Do you suffer from an itchy scalp? Constantly worrying about whether people can see any dandruff? Well you are not the only one…
Your scalp is very sensitive and needs as much care as our skin on your body or face. However, many of us do not prioritise our scalp and don’t give it much thought as it is hidden under our hair. And with everyone increasingly relying on styling products, dry shampoo’s and texturizing products our scalps can get neglected. To give you some understanding, the lower layers are the healthiest, while the outer layers are the dead cells ready to shed and be replaced.
A healthy scalp requires regular cleansing and exfoliating to remove all bacteria, sweat, oil and dead cells from the surface. So here are some easy tips for you to think about.
#1 Exfoliating is key – The answer to speeding up the skin cell turnover process is to exfoliate regularly. If you feel you suffer with psoriasis then try and exfoliate every time you wash your hair if you feel you have a healthy head of hair, we recommend exfoliating once a week.
#2 Get those Cells Going – Beneath your skin is a network of blood cells that carry oxygen and vital nutrients. Keeping the circulation going by regular messaging will benefit the condition of your scalp no end. Massage in small circular motions with slight pressure to really get those cells moving. This in turn will encourage increased hair growth to help you get those long, glossy locks!
#3 Cutting Chemicals – We are all up for improving our appearance, but we do know that curling, dying and perming our hair constantly damages it because it dries it out. Using chemicals is also bad for your scalp too, strong chemicals can irritate the delicate skin on your head so it’s even more reason to be conscientious and try to cut down if you can. Even if it is the small things such as using your straighteners twice a week instead of everyday it all helps towards keep your hair and scalp in top condition.
We’ve pulled together a list of great products that will help keep your hair looking great but also protect and nourish your scalp too!
#1 You must shampoo regularly to get rid of all dead cells and cleanse your scalp. Have a look for products that contain natural ingredients that are less likely to irritate the skin. We recommend Daily Defense Argan Oil Shampoo. This brand uses natural ingredients and botanical extracts and aims to still give you a fresh, clean look.
#2 If you are a man, really struggling with your scalp we have a comb through oil that utilizes the benefits of tea tree to ensure your scalp is healthy. The ORS Tea Tree Oil Soothing Hair and Scalp Oil works to get give you the best scalp care at great price!
#3 Foltene Hair and Scalp Treatment for women is a new formula that is biomineral complex to improvement the health of your hair and scalp. It does this by improving the biological function of the scalp by feeding the follicle with amino acids, viatmins A, B5, C E and P, effectively improving conditions such as dandruff.
#4 If you suffer predominately from dandruff or an irritated scalp then this shampoo can help remove the dead skin cells, so they are not sitting in your hair. American Crew Daily Shampoo breaks down excess oil in the hair allowing it to be gently rinsed away. The safe leaf and chamomile extracts provide shine but more importantly reduce bacteria.
#5 Sometimes conditioners can worsen the problem. With long hair conditioners are used to keep the ends nourished so they don’t become dry and brittle, this helps with overall appearance and tangles. However, some conditions can cling to the roots and feel as if it has not been washed out of the hair properly. This conditioner is great as it leaves your hair clean as well as not irritating a sensitive scalp. Since using this my scalp is less itchy and the texture of my hair feels less greasy.
Remember through these winter months our skin needs a little more looking after than usual so don’t forget your scalp! A happy head means happy hair.
We are all missing the summer months of longer days and warmer weather and now that the weather has turned, and temperatures have dropped, have you noticed a difference in your hair? We all struggle to maintain a good hair day when the weather is against us. Trying to get through your day without the wind giving you knots and the rain producing a head full of frizz, is a full-time job.
Dry hair can be caused by the cold weather, and exacerbated with the extreme difference in temperatures from outside to inside, hotter showers, and as the party season starts we increasingly use heat to style our looks.
Here are a few easy tips to help – Have your shower on a lower setting, a lukewarm temperature will help prevent drying hair out. Making sure you towel dry can make a big difference, as the less heat used on your hair the better.
