What's the difference between a Repairing Hair Masque, Deep Conditioner and Leave-in Treatment

Posted by TASHA GARCIA on

One thing is for sure, we love having a selection of products to choose from. I am big on products and educating you not only from our experiences but from research as well. Knowing the difference and how products function is very important. Throughout the years many brands have changed things up a bit. I will break down the differences and how each product is used. 

Repairing Hair Masque:

A hair mask is essential for tresses that are damaged to extremely damaged. Damaged hair can come from recently processed or over processed hair, such as colored, bleached, permed, or straightened. The over use of heat tools can also take a toll as well. The sole purpose of a hair masque is to deeply treat damaged hair, addressing split ends, weakness, roughness, dullness, and dehydration. 

The key ingredients to a hair masque is protein, good hair alcohols and oils. The sole purpose of a hair mask is just to repair. This is a specialized treatment to focus on getting those damaged tresses back strong and healthy. There are usually no detangling agents. Growing up I remember reading the back of labels and never seeing a detangling agent. 

In recent years, I have seen company's change the ingredients and doing their own formulations. If your products have detangling and conditioning agents you can skip the DC.  If not, this is where the deep conditioner comes in. The hair masque is usually applied after you shampoo. You can leave it in for 5 to 20 minutes depending on the damage. 

Key Note: Protein is a necessity in repairing masques, it leaves a protective coating on your hair. It will stop breakage and fill in areas that are weak. Be careful not to over use protein, it can cause your hair to get stiff, which can cause breakage. Due to the protein, I always recommend using a hair masque that contains it, biweekly. I learned this in cosmetology school. 

Deep Conditioner:

The purpose of a Deep Conditioner is damage prevention, replenishes moisture, promotes elasticity, manageability, deep conditions, softens, adds body, shine and luster. Deep conditioning weekly or bi-weekly improves texture and penetrates the hair shaft. Conditioning treatments can help reduce breakage and split ends and improve your hair's health.

You should detangle your tresses before you rinse out your DC. Your hair has a better slip and it's easier to manage. The ingredients is usually water, alcohols, oils and of course your detangling and conditioning agents. This will also help to repair your as well. I always recommend to get a DC that goes with your texture and your needs. 

Key Note: You can use a DC after your Masque. This will help with the detangling and the deep conditioning. 

Leave-in Treatment:

A leave-in Treatment can come in form of a cream or spray. It protects your hair from environmental stressors, acts as a heat barrier, and hydrates. It moisturizes by replacing the vital oils in your hair that are lost during the shampooing process. These products also make detangling easier and help tame frizz. Leave-in treatments also make hair softer, smoother, and shinier.

Key Note: All products are not created equal. Some may go for a more expensive price and it may not have any effect at all. Make sure you do your research and know what your hair needs.  Most importantly pay ATTENTION to the ingredients! 

Our Deep Conditioners:

  1. Deep Conditioner
  2. Moisturizing Deep Conditioner

Our Leave-in Treatments:

  1. Leave-in Treatment
  2. Hydrating Leave-in Treatment
  3. Wonder Mist

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