Salon treatments for damaged hair

We all have hair troubles.

There are plenty of home remedies you can do on your own to boost shine, improve volume, and quicken growth. But the results you’ll see from a professional treatment are almost always going to be better than what you do at home, and our hair deserves to be pampered once in awhile.

Hair salons aren’t just for cuts and color. Today’s salons offer customizable treatments for a variety of problems ranging from limpness and dullness to breakage and age-related damage.

Keep reading to learn which hair salon treatment is right for you.

Fine and limp hair

One of the most common hair complaints among women is that their hair is too limp and flat. This is caused by having fine hair – which is not the same thing as having thin hair.

People with “fine hair” actually have more hair per square inch than people with other hair types, but the individual hairs have tiny diameters. Each individual hair has its own oil gland, which means people with fine hair have far more oil glands. This causes hair to be flat (sometimes greasy) and to lack volume.

Treatment: Try a new color

Bleaching, dying, and perming can change the texture of your hair. These are usually seen as a negative side effects, but can be beneficial for people with limp hair.

The chemicals used in these treatments roughen and swell the hair shaft, which can give your hair more volume. Make sure to regularly condition your hair to prevent dryness.

Seriously damaged hair

There are so many things can damage our hair: chlorine, improper diet, use of heat (like blow dryers and straighteners), use of harsh chemicals (like bleaching), and use of hard water.

Treatment: Linkage Meu 

The “Linkage Meu” treatment, which will run you about $65, is sort of like a deep-conditioning hair mask on steroids. Linkage Meu utilizes three hydrating formulas, which are applied one at a time in the shampoo bowl.

The entire treatment can be completed in less than 15 minutes, and generally includes booster vials that you apply during the following weeks maintain results for up to five weeks.

Linkage Meu was crated by Japanese brand Milbon, and it leaves hair soft and smooth without damaging hair or weighing it down. Consumers say it leaves hair feeling light and bouncy.

Linkage Meu is appropriate for all hair types and textures.

Bleached and color treated hair

The side effects of repeated coloring and bleaching include dryness, coarseness, discoloration, and breakage.

Treatment: Inphenom 

The “Inphenom” treatment, also by Milbon, helps to repair damage by penetrating the hair shaft with strand-strengthening proteins.

Inphenom isn’t just for colored hair. It’s also good for breakage-prone hair that has been damaged by factors like heat and chlorine.

The Inphenom treatment takes about 30 minutes and will run you about $85.

How it works: five separate steps are used to open up the hair shafts and penetrate them with amino acids, proteins, and ceramides.

The first three steps are applied at the shampoo bowl and the last two steps are done using heat and left in the hair. The treatment generally includes a kit that you can use at home to maintain effects for up to one month.

Treatment: Olaplex 

Another option is Olaplex, which takes less than an hour and will run you about $75.

Appropriate for breaking, color-treated, and otherwise damaged hair, Olaplex strengthens and rebuilds hair by cross-linking broken disulfide bonds.

A stand-alone spa treatment starts at the shampoo bowl, where the first part of the treatment is applied to dry hair and allowed to process for about 5 minutes.

The second step is applied next, without rinsing, and combed through the hair. After 10-20 minutes, your stylist will rinse, wash, and condition your hair.

You can purchase Olaplex to use at home or have your stylist mix it in with a hair color. One bottle of Olaplex “step 3” (which does not require steps 1 or 2 to work), goes for $21.99 on Amazon.

Benefits include:

  • Stronger
  • Healthier
  • Softer
  • Shinier
  • Vibrant, long-lasting color

Aging hair

Are you noticing more and more hair stuck in your hairbrush or on the bathroom floor? There are a variety of factors that can cause increased shedding (and don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you’re going bald).

By age 50, nearly half of all women are noticing some hair loss. Other age-related problems include dryness, weakness, and dullness.

Most salons offer hair treatments for thin hair, but the treatment and name varies by salon.

Here are a few examples:

  • A2B technology
  • Restore and Power Shake
  • Kérastase Paris Fusio-Dose

You can fight thinning hair at home with a 1% zinc shampoo or with medicated products like Rogaine.

Keratin hair treatments

Keratin treatments are all the rage right now. You can do them on your own at home or visit a spa or salon for a customized treatment.

Keratin treatments are a good choice if you:

  • Struggle with lots of tangles
  • Experience lots of frizz
  • Want more shine
  • Want smoother hair

Keratin treatments are a bad choice if you:

  • Have fine, straight hair
  • Want a natural treatment
  • Aren’t willing to leave your hair alone for 48 hours after treatment

“Keratin treatment” is actually a blanket term used to describe a variety of at-home and spa hair treatments.

How it works: keratin treatments permanently break the bonds in your hair and fill in the gaps or “porosity” in your hair to reduce frizz, tangles, and breakage.

Keratin treatments include ingredients like ammonium thioglycolate, sodium hydroxide, mehtanal, glycol, formalin, and methanediol. Some of these ingredients release formaldehyde when mixed with water or when heated, which has caused some people to question the health risks of keratin treatments.

A flat iron is used at the end of a keratin treatment to speed up the cross-linking of hair bonds. In most cases, your stylist will ask you to leave your hair alone (no washing or styling) for 48 hours after treatment.

We all know flat irons and other heat sources can damage your hair, but getting consistent keratin treatments (every 3 months or so) is actually better for your hair than straightening it every day (just make sure you aren’t breathing in formaldehyde).

To maintain results after a keratin treatment, avoid sulfates and salt (this means no swimming in the ocean or in pools). Results will last at least two months if you take care of your hair.

Click here for ways to keep your hair under control during the hot summer months (USA Today).

More hair care tips

Keeping your hair looking its best isn’t all about what shampoo you use and how often you visit the salon. Here are a few things to remember when it comes to proper hair hygiene at home:

  • Wash and condition your hair regularly
  • Massage your scalp with your fingertips when you wash your hair
  • Use a shampoo designed for your hair type
  • If you suffer from dandruff, try massaging your hair with warm oil
  • Regularly clean combs and other hair accessories
  • Don’t use expired products
  • Shower after sweaty activities
  • Don’t tie your hair too tight

What you eat can also have a serious affect on your hair. Click here to learn more.

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