Cholesterol is designed to repair and rehydrate dry and damaged hair.
Cholesterol treatments are rich in lipids (fats). Hair is 97% protein, however, lipids are also a vital constituent of a hair fibre - they give hair its lustrous, shiny, healthy look.
What causes damage to the lipids in hair?
When might you want to use cholesterol?
If you feel that your hair is unusually dry or brittle it could revive your strands.
Is a cholesterol conditioner a protein conditioner?
No. Although they contain some protein, it's too little for it to be categorised as a protein conditioner. Cholesterol treatments are moisturising conditioners.
How does cholesterol work?
The lipids in cholesterol conditioner bind to the hair shaft and transfer lipids and a small amount of protein into the hair fibre.
How should you use a cholesterol conditioner?
Use heat to increase absorption. For the best results, apply the conditioner liberally, then put a shower cap over your head, blow dry over the surface of the cap and lock that heat in with a towel or thick hat. Leave for 10-15 minutes before washing out.
Is a cholesterol conditioner a necessary part of a natural hair regimen?
No. It's only important if your hair is damaged.
Can you use it weekly?
Yes but you would still need to deep condition because cholesterol conditioner don't carry all the benefits if a proper deep conditioner.
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