Yes, hair conditioners can repair damaged hair to the extent of improving the look, feel, and overall health of hair. These conditioners, catered to stressed and damaged hair, are formulated to reduce hair breakage, increase hair elasticity, reduce hair porosity, and even build broken bonds within the hair. Damage should be addressed both within the hair fiber as well as the external cuticle to holistically treat damage. While split ends, a stripped hydrophobic layer, and hair porosity cannot be permanently restored to its virgin state, the extent of this damage can be lessened and further damage can be prevented.
Hair can become damaged from thermal stress such as flat ironing and blow drying, environmental stress including UV exposure and pollution, and chemical stress including bleaching, dying, perming, and permanent hair straightening. Hair damage leads to many chemical changes to the hair structure and integrity which outwardly manifests as brittle, dry, lackluster hair prone to frizz and split ends. Consumers can both see and feel damaged hair and turn to damage repair shampoos and conditioners to improve the overall look and feel of their hair.
Can Damage Repair Help Dry, Coarse Hair?
Damage repair conditioners can help dry, coarse hair as well as color treated hair. Hair dryness can be attributed to the oxidation (caused by a number of stressors) of the primary lipid layer of the hair surface, 18 methyl eicosanoic acid. It provides a protective layer on the hair but once oxidized it becomes more hydrophilic and the hair becomes porous, wettable, and easily penetrated by hydrophilic molecules. Hair is prone to swelling and unswelling which compromises the hair structure. This leads to an increase in hair friction, tangling, breakage, frizz, and that dry straw-like feel. The areas on the surface of the hair where this protective film has been altered are natural binding sites for cationic ingredients to adhere. Cationic or positively charged ingredients will attach to these negatively charged damaged sites. All conditioners provide this benefit but damage repair conditioners also often include bond building materials that can repair broken ionic and covalent bonds damaged through oxidative stress, further reversing damage done to the hair.
Both fine and coarse hair, thicker in diameter than normal hair strands, can benefit from damage repair conditioner but the level of conditioning and concentration of cationic materials may need to differ. Coarse hair may also need a damage repair mask for more intense conditioning to further improve hair fiber alignment and decrease hair dryness.
Can You Use Damage Repair Conditioner Every Day?
Damage repair conditioners can be used every day. You can cater the degree of conditioning by application time in the shower as well as the amount of product applied to the hair. The more product applied to the hair and longer it is left on the hair the more those negatively charged damage sites can be targeted by the cationic conditioning agents and other bond building materials can restore broken bonds. Damage repair shampoos should be used in conjunction with damage repair conditioners as they often overlap with technology to better improve the state of the hair. For a more robust treatment, a weekly damage repair mask can be used.
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Our Saltair Recover and Restore Damage Repair Conditioner addresses hair damage from several angles to better restore the look and feel of your hair.
- Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride: a cationic gum with a high molecular weight that reduces the frizz and static of hair fibers.
- Polyquaternium-7: a highly cationic polymer that attaches to damaged hair sites improving both wet and dry properties of the hair.
- Behentrimonium Chloride: a cationic quaternary compound that improves hair smoothness, softness, and shine without weighing hair down. Leaves hair feeling silky smooth but can also give a slight body to the hair
- Ulva Lactuca Extract, Spirulina Platensis Extract, and Laminaria Digitata Extract: marine extracts rich in polysaccharides or long chain sugars known for their moisture binding properties.
- Bond Multiplier Complex: Restores hair to a hydrophobic state enhancing smoothness while minimizing future damage to hair strands. Features a fermented bond building molecule that covalently bonds amino acids including reforming disulfide bonds. A bond multiplier that increases hair strength reducing breakage, improving shine, and helping retain color treatment in color-treated hair.
- Pairs well with our low pH Recover and Restore Damage Repair Shampoo which features the same Damage Repair Complex as well as being uniquely formulated at an acidic pH of 4. Low pH shampoos reduce the negative electrical charge of the hair surface and therefore generates less negative static electricity and frizz than more alkaline shampoos.