Detox makes us think of extreme regimes, juices cleanses and
fasting but it doesn’t have to be that way for your skin and hair.
Living in the world right now where we’re encouraged to stay
away from our friends and families and be at home as much as possible, it’s the
perfect time to give your skin and hair a break. Constant application of
makeup, walking round in polluted atmospheres and heat application has negative
effects on our skin and hair. So, take this opportunity to have a break and
Detoxing your skin allows you to remove all the impurities,
toxins and pollutions from the surface and reveal fresh and revitalised skin
cells. Dead skin cells leave your complexion looking dull, textured and just a
little bit sad. Exfoliating regularly removes these cells from the surface to
reveal brighter, more youthful skin.
Start with an at-home facial
Give yourself a pamper from the comfort of your own home!
Dig out that cleansing brush you’ve had for ages but rarely use and give your
skin a really good cleansing. Make sure you include a facial massage at the end
to get the blood circulating effectively!
Staying at home all day is the perfect excuse to pop a face mask on
and get on with any jobs on your to do list. Regularly using face masks allows
your skin to truly absorb the potent skincare ingredients and helps them
penetrate deep into the layers of the skin. We often think we don’t have enough
time to sit down and put a face mask on for 20 minutes so now is the perfect
opportunity! Make sure you choose one that tackles your skincare concerns
whether that be ageing, acne or pigmentation.
Take makeup breaks
I’m sure this is something a lot of us will be doing when
spending more time at home. No point wasting expensive makeup is there! Your
skin is definitely going to thank you for a few weeks’ makeup free. It allows
the skin to breathe, reset back to its natural rhythm and stay fresh. Makeup
often clogs up the pores when it isn’t properly removed so just giving yourself
a couple of weeks makeup free will really help the skin to detox.
Staying hydrated is always number one for keeping your skin
in the best condition possible. Drinking lots of water eliminates toxins from
the body and very few people drink as much water as they’re supposed to. With
spending more time at home, try to focus on giving yourself targets e.g. two
glass by 10am. Then you’re just setting your skin up to function as well as it
can do and glow!
So, your hair could benefit hugely from a little detoxing!
We put our hair through a lot on a regular basis with our normal routines of
washing, drying and styling which can leave hair dry and damage.
If you’ve always thought about trying to wash your hair less
but never got around to it with too many social occasions in the calendar, well
now’s the time to give it a go! Washing your hair less allows the oils and
minerals to stimulate the hair follicles properly and get into its own
self-cleaning routine. We’re not saying to stop washing your hair completely
but try cutting it down to twice a week to start with and see how you get on.
Have a break from heat styling
Heat is the number one thing that causes your hair damage.
Constantly blow drying, straightening, curling and styling hair put stress on
your locks and causes them to dry out, which then leads to weak and brittle
hair. Staying at home means you don’t need to constantly be washing and styling
your hair so just leave it to do its thing! It will thank you massively for it
after a few weeks…
Give it some love
Apply a hair mask once a week to give your hair a boost of nutrients and minerals. A deeply nourishing mask will help restore moisture and deeply penetrate the hair follicles. We love the Macadamia Ultra Rich Moisture Mask.
When you’re sat at home watching the TV in the evening, you’ll often see haircare and beauty ads for all of the same brands – boring. Today, we’re shouting out some of the most underrated haircare brands that have rave reviews in the world of social media that you definitely need to try out. Let’s take a look.
Shea Moisture is a natural haircare brand founded by the principals that their products must be made with organic, sustainably produced and cruelty-free ingredients. They’re free from all common chemical nasties too such as parabens, mineral oils and petroleum that are often found in higher-end products. Shea Moisture is a great haircare brand because they cater for all. They specialise in creating dreamy formulas for curly and afro hair types along with offering lightweight, nourishing products for less textured hair. All of their products also smell incredible with ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, superfruit, hibiscus and so many more!
Natural World is a haircare brand that focuses on totally natural and organic products. They use natural active ingredients from around the world to create affordable luxury haircare. You’ll find amazing ingredients such as Moroccan argan oil, Brazilian keratin, chia seed oil, coconut water, quinoa, charcoal and mint. You may not have heard about this brand before but as you can see they’re quite the lovers of oils which are so hydrating and nourishing for your hair.
