So, hair has two or three layers. All hair has the cuticle (outermost) and cortex (inner). Only SOME hair has a third layer called the Medulla (usually people with coarse hair).
Cortex – The cortex is the inner layer. It looks like the metal spiral on the side of a notebook. The spiral shape of the cortex is what gives your hair elasticity and strength. The cortex is where your hair pigment (color) is, where the water content is, and also where the structure of your hair is determined. This is the part of our hair affected when we style it.
Medulla – The Medulla is the 3rd layer, but not everybody has it! It’s usually only found on those with “coarse” hair. Scientists have yet to explain it’s purpose. It is a hollow shaft, kinda like a straw.
So, when you have “split ends” it is because your cuticle has worn away and it is the cortex that is frayed. Kind of like the end of a frayed rope. And, nobody wants their hair to look like a bunch of frayed ropes! Obviously, someone that cares for their hair gets regular trims, tries to minimize the heat applied to their hair, and is careful about the chemicals used in the hair. But, deep conditioning is also a great way to maintain those luscious locks or bring the luster back!
Here’s her picks for Best Products for Deep Conditioning Hair:
For hair that needs a boost, she recommends a deep conditioner with ceramide in it. Here’s a couple she likes (and Makeup Alley Reviewers agree)…
A couple other options that get rave reviews on Makeupalley (and I’m ALL ABOUT things with great reviews!):
Aphogee Two-Step Protein Treatment, $19.99.
So, your hair is the most accepting of deep conditioners RIGHT AFTER you get it colored at the salon. You can either have your stylist do a treatment there or just go home with wet hair and put it on immediately. Leave it on, let your hair air-dry completely, and then wash it out. Deep condition every couple weeks to once a month….and you’re on your way to some lovely locks, or even lovelier locks!