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Foundations For Natural Hair Care

Foundations For Natural Hair Care

Foundations For Natural Hair Care No Matter Your Hair Type

By Clear Givings Market

There’s nothing better than a head full of luxurious, soft, shiny beautiful hair. If gorgeous hair seems out of your reach, never fear, it’s actually easier than you might think to achieve. 

Just as skincare is personal, your hair care routine needs to be customized to your hair type. The salon-quality hair products that you choose will depend upon a number of factors, including whether your hair is naturally straight, wavy, curly, coarse, or fine, and how you are styling it. Medication, supplements, diet, hydration, and styling with heat can impact hair health as well. All of these factors will affect the approach to a high-performance hair care routine. 

There is no one-size-fits-all method, and it may take some careful experimentation before you zero in on your perfect regimen. There are, however, some principles of hair care that everyone, regardless of age or hair type should adhere to. As you cultivate the perfect clean beauty hair care routine for your individual needs, it’s good to start with a solid foundation.

Clear Givings Market offers these tips for natural, non-toxic hair care that’s good for you.

Important Steps To Conscious Beauty

  • Cleansing- use organic shampoos
  • Conditioning- smooth and detangle hair 
  • Sealing- lock in moisture with hair oil or lotion
  • Protection- avoid damaging your hair with heat

  • Key organic hair care ingredients for your unique hair type

  • Aging Hair 
  • Chemically Treated/Exposed Hair 
  • Coarse Hair
  • Dry Hair 
  • Oily Hair 
  • Fine Hair 
  • Thinning Hair
  • Thick Hair 
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    Cleanse your hair with organic shampoo

    • Dry and/or curly hair benefits from shampoos with oils like argan, or olive.[1] 
    • Individuals who struggle with dandruff can use shampoos that contain fungicides like tea tree oil.  Dandruff is caused by an overgrowth of yeast, and these types of treatments can help fight it. 
    • Oily and/or straight hair are best served by natural ingredients as synthetic ingredients can throw off sebum production. People with oily hair might further benefit from shampoo containing organic exfoliation. However, to prevent damaging the scalp, do not exfoliate more than one to two times weekly.[2]

    The internet is full of claims specifying the exact number of times you should wash your hair per week. The truth is that frequency depends upon you and your hair. It also depends on the products that you use. For example, you might only want to use a deep cleaning shampoo once a week to eliminate product buildup, then switch to another shampoo type for the rest of the week.  

    Determining how often you wash your hair will likely come down to experimentation until you discover what works best for you. It will likely be somewhere between one time per week to every other day. 

    Conditioning helps smooth and detangle hair

    Conditioner is an absolute must for any hair type. Even if you struggle with oily or greasy hair, use conditioner every time that you shampoo. This helps to protect and detangle your hair, preventing frizz-causing breakage.

    There are a few different types of conditioner, the most common are those that you rinse out after shampooing or leave-in conditioners, which you apply after wetting or shampooing hair. People who have straight or oily hair should try the former. Those with dry or curly hair should try the leave-in or even both types. Anyone with dry hair may also want to try a deep conditioner that can be applied one to three times weekly.[3]

    Regardless of hair type, using the appropriate conditioner is key. Failure to do so can result in brittle hair that’s prone to tangling and breakage. If your conditioner is making your hair heavy or greasy, try switching products to something that’s lighter, and avoid conditioners with too many oils. You can also try applying your conditioner to only the middle and ends of your hair and avoid your scalp.

    This popular adage isn’t just a saying; it’s time-tested wisdom. Have you ever noticed that when you’re feeling down, doing something as simple as getting out of bed and taking a shower can make you feel better? This phenomenon isn’t just a fluke.  As makeup artist Scott Barnes said, “Looking good leads to feeling good, feeling good leads to empowerment.” We know that perfecting your beauty routine is a process, and the effort is so worth it. Once you find the skin and hair regimen that nurtures you, you’ll feel as though you can take on the world.

    Lock in moisture with hair oil or lotion

    If you have dry hair or live in a dry environment you may benefit from locking in, or “sealing” hydration with hair oil or lotion. Moisture adds a luxurious shine to your hair. 

    “Sealing” is when you place a layer of moisturizing product over hair to keep the hydration in. This is an especially important step for those with curly hair. Naturally curly or wavy hair tends to be dryer than straight hair. This is because sebum, the oil on your skin that helps hydration, has difficulty navigating the kinks and spirals of curly hair. The sebum does not get evenly distributed. By sealing in moisture, you ensure that your hair is hydrated from the root to the tip, helping to cultivate beautiful natural curls.[4]

    If you have straight hair, sealing in moisture may not be as important because your natural oils are able to evenly distribute to the ends of your hair. However, if your hair is frizzy or if you heat style your hair, adding moisture will be an essential step in your hair care ritual. To avoid greasy roots, apply the oil or lotion to the middle and ends of your hair. 

    Protect your hair from heat!

    We recommend that people who use heat to style their hair (blow dryers, curlers, or flat irons) always use heat protection after washing and conditioning their hair. Heat damages hair by changing the shape of the hair strands. This results in weak strands. To protect your hair, hydration is important.[5]

    Once hair is damaged by heat, it cannot be fixed. Therefore, prevention is key. Natural heat protectants include various oils, like avocado, or grapeseed.