Love Beauty & Planet
Sustainability-led hair (and skincare) brand, Love Beauty and Planet, create products that are packaged in 100% recycled plastic bottles and jars, helping you to give a little bit of love back to our planet without compromising on beauty-boosting results. They also believe in the power of small acts of love to make you and the planet a little more beautiful every day with ethically sourced ingredients and PETA-accredited, cruelty-free and vegan formulas.
“There’s more to life than hair… but it’s a good place to start” – the Aussie philosophy. Aussie actually did start in the land down under, with a bunch of plants. Fast forward to today and Aussie are stocked globally and are hair superheroes here in the UK. You may have seen them on the shelves when making your way through the beauty departments in town but at Fragrance Direct you can make extra savings by shopping their incredible products online.
From their humble roots of a brother creating a brush to help his sister style her hair to the tool used by superstar hairdressers to create endless iconic hairstyles, Denman creates hair tools that help to completely transform your look. In the world of haircare, the brush you use to detangle and tame your strands is just as important as the products you put in it and this brand’s products are definitely worth investing in.
Which of these underrated haircare brands do you think you’ll
be taking a second look at now? Whether you’re after the perfect delicate brush
to minimise detangling damage or silky-smooth conditioning formulas, these
brands have got you covered root to tip.
First step, shower. Whether you’re prepping in the morning before work to change quickly after and head right to the venue or are lucky enough to have the time to nip home, great shower products that feel as good as they smell are essential. There’s nothing better than that fresh-out-the-shower feeling with skin just as soft and silky as you dreamed of.
After treating yourself to a luxurious bath and body product or two, if you’re after that first-day squeaky clean hair ready to be dried and styled later on, here are some incredible products for different hair types that will soon become must-haves when you get a taste for how fabulous they are.
Is tanning on your to-do list for your Christmas party prep this year? If so, feast your eyes on these stunning products to give you that summer glow all through the winter. Yes, we could embrace the natural colour, but a subtle golden kiss wouldn’t hurt anyone now would it? If you’ll be wearing a Christmas party dress showing a fair amount of skin too, why not go for that gorgeous golden glow?
A classic mistake we tend to make if getting our nails
done too far in advance, now that’s perfectly fine if you’ll be treating
yourself to a salon trip but if it’s a DIY job then it’s worth planning it out.
The last thing you want to do the night before your Christmas party is your
nails and then scuff them from all the buffing and tanning the next day. So,
after the shower, hair washing and glow up, now would be the best time to do them.
When it comes to Christmas party makeup, it’s usually safe
to say that we’re all after that extra special glow. Whether it’s with a touch
of shimmer or a vibrant lipstick, it’s nice to have that one guaranteed occasion
every year when you know you can go all out and live your best glamourous life
for the evening.
If you’re a fragrance fanatic it’s likely that you know
just how important different scents are when it comes to making memories.
Some say Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and many agree. It’s
a festive fun-filled season of indulging, treating your loved ones and celebrating
together. Christmas parties are always some of the most memorable events with
legendary stories that will live on forever especially in the workplace. So,
why not mark the occasion and treat yourself to a new fragrance?
By now we’re all trying
to reduce our footprint and live a life that’s a little eco-friendlier. Whether
you’ve gone full vegan and plastic-free (we salute you) or you’re
focusing on smaller changes to do your bit, there’s an eco-friendly beauty
product out there that’s screaming to be added to your rotation.
Wave goodbye to
unsustainable beauty creams, makeup, and hairstyling. There’s a whole host of
lovely eco-friendly products out there that will work just as well – maybe
better – than your old favourites. Rethink your beauty collection with some of
the best eco-friendly makeup and sustainable beauty switches.
Plastic-free shampoo bars
Switch out your usual shampoo, which probably comes in a plastic container,
for an eco-friendlier shampoo bar. Shampoo bars help cut back on waste
packaging and can be much friendlier on your purse strings. Win-win!
Plastic-free soaps over shower gels
If you enjoy a lathering of
shower gel as part of your daily routine, you might want to consider switching
to a bar of soap if you’re concerned with the environment. Like
liquid shampoos, shower gels come in plastic packaging like bottles, tubes, and
While a lot of this
packaging is recyclable, you can’t always be sure of its fate when you drop it
into your blue bin. It’s best not to go for plastic packaging at all to help reduce
production of the single-use stuff we hate. Switch to a bar of soap and scrub
up with peace of mind. Here are some of our favourite plastic-free soap bars:
We’re sorry to say that
face wipes are bad for the planet. Bad. They contribute over 90 per cent
to the UK’s drain blockage, and they feature plastic binding that makes them
super-robust and difficult to get rid of.
