I can’t deny that I was once carefree about my hair, I am now careful with it! While it still appears in good condition despite colouring it, I certainly started to notice more hairfall. If my hair was falling out I had to try something. In addition to increasing my healthy food intake with products like purple potatoes, collagen and spirulina, I also started taking biotin tablets. Biotin is the keystone in many haircare product ranges to promote healthy growth. (It is contained in the NISIM and FAST shampoos which have been my go-to shampoos for many years, as I find they are the ones that don’t leave product build up on my hair). To boost growth I also have been using a laser hair comb three times a week and the hair growth stimulating extract by Nisim. So I wash my hair every other day with the FAST or NISIM shampoo (the one for dry hair). I then follow with one of the conditioners from the same ranges. It’s either the deep conditioning mask or the regular FAST conditioner which seem to work best for me. After i towel dry my hair I apply a few drops of NISIM extract all over the scalp and massage him. As my hair is coloured I also apply a few drops of an Argan oil – My current trial product of choice is the L’Oreal Extraordinary oil. Other treatments I use about once or twice a week are seaweed powder, castor and / or coconut oil – treatments favoured by Japanese and Indian women. There is no denying they have great hair!
The simple answer is that it depends! Bear in mind our hair physiology and chemical make up differs, so that means we need to apply individual treatment to each of us. However as a general rule it is considered that an oily scalp hinders healthy hair growth as oils are a barrier to the hair follicle. Therefore It makes sense to maintain a neutral scalp i.e. not too dry and not too oily. Once you have found a shampoo that complements your hair type you should try and maintain a neutral scalp. The difficulty is in finding the shampoo to complement and benefit your hair/scalp. It is not necessarily a case of what smells good rather than a case of what benefits your hair. Personally we like products which contain ingredients which provide nutrition to the hair and scalp eg cystine and biotin. There are some excellent all natural ranges as well as treatment products which are not all natural. You may find that you need to alternate between them. For example if you want to boost your hair growth then you should use FAST as that contains the optimum ingredients to stimulate and accelerate hair growth. It is also a deep cleansing shampoo which you can use every day. If however you do not want to wash your hair daily then you could alternate and use a natural shampoo on other days. Just remember: to keep the scalp neutral and clean to encourage healthy hair growth.
If you find you have a constantly itchy scalp or that your scalp appears to have a buildup of products, one of your best options is to change the products you use. Start with the shampoo. It is best to use a deep cleansing clarifying shampoo. These types of products will often cleanse the scalp effectively although you may require two washes from them. Our personal recommendations are FASTand Nisim, both of which of clarifying shampoos. Using a conditioner on the ends of your hair should not encourage product build up. However you should avoid using hairspray and other styling products or ensure to wash those out at the end of the day. Changing products and trialing new ones may be the key to keeping your hair gorgeous and healthy.
There is no doubt that massage assists in many aspects on the body. It is now also widely believed that massaging the hair can assist with healthy hair growth. After all you are stimulating the scalp which ultimately can influence hair growth. There are a number of massage applications or techniques from the Indian head massage which often also combines a nourishing oil which will benefit your hair follicles. Then there are products. Our favourite of which are:
Japanese head massager by REFA this is the priciest one but it is the original massage. Many copies of inferior quality have followed but always go with the original.
There was no doubt that certain nations have outstanding hair. Of course it is subjective but there is little doubt that Hawaiian, Japanese, and Indian women are renowned for their glossy locks. Partly down to genetics, but it also has something to do with what you feed your body and hair. If we could tap into their secrets then perhaps we would have gorgeous hair.
Most of us will never live in Hawaii but we know some of their ingredients are captured in shampoos. It was Paul Mitchell, possibly the first celebrity hairdresser, who reportedly discovered the Hawaiian secret. He had seen local women washing their hair with a certain flower bulb and then discovered the actual ingredient was a ginger plant. Later he harnessed the ingredient and included in his best selling shampoo range.
The Japanese may well attribute their healthy hair to their high fish intake but it is also known that they traditionally washed their hair with seaweed. Could this be what we should try?
What about Indian women? They traditionally oil their hair with a mustard oil. It may not smell the best but if it works at keeping the frizz and grey hairs at bay it’s certainly worth a try. That or another oil packed with luscious hair feeding ingredients like SAAF.
What ever you try it definitely seems worth trying a product which contains nutritional value, rather than one which was simply clean your hair. I may be biased but the shampoo I always go back to is FAST -yes it contains a lot of proteins and amino‘s, but it also leaves my scalp squeaky clean and free from for a build up. Works great for me!