    Clear Givings Market Hair Care Tip

    Feeling overwhelmed? We get it; cultivating an eco-friendly hair care routine can seem like a lot at first. We’ll simplify it for you. The foundation of hair care comes down to these key steps:

    • Shampoo your hair one time per week to every other day using natural ingredients suited for your hair type and environment.
    • Condition every time you wet or shampoo your hair. Those with oily hair can apply conditioners only at the ends.
    • People with dry and/or curly hair will benefit from sealing in hydration with natural oils and hair lotions.  
    • Anyone who uses hot tools must protect their hair from heat damage
    • It’s good to know that coconut oil and avocado oil are comedogenic -- they can clog pores and cause bumps and irritation to scalp

    Other treatments will depend upon a number of factors.

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    Key organic hair care ingredients for your unique hair type

    Ultimately, perfection in a clean beauty routine comes down to the ingredients that work best for you and your hair. Natural ingredients are ideal for both your hair and the environment; when you opt for organic products, you save your hair from damage caused by synthetic ingredients, and you avoid poisoning the environment with harmful chemicals.All hair (no matter what hair type) needs hydration -- it's the #1 unmet haircare need. And it's what keeps your hair looking good between washes. 

    Clear Givings Market offers helpful tips to make it easier for you to make your unique locks feel and look their best. 

    Aging Hair

    As your hair ages its texture may change. You may find that your once gorgeous tresses are losing volume, thinning and not as shiny as they had been in the past. You may also find that the products you once loved are no longer working. Organic hair care will help keep your hair healthy. See our tips below for solving these challenges.

    Chemically Treated/Exposed Hair

    You love how your hair looks with the highlights, lowlights, balayage or being a shade lighter/darker. Your swimming routine in a chlorine pool or salty ocean feels invigorating. But now you realize that your hair reacts differently to your ordinary routine and products. Organic products will be the best thing for repairing your hair now. See our tips for Dry Hair below.

    Coarse Hair

    Coarse hair is often thick, yet it can differ from what is classified as thick hair. This hair type is characterized by thick strands of individual hair while thick hair refers to the number of strands on the head. Because coarse hair strands are quite thick, it tends to dry out more. Hydrating ingredients like honey, jojoba oil, and glycerin can be highly beneficial for this hair type.[6]

    Dry Hair

    If your hair is dry, you have spent a lot of time in the sun or you live in a dry environment, look for shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, and other treatments with almond oil, or other oils derived from plants. Other ingredients that help to hydrate hair include aloe vera, shea butter, and mango butter.[7]  

    Oily Hair

    Oily hair is often the result of too much sebum production which, somewhat paradoxically, can sometimes be the result of overwashing, especially with shampoos containing harmful chemicals. Look for products containing tea tree oil, green tea, lemon, and aloe vera. [8]

    Fine Hair

    People who have thin or fine hair will benefit from ingredients that promote adding volume. Individuals with this hair type often struggle with greasy hair because the natural oils on the scalp travel easily down the hair. By lifting the hair away from the scalp, it helps the natural oils to distribute along the hair more slowly and evenly.  In this Glamour article, dermatologist Francesca Fusco said, "Ingredients like vitamins B5, C, E, and sunflower, almond, and soybean all help add volume and body."

    Thinning Hair

    About 30 million women in the US experience female pattern hair loss. This can be due to age, stress or environmental factors. While you can't control your age and often can't control stress, there are a few things you can do to help prevent hair loss. First, keep your hair healthy and hydrated. Dry hair is prone to breakage. Stop using ponytail holders or other hair accessories that can create breakage. Be mindful of your diet -- alcohol can contribute to hair loss. Foods with magnesium, vitamin C, potassium and folate can help with hair health. For hair regrowth, you can try biotin, collagen or even minoxidil. Everyone is different so you may need to try different solutions to find one that works for you.

    Thick Hair

    Although thick hair is seen as a blessing (and let’s be real—it truly is), dense locks also come with their challenges. People who have thick hair know how easily it tangles and how difficult it can be to manage.[9] We recommend that you choose hydrating ingredients like glycerin, aloe vera, and shea oil, and make use of leave-in conditioners and hair masks.

    The key to fantastic hair care is in finding the perfect salon-quality products that work for you. Shopping at Clear Givings Market allows you to find natural and sustainable hair care products in one place. Shop for men’s and women’s high-performance hair care products today.

     When you look good, you feel good, and we make it easy for you to feel good while being sustainable. We can help you cultivate perfection in a clean beauty regimen that empowers you to be your very best. You have the freedom to decide what’s best for you.

     

    BONUS: Enter our skincare & haircare giveaway! 3 winners will receive up to $500 of our favorite sustainable products.

     

    Sources

    [1] https://www.healthline.com/health/oil-for-dry-hair#almond-oil

    [2]https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/exfoliation-for-scalp#side-effects-and-risksnbsp

    [3]https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/conditioning-curly-hair-care-methods/how-often-should-you-be-deep-conditioning-si

    [4]https://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curly-hair-care-methods/seal-in-your-moisture-with-water-oil-butter#:~:text=Using%20oil%20over%20moisturized%20hair,or%20olive%20oil%20to%20seal

    [5]https://www.dyson.com/knowledge/hair-care/how-does-heat-damage-hair#:~:text=Exposure%20to%20high%20heat%20changes,become%20more%20prone%20to%20damage

    [6]https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/coarse-hair#care-tips

    [7]https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/hair-mask-for-dry-hair#other-ingredients

    [8]https://roamandthrive.com/best-natural-shampoos-for-oily-hair/

    [9]https://www.rossanoferretti.com/how-to-care-for-thick-hair/




     

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