Color my hair, do what I dare; Shania Twain said it best and man, do I feel like a woman. But after a month of coloring, cutting, braiding, twisting, and pinning I am beginning to feel more like steel wool. If you’re like me and have naturally soft and silky hair, you’ll agree we didn’t totally win the jackpot. Unlike our coarser- and thicker-maned sisters, the fine texture of our strands leaves us more vulnerable to styling damage. If you’re a frequent heat-styler, it is wise to invest in a monthly professional keratin treatment or an at-home deep conditioning mask. The juice cleanse of the hair world, the deep-condition can repair up to a year’s worth of damage.
Doubtful? I tried the Total Repair 5 Damage Erase Balm by L’Oreal that was $6.99 at Target. Rich with ceramides, it feels more like a thick anti-aging skin lotion than hair conditioner. After a thorough shampoo and rinse, I applied a generous dollop to my hair, root to tip. I clipped my hair up in the shower to prevent it from dripping. You want the product to stay on your hair for a full five minutes. Rinse completely so there is no residue that will make you feel greasy later on. After a blow-dry I could see and feel the difference. Split ends and brittle texture? Gone.
Tip: to keep time in the shower, play music! Not only do you get to jam to your favorite songs, you can keep track of your progress. Assuming the average track is 3 minutes long, here are some formulas abide by:
A shampoo + rinse = one song.
Daily conditioner = one song.
Deep conditioning treatment = two songs.
Playlist starts repeating = get the hell out of the shower because you are hogging all the hot water, bitch!
There are plenty of deep conditioners out there and at times it seems like I have tried them all. But this L’Oreal Total Repair balm has earned a permanent spot on my shower shelf!
Do you have any favorite products for damage repair or prevention? Share below in the comments section!
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