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Find out which oil you should use to pump up the magic of your hair by answering these 5 questions! :massage:
Abyssinian oil: Best for lightweight hair hydration.
The Abyssinian plant is native to the Ethiopian Highlands, an area also known as Abyssinia. Today, the crops are cultivated in Mediterranean and temperate zones as well – and that’s good news! Abyssinian oil is a beautiful clear liquid oil, and is extremely light, in colour (pale yellow) and feeling. It comes from mustard (Brassicae) family, plant that is widely known to also promote hair growth.
Ideas on using this oil: as an overnight solution. Avoid the roots since volume tends to be primary concern for people with fine hair. Apply overnight and wash off first thing in the morning, followed by your usual shampoo & conditioner routine.
A strand of Brassicae (Mustard) seed in its pure form is one of the key ingredients of our flagship The Hair Fuel mask, which is known to strengthen existing hair follicles and improves hair health, thickness and speed of growth.
Tea tree oil contains anti-fungal and antibacterial properties that fight against the fungus that causes dandruff. Add tea tree oil (make sure it’s 100% pure tea tree oil though and not diluted with any carrier oils) – to your existing shampoo: about 10 drops for every 200-250ML of shampoo.
Another alternative to soothing effects of tea-tree oil, is peppermint oil as it soothes and calms the scalp. Either add a few drops to your shampoo or make a peppermint oil rinse to follow your conditioner routine, peppermint can help with soothing of the dandruff-prone scalp.
Did you know? Peppermint is a secret sauce to that tingly sensation in our flagship The Hair Fuel mask? By improving the blood flow to your scalp, it boosts scalp’s self-healing properties which leads to shorter recovery and skin & hair regeneration cycles.
(Fun fact: Personally, we always travel with a small bottle of tea tree oil as it’s truly a comprehensive quick fix of multiple skin and hair problems while on the go!)
Don’t get bored with your result just yet!
Whether bleach or perm, chemically treated hair is a goldmine for any hair oil treatments. It’s hard to go wrong with the choice: your hair shaft is exhausted and losing its moisture at a quick rate, so key thing is to moisturise, moisturise, moisturise. Try Jojoba, Olive, Grapeseed or Sweet Almond Oil. Or, for the ease of things, just get some good ol’ extra virgin olive oil – a remedy that’s been known for millenia backed by solid science.
There are four types of olive oil: extra virgin, virgin, pure, and extra light. Extra virgin is considered the best because it is the least processed and the oil is comprised from the first pressing of the olives. So, before your hair washing routine, pour some good quality extra virgin olive oil in a bowl, and dipping your fingertips massage into the roots of your hair for a few minutes and then redistribute the rest onto your hair lengths. Wrap your hair either in a shower cap or a cling film, wait for 30 minutes and then follow with your usual hair washing routine.
For split and frazzled hair ends, apply up to a tablespoon of olive oil into your wet hair ends at the end of your shampoo-conditioner routine. This will help lock in the moisture – something your chemically treated tresses desperately need.
Olive oil is on the key ingredient in The Hair Fuel, our flagship hair growth mask. Chemically treated hair tends to grow slower due to potential damages of the hair follicle. To speed up the recovery process and increase your hair growth, you can read more about it here.
We love science, so let’s start with that. Natural oil that moisturises your hair and protects it from getting brittle and breaking off, is called “sebum”, produced by your sebaceous (“sebaceous” means relating to oil or fat) glands. It also helps to maintain the pH of our skin, keeping our skin cells from drying off. But when too much sebum is produced, you could end up with an oily scalp, which in turn affects the hair growth cycle. Peppermint oil has benefits of not only balancing your sebum production and therefore reducing the oiliness, but also helps with hair growth.
How to use this oil: try a peppermint oil rinse after you finished your usual shampooing-conditioning routine. Dilute between 1:5 and 1:25 peppermint oil ratio in room temperature water, rinse your hair from roots to lengths. Gently press into your hair roots (without massaging, since hair roots are more fragile when the hair is wet) and squeeze excess water with a towel.
Psst! Peppermint oil is one of the ingredients of The Hair Fuel, our signature hair growth mask. It ensures that all the new hair you grow are doing so on a healthy scalp! And it smells fresh, too!
No surprises here. Coconut oil is your friend. HOWEVER, some people report allergic reactions to coconut, sometimes they may not even realise: if you’re lathering yourself with all things coconut but observe that your hair is falling out, scalp is continuously irritated, rash, hives or eczema where coconut oil was applied: you may just be allergic to coconut oil! Not to worry though. The good news is that it’s also easily substitutable.
