With a little effort, you can have shiny, healthy hair every day.
A good hair day – the kind when your hair feels glossy, radiant and just behaves exactly how you want – can skyrocket your self-confidence in the best way possible. While no one can have great hair every single day (apart from maybe Beyoncé), there are small changes you can make to how you currently care for your strands that pay off big:
1. Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet
Seriously, your hair is very fragile when wet, so just don’t do it, as this is a sure-fire way to cause breakage and split ends. If you must, comb instead of brush, and only do so after applying a leave-in conditioning product.
2. Style with your fingers
If you have wavy, curly or dehydrated hair, style with your fingers as much as possible – unnecessary combing or brushing will just lead to unnecessary breakage. With some practice, you may find that you prefer your chic new hand-styled look anyway.
3. Use a scalp treatment
If you are investing in a hair conditioning product, why not consider a scalp treatment? A healthy scalp is at the root (yes, we went there!) of solving any hair problems and is essential to shiny hair that’s full of life. However, it is often neglected, despite how much of an effort we may make to take care of our skin otherwise. Shampoos are formulated to wash your hair strands; whereas scalp treatments are designed to deep-cleanse and refresh the scalp. A scalp treatment is additionally a must if you frequently use dry shampoo, to prevent build-up, flaking and a dull appearance.
4. Put down the towel
Rubbing your hair dry with a towel after showering creates frizz and damages the hair shaft, since towel fibers tend to be too rough for our delicate strands. Instead, gently wrap your wet hair in an old cotton T-shirt – the softer fabric will minimize frizz and loss of shine.
5. Be gentle when washing
Treat your hair gently, like a luxurious cashmere sweater – avoid washing it with water that’s too hot, or washing it too frequently as it could be left dehydrated and stripped of its natural softness and shine.
6. Don’t use shampoo with every wash
Avoid shampooing your hair every single time you shower as this could lead to lifeless, stripped hair and a scalp that gets greasy increasingly quickly. Dry shampoo is miraculous as long as you invest in a high-quality product that doesn’t leave too much build-up on your scalp. To make your fresh wash last longer, shampoo twice – think of it as double-cleansing for your hair, particularly if you use styling products. This does actually make your wash last longer – just trust us and try it!
7. Don’t blow-dry on the hottest setting
When blow-drying, try to avoid using the highest heat setting and use the cold air setting for a finishing blast. This will minimize frizz and flyaways and set your blow dry.
8. Use the correct products for your hair type
When it comes to hair products, try to use products formulated specifically for your hair type – it does make a difference! Also, in the same way you might switch up your makeup seasonally, for example using lighter products in the summer, consider switching your hair products up for the season – depending on your own personal styling and haircare habits.
9. Don’t neglect your hair while sleeping
Do you struggle with morning hair? Don’t we all! Before bed, tie your hair up in a loose topknot for bouncy root volume or in a braid for waves and texture the next day.
10. Sleep on a silk pillowcase
Consider investing in a silk pillowcase – it may be the best money you ever spend on your hair (and skin)! Silk is smooth and contains sericin, which mirrors the protein structure of hair. This means that instead of the pillowcase fibers rubbing against your hair strands and causing frizz – like a cotton pillowcase would – it allows the hair to glide over, maintaining soft, sleek locks and minimizing split ends. Bonus: unlike cotton, satin silk will not absorb your night creams or natural moisture so your skin is also left soft and hydrated.
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Natural Hair Fall Treatments for Thick, Lustrous Locks
Your hair will thank you.
Hair loss, two words that scare us crazy, is a common concern for both men and women, impacting self-esteem and overall well-being. While a range of factors can contribute to hair loss, understanding the causes is essential for effective prevention strategies. Let’s explore hair loss and what can be done to support hair health.
What Causes Hair Loss?
As an internet-savvy, skin and hair-obsessed tribe, we are very attuned to the impact hair fall can have on our mental and physical health. It’s important to understand the possible root causes of hair fall to be better able to determine how best to tackle the issue, and that’s why we are here to help. Here are the most common triggers that can lead to hair fall and cause your crowning glory to lose some of its glam factor.
Genes play an important role in many health concerns. Androgenetic alopecia, commonly known as male or female pattern baldness, is primarily influenced by genetic factors. It typically results in gradual hair thinning and receding hairlines.
Fluctuations in hormones, such as those occurring during pregnancy, menopause, or thyroid disorders, can contribute to hair loss. Hormonal imbalances affect hair growth cycles leading to shedding or inhibited growth.
Inadequate intake of vital nutrients, including vitamins and minerals such as biotin, Vitamins A, C, D, and E, as well as, iron and zinc, and proteins, can weaken hair follicles and impede healthy hair growth.
Stress and Lifestyle Factors
Chronic stress, poor dietary choices, lack of sleep, and exposure to environmental pollutants and smoking can disrupt hair growth cycles, leading to hair loss.
Tips to Manage Hair Loss
Managing hair loss can be approached through various strategies that promote hair health, address underlying causes, and provide cosmetic solutions. Here’s your to-do checklist:
Maintain a Healthy Diet
If you are like us and time-constrained, then it is of the utmost importance to tailor your nurtritional habits to consume a balanced diet rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that promote hair health. Include foods rich in iron, biotin, zinc, vitamin D, and omega-3 fatty acids. Supplements are an overlooked part of our diets so restoring them would be a great place to start.
