How To Care For A Dry Scalp

How To Care For A Dry Scalp

Struggling with a dry scalp? Whether it’s from over-styling or certain skin conditions such as eczema and seborrheic dermatitis, there are many reasons behind this common skin problem. Harsh winter weather conditions also play a part in drying out the skin and causing damage, meaning many people suffer from a dry scalp during the colder months.

If a dry scalp is causing you stress and worry, there are things you can do to relieve the problem. In this blog, we’ll take you through the causes of a dry scalp, and the steps you can take to keep it at bay. Make sure to browse our thinning and hair loss range to find lots of great products to achieve a hydrated and healthy scalp.

Our top tips for caring for a dry scalp are:

  • Reduce how often you wash your hair
  • Use a gentle shampoo
  • Take care when styling your hair
  • Turn down the heat on the styling products
  • Use deeply moisturising hair care items

Let’s look at how to care for a dry scalp in more depth, as well as some of the products you can incorporate into your hair care and skin care routine to improve dry skin in general.

Reduce how often you wash your hair

Overwashing and excessive shampooing can be detrimental to the condition of your hair and scalp. It can make your hair brittle, difficult to style, and even greasy due to over-production of oil. If you wash your hair every morning and notice symptoms of a dry scalp, like itchiness, flaking, and dry skin elsewhere, it might be time to cut back on the cleansing.

Which products should I use?

Make sure you’re using cleaning products specifically designed to treat dry scalps such as the Sebamed Anti-dry revitalising shampoo 200ml. And if you’re experiencing dry skin elsewhere, it’s time to invest in good-quality moisturising products. One of the best products for dry skin, we recommend the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion 500ml for its deeply hydrating formula.

Use a gentle shampoo

Using a gentle shampoo is one of the most important steps you can take to combat a dry scalp. Treating your hair with harsh products can strip it of much-needed moisture, which can lead to irritated skin and thinning of the follicles. Refresh your shower stash with some milder shampoos which will provide quick relief for your dry scalp.

Which products should I use?

The Tara Smith Vegan Hair Care range is a great choice when it comes to tackling dry skin. Their fantastic products work to hydrate and moisturise, leaving you with soothed and shiny locks. And even better, all their products are made from natural ingredients, which is excellent news for your hair! Try the Tara Smith gorgeously gentle shampoo 250ml for rapid, noticeable improvements.

Take care when styling your hair

If you suffer from a dry scalp, being very careful when styling your hair is crucial. If your hair becomes super tangled after washing, try not to be too harsh when brushing through the knots, as this can damage your scalp further and cause it to dry out faster. Using a wide-tooth comb or a detangling brush is a great way to provide gentle care for your hair and make styling a more comfortable experience.

Which products should I use?

The John Freida detangle comb offers one of the best dry skin solutions. Featuring widely-spaced teeth, this is a Holy Grail product when it comes to styling sensitive hair and tackling a dry scalp.

Turn down the heat on the styling products

If you find yourself reaching for the styling products daily, it might be a good idea to cut down your use. Excessive heat on your head can cause the water droplets in your skin to evaporate, resulting in loss of moisture and a damaged scalp.

Whether it’s super straight hair or bouncy curls you want, try turning down the heat on your styling products to the lowest setting. Or start using them only a couple of times a week. Avoid the hairdryer and let your locks dry naturally, too.

Which products should I use?

Investing in a high-quality heat protection spray is a good idea if you use heated styling products. We recommend the Tresemme keratin smooth heat protection spray 200ml to protect against damage and give your hair a boost.

Use deeply moisturising hair care items

When choosing hair care products, go for deeply moisturising varieties to restore a bit of moisture to your hair and help repair a dry, damaged scalp. And if you aren’t already doing so, make sure to drink plenty of water to keep your skin nice and hydrated.

Which products should I use?

The American Crew Daily Moisturising Shampoo 450ml is an intensely hydrating shampoo which provides a deep clean and ultimate protection for the scalp. Give it a go and discover the results for yourself!

