5 Ways to Hydrate Hair Naturally
During the summer months, haircare is simpler. From being exposed to natural sunlight to googling ‘homemade hair masks’ during lockdown, people had summer haircare covered. Cue rapidly changing weather (hello storm Alex) and being exposed to the elements post lockdown, our hair is certainly taking the brunt. Fortunately at Blomma Beauty, we have you covered. We’ve researched the best tips and products to ensure your hair flourishes during the winter months - dry hair, where?
Avoid over washing your hair
Over washing hair is a topic that seems to cause division. Some people would never dream of not washing their hair every 24 hours, whilst others can’t imagine washing their hair more than 1-2 times a week. So the age old debate: to wash (daily) or not to wash (daily)?
Of course, we’re all on the quest for healthy, nourished hair, so it’s understandable why you would think that washing daily will be beneficial. However, over washing your hair could actually have the opposite effect.
According to leading haircare expert and founder of it’s a 10 haircare Carolyn Aronson ‘’Over-washing your hair can lead to dreaded dryness and brittleness, to the point that no matter what products you put into it, it is not going to style properly. True healthy hair is hair that will look good no matter how you choose to style or wear it that day.’’ Signs to look out for over washing hair include breakage, flaking of the scalp (despite frequent washing), oilier hair (counterintuitive we know, but a dry scalp will go into overdrive to produce more oils) and frizzy hair.
Condition your hair 2-3 times a week
Hair conditioner is an essential haircare product and the holy grail to smooth, hydrated hair. A good conditioner is the difference to luscious, volumised locks and bad hair day. Nowadays, conditioners are packed with the best (and natural) ingredients - many that are SLS and sulphate free. They’re also packed with ingredients that smooth away those dreaded flyaways (without weighing down the hair) and that will remedy the havoc that your GHD’s have caused.
Here are some of the best products packed with natural, organic ingredients that are also cruelty-free and certified organic…
KIND2 plastic free shampoo and conditioning bars are a great contender in the conscious beauty world. They’re not only sulphate free, but they’re also Ph balanced and soap free. The award winning KIND2 conditioner ‘The restoring one’ does exactly what it says on the tin. The bar has a winning combination of coconut oil, shea butter, argan and macadamia nut oil which hydrates, nourishes and detangles the hair. A little goes a long way too - the bar is equivalent to two 250ml bottles of the average conditioner - a whopping 80 washes! It’s also plastic free and suitable for all hair types. You can buy the conditioning bar here for £15.95.
Although technically not a conditioner, this amazing shampoo by Odylique contains conditioning ingredients including coconut oil. It also contains horsetail for strength, moisture locking Aloe Vera juice and Biodynamic nettle for scalp health - which is vital for healthy, hydrated hair. It’s available to purchase here on our site for £12.00. Use this alongside the conditioners and we promise you won’t be disappointed…
A healthy, balanced diet is vital for healthy, hydrated hair. Omega Fatty acids such as mackerel, tuna, salmon, chia seeds, walnuts and soy beans are great for tackling dry, brittle hair. Protein rich foods are also essential for building tissue cells. Hair is composed of a protein called keratin- 80-85% to be precise. Dietary proteins are building blocks for the hair — they make your hair strong and help keep it in its growing (anagen) phase. Protein rich food include quinoa, beans, lentils, nuts and chicken.
Avoid heated appliances when you can
GHD’s are a lifesaver and safety net for any bad hair day. But relying on them (and other heated appliances such as hairdryers, curlers/tongs and hot combs) too much can be detrimental for the health and appearance of hair. Regular use of these tools over time can cause hair to become dry, brittle and to eventually split. This is because high temperatures can break the inner protein bond of the hair fibre.
There are ways to reduce the damage caused by heated tools. If you can, instead of a hairdryer, after applying your conditioner, put your hair up in a bun and let your hair dry naturally. If you can’t avoid using heat on your hair, adjust the heat setting to a lower one and use an hair oil before use - we recommend this one from Cut.Le.Crap. Designed for those days when your hair just won’t calm down, this oil blend contains rich avocado, buttery macadamia and fruity lemongrass oils. Use either to protect hair before drying by applying a few drops on to the ends of hair and then blow dry. Or for a more intense treatment apply generously all over your hair and scalp. Leave on, the longer the better before washing.
Protect your hair from the elements
It’s important to cover your hair during the winter months to protect it from rain, snow, wind and any other moisture-robbing elements. Winter weather makes the hair dry and brittle, making it prone to breakage. We suggest covering with a hat, scarf and/or umbrella. This isn’t the time to worry about hat hair- you’ll thank you when summer comes…
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