There is a lot of noise and opinion around how to get silky hair the right way and whilst some are right, there are many they are based on stories handed down from generation that simply won’t work or in fact make your hair worse.
When we talk about silky hair, we are referring to the cuticle being tightly closed hence making the hair feel smooth and keeping the moisture internally rather than letting it evaporate from the strand. The better the cuticle is closed the more chances you have at having silky smooth hair.
So how do you close the cuticle?
There are a few factors at play when we talk about closing the cuticle and that will affect how effectively it can be done. First one is chemical damage, if the hair has been damaged either by chemical ( Color, smoothening etc ) the cuticle layer is already most likely damaged with portions of it broken off or even non existent, this level of damage is unrepairable and the only solution is removing it with a pair of scissors. Second one is just dehydrated hair, can be from light chemical damage or you simply have that type of hair that is always thirsty ( typically curly hair is that always thirsty type hair, better the moisture levels the better the curl formation )
Our conditioner has Shea butter, which soothes, hydrates and is incredibly good at closing the cuticle tight and adding softness to the hair. Our formulation does not weigh the hair down or make it heavy and is great for all hair types because it is weightless.
Another incredible good way to assist in closing the cuticle is using cold air after styling or during the process of styling your hair if you are getting blow outs. Often a lot of damage can be caused during the styling process as the heat from a hairdryer is in itself enough to cause dehydration and damage. Always finish each section with cold air ( most hairdryers have a cold button feature ). It makes a big difference.
Now rinsing with cool water has the same theory as blasting with cold air, possibly not the most pleasant to do during winter however can make a big difference in helping to maintain hair strand health and limiting damage.
We asked Rod Anker on his tips, regular trims to remove split or damaged areas of the hair are key, limit the amount of Color’s and pre plan changes rather than looking for rapid or instant Color changes he said.
A lot of the time we look for solutions to fix a problem rather than prevent it, when the problem is in fact easy to avoid.