Some hair myths have been passed down so many times, through so many different people, that it can be hard to tell fact from fiction. One of the most common being that you shouldn’t wash your hair often. Let me set the record straight and say that this is a big, fat, stinking lie!
While there are some people who believe that washing their hair infrequently or not at all is actually good for their locks, the opposite is true. Protein-rich formulas replenish strands and help protect them against physical aggressors (like combing and brushing) as well as heat damage. The key is finding the right product for your scalp and hair type.
Here’s Why You Should Detox Your Hair And Scalp
It’s not just our bodies that need a detox, sometimes our hair needs one too. That’s where clarifying or detoxifying products comes in. Clarifying shampoos and scrubs have been designed to remove build-up from your strands, including chlorine, hard water minerals, and styling residue.
Even if you don’t swim or use a lot of hair products, clarifying shampoos help remove excess oil from your hair and scalp. Here are some detoxing hair products that we are loving.
Phytodetox Clarifying Detox Shampoo And Rehab Mist is a range of eucalyptus scented detoxing hair products from Phyto to keep your hair squeaky clean and fresh. The Clarifying Detox Shampoo with its purifying and soothing antioxidant Sage and Chamomile extract eliminates hair -dulling residue without drying out the fiber.
The Rehab Mist is something I have in my bag every day! This lightweight mist immediately refreshes stinky hair with it’s blend of purifying Eucalyptus essential oil, antioxidant and revitalizing Kumquat extract and detoxifying and stimulating Burdock extraction. Its anti-odour agent neutralizes smoke and hawker centre stench and when sprayed onto roots, hair immediately feels clean, airy light and fragrant.
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea™ Refreshingly Purifying Shampoo And Fuji Green Tea™ Refreshingly Hydrating Conditioner are both enriched with revitalising Japanese green tea. The refreshing shampoo cleanses and removes impurities, leaving hair and scalp feeling invigorated and fresh. I like that this range is formulated without silicones and colourants and cleans but does not strip my hair dry.
The conditioner is very lightweight and hydrates and leaves hair moisturised but not weighed down. I really love this range and find myself using it almost daily!
If You Suffer From Dry Or Damaged Hair
Dry hair develops when your hair doesn’t get or retain enough moisture. When your hair is dry, the outer layer breaks down, causing it to appear dull and unhealthy. Dry hair does not absorb or retain enough moisture to keep its texture and brightness, so it often looks lacklustre and brittle. If you have dry hair, we recommend that you try these products:
The Body Shop Shea Butter Richly Replenishing Shampoo and Conditioner are both 100% vegan and enriched with Community Trade shea butter from Ghana. They smell absolutely divine and leave even the most driest hair feeling more moisturised, silky smooth and tangle free. This gentle cleansing formula won’t leave your hair feeling stripped of moisture and it’s perfect for dry hair that is prone to damage and did we mention that it smells divine?
Phytojoba Moisturizing Shampoo and Moisturizing Mask the shampoo has a delicate floral coconut scent and gently cleanses the scalp and moisturises dry hair to bring softness and shine, without weighing it down. The mask, which is free of silicones, parabans and sulphates is a deeply hydrating, shine-enhancing mask that weightlessly restores softness and luster to dry hair. Enriched with jojoba oil, it melts into the hair to keep it moisturized and tangle free.
If Your Scalp Is Oily
Excess sebum secretion can be a result of several factors ranging from genetics, hormonal imbalances, humidity and even your diet. An oily scalp can lead to hair loss because of the resulting dandruff. Severe cases that are left untreated can block the hair follicles, inhibiting the natural hair growth cycle. If you have a greasy or oily scalp / hair, give these products a try:
Tsubaki Cool Shampoo and Conditioner can even be used by those with normal hair. It smells lovely and your hair smells great even the next day. This range helps manage hair especially if you live in hot, humid conditions – like we do here in Singapore – with its light fruity fragrance, natural oil and menthol. Your scalp feels pleasantly cool but not freezing after use. It is also free of silicon, Paraben and colourants.
LUX Luminique Oasis Calm Herbs Cleanse which is a new range by LUX is formulated with rosemary and water mint extract and cleanses the scalp deeply while nourishing the hair in one single step, making it ideal for those with an oily scalp but dry ends. You can read the full review we did of this range here.
Here’s Why You Should Invest In A Scrub
Exfoliation removes scalp buildup, allowing the natural oils that is found in our scalp to do their job and keep our hair and scalp nourished and healthy.
Although it’s safe to massage your scalp every day, you shouldn’t exfoliate your scalp more than once or twice a week. Exfoliation removes oil from the scalp, and more frequent exfoliation may cause the scalp to panic and over-produce oil.
The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea™ Scrub Shampoo is really easy to use. Upon contact with your scalp, it instantly lathers and removes impurities like dust, smoke, sweat and styling residue. This purifying scrub will make your scalp feel instantly refreshed, help reduce build-up on hair and leave you feeling revitalised with a healthy-looking shine. It is enriched with Japanese green tea and Community Trade honey from Ethiopia, is 100% vegetarian and is formulated without any silicones.
Phytodetox Pre-Shampoo Purifying Mask is a weekly Pre-Shampoo Mask that smells delightfully of eucalyptus and works to absorb impurities like pollution, dust, limescale and product residue that can suffocate the scalp.
Masking Is Not Just For Your Face
A hair mask is a deep conditioning treatment that helps to heal damaged hair and contains rich ingredients such as natural oils and lipids, in heavier concentrations than normal conditioners. Hair masks are usually left on for extended periods of time to allow for the ingredients to deeply nourish, moisturize, soften and protect the hair fiber. Here are some of our favourite hair masks:
The Body Shop Shea Butter Richly Replenishing Hair Mask is enriched with Community Trade shea butter and cocoa butter from Ghana, Community Trade organic virgin coconut oil from Samoa and Community Trade organic olive oil from Italy and is a godsend for dry and damaged hair. It leaves hair smelling nutty and delicious and feeling intensely nourished but not weighed down or greasy.
