The Best Natural Oils For Your Hair

Whether you are trying to avoid chemicals or are just looking to experiment with some new hair care products, the world of natural oils has an oil for every hair type- yes even for oily hair! 

Packed with qualities that help nourish and strengthen the hair, natural oils such as argan, jojoba, almond, olive and grapeseed are some of the best oils for hair health and can be used directly on the skin and hair. 

Since there are so many choices, many people wonder which oils are the best to use on their hair. Once you’ve decided on your hair needs and goals, this helpful guide will help you choose which natural oil will work best for you.

Argan Oil

Argan oil, also known as Moroccan oil and “liquid gold”, is derived from nuts produced from argan trees. Rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and Vitamin E, argan oil not only makes your hair look and feel amazing, but it also has many protective qualities. 

All-natural, organic argan oil is best to use, since it is minimally processed and does not contain any chemicals or additives.

Ideal for: Dry, brittle, frizzy or coarse hair that is frequently styled and exposed to heat. Also ideal for people with hair that tends to get greasy.

Benefits: Argan oil protects hair against damage from UV rays and heat. It also moisturizes and smoothes hair, making it soft and manageable while leaving it with a lustrous sheen. 

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil, pronounced ho-ho-ba, is a product of the jojoba plant. Jojoba oil is ideal for use on the hair since it shares many characteristics with sebum, the oil our skin and scalp naturally produce. This means it won’t interfere with the scalp’s natural ph balance making it perfect for people with scalp issues. Since it deeply penetrates the hair shaft and follicle, working from the inside out, jojoba oil is a great moisturizer. Jojoba oil also has antibacterial qualities. 

All-natural, unrefined jojoba oil is the best type to use on hair and skin, since it does not contain any chemical ingredients.

Ideal for: Dry, damaged or dull hair and those with dandruff and dry scalp issues.

Benefits: Jojoba oil moisturizes hair, prevents dandruff and dry scalp and leaves hair feeling soft and looking beautiful.

Almond Oil

Almond oil comes from the kernels inside almonds. It contains Vitamin E, fatty acids, proteins and antioxidants, along with magnesium, which reduces hair breakage and helps it grow. 

All natural almond oil is best, as there are no added chemicals.

Ideal for: Dry and damaged hair, dandruff-prone hair and those with slow-growing hair or hair loss issues.

Benefits: Almond oil moisturizes, seals and protects hair whilst also protecting against hair loss and breakage. Using it regularly helps you grow longer and stronger hair.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is another extremely versatile oil, derived from pressing olives. It has protective and moisturizing properties. Olive oil nourishes and strengthens the hair by penetrating the hair shaft and preserving moisture.

Organic extra virgin olive oil is best, since it is rich in natural antioxidants and does not contain any chemical ingredients.

Ideal for: Damaged, dull, dry or frizzy hair, as well as hair that is dandruff-prone.

Benefits: Olive oil protects against heat damage, imparts a sleek look and shine, moisturizes and gives damaged and broken hair a healthy appearance. 

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is an extract of cold-pressed grape seeds. It contains emollients, antioxidants and nutrients that are essential to the growth of healthy hair. While it possesses the same moisturizing qualities as many other natural oils, grapeseed oil is superior in its ability to treat brittle and weak hair and hair loss. It is also an effective dandruff and dermatitis fighter and may help people regrow hair. 

Pure, all natural grapeseed oil is the best type to use for skin and hair care purposes.

Ideal for: Dry, dull and brittle hair, hair that is prone to getting greasy and dandruff-prone hair. It is also effective at combating hair loss.

Benefits: Grapeseed oil moisturizes and conditions hair. It also helps make hair healthy and strong and is effective in treating frizz and split ends. Grapeseed oil is helpful in fighting dandruff and reduces scalp inflammation in those who suffer from dermatitis. 

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What To Consider When Buying A Hair Oil

With so many wonderful hair oils on the market today, it can be quite a daunting task trying to decide which hair oil is right for you. Not only are there hundreds of different hair oil products out there but you can even find some beautiful oils in your kitchen; like Olive Oil for example. So which one is best?

We’ve put together a quick list of things to consider before purchasing your next hair oil, below: 

Your Hair Goals/Needs

It might be tempting to reach for whatever oil is trending at the moment, but it’s more important to consider what nutrients your hair needs and what exactly you are trying to achieve. 

For example, if you’re striving for thicker, shinier hair, olive oil could be one of your best options due to its rich, protective nature. However, if you’re a bleached blonde, or even a natural one at that, and looking to maintain both your hair’s integrity and colour, then a hair oil product that specialises in just that would be the better option for you.

Your Hair’s Porosity

Don’t just rely on texture alone to make your hair choices—porosity plays a major factor too. For low porosity hair, lightweight oils that easily penetrate the cuticle are best (think grapeseed, almond, and jojoba oil). For high porosity hair, heavier oils that reduce frizz (like coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oil) are ideal.

Essentially, hair porosity is about your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. The porosity of your hair affects how well oils and moisture pass in and out of the outermost layer of your hair, known as the cuticle.

