We’re often told to listen to our bodies! Does it feel weak or energised? What kind of food is it craving, and why? And honestly, your hair is no different! Your hair is an extension of your body, and it often reflects what we may or may not be doing right. That’s why it’s so important to apply the same listening you do to your body to your hair. Examine it: how does it feel? How has it changed in the last few days? Is it lacking hydration? Is it breaking more than usual? Asking yourself these questions will help you tailor your regimen and products to your hair, and ensure the best results.
The cool thing about hair is that you will almost immediately know that it doesn’t like something. How? The proof is in the feeling! Does it feel stringy after using a particular product? Greasy? Are there little white flakes popping up when you use a gel? Can you just barely run your fingers through it? If you said yes to any of these, chances are you need to switch it up because it just ain’t workin! And that’s okay! It takes time! But the best place to start — as it always is — is with the basics: hydration, moisture, and protein. These three things are gonna be the backbone of your perfect hair routine.
Don’t freak out! A simple moisturizing treatment might be all you need to get back on track. It’s recommended to deep condition your hair once a week to maintain healthy moisture levels. Deep conditioners are products that impart extra hydration to the hair. These are some of our super moisturizing masks: Ultra Nourishing Guacamole Hair Mask and our Restorative Hibiscus Hair Mask. They are rich in ingredients that work to penetrate the hair and give it the slip and moisture your hair craves!
Our Ultra Nourishing Guacamole Hair Mask contains 10 ingredients which all serve to nourish your hair. Avocado is a great natural source for overall hair health, as it’s uber nourishing while adding a protective layer over your curls to seal in moisture. There’s also eggplant in this mask (yes, you read that right!) and it’s a fantastic ingredient for resolving split ends.
Hibiscus is one of our favourite ingredients and it’s the star ingredient in our Restorative Hibiscus Hair Mask! This wonderful ingredient will help to balance your scalp’s pH level, therefore supporting healthy hair growth.It also has the ability to restore hair that has been damaged by heat and chemicals.
If you’re in the mood for some DIY, mash a ripe banana and add it to the mask along with two tablespoons of honey – and watch the moisture seep in! If you have low porosity, try to steam your hair once the mask is applied to encourage better penetration and better results! Once you’ve applied the mask, cover with a plastic bag or cap and let it sit for about an hour.
*Tip – When you have really dry hair skip the shampoo (we pretty much skip shampoo all of the time) and just co-wash. Shampoo with major suds actually strips your hair of oils while it cleanses which actually dries your hair out even more. So after you deep condition just co-wash the deep conditioning treatment out.
Co-washing is short for “conditioner-only washing.” It means skipping shampoo and relying solely on conditioner, whether you’re a daily or a weekly washer. The result is something between squeaky-clean and second-day hair—that is, smoother, softer, and easier to manage.”
Hydration is the process of adding water to your hair. You do this by fully saturating it every time you wash it. Water is essential to life and it’s essential to keeping the hair not just clean, but strong and healthy. Dehydrated hair is often very brittle and prone to breakage. Next wash day, take the time to wet your hair completely, without adding any shampoos or conditioners for a bit. Make sure the water is warm enough to keep the hair cuticle open a decent amount, but not too much that water escapes. Keeping hydration levels up will make moisture retention that much easier.
A great way to give your hair hydration is to spritz it with water or a few other super hydrating ingredients! (Think the “L” part in the LOC method). Aloe vera juice is a great ingredient to use to give your hair hydration. Dubbed the “plant of immortality” by ancient Egyptians, aloe vera has been used medicinally for centuries. It’s packed with vitamins A, C, E, and B12 – all key vitamins for healthy hair. Rosewater is also a great option! Rose is super conditioning for hair, and keeps it soft and manageable while protecting it from being stripped of it’s necessary oils. It can also repair hair damage from heat and chemicals.
Another fantastic way to hydrate your hair is with a tea rinse – especially by spritzing your hair with it mid week. Check out our Witch Hazel Scalp & Hair Nourishing Tea Rinse and our Green Tea Strengthening Tea Rinse. Green tea inhibits the growth of DHT – a hormone that hinders hair growth. Because of its antioxidants and its antibacterial properties, green tea helps to keep the scalp healthy by fighting against germs, pollution and other factors that can inhibit hair growth. It also has Vitamin E, which is essential for healthy, moisturized hair. Our Witch Hazel Scalp & Hair Nourishing Tea Rinse contains witch hazel, blue cornflower, and hops to soothe the scalp and protect it with their antifungal properties. There’s also cinnamon bark and fenugreek to promote hair growth, kava kava to stop hair loss, and Dead Sea salt to cleanse.
Moisture is more of a temporary but necessary fix between wash/hydration days. You can’t have one without the other, tbh. They work in tandem to keep the hair soft and manageable, plus moisture will last longer the more hydrated the hair is. Moisturizing the hair is applying water to it in much smaller parts, so it doesn’t get deep into the layers of the hair but it does impart some benefits like softness, shine, and even being able to detangle! A good hydration/moisture balance will keep your hair soft and manageable and much less prone to breakage. This step comes post-shower when you’re applying your leave-in conditioners, creams, and oils of choice.
Here’s how to do the LOC or LCO method, otherwise known as the maximum hydration method:
1) Spritz your hair with water, rosewater or aloe vera juice. This will serve as your liquid.
2) Go in with an oil such as our Onion & Garlic Thickening Ayurvedic Herb Hair Oil or our Moringa and Marula Soothing Sensitive Scalp Oil. Apply to your hair the amount will be dependent on the length and thickness of your hair, but anything from a teaspoon to a tablespoon will do the trick. Massage the oil into your scalp, and ensure you are coating your strand from root to tip.
3) Lock it all in with a butter such as our Golden Sea Buckthorne Shine & Moisture Hair Butter or the Hibiscus & Black Soap Moisturizing Hair Cleanser
If your hair is breaking significantly (or more than usual), it might need to be strengthened with the help of some protein. Protein is what our hair is made of. Keratin, aka the protein that makes up the hair strand, can deplete with time, manipulation, heat/chemical damage, and overall carelessness. Getting protein back into the hair, however, is pretty easy. How do you know if your hair needs protein? Well, it’ll usually look and feel pretty soggy and flat.
An overdose of hydration/moisture needs to be balanced out with something strengthening and that’s exactly what protein is! Protein treatments like henna or cassia will give you some intense results. These powerful natural proteins help increase the hair’s natural strength and health over time. Plus they’re great for the scalp, and they make your hair hella shiny. What’s not to love!? Be careful though! An overload of protein can result in breakage and brittle hair, so find that perfect balance and you’ll be okay. Check out our strengthening masks: