What hair type are you?
Straight hair is hair that is completely straight from root to tip. There are no waves or curls and owners of straight hair probably find it difficult to make curls stay in place when styling. Straight hair can be thin or thick and everything in between, but those with thin straight hair are more likely to have greasy hair and find themselves washing their hair daily. Celebrities with naturally sleek straight hair are: Jennifer Anniston, Cara Delevingne, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sandra Bullock and Emma Stone.
Wavy hair is where any part of your natural hair holds a wave, this can be at the ends, in the middle or where your hair is shorter around the fringe. People with wavy hair find it easier to style big beachy waves but have more trouble with their hair becoming tangled or messy throughout the day. Wavy hair can be fine or course, thin or thick, and is more susceptible to going frizzy. Celebrities known for their gorgeous beach waves are: Jennifer Lawrence, Ashley Olsen, Gigi Hadid, Lily James and Ashley Benson.
Curly hair is where most, if not all of the hair is curly. The curls can come in a variety of sizes; from tight and corkscrew-like to big bouncy curls that are 2 inches wide – all curls are beautiful in our eyes. If you have curly hair you will find it hard to brush with normal brushes without it going frizzy and if your hair is thick, it will take a while to style. Many people with this hair type want to tame their curls into perfect sleek ‘S’s or go completely straight. Famous people with naturally curly hair are Taylor Swift, Sandra Oh, Emmy Rossum, Shakira and Sarah Hyland.
Coiled hair needs the most attention as it’s especially prone to breaking and will need deep conditioning more often than other types. If you have coiled hair your hair will feel dry, especially in warmer seasons, as well as suffer more scalp conditions like itchiness and dandruff than other hair types. However, coiled hair is less likely to get greasy and therefore doesn’t need to be washed as often. Famous coiled haired celebrities are Zendaya, Lupita Nyong’o, Yara Shahidi, Leona Lewis and Kerry Washington.
How often should I wash my hair?
How often you wash your hair depends heavily on your hair type. If you have thin hair that gets greasy quickly then you should wash it every 2 days, if you have thick dry hair that rarely gets greasy then you can get away with once a week. However, you should use a hair mask with natural oils to bring back moisture to dry hair. Your hair and scalp is sensitive and shouldn’t be washed too much in case the delicate balance of sebum (the oil that keeps your hair looking soft and silky but also makes it greasy) is disrupted. Hair gets greasy because there is an excess in sebum, this is completely natural and usually reduces with age.
Sweat can also make your hair greasy, so if you’re a gym freak and like working up a sweat then you’ve probably noticed how much oiler your hair is on exercise days. We recommend washing your hair after an intense workout, especially if you’ve been cycling on a hot summer day and wearing a helmet! Styling products can also cause build up that becomes irritating and makes your hair look dirty or dull. Repeated use of some hairspray brands can create dandruff-like particles which makes your scalp itch and it doesn’ look great – if you’d like to reduce your washing then we advise reducing your styling products.
Some shampoos contain chemicals that shockingly make your hair get greasier quicker – it’s so important to use shampoos that are made for you hair type and are free of harsh chemicals like SLS (Sulphate Laureth Sulfate) and Sodium Chloride. Our shampoo and conditioner eliminate ingredients that cause dryness and irritation, making it so you don’t have to wash your hair as often.
How often should I get my hair cut
You should get your hair cut every 6-8 weeks. In between cuts your hair will get split ends, thin at the bottom and tangle often, getting your hair trimmed will eliminate these to make your hair look healthy and thick.
Split ends occur when hair cuticles become damaged and brittle and fall away from the hair strands core. You can find out if you have split ends by looking at the tips of your hair and checking for strands that split into two or more sections. Split ends can also be knots or strands that have become thinner/weaker. If you notice these then it’s a good time to book a hair appointment as split ends become worse and make your hair look dull. It’s a good idea to use a hair mask in between cuts to keep split ends at bay.
