6, June 2022
Hair care for your hair type
Let’s start by saying this: you have beautiful hair. And just like you, your hair is unique. So when it comes to holding down a hair care routine, no one solution suits all. Dry? Oily? Curly? Sensitive scalp? Sometimes our hair needs a helping hand. Using our naturally-derived, vegan shampoos, conditioners, these are some simple ways to get more out of your mane – happy hair days, here we come.
How to care for dry hair
Hair feeling parched? Dry, dehydrated hair isn’t just difficult to deal with – it’s more prone to damage too. Split ends, frizz, and a lack of lustre are signposts of hair in need of nourishment, fast. Here’s what you can do:
- Start by switching to a mild but moisturising shampoo and conditioner. Our Coconut hair care range harnesses the restorative power of organic coconut oil, delivering a healthy dose of hydration.
- Wash your hair less often: it lets your natural oils do their thing. Some people swear by skipping the shampoo every now and then, simply rinsing with conditioner to leave locks clean and hydrated.
- Turn down the heat. Too much styling can dry out and damage your hair even more. Try air drying
- Trim regularly to rid frazzled ends – aim for a chop every 6-8 weeks.
- Drink more water. (An obvious one, maybe.)
- Do a weekly deep condition. Our Coconut & Shea Hair Mask blends the beautiful benefits of coconut oil with ethically traded shea to nourish your tresses from root to tip.
How to care for oily hair
We all produce sebum – it’s the oily, waxy substance that protects and moisturises our skin. But when we make too much it can easily build up. An oily scalp leads to oily hair, and before you know it a hard-to-break cycle begins. This is how to get a handle on grease:
- Find the right washing frequency for you – this could take some time and testing to get right. Some might find that washing up to once a day is the only way to keep hair feeling fresh, but if you already wash this often without seeing results, the trick is to try to reduce it gradually. Over-washing can be harsh and stripping on the scalp, causing it to compensate with excess sebum.
- Skip the silicones. These synthetic ‘filler’ ingredients repel water, which makes them difficult to wash away and leads to that hard-to-budge build-up we’d rather do without. Our naturally-derived shampoos and conditioners are happily silicone free, making them as nice for you as they are for the planet.
- Be gentle when you lather – enthusiastic scrubbing can overstimulate your sebaceous glands (which make sebum).
- Wash brushes regularly: they can get just as greasy as your hair.
- Try a natural remedy. Rosemary oil, known for its gently cleansing, decongesting properties, works magic on oil-prone tresses. Our Rosemary Shampoo and Conditioner are formulated using organic rosemary leaf extract as well as rosemary essential oil, leaving your hair and scalp feeling (and smelling) fresh.
How to care for curly hair
Gifted with curls? You’ll know how tricky they can be to tame. From tight coils to loose waves, enhance your hair’s natural beauty (and bounce) with a few simple tricks:
- According to the Curly Girl Method, you should try to avoid heat. Instead, try blotting and cupping curls in a towel (or t-shirt) and letting them air dry. Whatever you do, don’t rub – this can stretch curls and cause frizz. If you must blow dry, use a diffuser.
- Cleanse your hair with our Shea & Argan Shampoo Bar which is free from sulphates and silicones – and it’s Curly Girl Method approved.
- Use a wide toothed comb to detangle hair when wet.
- Skip the shampoo from time to time. Our Shea & Argan Conditioner Bar is packed with moisturising shea butter and organic coconut oil – two natural wonders that can help to bring back your hair’s natural shine. It’s free from silicones too.
- Add a deep condition to your weekly routine with an intensely hydrating hair mask. Our Shea & Argan Nourishing Hair Mask is so good, it’s award-winning.
How to care for a sensitive scalp
OK, this isn’t so much a hair type as a ‘scalp type’ – but even so, looking after your scalp (whether it’s sensitive or not) is important for the overall health of your hair. Signs of a sensitive scalp include dryness, itching, stinging and visible redness. If irritation is flaring up, try these steps to calm things down:
- Wash less often and with lukewarm water – extreme temperatures, whether too hot or too cold, can upset your delicate scalp.
- Avoid tight hair styles and be gentle with your brush.
- Be mindful of sun exposure – hats are your best friend.
- Use gentle products that are free from harsh ingredients. While we love essential oils, we know that they might not suit the most sensitive skin types. Pure and simple, our Fragrance Free range is exactly what it sounds like: free from fragrance, essential oils, colour, parabens and SLS/SLES.
- Sometimes you need the experts. If your problems are unmanageable, it’s a good idea to have a chat with a doctor or dermatologist.