For coily or natural hair, avocado oil can work wonders. Packed with amino acids, minerals, and vitamins, avocado oil can help strengthen hair and enhance deep conditioning treatments. Try mixing avocado oil with your favourite conditioner as a deep treatment and adding a plastic shower cap + warm beanie hat for deep conditioning treatment of your beautiful curls.
A thing to consider: global demand for avocados isn’t sustainable, so consider substituting half of required avocado oil amount with some extra virgin olive oil. Which is also packed with minerals and hefty nutrition your hair needs.
Yay for your healthy locks! Can we interview you on your hair secret sauce?
Since your hair is already great, you can consider maintaining its health with Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba). Jojoba oil is the liquid that comes from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) plant, which is a shrub native to southern Arizona, southern California and northwestern Mexico. Add three to five drops to your conditioner or apply one to two drops to damp hair after showering.
If you, however, want to have MOAR!! of that healthy hair of yours, consider applying a hair growth mask, like our flagship The Hair Fuel, which strengthens your hair follicles, improves blood flow to your scalp prompting hair growth and provides necessary nutrients to the hair root making sure that all that new hair is nice and healthy.
As a proud owner of mature hair, the two common challenges are gray hair and thinning. While gray hair is a result of decreased melanin (hair colour pigment) product and thinning hair is linked to decreased oestrogen production in women linked to ageing they may have a common solution.
As we age, processes slow down – and it’s not a bad thing! Our body simply stops growing and the initial metabolistic push from our early years – that enabled us to devour junk food that just seem to disappear the next day – slows down. It’s great! You wouldn’t want to say… have your organs continue growing as you age? So your body naturally adjusts for this.
Beautiful things is that, as we age we learn about our bodies, how it reacts with surrounding environment, how it reacts to nutrition, we learn to manage our mood swings: PMS or not. To support your hair health during this process it is important to consider all factors in your life: nutrition, exercise, stress levels. All the recommendations: whether eating wholesome nourishing food, exercising regularly or managing stress, point to building a sustainable functioning of your body, including functioning of your scalp and hair.
To support the delivery of nutrients from the foods you consume to your hair roots, consider applying castor oil, a known ingredient to boost hair growth through its unique composition: 90% of ricinoleic acid known to bind and stimulate with EP3 receptors found in human hair follicle.
Simply put, solution to both problems seem to lie in improving the blood supply to your scalp. Castor oil, a key ingredient to our flagship The Hair Fuel mask, is a good point to start.
(Fun fact: Interestingly through the same process castor oil, if taken orally binds with EP3 receptors in intestines (creating its laxative effect) and uterus lining (creating its labour-inducing effect)
Much like everything else in our body, hair strands contain water (up to 30%). In dry environment this number decreases significantly, weakening the bond amongst remaining proteins (keratin). Weaker bonds mean that keratin cells or hair cuticles stand up like a bottle brush, increasing your hair porosity. In turn, increased porosity means that hair loses out more moisture through opened hair cuticles. To counteract this effect, rinse your hair with cold water after your usual hair washing routine. By doing that, you’re “closing” the hair cuticles and locking in the moisture inside. In addition, use less shampoo and add a few drops of jojoba oil to your conditioner to moisturise your hair.
Depending on your hair type, you can also use grapeseed oil to seal the moisture in your hair which would create a thin coating around your hair preventing evaporation of moisture in your hair strands. Use grapeseed oil sparingly on wet or damp hair after your shampoo + conditioner routine.
Did you know that regardless of the level of humidity, you can still grow your hair with our flagship The Hair Fuel growth mask?
Main culprit of very humid environments is hair frizz. Why does it occur? When the air is humid, high levels of hydrogen are present. (Remember, water is two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen. There is more water in the air and therefore more hydrogen.) So, when hair absorbs extra moisture from air, a single strand of it forms significantly more hydrogen bonds between the keratin hair strands contains. The hair essentially doubles back in on itself at a molecular level, absorbing water, forming bonds and swelling until it disrupts the cuticle, which is the smooth, outermost layer of the hair.
To prevent this, make sure that you squeeze your hair after washing, rather than rubbing it with the towel – which would close up the hair cuticles and make them less susceptible and open to absorb those extra hydrogen molecules. Try coating your hair in grapeseed oil and leaving it in for ten minutes, then rinsing it out with cold water for an easy deep-conditioning treatment. Grapeseed oil will seal the moisture in your hair creating a thin coating around your hair preventing soaking of the extra water in humid air. Use sparingly on wet or damp hair after your shampoo + conditioner routine.
(Fun fact: The chemical makeup of human hair is extremely sensitive to airborne hydrogen. It is so sensitive, in fact, that some gadgets used to measure humidity — called hygrometers — rely on hair for their readings. The greater the humidity, the shorter the hair in the hygrometer becomes. Straight hair will become wavy, wavy hair will become curly and curly hair will become curlier.)
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