Summer Hair Damage

Summer is often associated with healthy beach hair and flowing waves but it can actually be the cause for numerous types of hair damage. During these hot months, your hair is exposed to sun, wind, chlorine, salt water, and air conditioning. All of these factors can lead to dull, weak strands if you aren’t careful.

Of all the damaging summer pastimes, swimming and sun bathing are the most dangerous to your hair.  Fortunately, there are some tricks to avoid excess damage.

Sun Damage

So much focus is placed on the effects that sun can have on your skin and it is usually forgotten that hair can suffer too when not treated properly. Hair that has been exposed to UV rays can be dry, brittle, weak, and thin. Colored hair will fade quickly and you can become more prone to split ends.

Some action can be taken to prevent and repair UV damage:

  1. Keep your hat on to block rays from both your face and hair.
  2. Create a protection spray for hair with 3 parts water and 1 part sun block.
  3. Choose sulfate-free shampoos to maintain a healthy balance of protective hair oils.
  4. Avoid lightening products or anything with alcohol that can speed up damage.

These four steps will ensure that hair remains soft and healthy even when the sun is shining bright.

Chlorine Effects

Everyone enjoys pool parties on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, your hair doesn’t. The effects that chlorine can have on a strand of hair are incredibly damaging. Sebum, your hair’s natural moisturizer, becomes diminished and leads to cracks in the hair cuticle. Your hair will lose its natural shine and begin to split at the ends.

It is important to remember these key tips if you plan on enjoying pool time this summer:

  1. Reduce the frequency with which you use heat styling tools or hair dyes.
  2. Always rinse hair and use a gentle shampoo after chlorine exposure.
  3. Use only a wide-tooth comb on wet hair to prevent breakage.
  4. Treat hair with a moisturizing mask or oil that contains healthy hair ingredients like argan oil or coconut oil at least once a week.

These 8 tips combined will protect you from sun and chlorine, as well as any other damaging factors your hair could be exposed to this summer. Now that you’re prepared, enjoy these few months and the healthy hair you’ll have during them!

Get Inspired For Summer: Shiny, Slicked Back Hair

This sleek, pulled back look is a must-have hairstyle for summer. It is simple, elegant, and looks great with any outfit for any occasion. Most importantly, anyone can achieve this style in minutes with just four easy steps:

  1. Apply 2-3 drops of SILKtage (or a similar heat protection oil) to damp hair, focusing on the ends.
  2. Use a large, round brush when blow drying hair to pull it perfectly straight.
  3. Brush dry hair back into a high ponytail or smooth bun.
  4. Use your hands to smooth another 2-3 drops of SILKtage over hair for ultimate shine.

In just ten minutes you’ll have the perfect glossy up-do for summer parties, date nights, or even just a day at the beach.

Broccoli Seed Oil: How it Improves Hair Health

Last week we discussed the power coconut oil can have on your hair, but today I wanted to talk about another oil that can smooth away hair frizz, called broccoli seed oil. This all-natural oil is rich in hair-nourishing vitamins, such as vitamin C and B6, which can keep your hair strong and silky smooth.

First, let’s talk about what it is.

What is Broccoli Seed Oil?

So what exactly is broccoli seed oil?

Well here’s the scoop: Broccoli seed oil is a special oil obtained from broccoli seeds, which, as you probably know, is the seed responsible for creating broccoli–the fibrous vegetable that can prevent everything from heart disease to the growth of cancer cells. The oil helps concentrate broccoli’s many helpful benefits for a person’s skin and hair.

Now here’s the great part about broccoli seed oil–it contains a unique fatty acid composition that makes it similar to the silicone you’ll find in shampoos. (Hint: In case you don’t know, silicone helps make your hair look shiny.) Called erucic acid, this special omega-9 fatty acid helps give your hair a smooth, natural sheen without loading your follicles with harmful detergents or chemicals, a benefit you won’t find in most commercial shampoos or conditioners.

Now let’s move on to this oil’s hair-healthy benefits.

Benefits of Broccoli Seed Oil

Aside from containing erucic acid, broccoli seed oil has many, many benefits that can smooth out dry or frizzy hair. Here’s why it’s great for your hair:

  • It contains vitamin C. When it’s not helping eliminate the free radicals that can contribute to cancer, the antioxidants in broccoli seed oil can help prevent hair loss. As a result, people who get enough vitamin C usually have thicker, healthier hair.
  • It contains vitamin B6. B vitamins can help reduce stress, a factor that can contribute to hair loss. It’s also a part of a spectrum of vitamins that support physical and mental health. When those are in check, your body can support a healthy hair system.
  • It also contains a powerful substance that has to power to inhibit dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Why is DHT important? Because DHT has been correlated with hair loss and thinning hair–definitely two things you don’t want!

Now that you know about its benefits, how do you apply it? Simple–squeeze a pea-sized amount of it into your hand and distribute it throughout your hair, using your palms. Use your hands to coat your hair from root to tip. Tip: If you have dry hair, try concentrating the oil on the ends of the hair to prevent split ends or breakage.

Questions, comments?  Let me know in the comments below.

