Let me start by saying that my hair hates moisture. As a low porosity gal, my curls take a while to soak up products. And as a beauty writer, I’m constantly trying out new things to keep the moisture at bay. Basically, there’s a lot of trial and error involved with my hair and sometimes all of that testing means more frizz, dryness and dullness. Which is why I jumped at the chance to try a metal detox treatment, which is supposed to bring back shine, moisture and softness to my natural hair.
Now, I know what you’re thinking right about now, what the heck is a metal detox? “A metal detox is L’Oréal Professionnel’s innovative pre-treatment designed to be used with all color services and color brands,” explains Min Kim, a celebrity colorist at Butterfly Studio and L’Oréal Professionnel Global ambassador. “It prevents breakage by neutralizing metals with glicoamine, which is a molecule that’s small enough to penetrate inside the hair fiber. As a result, your hair color lasts longer, hair is shinier and [your strands] are less likely to break.”
Yup, we all have metal in our hair. "The amount varies depending on where you live, your hair porosity and what type of water [quality] you have, which tends to affect your hair color as well,” says Kim. “Basically, if your water passes through pipes, you are definitely depositing metals into your hair, which can lead to breakage and unreliable color results.”
After talking to Kim, there was no doubt in my mind that my hair was filled with metal. As I sat on the salon chair, looking at my tangled, dry curls staring back at me, I had high hopes for the detox.