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The Best Black Friday Offers 2020

The Best Black Friday Offers 2020

With the 27th just around the corner, prepare to experience a Black Friday like never before! Shopping online is the easiest it’s ever been here at Fragrance Direct as we’re showcasing some of the best beauty offers along with incredible deals on fragrances, pamper essentials and home scents too. Are you ready?

Gatineau SPF Daily Urban Protection Collection, £34.99

SAVE £40

Take advantage of incredible savings on this Daily Urban Protection Collection from iconic beauty brand, Gatineau, featuring their Perfection Ultime Daily Urban UV Shield SPF50, Perfection Ultime 30ml, Nourishing Lip Balm SPF15, Clear Aquamemory High Hydration Mask 15ml and Travel Cosmetic Bag.

Tigi Catwalk Your Highness Tween Duo, £13.99

SAVE £15

If you’re a haircare fanatic and a fan of this brand, the TIGI Catwalk Your Highness Tween Duo has been put together especially for people with flat hair that needs some serious lift. Working together, the shampoo and conditioner will add volume and enhance your hair’s flexibility, creating big, bouncy hair that moves freely and exudes vitality!

REN Clean Skincare Ultra Moisture Day Cream 50ml, £19.99

SAVE £14

Skincare lover? This day cream has been specially developed with a moisturising complex to leave your dry skin feeling soft, comfortable, unbeatably hydrated and looking gorgeously healthy. Bio Extracts strengthen the skin’s structure to help retain moisture. If you don’t know REN Clean Skincare, get to know!

Decleor Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, £17.99

SAVE £8

Would you really turn down a pamper session? Experience a calming cleanse with the DECLÉOR’s Luxury Size Lavender Shower Gel, a soothing body wash infused with Lavender Essential Oil. Tested on sensitive skin, this bath and shower gel effectively lifts away dirt and impurities while delicately scenting the skin with its relaxing Lavender aroma. It will soothe and caress the skin, softening and cleansing to leave the body feeling refreshed and comforted. Ah, a dream…

The Body Shop British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask, £12.99

SAVE £5

Grow your glow with the classic brand, The Body Shop’s British Rose Fresh Plumping Mask. Inspired by the European bathing rituals, their 100% vegan refreshing gel face mask is infused with real rose petals, rose essence, rosehip oil and organic Community Trade aloe vera. And what’s more, it’s formulated without parabens, paraffin, silicone or mineral oil. Reveal skin that’s replenished with moisture and visibly smooth with a youthful dewy appearance.

Australian Bodycare Hand Cream, £9.99

SAVE £5

Because a good hand cream is an essential! This hand cream features natural, Australian Tea Tree Oil for very dry and cracked hands. Simply, rub the cream into your hands, paying special attention to knuckles and dry areas. Apply it 1-2 times daily or as needed. For a complete refreshing experience, combine with Australian Bodycare Body Wash. What’s better is that this hand cream is dermatologically tested and 100% vegan.

Sanctuary Spa Cloudberry & Lychee Blossom Body Wash, £2.99

SAVE £4

Featuring a unique blend of super fruity cloudberry and intensely juicy lychees. Juice up your shower show each morning and get jiggy in tumbling clouds of fluffy foam, filled with cloudberry and lychee extracts to leave your skin feeling super cleansed, seriously soft and smelling good enough to eat.

Fragrance Deals

If you’re on the lookout for incredible deals on your favourite scents from brands including Viktor & Rolf, Calvin Klein, Elie Saab, Marc Jacobs and more, you can shop from the best right here!

Body Deals

In need of some new pamper products or looking to gift your loved ones some nourishing bath and body treats? Shop Australian Bodycare, NUXE, Gatineau and more!

Candles & Home

On a mission to turn your home surroundings into an entrancing Winter Wonderland? Shop great brands featuring Yankee Candle, WoodWick, Shearer Candles, Price’s and more!

