Are you interested in using a cholesterol treatment on your natural hair? Did you use them back in the day when you were relaxed? Check out a question I help answer over at NC that gives you the deets on this beloved product many of us have been using for years.
How often should you do a cholesterol treatment? I mixed Queen Helene Cholesterol with jojoba oil last weekend and after I applied it, I put on a plastic cap and sat under a hooded dryer for 30 min. After I rinsed, my curls were very defined and my hair was super soft. I was wondering if I can apply a treatment every week or should I do it less? My hair isn’t damaged at all because I only wear protective styles and every weekend I deep condition so I guess the cholesterol is another deep conditioning but it is the first time overdone one since becoming natural last May.
You should use a cholesterol treatment as often as your hair needs it. How often you use a cholesterol treatment depends on your styling preferences, whether you color treated, and the ingredients in your cholesterol treatment. Cholesterol conditioners are rich in lipids or fats and are designed to repair and rehydrate your strands. There are three types of lipids found in the hair’s cuticle: ceramides, cholesterol, and 18 MEA. These lipids help the cuticle to lay flat by keep the hair cuticle in place. When the hair is damaged by chemical treatments, heat styling, or over-manipulation, the hair lipids are removed, causing the hair to become dull, dry, brittle, and lacking shine or luster.
While I do not use them myself, I see they are still really popular with women whether natural or relaxed. Cholesterol treatments are similar to deep conditioners as they temporarily repair the strands with heavier ingredients but these conditioners use ingredients like lipids and transfer some of those fats and proteins in to the hair shaft. They tend to be heavier and have ingredients like mineral oil, lanolin, and even protein. No worries as they tend to be towards the bottom of the list. This makes them a viable product to try as the top of the list is where we concentrate the most (right Naturals?). Remember, the top 6 ingredients is what’s mostly in the product!
Cholesterol treatments are mainly for dry, brittle, or even damaged hair that has been exposed to chemical treatments, coloring, heat-applications, or to the sun. If you are not damaging your hair by those ways, you really don’t need them. Now, one of the highlights of this product is the price. Most are well under $10 and can be found anywhere so if you are interested give one a try. The bottom line is if you have damaged strands or suffering from dryness (like during the winter) pick one up and give it a try.
Have you tried a cholesterol treatment on your natural hair?