Due to hair becoming thinner and at the bottom as time goes on, it means your hair becomes drier and gets tangled more easily. Trimming your hair cut will cut down on your detangling time and make your hair look shinier and thicker. If you’re trying to grow your hair and you are worried about it taking too long if you trim your hair, then you needn’t worry, as healthier hair grows quicker!
Healthiest way to dry hair
The healthiest way to dry your hair is to let it dry naturally, that means no heat and no brushing while wet. High heat damages the hair by breaking strands, splitting the cuticle and increasing frizziness – something none of us want to happen to our hair.
If you dry your hair naturally, you’re leaving your hair to do it’s thing. That may be your worst nightmare if you don’t like your natural hair but there are ways around it. One thing you must not be tempted to do is towel dry, it’s healthier than using heat, but if you’re looking for the healthiest way to dry then you’ll want to avoid this method. Towel drying will damage your hair by creating tangles which are hair to get out until your hair is dry. If you must towel dry then don’t rub hair, instead squeeze the water out gently. To stop your hair from turning into a giant frizz ball or if you don’t want it to dry dead straight, once it’s 50% dry, gently braid or your hair or put it into a loose bun to add a curl and reduce frizziness.
If you do wish to use a hair dryer, we recommend using a low heat, heat protector spray and to take your time.
Foods for healthier hair
Just like the rest of your body, food and diet play an important part in how healthy your hair is. Your diet should include a good amount of iron, protein, vitamin c, omega 3 and plenty of super foods.
Food full of protein like nuts, fish, avocado and chickpeas will help your hair fight against any weaknesses in the hair strand and keep your hair strong. This protein is called keratin and it is important to get the right balance, too little will make your hair weak too much will result in brittleness.
Foods with iron such as green vegetables and brown rice aid healthy hair growth. Too little iron means your body has a lower amount of red blood cells, these little cells are found all over, including the scalp and are great for promoting hair growth. Too little iron and the hair follicles cannot thrive off the blood supply, resulting in thin hair and in worst cases, hair loss.
Vitamin C foods such as oranges, pineapple and kale are a brilliant antioxidant, not only are they great for your body and help absorb iron, vitamin C helps create collagen which can be found in your hair! Healthy amounts of vitamin c and collagen can strengthen the hair roots and help against damage.
Omega 3, found in fish, nuts and olive oil, is a brilliant food to promote healthy hair. Not only does Omega 3 boost our immune system but it helps hair grow, shine and stay hydrated. Our bodies cannot produce Omega 3 by itself so it relies on the food we eat and/or supplements.
Vitamins for healthier hair
The vitamins that help your hair grow and say healthy are Omega 3 oil, Zinc, Vitamin C and Biotin.
There are many Omega 3 supplements that you can buy. We recommend NothingFishy Omega 3.
Zinc improves the health of your hair follicle to keep it strong and make sure the oil glands are working correctly. Zinc supplements can also promote hair growth. We recommend Zinc Nu U Nutrition.
Vitamin C will strengthen the hair roots and help against damage to the hair follicle. You can even find vitamin C in some shampoos. We recommend Solgar Vitamin C.
Biotin (vitamin H) works by improving the infrastructure of Keratin and can help reduce hair loss and improve growth. You can get biotin supplements but they are known to cause certain side effects, like diarrhea, nausea and cramping. You can get biotin from bananas, cauliflower, mushrooms and whole grains.
What does dye to do my hair?
For hair dye to permanently change your hair colour, it has to lift up the cuticle using ammonia (that’s the strong smell you might have noticed when using a home kit) which damages the cuticle as it’s meant to stay down.
Hair dye needs to break down the protective layer of the hair strands, this is called the cuticle. The ammonia in hair dye lifts the cuticle by raising the pH of the hair and which relaxes the cuticle and lifts it up. This isn’t a natural process and damages the hair as soon as it happens . To change your hair colour permanently, hair dye destroys your natural hair colour by using peroxide. Peroxide damages your hair by making it very dry and straw-like. Only once you rinse the dye out does your hair cuticle return to normal, all the time it is open it is causing more damage to your hair.
