Although it’s often recommended as a miracle hair repair treatment, deep conditioning can be complicated and carry its own risks. Here, presents just the facts on this damaged hair strengthener and breakage fighter.

What does deep conditioning do?
As mentioned above, the goal of the treatment (do-able at home and in a salon) is to strengthen weak hair and prevent any further breakage. Deep conditioners often contain ingredients that are absorbed into the hair strand, such as hydrolyzed protein, amino acids and some silicones.

Does deep conditioning require heat?
No, that’s just a myth. Some conditioners require heat to increase the effect of the product’s penetrating ingredients. But that doesn’t mean heat-activated conditioners are better. It all depends on the ingredients they contain, so follow product instructions to the letter.

Is it harmful to sit under a dryer while deep conditioning?
Possibly. Some studies show that when you are parked under a bonnet drier for longer periods, the preservatives and other chemicals in products can cause eczema and a type of short-term alopecia called telogen effluvium.

What if I use natural or organic products then use a dryer?
Be careful and do some research. Just because a product is labeled “natural” or “organic” doesn’t mean it’s safer than inorganic products. Here’s the real deal: Some loopholes in Food and Drug Administration regulations allow manufacturers to omit listing certain ingredients on the package. What’s more, natural ingredients can cause allergies too. Make sure you read all the instructions on any product you try and see a dermatologist if you have any reactions.

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