Now we are in November add hair masks to your routine. There is a bit of a buzz around hair masks just now, so there are plenty to try. Giving your hair a good intensive condition regularly will protect it and keep it feeling soft and luxurious. What every girl wants! Oils such as moringa oil, coconut oil and black caster oil have become an essential addition to our hair care routines too, and running a few drops through your hair once towel dried will help to strengthen hair as well as delivering healthy shine.
We have put together a list of products we recommend, to get you through the festive season with fabulous locks!
Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque -If you are looking for a complete hair solution this miracle maker reconstructs dry damaged hair. The combination of Macadamia and Argan oil interacts with tea tree, aloe and algae extracts to rebuild hair leaving it deeply nourished for improved elasticity and shine with lasting benefits.
Natural World Coconut Milk Hair Oil – This product provides thirst quenching, lightweight hydration and luscious shine to the hair leaving it soft and shiny. It absorbs instantly leaving no oily residue, so it is a quick and easy solution.
TIGI Catwalk – This shampoo and conditioner twin set is our personal favourite for revitalising hair. This duo contains oatmeal and honey and is comfort food for damaged hair.
Charles Worthington Colour Revive Mousse – no time to get to the salon before that big night out? Then this colour revive mousse from Charles Worthington is a must have. The new formula has been developed to help reduce colour fade, maintain your lustrous colour and enrich depth and tones.
Osmo Blowdry Potion – This product is your best friend, trust me you need it for those plans this Christmas! It’s a specifically formulated styling lotion designed to thicken and hold all styles. Enjoy an effortless blow-drying experience while reducing friction and breakages caused by heat styling. Leaving your hair full, static free and healthy!
If you want more advice on perfecting your autumn/winter look take a look our make up tutorial!
Our hair can often get a little damaged after the heat of the summer sun (not to mention any damage done if you’ve been lucky enough to swim in the sea or the pool). It can also be extra vulnerable to heating tools in the winter, meaning that staying away from heat styling is the best way to keep your locks looking healthy, soft and shiny in the colder months.
From braids to buns and ponytails to up-dos, whether you have short, long, or medium length hair, we’ve put together a guide on the best heat-free hairstyles to keep your locks looking amazing throughout the winter.
Hairstyles for short hair
The Red-Carpet Sidepart
Short hair parted to one side is a timelessly feminine and glamorous look – think Claire Foy on the red carpet. What’s more, it’s super easy and quick to do.
Use a thin-toothed comb to part your hair to one slide. Then, use a gel, like Wella Shockwaves Extra Strong Hold Gel to slick your hair in place without any stiffness. Quick, easy and super glam.
The Half Bun
This style is a life saver for the girl on the go. It’s quick, easy and always looks cute (even if you’ve not washed your hair for a week).
Brush your hair with a wide-toothed comb and add some Salt Spray, like Osmo Matt Sea Salt Spray for texture. Now, gather half your hair (between your left and right temples) into a ponytail and tie it with a hair elastic. Then, divide your half ponytail into three equal sections and twirl and roll up each section, clipping them to the top of your head. Have a little play around with the style until you find the perfect balance of smart and messy.
Finishing this look with some light hold hairspray will ensure it stays looking cool all day.
The Side Braid
The side braid is a look that can be worn to work, on a night out or even on holiday and is perfect if you’ve gone a few days without washing your hair.
All you need is a comb, some hairpins and an elastic hair tie. Comb your hair and tie it up while leaving a section at the front out of the ponytail. Then, braid this section in a Dutch braid until the end and secure it with an elastic band. Pull on the braid a little bit to make it bigger and more voluminous, and then pin it to the side of your head.
To go for the full “pin-up” look, you can wrap a scarf around the back of the braid and secure the front with a little hairspray.
Medium Length Hair
The Double French Braid
Kim Kardashian rocks it, and now you can too. The double French braid is perfect for keeping your medium length hair out of your face, ideal to help you stay looking glam at the gym or while playing sports.
This one is a little complicated to explain (but very easy to do), so we recommend checking out a tutorial on YouTube such as this one. Try it a couple of different ways and you’ll find a technique that you love.