How You Style Your Hair

Will you be wearing your hair straight, curly, or in a protective style? Your hair will need different types of oil in each of these states. For straight styles, heat protectant should be your #1 priority to protect the integrity of your hair. For curly styles, focus on fighting the frizz and keeping your ends hydrated. Protective styles? It’s all about the scalp! Keep a different oil on hand for each choice.

Still unsure? 

Pop by the salon and talk to one of our knowledgeable stylists about your hair needs and goals!

How and Why to Use a Hot Oil Treatment for Your Hair

When it comes to protecting and nourishing dry, brittle hair, hot oil treatments are a popular option.

Made from plant-based oils, like olive, almond, and coconut oil, hot oil treatments work by sealing the hair cuticle. This can help to strengthen and protect your hair.

And the best part? You can do it in the comfort of your own home!

Benefits Of Hot Oil Hair Massage

  • increased hair strength
  • reduced dryness of both the scalp and hair
  • reduced frizziness
  • fewer split ends
  • increased blood flow in the scalp, which will help promote healthier hair and prevent dandruff

How To Prepare A Hot Oil Massage

What you will need:

  • The oil that you will be using to massage
  • A bowl
  • A saucepan
  • Water
  • Shower Cap

Instructions:

  • Pour some oil into a heat resistant bowl and place the bowl in the centre of the saucepan filled with water. Make sure no water can get into the bowl. 
  • Heat the oil, be sure to keep a close eye on it, so that it is warm to the touch but not too hot that you burn your fingers while applying the oil to your scalp.
  • Apply the oil to your scalp with your fingertips making sure to cover the entire area.
  • Cover the length of your hair with the remaining hot oil.
  • After you are done, start massaging the scalp in circular motions with a little bit of pressure.
  • Cover the hair with a shower cap to avoid messiness and leave it on for an hour.
  • After one hour, wash your hair with your regular shampoo and condition. 

And Voila! Soft, luscious locks at your fingertips.

Hair Care Tips After Getting a Brazilian Blowout

Hair care tips after getting a Brazilian Blowout

What is a Brazilian Blowout?

Otherwise known as the holy grail of frizz-reducing, smoothing hair treatments, a Brazilian Blowout is up there on the list of hair treatments that women swear by. And we can see why!

A Brazilian Blowout is a chemical smoothing treatment that uses a liquid keratin formula which bonds to each strand of hair; improving the condition of the hair by creating a protective protein layer around the hair shaft to eliminate frizz and smooth the cuticle, thus decreasing blow-dry time and improving the hairs manageability.

How long will the results last?

The Brazilian Blowout treatment will last up to three months, sometimes longer if you don’t need to wash your hair as regularly as most people do. There are also a few “rules” to follow in order to prolong the lifespan of the treatment.

So you’ve had your Brazilian Blowout but now what?

Here are some tips on how to take care of your hair after getting a Brazilian Blowout treatment.

Dos after getting a Brazilian Blowout:

  • Use only sulphate free shampoos and conditioners
  • Use after care products that are sodium chloride free
  • Style your hair using a straightener or hair dryer

Don’ts after getting a Brazilian Blowout:

  • Do not colour your hair for at least two weeks following the treatment to give it a break from additional chemical treatments

With the latest technology you no longer need to avoid water and tying/clipping your hair back, this is why we LOVE Brazilian Blowout’s!!

The Benefits of Honey in a Hair Mask

For thousands of years, cultures around the world have used honey for its medicinal purposes; and as a natural sweetener. Cleopatra was a huge advocate for milk and honey baths and for good reason!

Honey has both emollient and humectant properties, making it a great moisturiser; for both hair and skin. Emollients smooth the hair follicles, adding shine to dull hair. Humectants bond with water molecules, adding moisture to dry strands. By moisturising and locking in shine, honey can help restore the natural luster of your hair.

Take a look below at some of the benefits of using honey in a hair mask, and how you can go about making your very own mask at home.

The benefits of using honey in a hair mask

Due to honey’s therapeutic properties, it’s been used in hair rinses and conditioners for centuries. Today, it’s still a popular natural ingredient in many types of hair care products.

So, what are the benefits of using honey on your hair and including it in a hair mask?

  • Moisturises dry hair and scalp
  • Locks in moisture
  • Reduces hair breakage
  • Restores shine
  • Improves condition of natural hair
  • Reduces frizz
  • Softens hair

Additionally, honey works well as a binding agent. This means it’s a good base to use as a hair mask if you want to include other ingredients.

Because you leave a hair mask on your hair for a longer period of time, it may promote more intense healing, nourishment, and repair than a regular conditioner.

How to make a honey hair mask

There are many different recipes you can use to make a honey hair mask. This is just one of the most basic, and it is well-suited to dry, damaged hair.

All you need are the following items and ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • a mixing bowl
  • a shower cap / plastic bag / cling wrap

Try to use raw, organic honey, which is the least processed and has a higher concentration of antioxidants. However, non organic honey should still provide benefits.

