“According to the Wikipedia, we have about 100,000 hairs on our heads. Each strand of hair can be divided into three basic layers: the outside, which is called the cuticle; the medulla, at the center; and the cortex, made up of complicated amino-acid chains, in between. The cuticle serves as your hair’s protective coating: It guards against excessive evaporation of water (just as the stratum corneum does for your skin). It is made up of a transparent, hard keratin formation that is itself layered.”
What is the difference between conditioners, moisturizers, and hair masks; and what is right for you?
Conditioner is a product used specifically to alter the texture and appearance of the hair.
Choose a rich, moisturizing conditioner if your hair tends to get dry and frizzy.
Fine limp hair use a volumizing conditioner
Health, shiny hair use a conditioner made for normal hair
Change the brand of conditioner you use every month, since hair can become immune to a specific formula’s effects, and buildup can occur.
The drier your hair is, however, the longer you’ll want to leave it in.
Buy a separate deep or leave-in conditioner to use once a week. If your hair is fine, use it in the shower and rinse it out immediately, the way you do with normal conditioner.
Moisturizers-Hair moisturizer is used to smooth and soften hair that is naturally dry, rough or coarse. Hair moisturizer is also referred to as a reconstructer. When choosing a moisturizer follow these guide lines:
Naturally curly, frizzy, dry or coarse needs a hair moisturizer that contains catty or stearyl alcohol, methicones, panthenol, dimethicone or silicone.
Fine, limp, or damaged needs a conditioner that contains proteins such as keratin or hydrolyzed protein. Fine hair, or hair that is easily tangled, will benefit from an acidifier, or detangling conditioner, that has a pH of 2.5 to 3.5.
Hair masks are the concoctions that are to be applied before washing hair. Hair masks are used for various purposes, such as hair growth, dandruff removal, even for making hair shiny. The ingredients of a hair mask vary depending upon their purpose.
Your choice of conditioner, moisturizer or mask, if well-considered, can be the greatest benefit for the health of your hair and your Salon Hairstylist can help you choose what is best.