There are many hair treatments on the market and it’s easy to get confused with which you should use. You may buy various hair treatments that aren’t giving you results. Below you’ll find 6 potential reasons hair treatments don’t work.
Is It the Right Hair Treatment?
The first reason your hair treatments don’t work may be pretty obvious. It’s because you are using the wrong treatment for what your hair needs.
For example, let’s say your hair looks really dull and you give it a deep conditioning. Yet, it still looks dull. That’s because the cure for dull looking hair isn’t always deep conditioning. You may need to to simply clarify your hair.
You’re Using on Badly Damaged Hair
Every hair treatment has a specific purpose. Some are meant to add moisture. Some are to add volume. Others may be to strengthen, color, straighten, curl, strip or protect your hair.
If your hair is not in good condition, the treatment you’re using may not be as effective unless it’s a treatment that’s meant for improving a specific condition. Then, you need to be using it for that purpose.
For example, if you’re using a color treatment but you have tons of split ends throughout your hair, the results won’t be pleasing. In fact, you will be causing more harm to your hair.
First, you need to deal with the condition of your hair. Then, once your hair is in good condition, you can use color.
You’ve Not Been Using The Treatment Long Enough
Depending on what treatment you are using, you may need to use it many times before you see results. Good results usually come with cumulative use.
For example, you decide to use henna to strengthen your hair with the goal of retaining length. You’re not going to see results after using it just one time. You wouldn’t hop on a treadmill one time and expect to lose weight.
Consistency with use is what will yield great results. It took me almost a year to see the results of using henna on my hair.
You’re Leaving The Treatment On Too Long or Not Long Enough
Sometimes you just have to follow the manufacturers instructions. I know. I know. Many of us naturals think we know it all. We know what’s best for our hair. While this may be true for some things, when you are using special treatments in your hair, you need to follow the directions.
For example, if a deep conditioning treatment says to apply to your hair with a plastic cap for 30 minutes and then wash out, why are you leaving it in over night?
Or why are you just putting it in and rinsing it out just because your hair “feels” nice.
The timing in which you leave treatments in your hair matters. Follow the manufacturers directions on the jar or bottle.
You’re Using the Product Incorrectly
This is a popular one. It’s very similar and closely linked to the above reason hair treatments don’t work.
If you’re not following the instructions on the bottle or jar, you won’t reap the benefits the product has to offer.
For example, you use a protein treatment and the instructions clearly say to follow up with a deep conditioner, and you don’t. Instead, you use a rinsing conditioner (with silicones that mimics soft hair). You’re not using the product correctly.
In the case of a protein treatment, if you don’t use that deep conditioner afterward, you may find your hair is brittle and now breaking. It’s important to use hair treatments correctly.
The Claim is Far Fetched
One of the final reasons hair treatments don’t work is they are basically crap. The claims are nothing but fluff.
Sometimes manufacturers make claims about their products that are simply false. They promise these pie in the sky results when at best, you see a small glimmer of hope.
This is not to say that all hair treatments don’t work. On the contrary, many do. Just be careful to use as indicated, give them the proper amount of time to work and scrutinize the claims. If they sound too good to be true, they probably are.