I’ve been really into hair masks and treatments lately. Why? Because I color treat my hair and it gets damaged easily. If I’m going to spend money dyeing my hair, I want the color to hold up. Also, with the change in seasons, my hair goes haywire. There are four seasons a year, so you do the math. I need to give my hair TLC often. Hair treatments at the salon usually start at $20 and go WAY up, so I prefer to do them myself at home.
e-Cure is a treatment I just discovered that I have loved using on my hair. According to the directions, you mix a little bit of a couple of these bottles into the big empty bottle, and spray another of the treatments all over hair, and wait. It’s a little more complex than that…but pretty easy. e-cure is a chemical-free conditioning treatment system that will restore damaged hair. Through the use of electrons that permeate the hair shaft, e-cure transports moisture and minerals to hair. M-3.2 and P-3.2 of the system are both derived from deep sea and plant minerals.
I was skeptical of this system at first because all of the mixing reminded me of chemistry and I was afraid whatever I did with my hair would be permanent and/or chemically damaging. Not so with e-Cure! It was a very simple system to use, and the only annoying part was having to leave it on for a few minutes before washing it out. I twisted my hair in a top-knot while I was waiting for my shower, and before I knew it, my hair was silky smooth.
Clients that use this system include celebrities Kim Kardashian, Vanessa Williams, Kelly Rowland, and Eric Bana. After using it just once, I can definitely say that I’m not even 1/3 of the way out of the ingredients, so this system will be lasting me a while. I’ve noticed a boost in the shine of my hair, and when I went in for my color/cut after 6 weeks, they didn’t even recommend a conditioning treatment (they usually do).
Kanebo Sensai Intensive Hair Mask
Kanebo Sensai’s Intensive Hair Mask is made for severely damaged hair, and features ten oriental herbal extracts to offer extra care and repair, smoothness and shine. The Kanebo Sensai Collection is based on the precious qualities of Japan’s Koishimaru silk combined with the most advanced technologies. I wouldn’t consider my hair as being SEVERELY damaged, but I do feel a noticeable difference in my hair before and after using this. It smells nice- slightly floral but nothing too strong. I like to coat my ends with the product and work my way up to about my ears. I don’t apply masks close to my scalp because I don’t want any product buildup there. If you’re looking for a high end mask, this could be the ticket for you!
Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask
I have been using this mask for years. In just 5 minutes, you can really turn around the condition of your hair. I have super thick hair, and this Intense Hydrating Mask is ideal for strands like mine. It conditions, deeply hydrates, improves my hair’s texture, elasticity, shine and manageability. I rotate between this and other masks, but I probably use this one the most frequently because it smells so good!
Unite Moisturizing Hair Treatment
UNITE has some amazing hair products, and their Moisturizing Repair Treatment is no exception. There are many benefits to using this, including that it’s paraben free, sodium chloride free, color safe, vegan, and 100% weightless. I love that it comes in a squeezy tube so I don’t have to reach my wet hand in the tub while I’m showering. It always makes me nervous that I’m going to drop something and all the contents will go flying. This makes my dry hair so moisturized and soft and I just love using it!
L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Hair Oil
This has been my hair’s most wonderful discovery in recent months. I can’t get enough of L’Occitane’s Repairing Oil. Just one pump is enough to cover all my hair. It smells slightly herbal, but the scent fades throughout the day. It’s a leave-on serum, and I like to apply it right after my shower. It’s not greasy, but makes my hair so shiny and gorgeous and really brings out the color. This particular product is a must have for me. I would repurchase this in a heartbeat!
L’Occitane Aromachologie Repairing Mask
Yet another amazing product from L’Occitane, the Aromachologie Repairing Mask is a mask that does it all. It contains 5 essential oils- angelica, lavender, geranium, ylang-ylang and patchouli- plus sunflower and wheat oils. This product is particularly recommended for colored and chemically-treated hair, which is exactly what I need. All the things you can do to damage your hair (blow dry, curling iron, hot roller, pollution, sun) can be fixed with this mask that will make your hair soft, shiny and smooth! It’s a wonderful duo with the Repairing Oil above.
Organix Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum
This is my go-to hair serum in the summer or in colder months when I need a little tropical escape. This serum contains a unique blend or organic weightless coconut oil and silk keratin proteins that help prevent hair against breaking, and add moisture and strength to weak and damaged hair. It is so delicious smelling- like a real coconut! I can’t believe how inexpensive it is either. You can usually find this at your local drugstore, grocery store, or sometimes beauty supply stores. I’ve read online that you can wash it out, but I like to leave it in…as long as you don’t apply too much and focus towards the ends you should be fine.
A few more tips for keeping your hair in tip-top shape:
1) Use a good shampoo and conditioner but don’t wash TOO often. I wash my hair every other day or every third day. TIGI Bedhead Urban Antidotes is a favorite.
2) Use dry shampoo to extend the life of hair between hair washings. UNITE 7 Seconds Dry Shampoo is a favorite of mine!
3) If you have a dry scalp, I recommend treating it with something like Philip B. Rejuvenating Oil.
4) See your stylist regularly for trims. Getting those scraggly ends off really makes a difference!
What are some of your favorite hair tips? I’d love for you to share!