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5 Types of Hair Treatments: Know What Your Hair Needs

If you’ve never gone beyond a simple haircut, you may be wondering what else happens at a hair salon. You can get many different salon hair treatments, and if you’re unfamiliar with what they do, it can be hard to figure out what to ask stylists.

Maybe you have a specific hair problem and are wondering if there’s a fix. Maybe you just want to try something new.

If you’re curious about what the many types of hair treatment services available can do for your hair, then you’re in the right place.

Types of Hair Damage

Before we go over different types of hair treatments, we will explain different types of hair damage.

Split Ends

hair split ends

Split ends are the most common type of hair damage there is. It happens when the hair strand begins to split into two (or more) branches. The result is dull, lifeless, and frizzy hair.

Anything from excessive styling, diet, or even the fabric on your shirt can cause split ends, so it can be hard to nail down an exact cause. The many opportunities are also why they’re so common.

Even before you start a salon treatment, you can start fighting split ends yourself. If you notice split ends, now’s the time to be gentle with your hair. Brush it gently and less frequently, and maybe start a deep conditioning routine.

Damage from Over-Styling

Even if you don’t get excessive chemical treatments, heat your hair, or use products, you can still damage your hair from over-styling.

Combing and brushing your hair too frequently and roughly, pulling it back tightly all day long, using lots of clips and fasteners can all weaken your hair. Being gentle and laying off the tight hairdos will help, but as we go over, salon treatments will help you more.

Chemical Damage or Over-Processing

over-processed damaged hair

Chemical damage or over-processed hair leads to dry, frizzy, easily broken hair. This damage can happen from many dye treatments, overly done keratin, Japanese straightening, perms, etc.

If you notice damage, you should cut down on treatments and start applying restorative treatments yourself, like leave-in conditioners and hair masks.

Heat Damage

Do you straighten or curl your hair regularly? Then you’ve probably already noticed the effects of heat damage. If you have dry and frayed hair, it is possible to treat it.

You can use a heat-protective spray before exposing your hair to heat. To combat the dryness, you can use a homemade hair mask. Protein treatments may be suitable for some people.

Sun Damage

sun damaged hair

You can’t avoid the sun. Sun damage can cause discoloration, dryness and make your hair thinner and more brittle. On your own, moisturizing and wearing hats will help. But if you already have a lot of sun damage, you may need something more.

Types of Salon Hair Treatments

A lot of salon treatments exist to prevent or fix these problems. If you find that your hair can use some rejuvenation, then study the treatments below to pick the best thing for you.

You may decide that one or more of these hair treatments are ideal. When you finally book a salon appointment, tell your stylist what you’re looking for, and they can make recommendations too.

#1. Salon Scalp Treatment

Salon Scalp Treatment

You may have noticed “scalp treatment” on the list of things your local salon offers. That’s not very descriptive.

Scalp treatment can mean different things, but it usually consists of a head massage, an exfoliating treatment to remove dead skin, and applying a leave-in conditioner to combat dryness.

You should consider a scalp treatment for a healthier scalp, especially if you’ve noticed many flakes recently. You’ll also love the calming salon experience.

Suitable For:
A scalp treatment is always a good idea, especially if you need something relaxing for self care purposes! You may also find regular scalp treatments helpful if your hair produces a lot of oil. The massage will unclog those built up hair follicles.

– Did we mention it’s relaxing? Oftentimes, doctors will recommend scalp treatments for people who experience chronic headaches.
– Blood flow stimulation. When it’s easier for the blood to reach your scalp, your hair receives nutrients vital to health and growth.
– Less dandruff
– Hair follicles aren’t clogged, which means your chances of hair thinning or loss are less!

– Can be expensive. Since many health insurances do not cover scalp treatments, you will end up paying out of pocket.
– Frequent scalp treatments or ones that are too rough can lead to more flakiness or other irritation.

#2. Hair Detox Treatment

Detox Cleansing Treatment

Detox is especially for those who are suffering from the effects of over-processed hair. If you use many products, dyes, or other chemicals, you should ask for a detox treatment.