Ponytails are a classic look whatever your hair type, and the side-swept ponytail will add an extra level of glamour to your day-to-day look.
Use a small amount of hair mousse such as Aussie Miracle Styling Mousse Volume & Conditioning on damp hair and make sure it’s covered from root to tip. Then, once your hair is completely dry, create a deep side part in your hair with a fine-toothed comb, and brush your hair over to the opposite side.
Gather your hair into a low ponytail at the side of your neck and secure with an elastic hair tie. Try spreading your hair over your shoulder for a more sophisticated look.
The Simple Messy Bun
The simple messy bun is a great way to look cool and carefree, and has just enough glamour to take you from day to night. It’s also super quick and simple to do – perfect for those mornings you might have slept through your alarm!
Simply tie your hair into a high ponytail, then grab the ends and twist. Wrap the twist around your ponytail and secure it with an elastic hair tie. Once the bun is secure, pull out small strands from both the top and the bottom to create a messy look.
To secure the bun spray some firm hold hairspray like Charles Worthington Style Setter Strong Hold Hairspray to keep the strands in place.
Hairstyles for long hair
The Tuck and Cover French Braid
This style is simple and elegant, and works best when you use a headband to wrap your hair around.
Grab the front section of your hair, and braid a French braid over the top of the headband, down towards the left ear. Then, wrap the back section of your hair around the headband in three parts. If there is any hair in the hairband, make sure to tuck it in tight.
Secure it with some hairspray and you should be good to go!
The Party Ponytail
This is an amazing style for those blessed with long hair, especially if you have an event where you can wear a backless dress!
Start by teasing out your hair with your fingers, leaving it soft and tangle-free. Then, use a comb to backcomb under the crown of your hair for fullness. Starting from behind your ears, section off your hair and pull the back section into a ponytail. Twist the right side of your hair over the hair-tie and then repeat with the left slide.
You’ll look amazing with minimum effort, leaving you more time to party!
Half Up Half Down
This style has a lovely feminine look to it, and if you’re feeling particularly girly, you can accessorise with a bow at the back!
Using a comb, tease the crown of your hair to add volume. Then, smooth over the top layer of your crown without combing out the teasing. Gather small sections of your hair in the middle of your head (just under the section you teased) and secure with bobby pins. Gather the sections of hair around your face and tie them together with a small rubber band just above where your bobby pins are located. Then you can add the bow if you want!
Whatever type or length of hair you have, there are many heat free, DIY hairstyles that will get you through the colder months. It’s the perfect time to give your hair a rest while still looking chic and stylish.
For more info on keeping your hair healthy and strong, check out the best oils available for each different type of hair.
Oils are known to be great for your skincare routine, especially if you suffer from dry, flaky skin. In fact, we’ve written an article all about it. But did you know that oils can work wonders for your hair as well? Whether you have uncontrollable curls or fine, sleek hair or anything in between, hair oils can help you control, hydrate and protect your hair from damage.
We’ve compiled a list of the best hair-oils on the market, and how they can help you look your very best.
Coconuts have long been a multi-purpose tool; acting as a healthy snack, a refreshing drink and a target to be knocked over at funfairs. But, did you know that coconut oil can work wonders for your hair?
Coconut oil has antibacterial, antimicrobial, and emollient properties. The lauric acid in coconut oil strengthens roots by warding off bacteria. It also conditions hair from within, moisturising your locks so they retain strength and shine. If frizz is an issue, coconut oil can reduce the loss of protein which can cause hair to become weak and unhealthy.
You only need to apply a pea-sized amount of Inecto Naturals Coconut Hair Oil to towel-dried or wet hair to reap the benefits of coconut oil. Be sure to comb the oil through your hair so that you reach every strand -the process is even easier if you warm the oil before applying.
For those of us who suffer from the curse of the frizz, a little of Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hair Milk can go a long way. The natural ingredients will nourish, hydrate and repair damage to your hair and the coconut smoothie recipe will leave you with hair that is soft to the touch and smells gorgeous.