Monoi Oil: Its Benefits For Your Hair

What would you say if I told you there’s a frizz-fighting oil better than coconut oil?

And no, I’m not talking about argan oil–this is an entirely new certified organic oil that you’ve probably never heard of it before.

It’s called monoi oil, an ancient Polynesian oil made out of pure coconut oil and Tahitian gardenia flowers.It’s been around for literally thousands of years–some experts say its origins go as far back as 2000 years ago, in the indigenous Polynesian island of Aotearoa (now called New Zealand). James Cook, a famous 18th century explorer who circumnavigated New Zealand, noted that the natives often used monoi oil cosmetically–often by applying it on their skin or hair.

So what is monoi oil, and why is it so much better than coconut oil?

What is Monoi Oil?

Since it was first created thousands of years ago, monoi island is still produced the same way today–by combining pure coconut oil with fresh Tahitian gardenia flowers, adding additional properties to the oil.

To start, the oil is created by gathering coconuts from the Polynesian island tree, which flourishes in the South Pacific. The coconuts are gathered, split, and left to dry in the sun. This is when the kernel of the coconut is harvested and left to dry until it loses almost all of its moisture. The kernel, now dried, is perfect for oil extraction.

Combining the coconut oil with the Tahitian gardenias is no easy–or quick–task. First, the dried kernel is crushed, pressed, and filtered to extract the pure oil. Once the oil is filtered, the fresh coconut oil is then stabilized with vitamin E. The stabilized oil is left to mature until it is selected to be used by prospective buyers or consumers.

Once this occurs, the monoi oil enters the final process. Tahitian gardenia flowers are placed into the coconut oil, where the natural properties of the flower are absorbed by the oil. It’s by no means a fast process–it can take two weeks for the absorption process to occur.

After the flower is properly absorbed, the oil is ready to be used, either as a hair conditioner or a hair restoration treatment.

The Benefits of Monoi Oil

As a hair conditioner, monoi oil is multifaceted and complex; although it shares many properties of coconut oil, it also contains additional oils and fats that make it a far more effective hair healer and nourisher.

Just some of monoi oil’s benefits include:

  • It can reverse hair frizz. Lauric acid, a special acid you’ll only find in coconut-derived oils, such as monoi oil, is special because it actually penetrates the hair shaft, smoothing the hair follicle. In turn, it has also been shown to prevent protein loss, keeping the hair follicle strong–even when brittle or dry.
  • It may prevent antioxidant damage. This is due to vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent free radical damage, which damages healthy cells–and may increase the risk of cancer. Some experts also believes free radical damage can accelerate the aging process, causing weak, brittle hair. Using vitamin E regularly may strengthen hair and allow it to grow faster and longer.

Better yet, here’s the best benefit of all: Monoi oil is all natural. There are no chemicals or synthetic ingredients used to create this oil–just nature and a healthy dose of vitamin E, making it safer than synthetic conditioners.

Be careful though–only certified organic Monoi oil is completely all natural. Other companies may use synthetic versions of monoi oil that are nothing more that poor quality coconut oil; to see if yours is all natural, look for the label “certified organic,” which you’ll find on quality hair ointments such as the Silktage Rejuvenating Styling Serum.

Argan Oil: Morocco’s Best Kept Hair Secret?

Happy February, fans!  

Today I’m going to introduce an oil that could literally transform your hair, called argan oil. It’s rare, but packs a good punch: this vitamin-rich oil is considered even healthier than olive oil, and has been used for centuries to improve skin and hair damage.

First, let’s talk about why this oil is so rare.

The Story Behind Argan Oil

First, let’s go over this oil’s origins.

Considered a medicinal plant in ancient times, argan oil hails from the argan tree, a prized tree of Morocco. In centuries past, the argan tree blanketed North Africa, but now is considered endangered–a consequence of high demand for the oil it produces.

In fact, argan oil is now considered one of the rarest oils in the world.  Trust me–it’s not easy to get your hands on this miracle tree ointment. People have attempted to grow the native tree elsewhere in the world, but the argan tree only truly thrives in its homeland.

Interestingly enough, argan oil isn’t harvested from the tree–it’s harvested from the fruit it bears. Harvesting the fruit is a difficult process, and days are spent harvesting the nut from the fruit, the source of this prized oil. From there, they use manual extraction methods–usually mashing the nuts into paste–to extract the oil.

Because of the labor involved in harvesting this oil, this oil is rare and expensive–bottles of argan oil sell for no less than $40 in native Morocco.

But it’s worth the price, if you knew the benefits argan oil contains.

Benefits of Argan Oil

Not sold on argan oil? Here’s what will: It’s even healthier than olive oil, one of the healthiest oils in the world. As it stands, argan oil contains numerous antioxidants and fatty acids that can prevent hair damage, including stearic, oleic and linoleic acid.

Its high fatty acid content is important for hair health. Here’s why: Some of these fatty acids are able to penetrate the hair’s cortex, which many commercial conditioners cannot do. Most conditioners simply coat the hair with moisture, whereas argan oil actually penetrates the cortex, where it heals the hair from the inside out. That’s not something you can find in a conditioner or shampoo.