It sounds scary and when you read it like that, you wonder why people dye their hair at all. Fortunately for us there are many hair treatments and masks that can help. They can’t repair the damage but they can coat your hair in rich nutrients that leave it feeling soft and healthy again.
What chemicals are bad for your hair?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a surfactant used in cheaper shampoos. It’s great at getting rid of dirt and spreading the product through the hair (foaming up) but it’s damaging effects leave hair dry and irritated.
Sodium Chloride is also known as table salt. Some brands use it as a thickening agent in their shampoos and conditioners to bulk up the product so the customer doesn’t need to use as much. They can then sell this as a product that is more value for money but cutting corners like this is dangerous. Sodium Chlorine removes your natural oils and colour which dries out your hair and makes it look dull.
Chlorine strips the natural oil sebum away from your hair which leaves your hair dry and fragile. A great way to protect your hair from Chlorine is to pop on a hairapeutix mask when swimming, the oils will stop your hair from absorbing so much water (and chlorine). Plus you’ve doubled up with a swim and hair treatment at the same time. What could be better!
What do hair extensions do to my hair?
Apart from making you look and feel confident, you might wonder what hair extensions do to your hair? Are they harmful? Most hair extensions aren’t harmful if they are applied by a professional hair technician.
There are some hair extension techniques that are more harmful than others, such as keratin hair extensions which bond to your own hair by hot glueing keratin, which if not secured properly can cause your hair to fall out. We stress the importance of using professionals to install these, as well as any other hair extensions like stick tip, nano, nail and tape. The safest hair extensions are clip-ins as there is no glue or chemicals involved when installing the hair. It’s very important to use the correct aftercare when wearing hair extensions to keep your hair and your extensions happy and healthy.
Best way to look after hair extensions
The best way to look after your hair extensions is to use products especially made for hair extensions.
Wash your extensions
You should aim to wash your clip in extensions every six weeks in a large bowl with lukewarm water. We recommend using a hair extension based shampoo and conditioner and only brush your extensions with a specially designed hairbrush. Leave your clip ins to dry on a towel.
If you are wearing permanent hair extensions, you should use your fingers to separate out the bonds that may have got tangled in the night or previous day. If you do this daily, it will make taking them out after your 3-4 months of wearing, much easier.
Secure your extensions when you sleep
When your sleeping with your hair down pop hair extensions into braids for the safest way to sleep.
How much hair grows in a month?
The average person will grow half an inch of hair in a month, which equates to 6 inches in a year. This will vary from person to person depending on their age and hair type. Did you know there are around 100,000 hair follicles on a human head? We are all born with the same amount of hair follicles that stay with us our whole life – it’s only when we start getting into old age, especially for men, that our follicles lifespan starts going dormant. Once you begin middle age, you may find your hair taking a longer time to grow.
If you want to speed up your hair growth, we recommend following all or any of the following tips:
- Cut your hair. This seems like a step in the opposite direction but getting a trim once every 6-8 weeks will keep your ends healthy and stop them from breaking off. Healthy hair means more growth!
- Avoid heat. If your styling tools are set too high then they may damage your hair by making it weak and brittle, and therefore it’s harder to grow.
- Use the correct products. If you’re washing your hair and/or your extensions on a daily basis then this is too much and will contribute to the weakening of your hair. You could be using a harmful shampoo and conditioner that actually makes your hair greasier. Switch up to a SLS free and sodium chloride free shampoo to keep your hair as healthy as possible to promote hair growth!
- Deep condition – Every now and then your hair will need a deep condition to nourish and strengthen the hair follicles, which leads to less breakage and increase length retention.
- Choose a healthy diet. We mentioned earlier on in this article all the benefits of healthy foods on your hair, and the message says the same when talking about hair growth!
How much hair is normal to fall out?
We’ve all been there. There are some days where you brush your hair and feel like you could supply a wig factory with a week’s worth of hair! The average woman loses on average 60 to 100 strands of hair a day naturally so don’t worry too much. If you’re worried about coloured hair, using hair tools like straighteners and curlers, or using keratin hair extensions causing hair loss, bear in mind that it isn’t permanent damage and your hair will grow back. If you are a proficient user of heated styles and peroxide you may notice your hair is thinner than it is naturally until it grows out.