Effortless Autumn/Winter Hairstyles

Effortless Autumn/Winter Hairstyles

The summer nights are no longer and these darker nights are beginning to make us wonder… will we ever leave the house with more than just a half-dried hair look? Luckily we have rounded up a selection of quick and easy hairstyles you can replicate at home with the use of just a comb! 

Don’t get yourself in a muddle, just follow our small guide to autumn’s hottest looks. We’ll make sure that styling your hair will never be a struggle again! 

1. Clip It Back

Go to town on your accessories with this functional and affordable look. Not only is it simple, it’s also the hottest hair trend this year, with every catwalk filled with pretty pearl clips, it’s a must-have addition to your lookbook. We recommend using the funkiest clips you can find, style your hair and then go wild! Don’t be afraid to mix and match with different sizes and textures, this will help to add a touch of personality to an otherwise casual look. 

2. Mermaid Waves

Defeat the heat and use a sock to create effortless mermaid waves. Yes, you heard it right, using a pair of socks to wave your hair is so on-trend RN. Following a viral trend on TikTok, beauty fanatics have been curling their hair with the help of a little bit of water and a pair of their fave socks! So, save yourself and hit the snooze button  tomorrow, because you won’t need to spend 30 minutes trying to salvage your bodacious bed-head, just separate your damp hair into a few sections, then weave each section of hair in between each sock in a crisscross motion. Finish the look off in the morning with the texturizing salt spray to maximise volume and create a long-lasting effect. 

3. Half Up Half Down

If your hair tends to get greasy, oily or frizzy, this look is the perfect way to deal with those extra oils. It works best on those days where you just can’t be bothered to wash your hair. Whether your hair is short, long or curly, just section the front of your hair and tie it back with a cute clip and a bobble and hey presto you’re all done! 

4. Low Bun and Scrunchie 

Hairstyle trends come and go, but the low bun is timeless. Whether you prefer your bun to be sleek or your bun to be slightly tousled, this classic look has you covered. Use a brush and either gel or pomade to pull back the hair into a bun, creating a clean, fresh finish. If you’re going for more of a relaxed feel, spray your hair with dry shampoo to create a lightweight texture, then, tie it back loosely and pull out a few strands to shape your face. Don’t forget to pop a cute scrunchie around your bun to really make your hair stand out from the crowd. 

5. Scarf It

Say goodbye to wasting time in front of the mirror and hello to lie-ins this season with the trouble-free scarf look! Wear it on your head, tie your hair with it or even wear it around your neck for an oh so chic look. The scarf is a versatile way to turn that basic pony into a playful ponytail in just a few simple steps. Autumn is here, so be sure to match your scarf to the colours that appear this season…

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The Benefits of Natural Haircare

The Benefits of Natural Haircare

Natural ingredients are taking the beauty industry by storm. From oils and serums to styling tools made from eco-friendly materials, there are more natural products appearing on the market every season.

But what are the benefits of choosing natural products? Can they help improve the appearance and condition of your skin and hair? Here we’re going to take a look at some of the benefits of natural hair care, so you can choose your products with confidence.

1. No chemicals

Natural hair products are made from ingredients that grow or are produced naturally. That means no synthetic nasties doing damage to your locks. Ditching products that contain sulfates, parabens, and silicones may improve the appearance and condition of your hair in the long term.

When you rinse a natural shampoo or conditioner off your hair, you’re only putting safe ingredients down the drain. This can be good for the environment, too.

2. Good for the environment

Choosing natural haircare is generally better for the environment. Most natural hair products are made using sustainable ingredients, while lots also use 100% recycled and recyclable packaging. Be sure to research your chosen brand carefully, though.

3. Healthier hair and scalp

Healthy hair is within reach! Choosing natural hair products can improve the condition of your strands in the long-term. When you select naturally nourishing ingredients, your hair may become more moisturised, less frizzy, and curlier.

