want to repair your damaged hair you need to get a good, rich protein treatment. Good hair repair products need to have proteins at the beginning of the ingredients list. Further on the list, there should be several of the abovementioned moisturizing ingredients. They make sure your hair still gets to moisture and hydration needed.
In combination with proteins, professional hair masks also include amino acids. Amino acids penetrate cuticles, and in that way, they regenerate and strengthen the structure of the treated and weakened hair.
You should let your protein hair repair treatment sit in between 5 and 15 minutes, depending on your hair damage level. If your hair is relatively healthy there’s no need to leave it in for longer than 5-10 minutes. If your hair is damaged and treated be sure to leave it at least 20 to 30 minutes. Hair repair treatment tends to leave your hair harsh and not very silky. The reason is that the proteins penetrate your hair filling out the dents in your cuticle. It might be more difficult to comb it, but don’t let that discourage you – it means it’s actually working! Just usee a good leave-in conditioner afterward and you’ll be fine.
Protein hair care products for damaged hair are more often recommended to women with thin hair. Fine hair is usually more sensitive and prone to damage. Thick and coarse types of hair use protein treatments less often. Even better, completely switch to products that combine proteins and moisturizing ingredients. When choosing the right hair repair product you should pay attention to the following ingredients:
Hydrolyzed keratin, Hydrolyzed wheat protein, Hydrolyzed silk, Hydrolyzed silk protein, Hydrolyzed soy protein, Hydrolyzed wheat protein, Keratin etc.
Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Behentamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Isostearamidopropyl Dimethylamine etc.
Combining moisture and protein-based products
All easily accessible drugstore masks contain both moisturizing and protein ingredients. In this way, the manufacturers have made them suitable for everyone. Almost all masks that contain “repair” in the title of the product contains at least one protein. Those dedicated to preserving hair color or adding shine are moisturizing. So, in drugstores, you will easily find what you are looking for. Those masks should, if formulated right, be suitable for most hair types and for everyday use on not so damaged hair. Be sure to check out the ingredient list, nonetheless, there are some fail product out there.
Proper use of protein-based and moisturizing products
It is strongly advised to use these products with each wash.
Healthy, untreated hair is easier to care for and manage than treated and dry hair. This doesn’t mean that in this case, you should skip the basics of hair care. There is a saying that “long hair is old hair” and it is more prone to cracking and drying out. To prevent this, you shouldn’t skip the basics of hair care after each wash.
For relatively healthy hair I usually recommend moisturizing treatments with the occasional use of the protein-based treatment. It doesn’t need to be more often than once every two weeks, or even once a month.
In other cases, if your hair is bleached, dyed of regularly treated with hot styling tools you need to carefully select your hair care products. Professional protein-based repair treatment is a must, in addition to the rich moisturizing treatment. Both hair repair products preferably need to be from the professional range of products.
If you’re on a tight budget go to the nearest drugstore and start reading the ingredient lists and trying out products. There are some good products for a fair price.