Almond oil is rich in minerals that are important for hair growth such as magnesium, calcium and zinc. Applying some Dark And Lovely Oil Moisturiser Hair Lotion With Almond Oil will add a little bounce and shine to your hair whilst also protecting your sensitive scalp.
The vitamin E in the Daily Defense Shea Butter & Almond Oil Shampoo is rich in antioxidants that can help repair damage to your hair, neutralizing the free radicals that are a major obstacle to healthy hair. The almond oil also locks in moisture and coats your hair to help protect it against damage.
Castor oil is a vegetable oil made out of the pressed seeds of the castor oil plant. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and is high in vital nutrients such as vitamin E, along with beneficial fatty acids like omega 6 and 9. Castor oils also have high ricinoleic acid content that helps to increase circulation to the scalp which improves hair growth.
The Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Edge Treatment is rich in essential fatty acids and other natural ingredients, like peppermint, to invigorate your scalp and help promote hair growth. The added Keratin will also de-frizz your hair and leave you with shiny and healthy looking curls.
Avocado oil can provide your hair with long-lasting and deep hydration, which makes it the perfect treatment for those of us with dry or damaged hair lacking in moisture. Avocado is rich in fatty amino acids that coat the hair. It also contains vitamins A, B6, D and E, and minerals like copper and iron, which can help stimulate blood flow and unclog blocked follicles which can help fight hair loss and aid growth.
Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Moist Avocado & Olive Oil Shampoo is the perfect shampoo for those with heat or style damaged hair, delivering shine, hydration and control. Combining avocado and olive oil, it will leave hair clean and shiny without weighing it down. For hair that needs a little extra replenishing, Anatomicals Phwoar! Not Straw Avocado Hair Mask is rich in Vitamin E and will help give dry hair that extra TLC it may need.
Argan oil is a great all rounder for treating many different types of hair. It adds moisture to dry hair without leaving residue and will leave fine, grease-prone hair clean and shiny. It also contains antioxidants which help boost cells and encourages them to produce healthy hair and can be used to fight dandruff and a dry scalp.
Using Daily Defense Argan Oil Shampoo and Daily Defense Conditioner Argan Oil will ensure your hair has amazing texture and rich shine. It’s also safe to use with colour-treated hair. Cantu Argan Oil Leave-In Conditioning Repair Cream has been specifically formulated to protect and reverse the damages of everyday styling, promoting strong, healthy hair. Use once a week on top of your regular hair care routine to keep it soft and shiny!
If you have naturally curly hair, macadamia oil is great for keeping it under control. It’s reconstructive, hydrating and packed full of antioxidants, so is great for calming frizz, tangles and dullness.
Macadamia Healing Oil Treatment will leave you with luxurious, bouncy curls, and Macadamia Healing Oil Spray is a non-greasy, lightweight spray that will keep your hair looking great on the go.
If you have dry, brittle or style damaged hair, an oil-based shampoo and conditioner and a weekly oil mask treatment will help your hair stay hydrated, soft and shiny. If you have fine, grease-prone hair, hair oils can help you with growth and dandruff management, so there really is a hair oil for everyone.
For more health and beauty advice check out our blog, where we cover everything from Autumn Beauty Trends to Vegan and Cruelty-Free Makeup.
While basking on a sunny beach can make you feel 100% refreshed and amazing, it can also seriously dry out your hair. There’s nothing worse than tackling frizzy, unmanageable hair while you’re enjoying an idyllic break in the sun. Or, dealing with the aftermath of dehydrated locks when you’re back to the daily grind.
Our solution? Work with the elements while you’re away to maximise your hair’s potential, and keep it hydrated throughout your trip to dodge the dreaded dehydrated disaster-bomb post-holiday. Here’s how:
Up the protection level
The sun’s rays don’t only damage your skin. They also zone in on your hair, drying it out and leaving it feeling brittle and delicate. Add to this the drying effect of the sea and chlorine in the pool, and you have the perfect recipe for a frizz ball.
