Which Healthy Hair Hack Makes it Nice and Smooth?
If you had to guess, which of the following three healthy hair hack s would you think makes your hair feel nice and smooth?
Trimming Split Ends
Trick question! It’s actually all three, but for very different reasons. But first, we need to know why hair feels damaged in the first place.
Hair is made up of two layers: the inner most cortex (where pigment is stored) and the cuticle (scale-like cells that overlay each other to protect the delicate cortex). When the cuticle of the hair is damaged, these scales are either missing, broken or out of alignment. Any of these results in hair that feels rough, snaps easily and looks dull. Healthy hair cuticles are without any missing sections, and lay flat against each other to create a smooth barrier.
So what’s the best way to achieve these smooth, flat cuticles?
1/ Repairing Serum
We love Kerastase Serum Therapiste, because it actively repairs damaged hair, while smoothing the cuticle to prevent further damage.
RESULT: smooth hair that feels healthy and resists damage.
2/ Trimming Split Ends
This is the healthy hair hack, because it gives you hair that actually is healthy, not just hair that feels healthy! Split ends not only feel dry and look dull, they also create weak spots in the hair which can encourage further damage. They tangle easily, meaning you need to brush your hair more often, resulting in even more damage! Trimming your split ends will not only remove the damaged parts, but will also prevent further damage.
RESULT: smooth hair that IS healthy, and resists damage.
3/ Silicone-based hair products
You might have heard that some shampoos are silicone-free, or that silicone build-up is one of the worst things you can do to your hair. This is only partially true. Silicone is an excellent material for use in lots of different industries, because of its multiple properties. You can read more about the Truth About Silicone in our article.
The moral of the story is that some types of cheaper silicone (such as dimethicone) can “smooth” the cuticle through a build up of slippery-feeling products on top of the strand, which can be very difficult to remove. It also prevents other products (such as repairing products, heat protectors and colour) from interacting with the hair. Other types of more expensive silicone (such as cyclomethicone and dimethicone copolyol) don’t build up on the hair at all, but do give a nice smooth feeling temporarily.
RESULT: Smooth FEELING hair, that isn’t actually being repaired at all.
Temporary smoothness from silicone can sometimes minimise the extent of further damage, by minimising tangling etc, but if it’s building up in your hair it’s also getting in the way of really good products that will actually heal your hair.
So in conclusion, all three choices will make your hair feel healthy and smooth!
BUT, if you want your hair to be instantly healthier, you need to trim the split ends. If you want to repair your hair, use a quality repairing serum. And if you want temporary smoothness, use a leave in with high-quality silicones that rinse out at your next wash. Don’t be fooled by cheap products that seem to add instant smoothness and shine!