Tsubaki Premium Hair Mask with Camellia Oil and Royal Jelly deeply penetrates into the hair to provide and lock in nutrients. It smells divine and leaves your hair looking salon ready instantly!
Phytojoba Mask is a deeply hydrating, shine-enhancing mask that weightlessly restores softness and lustre to dry hair. This indulgent conditioning mask is enriched with jojoba oil that melts into the hair to provide intensive moisturization and weightless detangling. It is also sulfate, paraben and silicone free.
Phytomillesime Colour Enhancing Mask is designed for colour-treated and highlighted hair. This rich mask is enriched with Argan butter and smells gorgeous and nourishes and restores the integrity of the hair fiber that is weakened by constant colouring procedures. It prolongs colour intensity and magnifies its shine, leaving hair silky smooth and healthy.
If You Have Coloured Hair
Don’t underestimate the power of a cleansing routine that’s specifically designed for colour-treated hair. Colouring your hair affects its elasticity, so investing in colour-care products that replenish proteins and provide moisture is essential to maintaining your healthiest strands and most vibrant colour.
Heat treatments should be kept to the minimum, because heat makes hair more brittle, and the more brittle your hair is, the easier it is for the dye molecules to fall out. Keep colour-treated hair thriving with a gentle, replenishing cleansing shampoo meant for colour treated hair. Here are some colour protecting hair care products that we love:
EHA Suncare Hair And Body Wash SPF30 many people don’t realise that unprotected sun exposure can speed up the fading of the colour, which is why we love this product from EHA Skincare. This hair and body wash does not lather, but keeps hair looking and feeling clean and light. The best part is that in one simple step, you have protected both your hair and scalp from sun damage, colour fading and hair fall!
Love Beauty And Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Shampoo And Conditioner is a delightfully scented shampoo and conditioner that is infused with Amazonian murumuru butter and ethically-sourced Bulgarian rose absolute, this collection helps to moisturize, protect and recharge coloured hair, leaving it with a beautiful, glossy shine.
Phytocolor Shampoo gently cleanses hair while preserving colour and shine. Its gel texture forms a delicate soft lather that enhances and protect colour. A high concentration of Hibiscus flowers, Tara tannins, and Sunflower sprouts extracts stops oxidation in hair colour and gently smoothes the hair scales.
Phytocolor Gel Shine Activating Care is a leave-in care conditioner that protects colour from external aggressors. Enriched with Yacon extract, an authentic plant-based honey, it smoothes the hair fiber to activate shine and boosts the radiance of colour-treated and highlighted hair.
To also provide optimal photoprotection against colour oxidation, this formula contains a UV filter.
If You Need Some volume
Dehydrating fine hair by not conditioning (because you don’t want it to look limper than it already is) is actually the worst possible thing that you can do to it. Once your hair is dehydrated, it becomes more static, making it harder to control, harder to style, and appear finer and thinner than it actually is. Here are some volumnising hair care products that we are loving:
Shiseido Tsubaki Volume Shampoo And Conditioner is a new Tsubaki series that is formulated from five major beauty ingredients – Citrus fruit water, Camelia seed oil extract, Royal jelly, Soy protein and Botanical essence that will gently cleanse, protect and plump up limp or fine hair.
If You Suffer From Hair Loss
There are many reasons for hair loss, but the most common cause of hair loss is a hereditary condition called male-pattern baldness or female-pattern baldness. Hormonal changes and medical conditions, medications and supplements, stress and even certain hairstyles and treatments can all contriubute to hair loss.
If you are suffering from hair loss, visiting a medical practitioner experienced in this area would be the best option. But here are some hair loss products that we have personally tried and found to be helpful:
Phytopolleine Botanical Scalp Treatment is magic in a bottle! Each little bottle packs almost 4lbs of fresh plant extract. With its powerful blend of 100% essential oils that detoxifies, balances the scalp and deters dandruff. The natural extracts of rosemary, sage, cypress, eucalyptus and lemon instantly purifies the scalp and removes all traces of impurities (styling residues, oils, dirt). This is the ideal scalp treatment to energize and fortify sensitive, weak and anemic hair.
Phytophanere Dietary Supplement is packed with natural ingredients, consisting of essential fatty acids and an antioxidant blend to promote keratin production, healthy hair growth and longer nails and lashes. Like any other part of our body, our hair needs a variety of nutrients to be healthy and grow and if you feel that your diet could be lacking in nutrients, we would suggest trying a bottle of these supplements. Since we started taking these, we have noticed less hair clogging the drain outlet after a shower.
PhytoNovathrix Fortifying Energizing Shampoo prepares the scalp for anti-hair loss treatments. With botanical active ingredients, such as Guarana and red Algae extracts, it tones the scalp, fortifies the fiber and protectively envelops the hair.
Phyto Novathrix Global Anti-Hair Loss Treatment works to slow down hair loss by stimulating growth and reinforcing hair quality. The set consists of 12 vials that is suitable for all types of hair loss, with a 99% formula of natural or vegetable origin. This global anti-hair loss treatment works on 16 biological factors involved in hair loss and is suitable for women and men.
We hope that you found this article helpful. Many people still use the wrong type of shampoo for their hair and scalp type, while others over or under wash their hair.
At the end of the day, your scalp, like the skin on your face and body, is still skin and needs to be treated as such and be kept clean. Using the correct product can help solve so many hair care issues that you might be facing, from an itchy scalp, to excessive hair fall.