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We know hair treatments aren't necessarily the sexiest thing to talk about. When it comes to anything hair related, most people seem to be only interested in what dry shampoo will make their dirty hair last for days or what sea salt spray will get them the most natural waves; styling products have always been at the forefront of haircare talk. But as we're finding out more and more, no matter how great the styling product is, it won't work well or make hair look good if the hair isn't healthy.
We've all damaged our hair. Personally, I've put my hair through a lot. From when I was about 12 until I was 16, I got Japanese straightening treatments twice a year and religiously used a flat iron in the interim. The result was pin-straight hair in the short term and extremely dry, stiff hair in the long term. It took about two years of staying away from any heat tool to get it back to its normal state. But even now, it's still a fight to keep it healthy. That's where this new Nexxus product comes in.
The Nexxus Keraphix Damage Healing Reconstructing Treatment is the at-home version of the protein restorative system offered at the Nexxus salon. The formula is made of keratin, collagen, elastin, and black rice extract to replenish any amino acids and protein lost in the strand. As I got the treatment, which only takes 15 to 20 minutes, done at the salon in TriBeCa, Karina the styling assistant gave me this analogy: Think of your hair strand as full of roof shingles. When you apply the treatment to it, the shingles rise, allowing the formula to penetrate deep into the strands, filling in missing pockets of protein to strengthen hair from the inside out.
The amount of treatment, which also works on every type of hair, isn't determined by its length or hair texture; it's determined by the severity of the hair damage. Because my hair is pretty healthy near my roots and dry toward the ends, the team applied more treatment on the bottom. After letting it sit for three to five minutes, they rinsed it off and put wrapped my hair in a heated cap for 10 minutes. To finish, hairstylist Emely Miranda gave me arguably the best blowout of my life.
The end result was pretty incredible. My hair had a luster like I'd never seen before, and it was so soft I couldn't stop running my fingers through it. But how can I re-create this with the at-home treatment? For best results, I was told to follow these steps:
1. Start with a double shampoo. This is to really cleanse the hair, especially if you are someone who doesn't wash their hair every day. First, wash your roots by massaging the shampoo around your scalp. Rinse that off and then focus on washing the rest of your hair.
2. Soak out all the water. Twist your hair to get the excess water out, and pat it down with a towel. Clip your damp hair and let it sit for three to five minutes.
3. Apply treatment where needed. Then let it sit for another three to five minutes before rinsing.
4. Finish with a conditioner or mask.
Each treatment box supplies you with two ampoules, which can last a long time as you only need to use it once a week. It doesn't get better than that.