Hair conditioner is made of only a few ingredients but it’s the cationic surfactants that do most of the work. At one end of every cationic surfactant molecule is a positive charge that binds to the negative charge of a hair strand. The attraction is so strong that the surfactants completely surround the strand and cover the cuticle flakes, like a customized hair envelope. The small amount of acid in the conditioner makes the cuticle flakes fall tightly against each other and hair feels smooth again, even after you rinse the conditioner out.
Rinse-out conditioners are applied to the hair after shampooing. They are allowed to stay in the hair a short time (say 30 seconds to a couple of minutes) then rinsed. After being rinsed thoroughly, they make the hair easier to comb, frizz-free, soft feeling, reduce static charges, improve shine, and protect hair from future damage.
Under the microscope, hair strands are flaky-looking. These “flakes” are dead skin cells overlapping to form a cuticle layer that protects the fragile inner layers of a hair strand. Light reflects off this cuticle layer, giving hair its natural shine. The average person has between 120,000-150,000 hair strands and they look their best when the overlying cuticle flakes lay tightly against one another. When hair begins to look frizzy or limp, it means the cuticle layer is being worn down and the overlapping cells are no longer lying snugly flat.
What type treatment is right for you.
Now that your cuticle layer is shattered and wide open its time to decide which treatments are best for you.
Chemically treated hair must be treated differently then hair that is in a virgin state, take note if you color your hair but wear your hair in "natural styles"... your hair has been chemically altered
and is no longer "VIRGIN".
So here's the deal... in order for that color to become permanent, that relaxer to smooth out the curls or for that perm to give you the spirals of life they all do one thing ---Shatter that cuticle wide open. When these products are used properly and professionally the hair is almost back to normal. Keeping the seal on the envelope is now important. Reconstruction maybe for you if you need to build up the proteins removed during your chemical processes, These treatments are normally in liquid form for more intense absorbing action, and should not be used excessively because over use can create hard brittle hair. If you love the heat you need to moisturize and protect those cuticles and a creamy protein or keratin base treatment will be best for your hair strands. Natural hair also will need the extra moisture from a deep conditioning treatment containing some absorbing oils like Aragon and Almond oils. Fine and thin hair needs love too, try a product that builds body and adds volume to the strands.
Let a professional suggest the proper treatment, more then likely he or she will have access to top quality high grade products that are not available from your local drugstore.
Everyone loses hair everyday. On an average, we shed about 50 to 100 strands a day, but we do not really notice it since we have thousands of hair on our scalp. We lose hair when we brush, shampoo, condition, hair dye, heat style, or basically anything that we do to our hair. In fact, sometimes we just wake up with some hair strands on our pillow, right? But shedding hair is not really bothersome, it is a cycle that our hair goes through. They also grow back, which is why we also see a lot of baby hairs sticking out. But what if hair does not grow back? What if you noticed that your hair is thinning? Then, you must pay close attention to it. Hair loss can be demoralizing. It can be stressful. It can lower your confidence and can cause embarrassment and depression. What are the causes of hair loss anyway? Learn the details and how to treat these causes.