The Awesomeness of Deep Conditioning

Deep conditioning was something I that I saw as an ancillary action to hair care. I would get them every two weeks at my old salon in the RDU (for an extra charge of $5, of course). I alternated that with protein treatments to keep my hair “balanced,” yet I had no idea what in the world that meant for hair, since I suffered breakage from protein overload numerous times. When I moved to Hawaii and went to the salon every month for a blow out, a deep conditioner was included; however, I never did them when I cared for my hair at home. I would condition in the shower while I bathed and shaved my legs and then rinsed. The same happened in Oregon before I started my HHJ. I would condition in the shower and rinse … THE END.

Since embarking on my HHJ, I have found that weekly deep conditioning with heat with what my hair needs (which 85%  of the time is moisture) has made all the difference in the health of my hair. My hair has elasticity, is less prone to breakage and overall feels better! I view deep conditioning with heat as a preventative service to my hair, rather than it being tertiary care for hair that is already damaged. I NEVER skip a week of deep conditioning … it’s just as much a part of my regimen as washing and moisturizing and sealing.

Here are some of my favorite deep conditioners:

For protein, I love KeraPro Restorative Treatment for Dry to Very Dry hair. This product gives me protein, with some moisture elements. I do not have to follow this protein treatment up with a moisturizing conditioner because of fear of leaving my hair too hard and brittle.

For moisture, I love my Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Replenshing Moisture conditoner and Silk Elements MegaSilk Moisture Treatment. For the longest time, I used my Caviar conditioner as my in-shower treatment, but I thought about all the positive things it does to my hair in 5 minutes could be amplified by using heat for 40-45 minutes! I rotate between these two deep conditioners because I love them both so much!

As for how I deep condition my hair, I apply the product that I am using, comb it through with a wide-tooth comb for even distribution, cover with a wet turban and plastic cap and sit under the dryer for 40-45 minutes (covering with a turban and plastic cap mimics a steam treatment). I have thought about investing in a hair steamer, but I hear that they are not easy to store. Besides, what I am doing now is good enough for me!

Oh, did I also mention that deep conditioning allows me to catch up on blogs and create my own posts? Hahahaha! For each and every reason here, deep conditioning my hair weekly is here to stay!

Product Review: KeraPRO Restorative Intense Treatment for Dry to Very Dry Hair

It’s been a while since I have written a product review … mainly since I use the same products over and over again. I bought KeraPRO Restorative Intense Treatment for Dry to Very Dry Hair at Sally’s yesterday. I have seen other bloggers rave about it and thought that since it was $5, I would give it a try.

What it claims
Saturates hair from roots to ends
Restorative therapy for extra dry or stressed hair
Lock nutrients deep inside the hair fiber
Leaves hair soft, shiny and healthy

KeraPRO Restorative Treatment is an intense nourishing treatment saturates hair from roots to ends for the ultimate restorative therapy for extra dry or stressed hair. Contains scientifically-advanced glucose, lipid and keratin protein actives. Locks nutrients deep inside the hair fiber leaving hair soft, shiny and healthy.

Ingredients
WATER/AQUA/EAU, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, STEARYL ALCOHOL, ISOPROPYL PALMITATE, DIMETHICONE, BEHENTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, HYDROLYZED KERATIN, HYDROLYZED RICE PROTEIN, GLUCOSE, COCOS NUCIFERA (COCONUT) OIL, CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS (SAFFLOWER) SEED OIL, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, CETYL ESTERS, SILICONE QUATERNIUM- 16, GUAR HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, PROPOXYTETRAMETHYL PIPERIDINYL DIMETHICONE,OLYQUATERNIUM-37, PROPYLENE GLYCOL DICAPRYLATE/DICAPRATE, CETRIMONIUM CHLORIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, C11-15 PARETH-7, UNDECETH-11, TRIDECETH-6, BENZOPHENONE-4, PPG-1 TRIDECETH-6, UNDECETH-5, BUTYLOCTANOL, ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, METHYLPARABEN, BUTYLPARABEN, ETHYLPARABEN, ISOBUTYLPARABEN, PROPYLPARABEN, LIMONENE, FRAGRANCE/PARFUM

The Verdict

I used it as my steam treatment yesterday. I applied it after I got out of the shower and combed it through. I sat under the dryer with my turban and shower cap for 40 minutes, then rinsed and followed up with my Roux Porosity Control. My hair felt so silky after I rinsed it out! It was easy to detangle as well. After I took out the rollers, my hair looked amazing. Seriously, it was like I had a fresh perm!! It was very silky and bouncy! In my opinion, it does what it claims!!

This product will now be a staple in my routine. I think I will rotate it with the Silk Elements MegaSilk deep conditioner! I am heading back to Sally’s this week to buy some more while it is on sale for $5!

This product gets an A!

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Keep Calm and go to Clearance Rack

Today has been a great day for hair products! Nathan and I went to Best Buy for some Blu Rays and of course with me being so close to Ulta, I could not not go in. I am at the bottom of my Alterna White Truffle Elixir, so I needed to break down and buy some more from the store and not the watered-down mess I bought from Amazon (read about it here: https://hairthereeverywhere.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/is-this-an-orphan-blog-nah-i-am-back/).

I could not find the Alterna products as they had moved, but I did stumble upon the Alterna Winter RX Thermal Oil (http://www.folica.com/hair-care/hair-treatments/alterna-winter-rx-thermal-treatment-oil). They had this stuff last winter, so I am not sure if it is the product that did not sell, but it was priced at an unbelievable $4.99, so regardless of how old it was, I was buying it.

I found the new location of Alterna products and looked up and down the shelving for the White Truffle Elixir; it was nowhere to be found. I panicked a bit and thought:

Keep Calm

I knew Ulta liked to mark things down and since all of a sudden, the White Truffle Elixirs were gone (there are always plenty when I shop at any other time), there had to be a few on the clearance rack across the store. Sure enough, my wishes came true. There were 3 White Truffle Elixirs: one with its nozzle on correctly and the other two with either a missing nozzle or one slighty detached. At first I picked up 2. Then I remembered how I am still kicking myself for not buying the extra Alterna Life Scalp Therapy shampoo last year, so I scooped up all three of them. They were marked down to $13.99, 50% off their original price. I was stoked. Now I do not have to worry about buying any of this stuff for the next year or so, as each bottle lasts me about 4 months.

I did ask the cashier if Alterna was discontinuing this stuff and she said they may just be changing the bottle or packaging (as they have with the shampoo and conditioner recently). I hope so, because I love this product … but I have a year to figure an alternative out!

Nathan needed to run to Game Stop, which is right beside Sally’s. I promised myself I would not go in, but at the last-minute, I thought about trying KeraPro. I have seen people rave about it on blogs and it was all of $5 on sale (normally it’s like $11). They had one left. I asked the girl about it and she said that it flies off the shelf. Hmm … I guess white people are up on the KeraPro game, too, I thought.

And finally, my Alterna Photo Defense and Alterna Texture has come in from Amazon, so I am set for a while. I will buy some Alterna shampoo and conditioner in early 2013.

Well, I am off to do my hair today. It is Saturday and I want Sunday to rest and relax. Nathan is sleeping so it is a great time to do some hair!

Ta ta for now!

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