If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this collage I so artfully put together last week. I will forever be a proponent of lazy haircare, so when the people at Yuko told me about their new Deep Conditioning Treatment, I was like yes, let’s do this. And while I did have to sit in LA traffic for ages (there’s nothing like it, truly), the thought of having magical hair for a few weeks after just one appointment—plus some Eminem and Obie Trice to keep me company—made the drive much more bearable.
I’ve visited Yuko’s Beverly Hills salon once before (parts I and II), which you’re welcome to read about if you’d like to see how much more facepalm-inducing my blogging used to be compared to its current levels of face-palmery. The prior review also includes pictures of the salon, which specializes in hair treatments ranging from Japanese Hair Straightening to less permanent options.
Everyone say hi to Hiroko!
The lovely Hiroko did my hair on this visit, beginning with the standard shampoo. I actually started dozing off in the chair at one point, which rarely happens; I tend to get the stylists who feel compelled to gouge out my scalp with their nails while sadistically asking does this feel good?? Umm, are you going to leave my head intact if I say no?
The treatment itself is fairly straightforward. Yuko instructors pat the hair dry, spray it with Kokoro G water and then began sectioning it. The Deep Conditioning Treatment, which has a conditioner-like consistency and smells deliciously of apples and clean laundry, is then applied to the hair part by part. It’s left in for 10 minutes to process, then rinsed off. The hair is once again towel-dried and sprayed down with Kokoro G, followed by Nano Through to protect it from heat damage. After a quick blow-dry, it’s sectioned one last time for a run-through with the flat iron. Start to finish, it took around 90 minutes.
The final result is silky-smooth, tangle-free hair for 10 washes. If you shampoo every other day like I do, it should last you a good 3 weeks. I’m lucky to have well-behaved hair to begin with, but it’s been so long since I’ve had a trim that the ends are in a sorry state. Since hair is composed of dead cells, a treatment like this is hardly a permanent fix, but it does make things easier. Here’s what it looked like on the first day, a few hours post-conditioning:
While part of the process involves flat ironing the hair, it’s meant to tame your tresses, not make them any straighter than they already are. By day 2, I lost that pin-straight sleekness imparted by the iron and regained my natural texture (but nicer, yay):
On day 3, I was bored and spontaneously decided to give myself blunt bangs.
I’ve now washed my hair twice since the deep conditioning (8 washes to go!), and am happy to report it’s retained its incredible softness. Even my dad, who notices these things approximately never, has mentioned it looks shinier than usual. I’ve been using a combination of Yuko’s Cleansing Shampoo and Kokoro G Treatment—the latter applied from mid-shaft to ends—to keep it that way for as long as possible.
Treatments at Yuko require a prior consultation to work out the specifics, although this one will work on any hair type. Cost varies depending on length and texture, but Hiroko estimated mine to be around $70-80, plus tip. It’s long-lasting enough to be worthwhile though, and makes the hair smooth and glossy without altering its natural texture. There’s no doubt that it’s more of a luxury than a necessity, but I am in love with the results.
Have you ever gone for a deep conditioning treatment? Or *gasp* cut your own hair on impulse like I did?
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