Do you dream of waking up with bouncy hair that falls just right, but in reality it’s either slick and heavy or flying all over the place like an excited chihuahua? Usually you give up, douse it in half a can of dry shampoo and tie it up in a top-knot.
Wake up and smell the coffee babes. Dry, dull, and oily hair can be solved with the right haircare. And that haircare doesn’t need to be full of ingredients made in a lab.
I chatted with the experts in hair, Evo, to give you all the hairy details on what ingredients to look for and what to avoid.
If your hair is just dead cells, why should babes worry what they put on it?
Hair is dead protein cells: no heart-beat, no soul, and no live nerves ’til you get to the follicle where the hair is attached to the head. But what goes on your hair ends up on your head. This is the reason why you should care about what goes onto your hair. Aside from the fact that you don’t want to look/smell like an oil rig, taking care of your hair goes beyond it being dead cells. Hair-dramas like dryness and dullness can all be solved with proper haircare.
You’ll also notice that when you wash and condition your hair at home, 9 out of 10 times it’s in the shower. This means that the residue from your haircare is then passed on to the rest of your body across your skin which is your biggest organ, right? You want to be sure that what you are coating your hair in, is also good to coat your body in.
What are some nasty ingredients babes need to check the labels for? Why are these ingredients harmful?
There are a lot of nasty ingredients out there in the world of hair. Some to look out for are: sulfates, parabens, and propylene glycol.
Sulfates are harsh surfactants that work to loosen oil from the hair and scalp, but they can cause skin and eye irritations. Whilst parabens are used to prevent bacteria growth and act as a preservative, research has linked parabens in cosmetics to cancer so alternative preservatives are definitely the way to go. Propylene glycol is a derivative of petroleum and is the major ingredient in engine coolant. If that’s not enough to scare your babes, I don’t know what will.
If babes find that their products have these things, what can they swap it for?
Umm, evo? Our products are all formulated without sulphates, parabens and propylene glycol making your day that little bit safer. We are also in the process of moving selected products in our range to completely vegan and gluten-free formulas.
Talk me through your top 3 natural haircare ingredients:
Quinoa: usually reserved for healthy salad options, this powerhouse is a gluten-free and vegan protein alternative. Quinoa strengthens the hair to protect it from environmental stresses, retains moisture in the hair, and provides much-needed protein to the hair.
Argan oil: the ideal hair conditioner, this exotic smelling oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier, and shinier. It helps to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair.
Macadamia nut oil: is used as an emollient meaning it adds moisture, enhances the appearance, and works harder to prevent moisture from escaping the hair. It is also chemically close to the sebum your hair naturally produces, so if your hair is lacking moisture, this lovely oil will boost hydration and mend the damage.
My babes are doing this 30 day natural challenge, are there some DIY hair treatments / shampoos / styling products they can make at home?
All you chaps should grab some yogurt, mix in honey, some fresh raspberries and a sprinkle of coconut. Then eat it whilst your treatment mask is at work. Honestly, DIY is great, but to get down into the nitty-gritty parts of your follicles (without smelling like an omelette), I’d leave it to the professionals.
One final question, babes are going to put glitter in their manes because they believe they’re unicorns. How do they treat their hair afterward to mop up the damage?
Great question. Removing glitter can be a tricky, yet sparkly business. To treat the hair post-glitter damage, we’d recommend applying a hydration mask similar to our ‘the great hydrator’ for 10 minutes on clean hair. This will revive the hair, and add a surge of much-needed moisture.
Thanks, evo. If I had hair I would definitely be massaging it with your gear. As for natural haircare, I can help with that, too. My Non-Stop Hair Duo buffs away dead skin, product buildup, and 3-day old glitter to make your hair bouncy, naturally.
As for those berries? They were too damn expensive anyway.