What’s more, the drying ingredients found in lots of non-natural hair products can dry and irritate your scalp. Using a shampoo made from natural ingredients can help to hydrate and soothe your skin. This means less itching and flaking too!

4. Can support your overall health

When you apply products to your skin, your body absorbs them into your system. Choosing natural hair products means putting only healthy ingredients onto your skin. Lots of natural haircare contains ingredients like avocado, nut oils, and shea butter, which all boast health benefits of their own.

5. No animal testing

Most natural haircare is also cruelty-free, while products which contain chemicals have sometimes been tested on animals. Research your chosen brand carefully to find out more about their practices. Choosing natural products often means supporting the right types of brands.

6. The right ingredients for you

With so much natural haircare on the market, it’s easier than ever to choose a product that’s right for you.

If you have dry, frizzy hair, look for something with shea butter to nourish your locks. If your hair is weak and breaks easily, try a natural product with magnesium or wheat protein for proven strengthening benefits. At the same time, curly hair can benefit from hair care that contains coconut oil.

Choosing the right natural oil for your hair

There are three main types of natural oil we use on our hair. The best one for you will depend on your unique needs. Here’s an overview:

  • Argan oil. Super-popular in haircare for its conditioning benefits. Argan oil may make your hair sleeker, shinier, and softer. Just apply a drop after washing.
  • Jojoba oil. Jojoba oil is as good for your hair as it is for your skin. Use it to condition and help prevent hair loss.
  • Macadamia oil. The best for dry and frizzy hair, macadamia oil can also help protect against breakage and minimise split ends.

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5 Game-Changing Conditioners For Dry Hair

5 Game-Changing Conditioners For Dry Hair

If you’re tired of using the same products over and over again, bored of the same scents or feel like your hair just isn’t truly benefiting from your trusty old conditioner anymore, it’s time to get a new one. It’s out with the old and in with the new. We’ve rounded up 5 game-changing conditioners for dry hair so you can inject a new lease of life into your haircare routine in no time!

Alteya Organics Quince Citrus Revitalising Conditioner, £10.95

This invigorating light conditioning treatment helps hydrate, smooth and detangle, making hair more manageable over time. It is formulated with cupacu butter to help protect hair from pollution and other environmental stressors. The quince citrus conditioning complex energises hair, providing essential nourishment and shine, without weighing it down.

Australian Bodycare Hair Care Conditioner, £8.95

Australian Bodycare’s conditioner combines the deep-cleansing properties of pure tea tree oil with panthenol, shea butter extract, and Tasmanian pepper. Tea tree oil is known for its cleansing, soothing, and antibacterial properties; it removes unwanted bacteria from the skin, which can otherwise lead to skin problems and irritation. This is why it’s been used down the years in topical medicines for damaged, broken, or infected skin, and also why it has been increasingly added to skin care products and cosmetics in recent years!

L’Oreal Paris Elvive Rapid Reviver Long Hair Conditioner, £4.50

Introducing the Rapid Reviver Power Conditioner from Elvive Dream Lengths. Need more than a regular conditioner? Discover the power of this intense conditioning formula, infused with an Amino Acid and Castor Oil. The formula leaves hair feeling intensely nourished and reinforced. Contains twice more conditioning ingredients versus a classic conditioner and it helps to reduce breakage from brushing.

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Conditioner, £8.99

Shea Moisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Conditioner instantly softens and detangles while infusing hair with intense moisture and shine-enhancing nutrients. Certified organic Shea Butter, Honey, Mafura and Baobab are blended into a rich formulation of restorative oils to nourish and condition dry, brittle hair, helping to restore manageability. Antioxidant-rich African Rock Fig helps boost hydration while protecting hair from environmental influences. Leaves hair soft, shiny and easy to style!

Tigi Catwalk Your Highness Elevating Conditioner, £14.50

Tigi Catwalk Your Highness Elevating Conditioner creates fullness and shine, leaving your hair soft and full of body. A deep moisturising conditioner that will coat each and every strand of your hair with weightless nourishment topped with the aroma of Lavender, Violet, Wisteria and Jasmine!