Try face wipes by Yes To if you’re looking to reduce your single-use
plastic consumption. They’re made without plastic so they’re biodegradable,
which means you can enjoy clean skin and a cleaner conscience. We love their cucumber wipes for ultra-freshness.
Choose reusable packaging!
Most makeup products come
in plastic packaging (sigh) which can take up to 1,000 years to decompose.
Fight the single-use pileup by choosing makeup in re-usable packagings, like
glass jars or metal containers.
We also recommend you use
pencil makeup wherever possible. For example, pencil eyeliner is made from wood
and will decompose, while liquid eyeliners often come in plastic tubes.
Looking for more beauty and lifestyle inspiration? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct blog and discover our favourite products and step-by-step guides to creating new looks you’ll love!
Whether it’s an occasional annoyance or a regular problem, dandruff can be frustrating. Though it’s not usually anything to worry about, most of us would prefer to keep our scalp and shoulders flake-free.
There are several possible causes of dandruff, and while some are easier to manage than others, it’s usually possible to treat yourself at home without any need for a doctor or dermatologist’s intervention.
In this guide, we’ll explore some of the possible causes of dandruff, as well as ways to treat the problem and restore your hair to its beautiful, flake-free self.
What is dandruff?
Dandruff is a skin condition that causes white flakes of dry skin to appear on the scalp and in the hair. The condition is common and isn’t contagious or harmful, though many sufferers want to treat the problem as quickly as possible because they find it unpleasant.
In some cases, if the scalp is particularly itchy, red, or inflamed, medical intervention might be required. This is usually because of a skin condition causing dandruff.
What causes dandruff?
There are several possible causes of dandruff, including:
• Irritated skin
Irritated, oily skin can be the consequence of a skin condition called seborrheic dermatitis. The condition is one of the most common causes of dandruff. The skin might appear red and greasy when affected by seborrheic dermatitis. The condition is one which is usually seen on the scalp but can also be present on the eyebrows and nose and in other oil gland-rich areas, such as the underarms and groin.
• Unclean hair
If you don’t wash your hair regularly with shampoo, oils and dead skin cells can build up causing dandruff.
• Dry skin
If dry skin is causing your dandruff, you’ll probably find the flakes are quite small and not oily. You might also have dry skin on other parts of your body.
• Sensitivity to products
Sensitivity to certain ingredients in hair products, including shampoos and hair dyes, can irritate the scalp and cause dandruff.
Eczema is a common skin condition which causes the skin to become dry, red, flaky, and itchy. If you suffer from eczema, you’re more likely to notice dandruff as a consequence.
Like eczema, psoriasis is a skin condition which causes the skin to become dry, red, flaky, and itchy. Psoriasis can cause dandruff.
Visiting your GP with dandruff
If you’re suffering from dandruff, you won’t usually need to see your GP and can, in most cases, treat yourself at home. It can be a good idea to book an appointment if you’ve been trying anti-dandruff shampoos for over a month with no improvement, or if your dandruff is very severe and your scalp is very itchy, red, or swollen.
You should also visit your GP if you have dandruff and you know that your immune system is weakened, for example, if you’re taking medication that suppresses your immune system.
Your GP can examine your scalp and identify the cause of your dandruff – you might have a skin condition that you don’t know about which will require a stronger treatment. Even if the answer is a higher-strength anti-dandruff shampoo, a little expert advice can be reassuring.
Remember, dandruff is common and nothing to be embarrassed about!
How long does dandruff last?
Dandruff can come and go quickly or can last for a long time, depending on the cause and the treatment you’ve chosen.
Dandruff from dry skin which is not inflamed or itchy can usually be treated with an anti-dandruff shampoo, some of which can reduce the appearance of dandruff after just one wash! However, if your dandruff is the result of a skin condition and you’re treating it with a mild shampoo, it might persist.
Getting rid of dandruff
The most effective way to treat dandruff is with a specially formulated anti-dandruff shampoo. These are often mild and can be used to take care of your scalp every time you wash your hair.