Instructions

  • Start with clean, damp hair.
  • Pour 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of olive oil into a bowl, and stir the mixture well.
  • Microwave the mixture for 20 seconds.
  • Once it’s heated, stir the mixture again with a spoon.
  • After allowing the mixture to cool (you want it to be slightly warm, not hot), start working it into your hair using your fingers. Start at the scalp and work your way down to the ends.
  • Gently massage your scalp with circular motions using your fingertips.
  • Wrap your hair in a cap, plastic bag or cling wrap to help seal in the moisturising properties.
  • Leave on for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse the mask from your hair and shampoo as usual to ensure you’ve removed all ingredients.

And voila!

Soft lustrous locks at your fingertips.

Have you tried a honey hair mask before? We’d love to know! Comment below your favourite natural hair mask.

Winter Hair Care: 10 Tips to keep your hair healthy

Chapped lips, dry skin and frizzy hair? Hello winter!

With winter comes red wine, hot chocolate, indoor fires, beautiful coats, and movie days.. sounds amazing right? Right! But with all good things, there’s a downside.. and that downside is the harsh elements that wreak havoc on your hair and scalp.

Not to worry! We’ve got you covered on all things hair. Below, we’ve put together our Top 10 Tips to keep your hair looking and feeling it’s best this winter.

1. Avoid frequent hair washing

Great hair starts in the shower! It’s no secret that excessive shampooing can strip your hair of its natural protective oils that keep it looking and feeling healthy. During winter these oils are even more important than ever; as they are your natural defence against the elements.

Try to extend the period between your hair washes as much as possible until you find your perfect fit. It’s best to try to wash your hair once or twice a week and use dry shampoo in between washes to keep your hair looking and smelling fresh!

2. Don’t forget to condition

This may sound obvious but we are all guilty of running out of time in the shower and forgoing the conditioner on occasion. In winter this is a definite no-no!

Make sure you condition every single time you shampoo, and don’t forget to let it sit for a few minutes, to give your hair the hydration and nourishment it desperately needs. Contact us if you need advise or recommendations for the perfect conditioner.

3. Apply a deep conditioning hair mask once a week

Your hair will love you for it! Not only can a hair mask reverse the effects of dryness but they are also an excellent preventative measure to keep your hair looking its best, year round.

And the options are endless! From store bought options to home made remedies there is a mask for every hair, or scalp, problem. 

4. Limit heat styling

Again, it’s no secret that heat styling is a major culprit for dry, damaged hair. That paired with the cold, dry winter months does not make a good case for your heat styling tools. 

Your hair is already fragile and these tools can make it brittle leading to hair breakage so your best bet is to lean into your natural hair texture. 

But don’t be discouraged! It is also a great time to start playing around with all the different no heat hair styling techniques ( heatless curls, yes please! ) and a good opportunity to experiment with twists, buns and ponytails.

5. Dry your hair before leaving the house

We know time is of the essence in the morning but it is vital that you fully dry your hair before leaving the house. This is because cold hair expands the hair shaft, making it more prone to breakage as well as leading to colour fading faster. 

If you’re a morning hair washer it may be best to modify your routine for the winter months and rather wash it at night; if you’re running out of time in the morning.

6. Stay hydrated

Did you know that a single hair strand is made up of 25% water?

Drinking enough water helps encourage hair growth from root to tip and stimulates the scalp; making it less prone to problems such as dryness, itching and flakiness.

So don’t forget to keep a glass of water in arms reach throughout the day to ensure you’re giving your hair it’s best fighting chance this winter!

7. Oil up

During winter your scalp can get dry and itchy due to the lack of moisture in the air. This may lead to scalp problems such as dryness, itchiness or flakiness.

A hot oil massage with nourishing oils is a treat for both you and your hair!

The oils nourish the hair whilst the massage improves blood circulation to the scalp and stimulates hair growth.

It’s a win win!

8. Comb carefully, handle with care

As you’ve already gathered by now your hair is basically a fragile baby bird in winter and needs all the TLC it can get.

Rather than roughing it up, it needs to be handled with care to prevent any further breakage.

Take the extra time to comb through your hair before you shower to reduce the risk of knots and do not brush through wet hair, rather comb slowly through it or better yet wait for it to dry fully before lovingly attacking it with a brush.

And remember, always brush the ends first, and then make your way up to the roots.

9. Invest in a humidifier

With the constant change in temperatures and the much needed warmth of indoor heating; it is no wonder that your hair is being sapped of all its moisture.

A quick fix? Invest in a humidifier. They help balance the moisture levels in the room to prevent any further dryness.

10. Don’t skip the trims

The cold, dry air in winter causes hair breakage and split ends. That paired with the friction from wearing scarves, hats and bag/coat entanglement puts additional strain on your hair.

To keep your hair looking its best, maintenance is key. Don’t forgo your regular trims this winter as they will be the last line of defense in keeping your hair in tip top condition.

Say goodbye to those split ends… every 4 – 8 weeks. Click here to make a booking!

Does your hair care routine change during the winter months? We’d love to know what your go-to tips are for protecting your hair in winter!