If that’s not your ideal scenario, you’ll need to be clever about protecting your precious hair before you sink into that lounger or take the plunge in sea or pool. Check out gorgeously indulgent products like NUXE’s Sun Moisturising Protective Milky Oil For Hair, and the delicious Sexy Hair Vibrant Rose Elixir Hair & Body Dry Oil Mist.
Shampoo and condition like a pro
Whatever your usual hair type, you’ll need to increase the moisture levels during your holiday. More frequent washing due to sun, sea, and sun will also strip the hair of essential oils, so it’s worth looking for gentle cleansing shampoos and conditioners, especially if you have more delicate hair.
Some of our holiday favourites include Macadamia’s Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo for its gentle cleansing agents and moisture-boosting properties, and Philip Kingsley’s Re-Moisturizing Shampoo. And for conditioners, work smart with Alba Botanica’s Coconut Leave-In Conditioner Mist, and Toni & Guy’s Prep Leave-in Conditioner.
Work with beachy locks
Beachy waves are one of the great perks of holiday hair. Laidback and effortlessly cool, they’ll add a summery dimension to those holiday selfies. All you need to do is find the right product to boost your natural wave and apply it to dry hair. No extra work required!
Sea salt sprays are our favourite for mermaid-like locks. Try out spritzing products like Derma V10’s Sexy Messy Hair Sea Salt Spray, or Schwarzkopf’s Got2b Beach Matt Texturizing Salt Spray. Depending on your hair type, you can play around with adding it from root to tip, or just through the ends.
Oily roots can be a troublesome side effect during holiday-time. But with the right products in your suitcase, you’ll be able to banish heavy, oily roots and give your hair back its bounce.
Dry shampoos are one top way of tackling the problem. Products like Aussie’s Beach Mate Dry Shampoo gives you summery, revived locks, along with Batiste’s clever, texture boosting Instant Hair Refresh Dry Shampoo Fresh.
Cute, curled locks are all the rage at the moment. But if you’re one of the many that struggles to keep curls in, all that time and effort with the tongs can feel a little pointless. The trick is to use the right products and techniques to add a bouncy, nourished curl that won’t drop. So where do you start? Follow our easy curling tips to find out.
Prep your hair
Often this first stage is the one that’s overlooked or skipped entirely. If you’re serious about keeping those curls in place, make sure to spend time on your prep. That means washing and drying your hair and applying the right products to encourage your locks to maintain the curl.
But there’s another good reason for this step. Heated tongs can damage your hair if used incorrectly, so a good heat defending styling product is a must. To give you some inspiration, Wella’s Silvikrin Brilliant Shine and Hold gives you volume and staying power, and VO5’s Tame & Shine Spray Heat Defence will give your hair added protection before you apply the heat.
Invest in the right tongs
A good quality tong is essential if you want to perfect those curls. It can be tempting to drag some dusty old tongs from a cupboard, but if you really want to end up with a look that turns heads for the right reasons, you’ll need to splash out on the right styling tools. When it comes to technique, remember to wrap your hair around the tong, rather than rotating the tong up through each strand.
If you have straight hair, you’ll need to increase the heat, and buying tongs that can reach those higher temperatures is the first priority. Barrel size matters too. Often it feels safer to go for a larger barrel size, but brave a smaller one, and you’ll end up with curls that last longer. We love BaByliss’s Pro Ceramic Dial-a-Heat Curling Tong, which can create anything from tighter curls to soft waves.
Cool it down
Not a step to be missed, once you’ve magicked up some gorgeous waves, you’ll need to give them time to set. That means pinning them in place and leaving them to cool completely before you start messing with them.
Once you’re ready to take the pins out, tousle your hair with your fingers rather than using a brush. This will allow you to perfect your style without risking brushing all your hard work away.
Finish to perfection
Before you quite literally bounce on through the door, don’t forget to fix your style in place. A good hairspray will give your curls more reason to stay exactly where they are. Keep your distance with that spray though. Panicking and applying hairspray too close will give you a crunchy effect. Not ideal! Great, hardworking hairsprays include Charles Worthington’s Style Setter Strong Hold Hairspray, and Tigi’s Bed Head Flexi Head Strong Hold Hairspray.