You’ve probably noticed that some products work quickly while others take months to show results. On average, shampoos and conditioners can show results as soon as you use them. But other products—such as hair masks and serums—may not have noticeable effects until a few weeks or months later.
So what causes this discrepancy in time? And what can you do if your hair isn’t responding to a particular product immediately? In this post, I’ll explain all the factors affecting how long it takes for different hair products to deliver their promised results.
Types of Hair Products
Shampoos are essential to your hair care routine, as they cleanse and moisturize the scalp and strands. Shampoos come in different formulas—some for dry hair, others for oily hair and still others for damaged hair.
No matter what kind you’re using, it’s important to remember that shampooing too often can lead to excess product buildup on your scalp that can cause dandruff or other issues. If you’re fighting off a case of dandruff, keep this in mind before reaching for another bottle of shampoo.
Hair masks or deep conditioners
Hair masks or deep conditioners are meant to be left on for 5-10 minutes. Use them once or twice a week unless you have very damaged hair.
A hair mask will help strengthen the strands and make your hair look healthier and shinier when used regularly for two weeks. But if you skip a few days between uses, don’t expect miracles: You need to keep it up!
Apply the mask with clean hands, working through your hair from root to tip until thoroughly distributed. Then put on some plastic cap (or wrap the towel around your head) and sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off with cool water.
After rinsing out the product thoroughly with warm water, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle your locks before styling them as usual (and then again after styling). If possible, follow up with a moisturizing shampoo once or twice during the week so that this new growth doesn’t become brittle—you can even use this method every day if needed.
How long will it take for your serum to make a difference? Luckily, the answer is concise. You should notice an immediate difference in your hair after applying the serum.
If you want to try out a new product or get more bang for your buck, look for serums that are applied on damp hair rather than wet (you don’t want to weigh down your locks). This makes the application much more accessible and prevents any product buildup from occurring throughout the day; be sure not to use too much!
Because serums tend to be lightweight, they can easily make their way into every part of your hair—even when used sparingly—so avoid getting carried away with them if possible.
Hair treatments are designed to be used for a more extended period. The reason for this is the high-quality ingredients they contain and the fact that professionals in a lab setting make them. Because these ingredients are so potent, your hair will respond with results much more quickly than if you used an at-home product.
A good rule of thumb is to use hair treatments for at least one month before switching products or moving on to another treatment. There are some variations depending on what type of product you have (usually protein or keratin). Still, there is slight variation in how long they should be used because they’re all designed with similar formulas in mind.
How to Choose a Good Hair Product
We all want our hair to look good. And it’s no secret that tons of products on the market can help us achieve that goal. But how do you know which are worth the money and which are just marketing hype? To help answer this question, we’ve put together this guide to choosing a good hair product.
Explore your hair type.
You need to understand your hair type to choose a good hair product. For example, if you have curly hair and use a straightening cream, it will probably not work very well. You need to know your texture – fine or thick, curly or straight, oily or dry. If you have an oily scalp but dry ends, you should look for products that address both needs because they require different treatments. What other things should I consider when choosing a new hair product?
Read about the product you’re interested in.
You’ll also want to know what ingredients are in the product. For example, if your hair is naturally curly, you’ll want a curl-enhancing serum that contains oils or butter.
If you have fine hair and want volume, look for products that contain volumizers like proteins or mousses. If the product has an ingredient called “volumizer,” it will give you lots of lift and body—but only if your hair type is acceptable.
If you have thick tangles of unmanageable hair and need something to help brush through them quickly but don’t want chemicals in it (like sulfates), look for shampoos with ingredients like aloe vera gel or panthenol which will soften your strands. At the same time, they cleanse them thoroughly without drying them out too much.
Make sure you have a way to return the product if it doesn’t work for you.
Before buying, look for a return policy that will let you get your money back or exchange the product if it doesn’t work. If there’s no return policy or the return period has already passed, reconsider buying this product.
In addition to a customer service department that can help with returns and exchanges, some manufacturers offer free returns—meaning they pay for shipping both ways. If a company offers such a policy, check their website before purchasing to know what the terms are (and if they’re worth using).
Finally: keep in mind that there may be limits on how much your purchase price will be refunded once returned the manufacturer receives the merchandise.
There are plenty of options if you’re looking for a new product to use on your hair. The best thing you can do is find something that works well with your hair type and read reviews from other users before buying. If you need more clarification about the product you want to buy, try it out in person or order samples online so that if it doesn’t work for you, no harm is done.
If you’re looking for a place to get the hair care and styling services you need, look no further than DBA Willow Medspa and Salon. We offer a wide range of products, treatments, and services that leave your hair looking healthy and beautiful.