• The best essential oils for hair

    As we know, generic shampoos and conditioners are filled with potentially harmful chemicals. Аdd the city pollution and frequent washes of your hair to the equation and you will understand the possible reasons for your damaged, dry or oily hair. These aggressors can easily strip your hair and scalp of the natural oils, which can lead to a dry itchy scalp, frizzy or brittle hair, and hair loss.

    While searching for healthy solutions in hair care, a good start are essential oils, whether you are looking to stimulate hair growth, get rid of dandruff or get stronger hair.

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    Frizzy hair

    Frizzy hair is dry, fragile and damaged by the aggressive handling, environmental conditions and shampoos. Good solutions could be argan oil, coconut oil, lavender, geranium – they naturally condition your hair, help balance sebum (the natural oil on your scalp) production and prevent humidity absorption into the hair shaft. Try also rose, chamomile and sandalwood oils.

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    The recipe: Add 10 drops of the essential oil to 1 tablespoon of jojoba, coconut or olive oil (or another carrier oil of your choosing), mix them with 250 ml of shampoo and use every day.

    Oils for prevention of hair loss

    Many studies have shown that essential oils are also very effective in cases of hair loss. For lasting results use rosemary, peppermint, lavender, cedarwood and clary sage essential oils for six months.

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    The recipe: add 10 drops of rosemary and 5 drops of peppermint (or same proportion oils of your choice) to 250 ml shampoo or conditioner and shake to mix them well.

    Essential oils for hair growth

    Essential oils are also very helpful when it comes to hair growth: they stimulate your hair to grow thicker, shinier and faster. Use oils like lavender, horsetail plant oil, peppermint, rosemary, cedarwood, lemongrass and tea tree to grow your good looking hair faster.

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    The recipe: Add some drops of the essential oil to your shampoo, mix them and use every day.

    Oily hair

    If you are challenged by an oily hair, the first thing you can do about it is to try shampooing less often. But one of these oils also could help you make it less oily: lemon, clary sage, peppermint, geranium, juniper. The oils manage oily hair by balancing sebum production on your scalp.

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    The recipe: 1 tablespoon bentonite clay + 20 drops of essential oil mixed into your favourite shampoo.

    Get rid of dandruff

    Essential oils like tea tree, rosemary, lemongrass and peppermint are especially helpful for fighting dandruff.

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    The recipe: Mix 20 drops of the essential oil with your shampoo or conditioner. You could also try an overnight hair mask with tea tree and peppermint essential oils.

  • Beautiful hair during the winter

    Let’s face it: nothing ruins a splendid outfit like a bad hair day does. And even though spring storms, summer breeze and autumn rain are not a piece of cake, winter can be really tricky with all those scarves and layers that your hair must survive before facing the negative temperatures.

    Here are few easy tips that will help you (and you hair) in the difficult weeks to come.

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    Take it easy with the fabrics

    The rule is simple: polyester fabrics tend to create more static electricity than wool, cotton, silk and other natural fibers. So keep that in mind when you buy your next winter scarf. In case you fall in love with a synthetic piece, you can glide a metal hanger over it to remove static electricity.

    Less hot, more water

    Hot water dehydrates your skin and your hair. So use warm, not hot water, otherwise your scalp will be dry and your hair – prone to breakage. Rinse all hair products with even cooler water.

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    Special condition(er)s

    Hair conditioners or treatments with oil extracts will prevent the damage of your hair and heal damaged follicles. Voila – shiny hairstyle, no tangling.

    Blow-dry

    Not only do you risk getting a cold, but you also risk getting drier hair if you skip blow-drying before you leave the house. The physico-chemical explanation is that when the moisture from your hair combines with the cold air, the result is more brittle hair. Washing your hair too often is also a bad decision, so stay away from it.

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    Add styling foam to the menu

    Static electricity usually appears if your hair is thick. One way to avoid it is to add a little styling foam (a.k.a. styling mousse). According to the top coiffeurs, when it comes to styling foam, less is more, so a pea-size blob will do.

    Wear a hat

    Yes, it does some damage to your fringe, but it will also keep your hair away from all the snow, rain, wind and reindeers 🙂

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    Bonus tip: don’t forget about the usual trimming, regardless of the season! Brittle hair wastes both time and energy, plus it looks bad.

  • L’Oréal goes vegan

    L’Oréal, one of the biggest cosmetic companies in the world, announced that they are responding to the rapidly growing natural beauty trend by introducing to the market their very first vegan hair dye collection, which is 100% plant-based.

    The company was established over a century ago, in 1909, by Eugene Paul Louis Schuller, a young French chemist, who developed a special formula for hair dying called Auréole – the French word for “halo”. The name was inspired by a hairstyle, which was very popular in that specific century, and later it was changed to the brand as we know it – L’Oréal.

    The organic cosmetics trend has been driven by the rising number of young customers – the so called millennials – who reject chemical-based products in favor of plant-based ones.

    “We’ve managed to marry naturalness with a professional result without compromising on either point”, pointed out Marion Brunet, L’Oréal Professional International Manager.

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    The new product is called Botanea and will be introduced to the saloons in Europe in May 2018. It will be produced by selected plants from India.