While there are some DIY options for stripping your hair clean, nothing will be as cleansing as a professional treatment.

A detox treatment will remove impurities and other toxic buildups on your hair that are blocking healthy growth. Combine this with a trim or more significant chop, and you can be back to glowing healthy hair in no time at all.

Suitable For:
People who experience a really dry scalp and all the side effects that it comes with (dandruff and itchiness) will benefit from a hair detox. Also, if you use a lot of hair products, a hair detox will get rid of the build up.

– Less dandruff and the itching it causes
– Your hair will be healthier and handle hair products better
– Since your hair products won’t have to work as hard, in the longterm, you’ll have to wash your hair less because of less buildup
– Affordable. The starting price is about $25

– General irritation may occur, especially if your scalp is sensitive

#3. Keratin Treatment

Hair Keratin Treatment

Treating one’s hair with Keratin has become famous for all hair types. It’s a multipurpose treatment that can achieve different results depending on what you want it to do.

You can transform curly hair to straight with a specific keratin treatment called a Brazilian Blowout. This type of treatment also uses other chemicals with the keratin, like formaldehyde.

Ask your stylist what preventative measures you can take to avoid chemical damage, or see the list above. The main benefit is that you’ll have straight hair, with no additional styling, for up to three months.

You can opt for a less dramatic transformation by using less keratin for a shorter amount of time. Called a keratin smoothing treatment, this will allow you to keep your curls and waves while dramatically reducing frizz and increasing shine.

Keratin has been a highly successful hair treatment for more than 10 years. The only drawback is cost. As your hair continues to grow, you need to reapply keratin every few months to keep these results.

Suitable For:
Ladies with thick, curly, and/or frizzy hair who want more manageable locks and desire straight hair.

– Lasts for six months
– Sleek, glossy hair with hardly any frizz
– Split ends are less noticeable

– Keratin treatments are costly ($300-$400 per treatment!)
– The length of time it takes to get a keratin treatment can be up to six hours!
– Depending on how often you wash your hair, it may last less than 6 months and you’ll have to redo it sooner.

#4. Hot Oil Treatment

Hot Oil Treatment

So what exactly is a hot oil treatment? The main benefit is a return of your hair’s shine and glossiness. Hot oil seals the hair cuticle, leaving it smooth and silky. It’ll also remove some of that brittleness and easy breakage that dried-out hair tends to get.

Hot oil shouldn’t affect your dyed hair, and it will help it look its best. The other benefit is speed. This treatment usually takes less than 20 minutes. The oil is applied to your hair and scalp and then rinsed out. You’ll notice a difference immediately.

Suitable For:
If you experience hair loss or breakage, or a dry scalp and dandruff, a hot oil hair treatment is ideal.

– Hair and scalp are less dry
– Less frizz ends and split ends
– Increases blood flow to the scalp which equals healthier hair
– Quick process
– Affordable and can be done at home or in the salon

– If you have a sensitive scalp, a hot oil treatment may hurt or you may have an adverse reaction
– Needs to be done regularly
– Can make your hair feel too oily

#5. Toning Treatment

Hair Toning Treatment

A toning treatment is for color correction. You can apply a toning treatment if your hair color has faded or changed to a different tone over time. This may include reapplying the original color or adding a remix to your dyed hair to get it back where you want. It can also mean covering the color entirely with a close match if you don’t like too drastic of a change.

Toning may also mean washing your hair with specific shampoos, vinegar, and exfoliants to help strip color when you want to change the hue. This hair treatment is more common for lightening hair, for example, from yellow-blonde to white-blonde.

Suitable For:
Women who see a brassy tone in their hair after bleaching or lightening.

– Enhances tones of hair color
– Shinier, more natural-looking hair color
– Can be done in the salon or at home affordably

– Over using toner can damage the hair
– Only works on very light hair


There is a myriad of different types of hair treatment out there that are designed to help your locks in all sorts of ways. You can correct damage, bring your hair back to its former glory, or completely change your look with just one treatment, usually within minutes of your appointment.

If you are struggling with your hair, know that options are available to get it to the look you desire!

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