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Summer Hair Goals 2020: Styles, Cut & Colour

Summer Hair Goals 2020: Styles, Cut & Colour

Sunshine, warm weather, cocktails, cute shorts and dresses are just a few of our favourite things the summer brings with it each year but what’s even more fun in the beauty department is hair. Whether you’re the type to need it fully up and away from your face while you soak up some rays or you enjoy experimenting with different styles and accessories, this summer hairstyle inspiration may be just what you ordered!

Before we jump into all of this inspirational summer hairstyle goodness, the key to good hair is putting aside the time to care for it. From hair wash co-ords to luscious styling treatments we have so many incredible brands to shop from at Fragrance Direct. Don’t forget to check them out after you’ve picked your dream hairstyle!

1. Trendy Space Buns

Super trendy and original, this hairstyle is great for curly, more textured hair. Featuring cute plaits at the front finished with hair jewels as the roots and mid-lengths to frame the face with two space buns giving us major Princess Leia vibes, we’re loving this style.

2. Summer Dreads

If you’re sporting dreads this summer, hair jewellery is definitely the way to go. The little pieces of silver or gold-plated clips and accessories catch the sun perfectly and will give your hair that look as if it’s sparkling and wet. This is an uber-trendy hairstyle that would also make some great pictures for the gram.

3. Contrast Lob

Is your hair just so naturally straight that it struggles to hold a curl? A diagonal-parted lob (long bob) could be just the thing. When it comes to blonde hair today, a huge trend is having naturally blended roots drawn out to make an edgy contrast. This is also a great style that takes minimal effort.

4. Long Dutch Braids

Been dedicated to growing lovely long locks and going for the chop just isn’t an option? This simple yet stunning summer hairstyle is perfect. Middle parting, strands to frame the face and two Dutch braids finished with hair ties at the bottom of the head before wrapping more hair to cover… this one looks great!

5. The Plaited Low Bun

Now, this one is slightly more complicated but let’s roll with it. All you need to do to recreate this gorgeous summery bohemian style is plait a few pieces of hair towards the front of your face before bringing them to the back to tie in a low bun. The looser the better for an effortless look.

6. Ultimate Curly Updo

The prettiest of summer updos! A messy bun is iconic but with just that little bit of extra effort to create some curls (if you weren’t blessed with them naturally), you can take your bun to a whole other level. Framing the face is key to achieve that effortless, “I’ve just rolled out of bed” look and styled with some statement earrings and necklace, this summer hairstyle is amazing.

7. Rocker Chic Short Cut

Feeling brave enough to go for the ultimate chop, this hairstyle is amazing. It’s giving us major rock goddess vibes, and with winged eyeliner and a bold lip, you’ll have a new signature style in no time. If you’re trying not to use so much heat on your hair this summer, try letting your hair dry naturally to find your own unique wave.

8. The New Down

Up and over, it’s as simple as that. If you’re lucky enough to have super long curly hair, whether it’s natural or you have the help of extensions, a gorgeous way to wear this hair is to go for an extreme side parting and bring your hair to sit over one shoulder. To add extra texture, you could add styling products like salt sprays or curl lotions, and you’ll be looking like a model in no time!

9. Space Buns Meets Full Fringe

Space buns and a fringe, now that’s a pretty summer hairstyle. No matter your hair type, this style looks great on curly textured hair and it would look just as cute on a subtle wavy or straight type of hair too. The full fringe really does give it that extra oomph and statement jewellery is always guaranteed to take your look further too.

10. Hair Bubble Ponytail

There’s just something about this summer hairstyle that looks so funky yet it’s really not a hard one to recreate. All you’ll need is 5-8 bobbles depending on how long your hair is. Start by tying your hair back into a ponytail, level with your ears then start adding more bobbles as you make your way down. To get that puffy, bubble-like look, lightly pull out the outer sections of each in each part and there you have it!

Images: Pinterest

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