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Hair Treatments 101

Hair Treatments 101

Posted by Team John Paul Mitchell Systems® on Oct 25th 2018

Hair treatments aren't just for special occasions; use them on a regular basis to maintain glossy, healthy hair. Available in many different forms, these deep conditioning masks, lightweight leave-in conditioners and nourishing hair oils are designed to provide the extra care that hair needs as a result of daily heat styling and the environment. They can strengthen weak, fragile strands, help seal split ends, quench dry, dehydrated hair and more. But how do you choose which one to use? Start with your hair type.

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The Best Hair Treatment For Your Hair Type

Using the right formula for your specific needs can lead to significant improvement in the appearance and health of hair. While fine or oily hair types should limit the use of hair treatments to once a week, dry, damaged or coarse hair can handle a mask as often as every shampoo.

Color-Treated Hair

Anyone with color-treated hair can greatly benefit from hair treatments, but it's important to select one that contains ingredients that won't strip hair color. Sunflower extract, found in Paul Mitchell® Color Protect® Treatment, is ideal for color-treated hair because it shields hair from the sun. Quinoa is another great option found in Paul Mitchell® Ultimate Color Repair® Mask. It helps lock in hair color and repairs strands from within a Quinoa Color-Locking System.

Coarse Hair

Coarse hair has the largest diameter of all of the hair types, making it prone to dryness. An ultra-rich mask like MarulaOil Rare Oil Intensive Hair Masque, infused with cold-pressed marula oil, packed with powerful antioxidants and replenishing oleic acids, can dramatically smooth and soften coarse hair, making it look and feel silkier.

Fine Hair

Thin hair is easily weighed down by heavy masks, but that doesn't mean that hair treatments are totally off limits. Lightweight hydrators like MarulaOil Rare Oil Treatment Light, a featherweight version of the popular MarulaOil Rare Oil Treatment, contains cold-pressed marula oil for instant hydration, taming and softness.

Curly Hair

Because curly hair tends to be naturally drier than straighter hair types, opt for a treatment that's specifically formulated for curls like Paul Mitchell® Full Circle Leave-In Treatment®. Its creamy formula smoothes, detangles and replenishes every curl without weighing hair down.

Dry Hair

Anyone with dry hair should look for a mask with mineral-based ingredients, since they work to replenish moisture back into strands. Find them in Tea Tree Lavender Mint Deep Conditioning Mineral Hair Mask. It contains French clay to help strengthen and hydrate moisture-starved hair with restorative minerals.

Oily Hair

Using a heavy conditioner on oily hair is a guaranteed way to make hair even greasier, which is why oilier types should try a leave-in conditioning spray instead. Paul Mitchell® Awapuhi Moisture Mist® is a lightweight formula that balances moisture for hair that's soft, hydrated and silky-smooth.

How & When to Use Hair Treatments

  • Start application of the treatment at the ends where hair is older and more prone to damage.
  • Use a wide tooth comb such as a Pro Tools™ Detangler Comb to evenly distribute the product, ensuring that every single strand benefits from the treatment.
  • After you've applied the hair treatment, wrap hair in a warm towel or apply heat, allowing active ingredients to easily penetrate the outer hair shaft.
  • How often you apply depends on your hair type, texture and condition. While extremely dry or damaged hair may require more frequent applications, most hair types respond best to weekly treatments.

Hair Treatments For Every Problem

There is a solution for every hair problem using the right deep conditioner, mask or oil.

Problem: Itchy, Flaky Scalp
Solution: Because dandruff is more likely to form under dry scalp conditions, it's important to keep your scalp hydrated with a soothing treatment. Tea Tree Hair and Scalp Treatment® contains soy proteins, panthenol, vitamin E and shea butter to repair and protect, while willow bark helps soothe troubled skin.

Problem: Dull, Lackluster Hair
Solution: The keratin fibers in color-treated or chemically processed hair can easily break, making hair's surface uneven and unable to reflect light. Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Keratin Intensive Treatment features KeraTriplex® to rebuild and repair to transform lackluster hair, while awapuhi extract replenishes with intense moisture and shine.

Problem: Heat-Damaged Hair
Solution: If you regularly blow-dry or flat iron your hair, you need a weekly hydrating mask to replace some of the moisture that's lost from daily heat styling. Neuro™ Repair HeatCTRL® Treatment provides exceptional thermal protection and intensive repair for heat-stressed strands. In addition, it has exclusive HeatCTRL® technology to reduce the rate of heat transfer when using thermal styling tools.

Problem: Frizz
Solution: Frizz occurs when hair is dehydrated and the outermost layer (the cuticle) opens up and lets moisture from the air into it. This causes the hair to swell and creates a frizzy effect. The best way to keep hair from frizzing up is to use a styling treatment product. Awapuhi Wild Ginger® Styling Treatment Oil® fights frizz throughout the day. It contains hydrating oils and awapuhi extract to quench dry, parched hair and smooth frizz, leaving strands soft, silky and shiny.

Problem: Split Ends
Solution: The best way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. If you're in between appointments, you can temporarily "seal" them with a leave-in treatment. Two to try: Paul Mitchell® Super Strong® Liquid Treatment, which contains a Super Strong Complex of proteins to replenish and marine extracts and vegetable proteins to replace lost minerals; or MarulaOil Rare Oil Treatment, which is formulated with powerful antioxidants and replenishing oleic acids for an 80% reduction in split ends.* Be sure to thoroughly work either treatment into the hair ends.

**As compared to untreated hair. Product was tested by an established, independent third-party laboratory. Results may vary.

Problem: Thinning Hair
Solution: Use a leave-on scalp treatment like Tea Tree Scalp Care Anti-Thinning Tonic. This twice-daily spray is infused with the exclusive Regeniplex® botanical blend, which stimulates the scalp to create an optimal environment for beautifully thick, healthy strands.

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