Even if you’re just worried that dandruff might become a problem in future, there’s no reason you can’t use an anti-dandruff shampoo when you wash your hair. We’ll cover some of our favourite anti-dandruff products later.
There are several natural ways to treat dandruff at home, including:
• Coconut oil
• Tea tree oil
• Argan oil
• Aloe vera
Before you decide to treat dandruff with coconut oil, consider the cause of the problem. If your dandruff is severe or is caused by a skin condition like eczema or psoriasis, coconut oil might not be the best way to treat it.
If you’re suffering from dry skin dandruff – the kind that produces small flakes – you can use coconut oil to reduce dryness. The best way to use coconut oil for dandruff is to use it as a conditioner.
1. Wash your hair with an anti-dandruff shampoo
2. Apply coconut oil to your scalp and comb it through the rest of your hair
3. Leave on for a few minutes
4. Rinse away thoroughly
Tea tree oil for dandruff
Tea tree oil can help treat dandruff, and many people choose it because it’s a natural alternative to some chemical-based anti-dandruff treatments. To treat your scalp with tea tree oil:
1. Mix a few drops of tea tree oil with a tablespoon of coconut oil
2. Massage the mixture into your scalp
3. Let the mix work for ten minutes
4. Wash out thoroughly with an anti-dandruff shampoo
Alternatively, you can mix a couple of drops with some water and spritz the diluted tea tree over your scalp half an hour before showering.
Argan oil for dandruff
Argan oil is highly moisturising and nourishing. If you’re looking for a natural anti-dandruff-aid, you might want to try using argan oil as a treatment. Because it’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants, argan oil can help nourish and repair the scalp, reducing dandruff and improving the condition of your hair overall.
If your dandruff is not severe, you can try mixing a few drops of argan oil with coconut oil and applying the solution to your scalp after shampooing. Leave it on for several minutes to work, then rinse away thoroughly.
Many anti-dandruff shampoos are now infused with argan oil. If you’re interested in the benefits of argan oil but don’t feel comfortable using the product in its raw form, you might want to try one of these specially-formulated shampoos.
Aloe vera for dandruff
Aloe vera is favoured in beauty and skincare because it’s a rich source of vitamins and nutrients and because it has natural soothing and moisturising properties. This means aloe vera can help heal and moisturise dry skin on the scalp and can soothe any itchiness too.
When you’re using aloe vera for dandruff, you can either use the gel in its raw form, mix a little gel with some oil or another carrier, or choose a specially formulated anti-dandruff shampoo with aloe vera.
The best hair products for treating dandruff
The easiest way to treat dandruff at home is to swap your regular shampoo and conditioner for an anti-dandruff formula. Here are some of our favourite anti-dandruff shampoos:
After one or a couple of uses, you should start to see a reduction in dandruff and feel that other symptoms, like itchiness, inflammation, or tightness, are also soothed. If dandruff persists for longer than one month, visit your GP for advice.
We’re starting to hear more and more about sulphates in our shampoos and body care products, and we don’t know how to feel. These days, thanks to an increased interest in ‘natural’ beauty and demand for chemical-free products, the shelves are lined with more options than ever boasting ‘free-from’ ingredients. Surely, natural is better?
Here’s where the confusion comes in. There are pros and cons to choosing shampoos which contain sulphates. Pro, sulphates help clean your hair thoroughly and can help make it feel fresh. Con, sulphates can strip your hair of their natural oils, encouraging frizz and weakening colour. It can be difficult to make a decision, particularly when you consider how many of your favourite shampoos contain sulphates.
First things first, let’s understand what sulphates are and what all the fuss is about.
What are sulphates?
Sulphates are chemicals that are commonly used in cleaning products, washing detergents, and, you guessed it, shampoos. While it might seem strange for household cleaning products and shampoos to share any of the same ingredients, sulphates help create the lathering effect we love.
In soaps, sulphates help leave the skin feeling clean and refreshed. In shampoos, sulphates remove oil, dirt, and product build-up while they foam, for hair that feels light and fresh.
If your shampoo lathers up when you wash your hair, there’s a chance that it contains sulphates. If you use a sulphate-free shampoo which still lathers, the formula is simply made using a different type of lathering agent.
