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Do I have dry hair?

Do I have dry hair?

Let’s face it, very few of us treat our hair in the best possible way.Because changing it from it’s natural state is a fun thing to do! If any of the scenarios below apply to you, the chances are your hair is dry.But just how dry is it? Choose all that apply to you: 1. knots when it’s washed 2. blowdrying, more than twice a week 3. wavy hair 4. regular styling with curling tongs or straighteners 5. curly hair 6. permanent tinting 7. highlighting 8. bleaching 9. regular swimming in chlorine Add up the numbers to gauge just how...

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Shampoo bars and soap

Shampoo bars and soap

Even though they look kinda similar, shampoo bars and soap are definitely not the same thing. They’re both for cleaning stuff. But they’re specifically designed to clean different things – hair and skin. Hair and skin have different pH levels so require cleansers with pH levels to suit. Good shampoos should be around 4.5-5.5 (acidic) and traditional soap is usually over 7 (alkaline) so too ‘harsh’ for hair. It is good for shampoo to be acidic (though that sounds weird). According to cosmetic scientist Dr Barbara Olioso, acidic shampoos won’t strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils, which are...

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Am I doing something wrong?

Am I doing something wrong?

We get asked this from time to time by customers who really want to be using solid shampoo and conditioner bars to cut down on plastic but struggle to get used to them… “I’ve tried using solid bars before but my hair feels weird or gets tangled and then I can’t get a comb through it. Is this normal? Any advice much appreciated!” And this is Jayne’s usual response… “There is sometimes an adjustment period, usually for the first couple of weeks, when you make the switch. I’d advise, at the beginning, to use the shampoo bar with any liquid conditioner you’ve already been...

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Reverse washing for fine hair

Reverse washing for fine hair

Huh, what’s reverse washing? Well… instead of shampooing and then conditioning, you do the reverse instead. And why would you do that? Well, if you happen to have fine hair that gets dry or tangly but it tends to feel quite greasy, limp, flat or lank after using conditioner, reverse washing is the way forward. Especially if it’s fine and straight hair, as straight hair isn’t as ‘thirsty’ as wavy or curly hair. By reverse washing you get all the moisture balancing benefits of conditioner without leaving any residue on your hair. This method isn’t recommended for really coarse wavy...

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Adventures in co-washing

Adventures in co-washing

Washing with conditioner Co-washing (aka conditioner washing) means using conditioner to wash your hair, rather than shampoo. Some people argue that regular shampooing dries their hair out. As a very dry-haired person myself (wavy and bleached), I was very curious to give conditioner washing a go. Co-washing is recommended for medium to coarse, wavy and curly hair types. The scalp’s natural oils have a harder time navigating the twists and turns of wavy and curly textured hair. It’s not recommended for super fine or straight hair, as these hair types get greasy more easily. If you do have super fine hair,...

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