As it heals the hair, the fatty acids in argan oil also help soften the hair and prevent hair damage on the outside. It may even help give you hair a soft, silky sheen. The result: Your hair becomes strong and silky, and the results are long-lasting.

Where to Buy Argan Oil

As it stands, you’d probably have to travel to Morocco to get your hands on argan oil. If you’re willing to travel, you can purchase a vial for around $40 at a specialty store. A little oil goes a long way, so you won’t run out of oil immediately.

However, more and more companies are beginning to import argan oil to use in their hair care products. Not all of them are using the purest forms of argan oil, however.

Unfortunately, as this oil becomes more and more popular, people have resorted to using mechanical methods to obtain this miracle conditioner. SILKtage is one of the few hair care products that actually contain pure, certified organic argan oil, as well as the full spectrum of beneficial hair oils from around the world.

Questions, comments? Leave a comment below. Next week we’ll cover jojoba oil, and why it’s better than any conditioner on the market.

Coconut Oil: How it Treats Frizzy Hair

Here’s something you didn’t know: Coconut oil has been clinically shown to prevent hair damage.

It’s also an excellent hair moisturizer, and can help treat both untreated and colored hair.

Today I’m going to discuss why coconut oil is so beneficial for your hair, and what exactly it treats. Let’s begin.

Why Coconut Oil is So Special

Coconut oil is special for two reasons–it’s both a lubricant and a moisturizer. Most commercial hair conditioners only coat the hair with a temporary sheen, which makes it look like it’s softer, when in fact it’s just been greased down–the hair hasn’t actually been treated. But when you use coconut oil, it doesn’t simply coat the hair.

Here’s why. Coconut oil contains a special acid called lauric acid, a type of lightweight acid that can penetrate the hair shaft. This is good. In turn, coconut oil also prevents protein loss, which often occurs when your hair is damaged.

By preventing the hair from losing protein, it restores health to the hair follicle, keeping the hair smooth, strong and soft–characteristics that show hair is healthy.

What Coconut Oil Treats

Here’s the good thing about coconut oil: It can treat nearly all types of hair. It’s one reason why I use coconut oil in my SILKtage Rejuvenating Styling Serum–because it’s truly that versatile. Here’s what coconut oil can treat:

  • Color-damaged hair. If you like to dye your hair, and have suffered the consequences of chemical damage, a dab of coconut oil can help restore softness and sheen.
  • Dry or frizzy hair. Chances are if you have dry or frizzy hair, your hair is already damaged. Using coconut oil regularly can help reverse some of this damage while preventing further damage.
  • Just-bleached hair. If you’ve just bleached your hair, your hair is probably under a lot of stress–it’s probably very dry, for example. To prevent hair breakage or split ends, use coconut oil as a leave-in conditioning treatment to restore moisture to the hair follicles. It’s natural and definitely more reliable than a slick of chemical conditioner.

These reasons are why I insist every good hair care product should contain coconut oil–it’s one of the most effective conditioners on the market, and it’s all natural.

Have any questions about coconut oil? Ask me in the comments below.

Camellia Oil: How it Can Improve Your Hair

Have you ever wondered how Japanese women maintain their luxurious, pin-straight mane?

Well here’s the secret: For centuries they’ve used camellia oil to soften and strengthen their hair. Today we’re going to talk about camellia oil and discuss why it’s good for frizz-free hair care.

Camellia Oil: Its Origins

If thought the name “camellia” sounded exotic, you’re right. This all-natural “flower oil” is cultivated from the camellia japonica flower, which flourishes in Japan–more specifically around Nagasaki and Tokyo. To obtain the oil, experts use a cold-press process to extract the essential oil from camellia japonica’s seeds.

From there, the oil is often used “as is”, usually as a leave-in conditioner, hair styling product or even cooking oil. Camellia oil is remarkably similar to olive oil–it’s even been nicknamed the “Olive Oil of the East”–so it often contains the same benefits as olive oil.

Camellia Oil Benefits

If you want to improve the look, feel and texture of your hair, here’s how camellia oil can help:

1. It contains hair-penetrating lipids that keep hair healthy. You may remember me recommending coconut oil in a previous topic because it also contains these hair-penetrating lipids. Camellia oil is also rich in lipids called monounsaturated fats–those are the “good” fats–which penetrate your hair’s cortex, restoring moisture to your hair.

2. It mimics your hair’s natural moisture. Again, like coconut oil, camellia oil is also remarkably similar to your hair’s natural moisture–and that’s a good thing. If you have chronically dry or frizzy hair, camellia oil can add back some of that moisture, making hair soft, frizz-free and silky smooth.

3. Its hair-penetrating properties go further than your hair. Evidence also shows that eating the monounsaturated fats in camellia can also improve the health of your hair and skin–so eat up! Simply switching out butter or corn oil for a healthy dose of camellia during dinner can help you obtain the hair-healthy benefits of this rejuvenating oil.

So there we have it: The benefits of adding camellia oil into your hair regimen. To soften your hair, you can use camellia oil alone as a stand-alone conditioner or use hair serums containing this oil, such as my SILKtage Rejuvenating Styling Serum.