Deep Conditioning for Long Hair
If you want a solution that goes a lot further than standard conditioner, you need to look at deep conditioning treatments. It is the best kind of treatment to prevent thin, dry, fragile or breaking hair. Unfortunately, the longer you hair is, the more it is likely to break and to be prone to damage overtime. One option is to use your standard conditioner and to leave it in longer, but it is recommended to purchase a deep conditioning solution instead.
Deep conditioning solutions are designed to penetrate more deeply into your long hair and scalp in order to hydrate, repair and strengthen. A good repairing conditioner should also contain protein and mineral in its ingredients to help bond with the damage spots of your long hair. However, the amount of protein and mineral within the formula needs to be carefully balanced. This is because some studies have found that too much protein can actually accentuate the fragility of it and make breakage even worse. So make sure your deep conditioning solution is from a reputable brand and that it also contains a hydrating agent. These help balance the protein by increasing the levels of moisture in the hair, usually with natural oils or silicone.
Finally, some people recommend using hot oil treatments for damaged hair. It is worth noting that while it does add a lot of shine and softness, it is not necessarily the best thing to increase your hair’s moisture levels. Hot oil gives excellent results for split ends and silkiness, and it is typically used before the shampoo and deep conditioning treatment. Combined with the right shampoo and conditioner, it can be an excellent treatment that results in shinier and smoother hair, even for people with thin hair.