To get your hair properly maintained after a color or other harsh treatment it would be to your advantage you to be educated about how to care for your own hair at home as well as going to the salon. I am no professional but we have learned from experience that protein and moisture nine times out of ten is the only way to ensure that your hair remains as healthy as it can if you choose to bleach or explore color options that are lighter than your natural hue.
What Camille Reed said about The Green House Effect (aka Deep conditioning with a cap):
This term really tickles me because most professionals call this a “deep conditioning treatment with a cap.” That’s all this is. No magic. Heat opens the cuticles slightly. If your conditioner contains some organic oils or other materials that the fiber can absorb…then this is wonderful. Otherwise, if your conditioning product isn’t doing its job in 20 minutes, then it is a cheaply made conditioner and a huge waste of your time.
If anything the term ‘Green house effect‘ is kind of cute, and so what if someone wanted to get a little fancy and find one name to describe the act of ‘deep conditioning with a cap’, maybe they were tired of saying all five words, who knows.
Most ladies don’t expect magic in the morning but, they are able to get moisturized hair while sleeping at which time they aren’t usually occupied or trying to save the world anyway.
There is truth to the fact that conditioning for long periods can be like trying to add more water to an already full glass whether the product is cheaply made or not. The greenhouse effect or deep conditioning with a cap process is usually a matter of convenience and at the end of the day debating the use of a term will not help a salon’s bottom line or guarantee us healthier hair.
What Camille Reed Said about Shampooing Once a week
I have gotten a ton of new clients in 2012, and their chief complaint is that “my hair is dry!” I will then ask them about their routine; what they are using and how frequent their shampoo & conditioner rhythm is. Most ladies are simply washing too frequently.
Commercial shampoos contain surfactants (chemically designed cleansers) that are designed to attach to dust and oil molecules and then be removed by water. There are glands in your skin that respond to this rhythm by producing a lipid (fat) called Sebum (pH of 4.5). In a healthy head of hair, the glands take about 3-5 days to reproduce this sebum at a rate that will not only calm the skin, but condition the hair closest to your scalp (within a half-inch or so). If you are washing every 7 days, you are telling those glands to increase the supply of this lipid to your scalp and skin. Some people’s scalp responds accordingly, mainly those who are using more organic shampoos that are created with saponins (natural, non lab created cleansers).
However, those who are using chemical detergents (yes, even of the sulfate free variety) will still end up stripping away too much of the Sebum before it has a chance to adequately calm the skin and hair. What I have found is irritated and itchy scalps, flare ups for my eczema clients, and overly dry ends for everyone! Rinse your hair as often as you want, but save the actual use of chemical shampoo for every 10 days or so. You will see vitality and suppleness return to your strands right away.”
Its a dark day in paradise when there is a problem with co-washing and it turns out that shampooing is bad too! Whats a girl to do?
All jokes aside, I am not sure how someone complaining about dry hair during a salon visit is the fault of any blogger. If I write on my blog that my hair feels ‘dirty’ every week and I choose to shampoo that often, it cannot be inferred that June bug in the UK reading my post will have ‘dirty hair’ at the same time as mine and immediately feel the urge to shampoo her hair especially considering our time zones.
Frankly It would be ridiculous to impose a shampoo regimen on another head other than your own, so this ‘problem’ does not quite fit the mold of ‘blame bloggers anonymous’. Hair care is a very personal thing and you are encouraged to shampoo your hair when it needs to be shampooed. The only way to know is to get intimate with your own head even if it starts in a salon chair.
Originally posted 2013-03-06 15:00:09.