Deep Conditioning Treatments (Q&A With Kattia Solano)

Butterfly founder and professional hair guru Kattia Solano sat down with go-to beauty source HOOKED (via Hey Hey Gorgeous!), to talk about the benefits of deep conditioning and how to keep our hair in amazing shape during winter.

1. How often should your hair be deep conditioned? Does it need to be conditioned more frequently in the winter?

If you have damaged or dry hair, a deep conditioning treatment or hair mask should be done two to three times week. If you wash your hair only once to twice a week, you should be using a hair mask each time instead of a conditioner— which is normally too light for thicker, long hair types. In the winter, it’s always recommended to bump up moisture in your hair regimen because the air is more dry. To avoid any dryness or static, do this more frequently. When recommended by your stylist, making in-salon treatments a habit during your visit is important to jump start addressing any hair issues. The high concentration in the formulas and concern-specific technology transform hair immediately, with results that last for weeks after to help maintain hair. Kerastase FusioDose is our go-to because each vial is completely customized – with the option of taking home a treatment set (Homelab) for upkeep, prescribed by the expert and tailor-made for your current hair state.

2. What is the main ingredient to look for in a deep conditioner?

There are many great ingredients out there that work according to hair type. Start by asking yourself what you like least about your hair and go from there.

If your main concern is weakened, brittle, and damaged hair, you want to look for strengthening and repair-centric ingredients over anything else. Revitalizing the hair is number one. Color treated hair might want ingredients that help with shine and smoothing the hair. For normal to thick hair experiencing dryness, you want to look for ultra nourishing ingredients—like an oil based treatment using argan or camellia oil with a combination of any vitamins, antioxidants, and ceramides that will benefit hair.

3. Is it possible to over condition your hair and cause breakage?

No, but sometimes hair can become oversensitive when compromised by bleach or chemical relaxers—which can turn treating hair with too much protein into overuse. Your hair will start to feel stiff or hard. The solution is to balance with a more moisturizing conditioner.


4. For the different hair types, what are the best conditioning treatments for thin hair, coarse hair, and curly hair?

Approach it with the goal of achieving your best hair health, because helping your strands get as healthy as possible will make maintaining your hair type easy. Fine and thin hair needs light-weight conditioning with vitamins for strengthening and rebuilding the hair. I’m obsessed with Shu Uemura’s new “Ultimate Remedy” line all around—it’s amazing! Coarse, curly, wavy, or thick hair responds better when it is amply moisturized. Moisture rich, oil-based, and hydrating, creamy formulas are the way to go.

5. If I’m low on cash what are some products from my kitchen cabinet that can be used to deep condition?

Dry or thick hair can make their own DIY treatment blend of almond, olive, and coconut oil and fresh avocado. Fine hair is more delicate so a mix of egg whites with a little oil is great.

6. For someone who has a dry itchy scalp, what conditioner should be used?

This is a common problem, especially around the winter time. You should address this differently, and not by using a hair mask. You have to treat this situation as a skin issue. At Butterfly, we’ve developed an effective scalp treatment that starts by cleansing the scalp with a tonic that contains oils and apple cider vinegar. We follow it up by a honey and oil treatment applied to the scalp with a nourishing mask thru the ends only. Finally, you finish off under a steamer for 15 minutes to allow saturation deep down and rinse.

7. How long does it take for the vitamins in the conditioner to take to your hair? At what point do the vitamins start to over saturate?

Vitamins work, but you have to be constant with use and consistent to the single type for a few months to see the best results, internal or external. If you are going for treating a specific concern or seeing an inside-out effect, don’t switch around until the bottle is done. Treating hair long term starts with the shampoo, which is very important. Change up your deep-conditioning regimen by switching up your haircare after it’s finished, to prevent your hair from getting used to a specific line. I’ve never seen vitamins over saturate. You can always consult with an expert for their recommendation on your best at-home cleansing plan.

8. Is it better to condition using your body heat and a plastic cap, or sitting under a dryer?

If you have access to a dryer—great! This helps with even heat distribution and usually saves time. If not, at home my favorite is to put a plastic cap on and wrap a hot towel that has been heated in the microwave for 10 minutes.

9. Deep conditioning treatments available at Butterfly (in-salon)?

We have options from brands like Kerastase, Oribe, Milbon, and Shu Uemura—even an all natural one from Rahua— that have all the latest technology for all hair types and textures. Kerastase FusioDose treatments have become a salon staple and client ritual because they are highly concentrated and customized to our client’s needs every time. Our experts choose from added boosters containing moisture, protein, and even collagen. If you’re looking to instantly diminish that frizzy, fuzz halo and decrease unwanted volume, our Milbon smoothing treatment is a key player (plus it smells fantastic).

You can add-on an express treatment on top of any haircare service allowing a few extra minutes or indulge in a one hour “Butterfly Ritual,” including a stimulating massage of the head, neck, and scalp, for a spa-like experience in the calming sanctuary of our treatment room. Another popular option is a hair mask treatment at the salon, going under a special micro-steamer (different from under a heater) after application for 5-15 minutes. The steam created opens up the hair cuticle, allowing the product to travel deep down and then seals it, for better moisture results and maximum concentration. I’m in love with the new Shu Ultimate Remedy conditioning mask! The combination of our scalp elixir (question #6) and hair mask treatment of choice has been a huge hit.

10. The final word on great hair.

Application is key when treating hair. The biggest tip I can give someone (for most) is that you simply have to apply the mask on the ends and not the root area. This will avoid your hair getting too heavy or oily quickly. Most of the time, except for those with chemical damage, the roots are healthy. My tip is to make a ponytail and apply treatment only on the hair that sticks out. Another important rule is to make sure you have removed excess water from the hair by ringing out the hair and using a towel to soak off the ends. If your hair is too wet, the treatment won’t absorb and will basically slide right off. Have no time? Try applying your treatment on dry hair overnight or before you hit the shower. Saturate hair generously, pull back, then hit the gym, make breakfast, etc. then rinse out and shampoo.

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