So, if sulphate shampoos create the pile of bubbles that we love and make us feel super-clean when we come out of the bath or shower, why would we give them up?
Why can sulphates be bad?
Sulphates have deep cleaning effects, which might seem like a great thing. After all, we wash our hair to get it clean, so why wouldn’t we want to use ingredients that do a good job?
The use of sulphates in shampoo is controversial because frequent exposure can be too effective at washing hair, also stripping away those all-important natural oils. We need some natural oils on our hair and skin to keep them in a healthy condition, and washing with sulphate shampoos can cause damage by removing too much oil.
Many of us use shampoo every day. It’s thought that applying sulphates to your hair and scalp this regularly can cause skin irritation and even allergies by drying out the areas.
Sulphates can also cause problems if they’re used on the wrong type of hair. If your hair is naturally fine or dry, or colour-treated, you might find that sulphate shampoos are too harsh, stripping away the natural oils you need and leaving your hair feeling unhealthy and a little frizzy.
Who should avoid using sulphate shampoo?
Whether you’re trying to cut out chemicals from your beauty regime, looking to prolong the life of your hair colour, or aiming to combat a more specific problem, switching to sulphate-free shampoo might be a good idea. You should consider making the swap if:
1. You have any skin conditions
2. You have dry or fine hair
3. You have colour-treated hair
1. If you have any skin conditions
You might not respond well to sulphate shampoo if you have sensitive skin or any skin conditions. The ingredients, which lather up and remove dirt, can be too much for delicate skin, so you should look for an alternative if you’re worried about having a reaction.
If you have rosacea, eczema, contact dermatitis, or sensitive skin, you might want to avoid using sulphate shampoo. The ingredients can irritate the skin on your scalp as well as on your face, shoulders, and back – anywhere the shampoo touches.
Some people are allergic to sulphates. If this is you, you might notice the following symptoms after using your sulphate shampoo:
2. If you have dry or fine hair
As we’ve already mentioned, if you have dry or fine hair, you might find that the lathery effects of sulphate shampoo strip away too much natural oil from your locks. If you feel like your hair needs a little more moisture, consider switching to a sulphate-free shampoo and see if it makes a difference.
Sulphates are also often blamed for causing frizz. When the ingredients hit your hair, they create a negative electrical charge which can cause frizz. You can take a step towards frizz-free hair by choosing a sulphate shampoo with frizz-reducing ingredients or switching from sulphate shampoo altogether.
3. If you have colour-treated hair
If you have colour-treated hair, we know you’ll do everything you can to maintain your chosen tone. Unfortunately, sulphates in your shampoo might be stripping the colour away from your strands early!
Not only can sulphate-free shampoos help keep your colour strong, but they’re often more moisturising, so can help repair any damage that’s been caused by bleaching or dying.
The best sulphate-free shampoos
If you’ve decided that sulphate-free is for you, choose one of these sulphate-free shampoos and see how much of a difference the switch makes.
Osmo Colour Save Shampoo is sulphate and salt-free and has been formulated specifically for colour-treated hair. Maintain your beautiful colour and shine with this gentle moisturising formula, which contains essential grapefruit and mango oils.
This gentle shampoo has been formulated specifically for colour-treated hair, to increase the staying power of colour and improve vibrancy. It’s sulphate-free, so helps to protect colour by cleaning hair more gently without chemical cleansers.
This sulphate-free shampoo boasts a colour-preserving formula, which cleans hair gently and repairs damage caused by chemicals and environmental impurities. Royal Moroccan Moisturising Shampoo helps banish frizz and protect against humidity, thanks to its argan oil and vitamin E ingredients.
Perfect for curly hair, this sulphate-free shampoo moisturises and nourishes to create stronger, bouncier curls. The product’s blend of natural oils and lack of sulphates mean hair that looks and feels healthier.
If you’re worried about the condition of your hair, or you’re looking to preserve your colour for longer, try switching to a sulphate-free shampoo. With so many great options out there, going sulphate-free doesn’t mean compromising on the effectiveness of your shampoo.
Looking for more beauty tips and tricks? Keep exploring the Fragrance Direct Blog and discover the best skin, hair, and makeup hacks. From our festival survival checklist to our anti-pollution beauty edit, there’s a whole new world of beauty advice waiting for you.