Women with thicker and longer hair will notice more hair loss than women with shorter finer hair – just because there is more hair! You might notice that you shed less hair on non-wash days as the hair builds up.
Can I regrow my hair after it’s gone?
There are fascinating studies currently being carried out that focus on reawakening dormant hair follicles by targeting their stem cells, and studies where researchers grow hair in a dish. But currently it is not possible to regrow hair if you have thinning hair due to genetics but there are lots of things to look forward to in the future. A hair transplant is where a surgeon transplants hair follicles from a denser patch on the person’s head, or even from somebody else, and places on a patch of no hair. It is turning into a multi-billion dollar industry.
There are treatments one can use to slow down the hair loss rate. Such as caffeine shampoo, minoxidil and iron supplements but there is no one way fix, or even a quick fix, and treatments can often take months to see any results. If you’re worried about the future of your hair, we suggest looking after it as best as possible and treating it to the right shampoo and conditioners.
Why is my hair always greasy?
Are you outraged by friends telling you that they wash their hair weekly? Sobbing internally as you tell them that you have to wash your hair every night as it gets so greasy. Don’t worry, you’re not alone and it’s completely normal. Unfortunately, you just have excess sebum from overactive sebaceous glands. It’s great news for your hair though, as sebum is a natural ingredient that keeps your hair healthy and it stops it from becoming dry and brittle, but it can be very annoying when you come to wash it every night.
Apart from excess sebum there are other factors in the playing field such as:
- Over washing: If you think you may be washing your hair too much try washing your hair less for a month as see if that helps
- Straight hair: If you have this hair type it makes the grease more visible as there’s no bounce or texture to the hair
- Using the wrong products: Some haircare products actually make your greasy hair worse.
Ultimate revive hair routine
If you’re struggling with dull hair and are seeking a haircare routine to bring some life back into your locks, then we have the perfect step by step guide.
1. Use a brush designed to treat your hair well
Brush through your hair to remove all knots and tangles. We recommend using a specialised brush like our award-winning brush, this brush is great for normal hair and those with hair extensions. A hair extension brush needs to be delicate so as not to pull the hair extension bonds, which is also great for hair that might be damaged or in need of looking after.
When brushing, always start from the bottom and work your way up. It’s easier to get rid of tangles at the end first than trying to pull all of them out from the top.
2. Hair Mask
The next step on our hair guide is to use a deep conditioning hair mask like our Hairapeutix Mask. With dry hair, gently coat your hair with from the mid-lengths to the ends, this allows for your hair to completely soak up all the beneficial ingredients.
Hair Masks are designed to revitalise, condition and restore tired hair by using natural ingredients. Make sure to check your hair masks ingredients before purchasing. Our hair mask uses 100% natural ingredients that are designed to work the same way as your natural hair oils (sebum).
Once the hair mask has soaked in, take a wide-tooth shower comb and comb through your hair to make sure the treatment is spread equally through it.
We recommend keeping our treatment in for as long as possible – so if you can wear it overnight that would be advisable. But if you don’t have the time, then keep your mask on for at least 30 minutes. If you do choose to sleep with the treatment in, we suggest putting your hair into braids.
5. Wash & Condition
After the hair mask has worked its magic and to get optimum results, wash it out with HEBFF shampoo and conditioner, which is SLS and sodium chloride free. Even though our hair mask is packed full of goodness, it’s incredibly lightweight and will wash out easily. We recommend shampooing twice!
Dry your hair on a low heat setting for the least damaging results. If you have clip-in hair extensions, lay each piece onto a towel and let it air dry. We recommend brushing your hair with a special brush that doesn’t pull too hard on your hair. Our Dual Bristle brush is great for those with hair extensions and for normal hair that is prone to tangling.
When your hair is completely dry, you can use your hair straighteners or curling tongs on a low heat. Be sure to use heat protector spray!