Sulfates Aren’t Bad, but Deep Conditioning too Much Might Be

Eliza Pineda answers some of the most pressing questions about haircare.

Brianna Williams

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Haircare has been one of the most interesting subjects for me growing up. Being surrounded by a community of people who did hair for a living, it makes sense why I was intrigued by the practice. I learned a lot about the dos and don’ts of my hair. I was the one who had to keep up with maintenance after all.

Photo by ErnAn Solozábal on Unsplash

Continuing my journey of discovering what’s fact or fiction when it comes to natural hair, I was lucky enough to be able to ask Eliza Pineda some questions about haircare. Eliza is a hair and beauty journalist who works with Mayraki Professional, a haircare company dedicated to developing products that solve hair and scalp issues without breaking the bank.

Can you repair damaged hair without cutting it off?

It’s rare for hair to be damaged beyond repair. The typical damage you get from regular heat styling, coloring, and chemical treatments can be easily repaired by giving your hair a little extra love. Regular hair repairing treatments, protein treatments, hot oils, and hair masks will go a long way. There’s no need to cut off damaged hair.

Do you need to seal in moisture to keep your hair from being dry? Do oils do that?

Hydration and moisture go hand in hand and, contrary to popular belief, are actually two different things. Moisture is needed on the outer layer of hair to seal in hydration inside the hair and keep it healthy. Hair oils like argan oil, coconut oil, or jojoba oil are the best for this job.

Do you need to deep condition at every wash?

The minimum amount of time between deep conditions should be a week or so, and that’s only for severely dry and damaged hair. Just use a lightweight, silicone-free conditioner to moisturize the strands for regular hair washing. If hair isn’t super dry or damaged, deep conditioning should be enough once or twice a month. Too much deep conditioning can lead to something called a moisture overload. This is an unhealthy state for hair to be in, and if this happens, a protein treatment is needed to restore balance.

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Brianna Williams

Brianna [bree-ANN-nah] is a queer blogger and writer in Ohio. She uses beauty topics to transition into discussions involving race, consumerism, and wellness.