Do you ever steam your hair?
Yes, I said steam. Hair steaming is a thing. A very good one for your hair, too, especially if it’s dry and damaged. Science agrees too. Studies have shown that a rise in temperatures help conditioners better adhere and stick to the hair shaft.
The easiest, and cheapest way, to steam your hair is a heat cap, such as Heat Treat. You wash your hair as normal, apply conditioner, pop the cap into the microwave for up to two minutes (depends on how powerful yours is) and then onto your head.
This isn’t something I use everyday, and certainly not when someone else is around (and, living with 8 other people, there’s almost always someone around *sigh*). Perched on top of your head, Heat Treat isn’t exactly flattering.
It’s not light either. While it’s not so heavy to hurt my head, you can definitely feel a weight on it. It stays on for only a few minutes, anyway, so it’s not a big issue for me. It’d be much worse if Heat Treat burned your head, but it doesn’t.
The instructions say to heat it at full power for two minutes, but not all microwaves have the same “full” temperature. Some are more powerful than others. So make sure it’s not too hot before placing it onto your head. I heated it for 1.5 minutes, just to be safe, but that made it only warm, so I popped it back in for 50 more seconds. Perfect.
The hassle of getting out of the shower, the uncomfortable feeling of a little weight on your head, and the utterly ridiculous appearance it gives are well worth putting up with. When I took off the cap, my hair looked amazing, like I had just stepped out of a salon. I could hardly believe it. It was soft, easy to comb through and style, and so shiny. It stayed that way for the entire day, and the next one too.
The box comes with 3 sachets of conditioning treatments. They’re the Professional RestorHair, the Professional Keratin Mask, and the Professional Pistachio Oil, all from Jenoris.
They all contain borage and pistachio oils, both of which have conditioning properties. They also make hair shiny (in a good way). But, as you probably guessed, there are only a few drops of each oil in these treatments.
The bulk of all three formulas is made up of silicones. They coat each hair shaft, protecting it from heat and environmental damage, and fill in any gaps in your hair so it can shine (straight surfaces reflect light better). Contrary to popular opinion, silicones don’t build up. Not if you wash your hair regularly, anyway.
Personally, I’m a big fan of silicones. My hair tangles so easily, and untangling is a pain. That’s not a figure of speech. It can really hurt, which is one of the reasons why I never let my hair grow out too much. But, when I use hair treatments with silicones, my hair untangles so easily, and most importantly, painlessly.
But, if you don’t like silicones, just use any other hair mask or oil you want. Heat Treat will allow you to make the most of them all.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Pros: Helps conditioners better adhere to hair, enhancing their moisturizing properties; Makes my hair look swishy and shiny, like I’ve just stepped out of the salon; Comes with three conditioning treatments; Can be used with any hair mask.
Cons: Feels a bit heavy (and silly) on.
Summary: Heat Treat is a heat cap that you pop in the microwave and put on your head after washing and conditioning. It helps conditioners better adhere and stick to hair, making it as soft, shiny, and swishy as after a visit to the salon. But it’s a bit heavy on.