Curly Hair Care, Hair, Hair Care, Moisturizers, Natural Hair Care, Uncategorized

Winter Ready Hair

It’s the Winter Solstice, the official First day of Winter and high time to take this cold weather thing seriously.  Warm drinks, cute boots, and lots of Netflix are key to keeping your mood up during the long, grey winter in Michigan, where our headquarters are based.  We’ve also got a few helpful tips to keep your locks healthy and happy in all kinds of weather.

  • Wrap it Up
    While it seems silly to some, it really is essential to protect your hair from friction and moisture loss while sleeping and when out of doors.  Those single strand knots at your nape?  Struggles with second or third day hair?  Protective head wear is the answer.  Satin is the best all-around choice and Silk Charmeuse  is a close second.  If you’re a low-maintenance type, a satin pillowcase is the easiest choice.  A satin bonnet is preferable, as this helps to keep your curls in place  and  helps to preserve moisture.  It’s also key to protect your hair from the cold, wind, and dry air of the outdoors with a satin-lined knit cap or scarf.  As an extra treat for dry hair, smooth some Emollience Pre-treatment over your hair before donning your protective scarf, bonnet, or cap.  The heat of your head will help the unique mixture of oils and butters to penetrate into the hair, adding shine, elasticity, and a protective seal in one step.
  • Switch it Up
    For most of us, waiting on your hair to dry before going outside is not possible.  So, while you’re cleaning off your car, your perfect curls and waves are turning into frozen “haircicles”.  Not only can this lead to your hair drying in undesirable ways (e.g. flat on top and puffy on the sides), it can also make your hair more brittle and prone to breakage.  For thicker, tighter curls, a protective style can be the easiest way to extend the time between wash days.  For those with a finer texture and more oil prone hair, use your sleep time to reboot your curls or waves. Lightly mist your hair with water and spritz with Sweet Poof Volumizing Spray.  Then loosely gather your hair in a scrunchie or satin scarf, piling the hair at the top of your head.  Protect the hair with a satin pillowcase or bonnet.  When you wake up, let your hair down, shake it out and scrunch as needed to re-shape.
  • Mist Like You Mean It
    Seasonal shifts can drive many of us to completely change our hair care routine.  Before you switch your moisturizer, try this very simple step and watch your dry hair come alive.  If you normally mist your hair with water (either on wash day or between washes), but find that your hair is drier than usual, try adding a small amount of Featherweight Conditioner to your spray bottle.  We especially love this tip because is about as easy and cheap as it gets but packs a serious punch.  And, with the money you just saved by not purchasing a new moisturizer, you can gift yourself with a super sleek Flairosol Spray Bottle.

Photo by Aleksandra Bochkareva

Hair, Hair Care, Scalp Issues, Uncategorized

An Easy Cure for Dandruff

pro_getclean_ingredFor many of us, Winter is a time of all kinds of hair and scalp challenges, from hat hair to weird fungal issues that crop up on the scalp.  The most common ailment, however, is plain ol’ dandruff.  If you suffer from seasonal or year-round dandruff, you know that it often seems to improve after using medicated shampoos, only to resurface in a week or two.

What the big name companies don’t want you to know is that they’re so-called ‘treatments’ may actually be making your scalp condition worse!  That is because most dandruff shampoos are chock full of sulfates and harsh chemicals which irritate the scalp.  They also tend to address the symptoms and not the root cause (pardon the pun) of the problem.  So, while they may get those flakes to disappear for a little while, they are not effectively correcting the imbalance that triggered the dandruff in the first place.

Dandruff is essentially an excess of skin cells on the scalp.  This skin ailment is believed to be due to a pesky, but common, fungus called Malassezia.  The fungus is typically present in the outer layer of healthy skin, but, in about half of the population, it penetrates the hair follicles and causes irritation.  This irritation causes skin cells to shed more rapidly than normal, resulting in the white flakes known as dandruff.

To defeat the fungus, it is essential to maintain a healthy level of sebum (the skin’s natural oils) and a balanced pH on the scalp.  A gentle shampoo that does not over-cleanse the scalp is the first step in breaking the cycle of scalp irritation.  Our Get Clean! No-foam Shampoo is enriched with Neem and Karanja, two very powerful anti-fungal agents, and does not strip the hair’s natural oils.

Step two is a pH balanced conditioner, such as our Featherweight or Intense Quench.  Both restore the scalp and hair to the optimal pH level between 4 and 5, thereby curbing the growth of harmful fungii.

Step three is regular scalp massage with a product such as our Scalp Therapy, which is enriched with a wide array of anti-inflammatory agents and moisturizers.  Scalp massage not only loosens any existing flakes, it also stimulates blood flow, thereby aiding the overall resiliency of the follicles and skin.