There are many types of hair treatments. Let’s break them down into 2 categories: Salon Treatments & Home Treatments.
Salon Treatments come in a variety. There are treatments prior to a color to remove minerals from the hair, equalize porosity, add moisture, protein, & other necessities your hair may be lacking.
Let’s talk about treatments that remove minerals first. These minerals can cause a chemical reaction with your hair color. Where do you get this mineral build up from? Swimming in a pool, the ocean, or a lake. Your well water & even your city water can contain minerals that will cause a reaction. These pre-color treatments give your colorist a clean slate & helps ensure the integrity of your hair & color.
Another type color treatment is a porosity equalizer. These treatments can go into your color bowl or on your hair before a color service. This type of treatment is great for anyone wanting to go 2 or more shades darker or anyone who is predominately blonde and/or damaged who is wanting low lights or all over color. If your hair is very porous it will not hold color very well. This can result in your hair not taking color at all or only a percentage, your hair not taking the color evenly- the color on your roots is nice & right but towards the last few inches of your hair your color is faded even though you just had it done. A porosity equalizer treatment helps ensure your color takes evenly from roots to ends & that the color stays.
Treatments that add moisture, protein, & other necessities put back into your hair that you are lacking. Dry hair results in static hair, & lack of protein results in weak hair. Usually these in salon treatments are products that are not sold for retail because they are highly concentrated. Some hair care lines do not have an exclusive salon only treatment. But the salons who carry those types of lines will use the retail on back bar. Now, I know what you are thinking “Why even offer an in salon treatment if I can just buy it in the salon?”. Well, the answer is simple: Not everyone has the time to do a treatment at home, or they simply do not want to do a treatment at home. Sometimes just coming into the salon & receiving an in salon treatment is more convenient for some.
Now let’s talk about at home treatments. At home treatments can be anything from a mask you leave on for 20 mins, to an oil, to a shampoo you only use once a week or so.
At home masks usually replace your conditioner once a week or so. Typically you leave them on between 5-20 mins. Please talk with your stylist about what type of mask you need & follow their instructions. Do not use a protein based mask every day. Protein will dry your hair out & cause your hair to break! So always read directions & listen to your stylist!
Oil treatments are either pre-shampoo treatments or leave in treatments. Pre-shampoo oil treatments are applied to dry hair, processed for 5-30 minutes (depending on the brand), & then shampooed out. Leave in oil treatments are applied after you have already shampooed & conditioned. Pre-shampoo oil treatments are great for those who like to treat while drinking coffee in the morning, before they shower, shampoo, & get ready for the day. Pre-shampoo oil treatments are typically used once or twice a week. Leave in oil treatments are less concentrated, can usually be used daily, & are applied after shampooing/conditioning.
Treatment Shampoos are typically used once a week or so. They are highly concentrated, so you must not over use them. They can be ultra hydrating, ultra repairing, used for dandruff, brightening gray or blonde hair, & used for oily scalp. If you use them too often you can cause more harm than good. Once again talk with your stylist.
There are also treatments you can sleep in. They usually hydrate, repair, & regenerate.
Now all of this information is a generalization. Depending on the brand your stylist recommends will depend on how & when you will use them. This is why it is important to talk with your stylist.
Call your stylist & try a new treatment!