What’s So Great About Silk in Hair Care?

Everyone wants silky hair. Silky shine. Silky straight. Silky soft. Silky smooth… but does adding silk really make a difference? I figured our friends at BioSilk would be definitely up for the challenge. Hey, if you put the word silk on your product I’m guessing you’ve done your homework. Of course they have.

According to BioSilk, silk contains 17 of the 19 amino acids found in human hair. These amino acids create a strong bond with your hair strands and are able to reconstruct the damaged areas, creating a smooth cuticle. I love the word reconstruct in any form of hair care. That means bye, bye roughness, hello smooth cuticles.

Silk is also able to reinforce – another great word in hair care – the strength of your hair to prevent damage from heat styling appliances. (Who me? What flat iron?) Silk will also help repair and strengthen the hair from the inside out which improves elasticity thereby reducing breakage and further damage. Me likey the silky so far.

Allure Award BadgeHave you ever noticed you can use a serum-y type liquid like BioSilk Silk Therapy and you’d think it would leave your strands greasy and oily, but somehow it doesn’t? Yes, it’s the good ol’ silk again. It’s a very strong fiber, comparable to steel, that is able to surround the hair strands increasing the strength. This provides more body and volume without weighing the hair down. I wouldn’t suggest any silk skyscrapers, but for stronger hair, go for it.

You’d think that would be enough, but wait there’s more. Silk is also able to protect hair and hair color from the elements, damaging UV rays, pollutants, and of course frizz. I’m sure you’ve heard that BioSilk Silk Therapy has received the Reader’s Choice Award from Allure Magazine for best de-frizzing product three years in a row. Best frizz fighter for three years? From Allure? That’s no easy task. And don’t forget shine. Unparalleled shine.

Strength, repair, protection and shine? Talk about a bounty of benefits. Even better, there are shampoos, conditioners and treatment products (ahem, BioSilk, Terax, CHI) that utilize the power of pure natural silk so you can treat your tresses to the power of silk anytime.

-CurlyBelle

Do I Need a Humectant?

“I’m going on a trip to Miami and it’s very hot and humid there. I love the sunshine, but whenever I go there I have very bad hair days. I never know what to put on my hair in that weather. Should I use a humectant or an anti-humectant? What is the difference?” – Betsy, via email

Hi Betsy! I have thick, curly hair and I definitely consider humidity my #1 arch enemy. It’s one of the biggest contributors to bad hair days everywhere and it’s very hard to avoid. Face it, you can’t escape the weather. Even when you’re inside the humidity will find you, but there are certain products to help you repel it.

On humid days, hair seems to quickly soak in the extra moisture from the air leaving you looking like the top contender in a frizzy hair contest. But what to do? You want to find a product that provides a barrier between your hair and the air’s moisture. Curly or straight, you want an anti-humectant.

A good anti-humectant is a non-water based product (obviously you don’t want more moisture) that will coat your hair strands and keep the moisture out. Think waxes, serums, silicones and shine products. Anything that provides a barrier between your hair and the environment. Top anti-humectants are:

Frederic Fekkai Glossing CreamBioSilk Silk Therapy, Terax Gloss Finishing Serum, Bumble and bumble Sumotech Pomade, Biolage Smoothing Serum, Frederic Fekkai Glossing Cream (pictured).

A humectant product does just the opposite, it preserves moisture in the hair. If your hair is dry, parched and lacks hydration you want a product that will help increase the moisture content. You should be on the lookout for any water based products dedicated to hydrating and conditioning your hair. These products will help moisturize the hair strands:

L'anza Tamanu Cream ShampooL’anza Tamanu Cream Shampoo, Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 3 Shampoo, L’anza Kukui Nut Conditioner, Bumble and bumble Tonic Lotion.

Don’t be surprised if you need both at the same time, especially if your hair is on the dry side. Try a hydrating shampoo and conditioner (humectants) to replace the moisture in your hair, and then follow with a smoothing balm and shine serum (anti-humectants) to style your strands and lock out the dreaded “H” word – humidity.

-CurlyBelle