Sunny days are on the way so it’s time to get your hair in shape. New York’s healthy hair guru Ryan Darius shares four ways to check dream hair off your vacation packing list in “Summer Shape Up: Healthy Hair Starts Now” on Resident.com.
1. Nix Weather Woes
Lackluster locks are par for the course after a long winter. The cold, dry air and lack of sunlight causes breakage, and a damaged and fried texture. Combat winter woes by applying a nourishing hair mask at least once a week. Ryan recommends a DIY hair mask recipe with egg, avocado or flax seed oil with healthy fats that restore hair’s shine, strength and moisture.
2. Take Your Vitamins
By now, you know that supplements are great for boosting the immune system and overall health — and this extends to hair as well. Protein-rich and healthy fats will help maintain natural luster, strengthen and nourish the hair follicles. Plus, Biotin, Vitamin C, Zinc and Niacin are essential for healthy hair growth. Or for an easier option, try clinically proven Viviscal Extra Strength, which improves hair health from within, increasing thickness and promoting hair growth.
3. Extension Course
For Ryan’s clients seeking extra length and fullness right now, he turns to hair extensions. Premium extensions from brands like Platinum Seamless and Invisi-Tab use medical grade adhesive to safely and effectively attach to natural hair, adding instant length and volume. Plus, they won’t snarl and will cause less damage to hair when removed. Extensions are a good way to add instant length to last season’s cut. Just be sure to pair extensions with a nutrient rich supplement, because even the highest quality extensions can cause some damage and breakage to natural hair.
4. Get Your Beauty Sleep
Sleep: the one thing we all need, and yet it’s one of the first priorities to be sacrificed when we get busy or stressed out. In fact, sleep is crucial for optimum health. A well-rested body is a happy and healthy one. Not only is a well-rested body better able to fight off germs that can make you sick, well-rested skin and hair looks glowing and beautiful. Bonus: improve your hair when you snooze by sleeping on a silk pillowcase. Unlike cotton, silk causes less damage and breakage in strands. A great one to try is Slipsilk, which prevents bed head and also protects delicate skin on the face.
About Ryan Darius
Ryan Darius (full name: Ryan Darius Nickulas) is a hair whiz who creates customized plans to meet the unique needs of each of his high-end clients. Utilizing products, education on proper hair care, holistic advice, hair growth supplements and even hair extensions, he works to help all women achieve envy-inducing, healthy hair. Whether you’re a jet-setting celebrity or a busy mom, he is dedicated to helping you find the perfect look that fits your life.
Ryan, who founded the prestigious Ryan Darius Salon, is now located at Vidov Salon in the West Village. Darius is backed by an impressive résumé. His editorial work includes Allure, Elle, Glamour, Town & Country, Cosmopolitan, Celebrity Hairstyles, Short Hair, Hairstyle, Short Styles, Hairstyle Showcase and Nylon magazines. Additionally, he appeared on the Today show with Kathy Lee & Hoda, NBC-LA, Better TV, Fox News-NY and won awards from Time Out New York and AM New York.