Which kind of hair treatment do you really need?

Emily | 31 May 2016

We’ve got a hair treatment for you, no matter your hair type.

The debate on different kinds of hair treatments is ongoing, and the honest answer is that each hair treatment is tailor made to address a particular need. Yes, there are catch-all, more egalitarian formulas – just as there are shampoos and conditioners for ‘normal’ hair – but with these products, the beauty is in the bespoke. To wit: you only ever think to use a hair treatment when your strands start showing signs of a specific problem.

And, as we’re sure you’ll agree, a product has to personally impress us (and breathe new life into our tresses!) to be worthy of that extra step in our hair care routines. So, in the spirit of streamlining our shower routines, we’ve put together a simple run down of the treatments you should look for depending on your specific hair type or need. Read on and be enlightened!

Best hair treatment for every hair need

normal to dry hair treatments
Normal/dry hair needs treatments, too!

Hair type: Normal to dry
Hair treatment: Concentrated moisture

To be honest, we’ve kind of lost touch with what normal means at this point, so we’ll just assume it’s that smooth, healthy-looking, shiny virgin state we all had before we discovered a curling iron. That said, even the strongest of soldiers need their rest. Give your locks a respite from weekly wear and tear (key culprits: hair ties and heated appliances) with a once-a-week deep conditioning treatment that aims to help hair look and feel healthier. We especially like the TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Creamy Moisturiser Mask (£6.99*), which penetrates deeply to help nourish hair from within.

damaged or dry hair specific hair treatments
Damaged hair needs special TLC.

Hair type: Damaged & breakage-prone
Hair treatment: Intense moisture, strengthening

Daily heat styling, the occasional aggressive colour appointment, and loads of time outdoors have left your strands visibly tired-looking, with a slight rough feel, especially towards the tips. You’re also no stranger to split ends, and despite your best efforts at choosing a gentler, more hydrating shampoo and conditioner, or using a heat protectant, you’re rocking damaged goods. Well worry not: what you need is a twice-to thrice-a-week moisture and smoothness boost. Enter the Toni&Guy Nourish Reconstruction Mask (£6.49*), which penetrates deep into the hair fibre to help hydrate dry strands.

hair treatments for afro or curly hair types
Afro or curly hair types need specific hair treatments.

Hair type: Curly or Afro/Natural-textured
Hair treatment: Consistent moisture, frizz-fighting

You all know the drill: curly hair is the clingy girlfriend of the hair type universe – it needs constant attention but in varying degrees per day. A twice-weekly deep-conditioning session (once every three days is ideal) is best to keep frizz-prone, naturally textured coils springy and with a healthy sheen. Prolong its moisturised look and feel during midweek with leave-in conditioning oils that also offer a daily shot of moisture, but without the creamy, heavier weigh-down.
Try: Dove Quench Absolute Intense Replenishment Mask (£6.99*) and VO5 Nourish My Shine Moisture Hot Oils (£4.28*).

colour treated hair needs a hair treatment
Colour-treated hair has different treatment needs than other locks.

Hair type: Coloured, chemically processed
Hair treatment: Deeply restorative

Colouring, chemically straightening or perming your locks is probably the most potent level of damage you can inflict on your hair strand, as most of these processes involve altering the hair’s actual structure together with heat application. Even if it was just a one-shot deal, your strands have still suffered an acute level of chemical exposure and damage, which lends itself to sudden breakage or instant visible porosity (we’re side-eyeing you, platinum blondies). What this means: You need an IV drip for your dehydrated locks, stat – we recommend a once-a-week intense rinse-off treatment, or every other day with a deep-conditioning cream, to be applied and left to set for several minutes after regular conditioner.
Try: Dove Intensive Repair Deep Treatment Mask (£6.99*).

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