It’s safe to say, at this point, most of us are knee-deep in our mission to protect our hair from summer. Between the humidity, harmful UV rays and general dryness we can’t catch a break. While our go-to plan of attack includes slathering copious amounts of conditioner on in the shower, sometimes that’s just not enough. That’s why we consulted with hair pro Craig Wcislo to give us some tips on how to step up our game in the conditioning department.
According to Wcislo, the first step is targeting what your hair needs, which is normally one of four things. They include:
“If your dryness is caused by chemical damage or heat tools, your hair feels rough because the cuticle is not lying smoothly along the hair shaft,” says Wcislo. “A comb will get tangled when run through the hair.” The hair stylist recommends moisturizers like Kérastase Masque Majistral for Dry Hair, which “can actually bond moisture to the cortex of the hair, increasing softness and shine.” he explains.
If your hair is to the point of breaking and splitting, it’s time to bring in the big guns. In addition to your normal conditioner, invest in a weekly or bi-weekly hair masque to pump some much need nourishment. Wcislo recommends Kérastase Résistance Masque Therapiste to rebuild the bonds which hold your hair together.
When dealing with color-treated locks, “Your main concern is keeping the tones in your hair that you carefully put in,” says Wcislo. For this reason it’s important to use a conditioning product specifically designed for color-treated hair (like Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre Brilliant Glaze Conditioner KYE X Shu Uemura) “(These formulas) close the cuticle to help keep pigment in the hair and often have a sunscreen or UV filters to protect against oxidation,” Wcislo explains.
Conditioning textured hair, comes down to the type of textured hair you’re dealing with. “Flat baby-fine hair can be thickened using a body-builder,” explains Wcislo. “Thickening can either mean building volume from within or coating the hair with agents to increase diameter.” Try a conditioner like L’Oréal Professionnel Volumetry Conditioner. As for coarse or frizzy hair, Wcislo recommends conditioners that “make the hair softer and less likely to frizz in humidity.” Try L’Oréal Professionnel Conditioner Liss Unlimited.
The last thing you want to do with oily hair is weigh it down even more with product and moisture. “Use a regular conditioner from ear down only,” instructs Wcislo. “You can also spray a little Kérastase Powder Bluff dry shampoo directly on the scalp on damp hair before blowdrying. This will absorb the oils of day two or day three hair.”