I don’t know why I didn’t do this years ago. I’d read up on this method so many times and like most of us, I had everything at hand. Make your conditioner work for you and use this ‘steam’ method to deeply condition your hair, it absolutely works.
There are a few variations, but here are the basic instructions:
- Apply conditioning treatment to towel dried hair.
- Soak towel – or hair turban, I like this one from M&S in very hot water.
- Use rubber gloves and wring out towel/turban so it’s not dripping wet.
- Place over hair asap.
- Put a shower cap on over this to keep heat in.
- Wait 10-30 minutes depending on your conditioner instructions.
- Rinse hair in luke warm water.
The steam temporarily opens the hair cuticle and allows conditioner to penetrate the hair shaft.
THE GREENHOUSE EFFECT
The first time I did this deep conditioning treatment, I used a different method known as the ‘Greenhouse Effect’ following a You Tube tutorial. I was due to have my hair highlighted the next day, but because of the condition – very dry, frizzy and completely unmanageable, I kept cancelling – I had scary visions of my hair snapping off.
- Put a shower cap directly on top of your conditioned hair – I used Joico K-Pak Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor for Damaged Hair, I was determined to make it work for me.
- Then place the hot towel over the shower cap.
- Seal in the steam with another plastic cap or plastic shopping bag actually, as a shower cap’s not big enough, just make sure the handles are tucked in and no steam escapes – I used a lot of cling film instead.
I waited only 10 minutes, as I was using the Reconstructor. I then rinsed my hair and repeated (oh yes) the process again with Joico Moisture Recovery Treatment Balm. I rinsed my hair in cooler water, let it air dry and applied a little coconut oil (mine’s liquified in this heat) and a smidge of Ojon Damage Reverse™ Restorative Hair Treatment Plus to the ends. I washed my hair as normal in the morning and ta-da, my hair was sleek and shiny again.
I didn’t overload my hair with products, I didn’t want to end up with a greasy film over my hair, so I only used small amounts. Yes, it was time-consuming, but the result was worth it.
My (new) hairdresser also did the first hot towel method above after my highlights, using Kérastase Nutritive Aqua-Oleum Nourishing Treatment (which I have at home and have used for years, but obviously in the wrong way). The treatment was £12.50 which is expensive because 4 bottles are £20.96 from Feel Unique but it’s something I will have done every time my hair is coloured from now on.
My hair after a full head of highlights (plus lowlights), and in this humid weather, is soft and shiny once more.
For all the nonsense the internet spews out, now and then it comes up with a gem and this is one of them.
UPDATE: January 2015
I am still loving this home treatment, it does work best with the Joico products for damaged hair, but for a moisture boost, any good conditioner will do the job.
Keep an eye on the towel turban from M&S (which is huge btw!) as the price often drops to £3.00 during sales times, much more reasonable than £6.00!