Although summer can give us some extremely short “good hair” days with all of those summer activities (boating, beach volleyball, jet ski, jogging, etc.). We can still have silky hair.  Whenever I leave my own hairdresser, Marianna, I have the silkiest hair and the shine is sometimes blinding.  I always want it to stay that way, so I have found all of us a few tips on how to maintain your own silky hair. Take a look at my pal Aimee above who always has silky locks!

Maintaining your silky locks

Taking proper care of our hair is very important, no matter what type of hair an individual has. Not only is healthy, shiny hair more appealing than dull, lifeless locks, it also says that a person cares about their appearance and is willing to do what is necessary to look good. To avoid problems like dryness, split ends, and frizz it is important that we give our hair the care it needs to keep it in tip-top shape.

Signs of hair damage

Although genetics does play an essential role in an individual’s hair structure and growth cycle, external factors such as hairdryers, curling and flat irons, harsh chemicals, and even wind and sunlight can adversely affect hair, causing it to become dry, frizzy, brittle, and unmanageable.

Many individuals who use hairdryers do not realize that these styling tools can cause the water collected under hair follicles to form bubbles, which will break off hair strands after a while. Curling irons and flat irons that heat hair to above 212 degrees Fahrenheit will often form bubbles inside the hair shaft, damaging the entire structure of the hair. Styling products and chemical processing such as coloring, perming, and straightening may also harm hair over time; if done too often, all of these can cause extreme dryness, typically resulting in frizziness, brittleness, split ends, and breakage. I always search for hair dryers that don’t make much noise too!

How to take proper care of hair

Regardless of what type of hair a person has – be it oily or dry, thin or thick – opting for an efficient hair care regimen is imperative to keeping hair healthy and looking its best. Unfortunately, most conditioning and styling products address hair problems by using silicone; covering hair damage instead of fixing it, these products make users believe that their hair has been repaired when the damage is actually continuing.

How can individuals address hair problems the right way? First, start a healthy eating plan which includes foods with high nutritional value such as spinach, lentils, sweet potatoes, walnuts, blueberries, eggs, yogurt, oysters, salmon, and lean meats. Despite following a balanced, varied, protein-rich diet, some individuals still develop vitamin and mineral deficiencies, which can negatively impact the health of their hair; supplements including vitamin A, B complex, C, D, E and K along with magnesium, iron, and zinc will help to ensure that silky hair get the nutrients it needs.

TIP:  I seem to always be able to find a lot of the items above when I eat at a Japanese Sushi Restaurant….Salmon Sushi Rocks!

Appropriate shampoos and conditioners; regular conditioning followed by deep conditioning once a week; regular trimming; gentle brushing; air drying; using products that protect hair from sun damage; and heat protection products when using hair dryers, curling irons, and flat irons are all important for keeping long hair healthy and looking beautiful. Keep in mind that using extremely hot water and too much shampoo when washing hair can have the same effect as hot styling and chemical processing over a long period of time.

What else can people do to have healthy, glossy locks? Experts suggest the use of natural hair care products, which can help to repair hair and prevent future damage. One of the best natural hair care products available today is pure, organic Argan Oil. Extremely rich in beneficial nutrients, Argan Oil is the perfect conditioner for all types of hair and will not only help to tame frizziness, brittleness, and split ends for a silkier touch and shinier look, but will also help to promote healthy hair growth.