Hair Treatments 101

Hairdressers can be an addictive activity for some, thinking that changing the natural structure of their hair can boost results. Whether you have curly or frizzy hair and need a permanent solution that your hair products just won’t deliver. In-salon treatments mostly have the same outcome, whether it’s called the same name or not.  So we’ve gone the extra step and listed the most wanted treatments to get at the salon and everything you need to know about them. 

Olaplex Treatment

This is a hair re-bonding treatment that restores the most damaged hair to its healthier state. It is the best treatment for coloured or chemically treated hair; Olaplex not only protects the hair from the process it goes through to get the desired colour, but it also prevents further damage. It makes the hair stronger, healthier, shinier, and also helps mend some of the previous damage. It works even if you have resorted to over-styling with heated tools and need something to restore your hair to its natural state. This all-round treatment is great for a multitude of benefits to your hair health, and the best part is, there is a 3 step product line that you can take home to continue treatment once a week. You can find the No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and the No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner here, at Source Beauty. 

Scalp & Hair Treatments

Give your scalp and locks an extra dose of nourishment and hydration, in the comfort of your own home, with essential oils, serums and even better, hair ampoules. Hair ampoules are products that are filled with a small dose of intensive treatment for targeted problems like hair loss, for example. They are generally used to both nourish the scalp and stimulate hair growth, making them the perfect ‘small but mighty’ products. Simply apply the recommended amount of the ampoule to your towel-dried hair, roots and scalp and gently massage it onto your scalp with your fingertips using a circular motion. You don’t need to rinse it off, just message and then style as you usually would. Make sure you use the recommended amount along the recommended time frame. Hair ampoule treatments are used from 2 weeks to over 2 months, depending on your goal.

Some of our favorite hair ampoule treatments on Source Beauty are:

The Hair Addict, The Indian Recipe which aims to promote hair growth, strength and increased thickness using a blend of ale vera oil extract, ylang ylang and peppermint oil.

Neuth France, Anti Hair Loss Scalp-Balancing Targeted System Densifying Treatment enriched with Mung bean sprout and red clover sprout to strengthen the hair follicle and promote a healthy hair cycle.

Eva Cosmetics, Dual Action Nourishing Ampoules will provide your hair with all the necessary nutrients with results showing almost instantly. Packed with a combination of hair-loving ingredients, these ampoules will strengthen your hair and reduce damage caused by friction.

Phyto, PhytoCyane Revitalizing Scalp Serum is a powerful serum that works to restore fullness, thickness and luster to fine/ thinning hair caused by stress, fatigue, pregnancy, medication, or seasonal changes.

Protein & Collagen

Hair protein treatments (although you can also get this magic in the form of a shampoo or conditioner) are hair treatments loaded with a kind of protein that the hair can absorb. Hair protein treatments strengthen the hair, restore it if it’s been damaged, and fill in gaps between the cuticles thereby supporting the integrity of the hair shaft. Proteins for hair is a slow water loss process, which helps keep hair moisturised. If you feel like your hair would benefit from more protein, you can work your way up to using a wash-off protein product as often as once or twice a week, or you can introduce a protein-rich hair mask like the In Natural, Avocado Hair Mask on a regular basis. Avocados are rich in protein as well as Vitamin B, which is an essential vitamin for optimal hair health.

Keratin

 A smoothing treatment that seals the hair cuticle with a coating of protein that eliminates frizz and adds softness and shine, which is often called the ‘Brazillian Blowdry’. The process can take anywhere between one to three hours depending on hair type, length, and fullness. This treatment can also come with some unwanted side effects and could present some safety issues. Keratin treatments typically contain a chemical called formaldehyde which is a carcinogen which means it can cause the growth of cancer cells and trigger other negative side effects. Formaldehyde gas is released into the air when these products are used, which means you may breathe in the fumes, which your body may through the skin. It may also be given off later as the product breaks down. Keratin hair treatments may sound like a quick fix for curly or wavy hair, but it may cost you more in the long-term. There are some treatments that are formaldehyde-free so ask your hairdresser which kind of treatment they use before you go in for an appointment.

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