Chronic stress can contribute to hair loss and let’s be honest, who doesn’t suffer from stress? Incorporating stress management techniques into your daily routine, such as exercise, meditation, yoga, or engaging in activities that bring you joy, is a must-do. Wake up early, sleep early, be selfish and look after yourself is the mantra for the day, every day. It’s called self-love and it matters.
Be Gentle with Your Hair
Reduce Harsh Styling
Avoid harsh brushing, combing, or styling techniques that can cause unnecessary tension or damage to your hair. Using wide-toothed combs or brushes with soft bristles to prevent breakage. This is such a small yet effective tip that many overlook the importance of handling their hair in a more gentle way.
Also, avoid tight ponytails, buns, braids, or hairstyles that put excessive strain on your hair and scalp. Opt for looser styles that allow your hair to breathe and minimize tension.
Limit Heat Applications
Excessive use of heat-styling tools, such as flat irons, curling irons, and blow dryers, can weaken your hair and contribute to hair loss. Limiting the use of these tools and applying a heat protectant spray liberally on your hair, before styling will help reduce hair damage and hair fall. This tip literally costs nothing to do and ensures you are in balance when it comes to styling your hair.
Choose Gentle Hair Care Products
Use mild, sulphate-free shampoos and gentle conditioners that are specifically formulated for your hair type and concerns. Avoid products that contain harsh chemicals or irritants that may further damage your hair or scalp.
Consult a Dermatologist or Trichologist
If you experience significant hair loss, it is always advisable to consult a dermatologist or trichologist. These experts can help identify the root cause of your hair loss and provide specific treatments or recommendations. Always good to get scientific, professional and trusted advice if your hair fall is not improving with natural remedies!
Secret Ingredients to Manage Hair Loss
Did you know that Green Tea is a natural ingredient that has gained popularity for its health benefits, including its potential effects on hair health? While research on the direct impact of green tea on hair loss is limited, it is believed to possess properties that can promote scalp health and reduce hair loss. Here are a few ways in which green tea may contribute to improving hair health:
Green tea is rich in antioxidants called catechins, which help protect hair follicles from oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals. This protection may support overall hair health and potentially reduce hair loss.
Stimulates Hair Growth
Some studies suggest that the polyphenols in green tea stimulate hair growth by increasing the activity of certain growth factors and promoting blood circulation in the scalp.
Green tea contains compounds that inhibit the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone associated with hair loss in individuals genetically predisposed to androgenetic alopecia. By reducing DHT levels, green tea may help prevent hair miniaturisation and shedding.
Applying green tea topically can help soothe the scalp and reduce inflammation, which may contribute to hair loss. It can also provide a gentle cleansing effect and help control excess oil production on the scalp. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to prepare a green tea rinse to use after shampooing your hair:
Green Tea Rinse for Scalp Health
1. Brew a cup of green tea by steeping a tea bag or loose leaves in hot water for 3-5 minutes. Ensure the tea is sufficiently cooled before use.
2. After shampooing your hair, pour the cooled green tea over your scalp and massage it gently for a few minutes.
3. Leave the green tea on your scalp for around 5-10 minutes to allow the beneficial compounds to penetrate the hair follicles.
4. Rinse your hair thoroughly with cool water to remove the green tea.
You can repeat this process a few times a week as part of your regular hair care routine.
While oils alone will not provide a miraculous turnaround solution, specific oils such as Argan Oil have shown promise in promoting healthier hair growth and reducing hair loss. Argan oil is a popular natural oil that has been used for centuries for its hair and skin benefits. While it may not directly treat hair loss or stimulate new hair growth, Argan oil can help nourish and improve the overall health of your hair, which can indirectly contribute to reducing hair loss.
Argan oil is rich in essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and Vitamin E, which can help moisturise and nourish your scalp and hair follicles. Keeping the scalp hydrated may help create a healthy environment for hair growth. Applying Argan Oil directly to your hair can help make it softer, more manageable, and less prone to breakage, which can minimise hair loss caused by damage or brittleness. If scalp inflammation is contributing to hair loss, the anti-inflammatory properties of Argan Oil can help soothe the scalp and reduce irritation. The antioxidants in Argan Oil help protect your hair from environmental stressors, such as heat styling, UV rays, and pollution, which can cause damage and weaken the hair.
Alternatively, blending Sweet Almond Oil with the essential oil, Ylang Ylang, can provide a rich moisturising solution for your hair as well.
Remember, hair loss is a common concern faced by many so you are not alone. For individuals desiring an immediate solution to hair loss, we recommend trying out our Green Tea Scalp Rinse and Hair Moisturising Essentials as a great place to get started with products that can naturally enhance your hair. If your hair fall is not improving or you are losing hair in clumps, seeking support from specialist professionals is important to obtain the appropriate treatment for your situation. Consulting with a healthcare professional or trichologist can provide personalised advice and recommendations tailored to your individual needs.
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