3 Natural Products for Soft Bouncy Hair
Since getting blonde balayage last month after a four-year break from highlighting my hair, it’s all come flooding back to me now how much maintenance is involved! Especially if you have your hair lightened, you’ll understand the battle with keeping your locks looking and feeling soft and healthy. As my hair is also fine and quite thin, it is less tolerant to colouring and can easily become brittle. This is my tried and tested method of preventing hair from becoming dry and damaged as a result of bleach colour-treatment using only 3 natural products.
Step 1: Hair Oil
This is something I have now got into the routine of doing every 7-10 days. I used to be very lazy with doing a deep treatment, but now my hair is more susceptible to breakage I make sure to do this regularly. I’ve tried argan, olive, coconut and avocado oils which all work brillantly. At the moment though I’ve enjoyed using the COCO Hair Treatment Natural Miracle Oil* – a blend of nourishing oils, Vitamin E, and castor oil. Vitamin E has been found to stimulate hair growth and helps achieve healthy-looking locks (source). Castor oil prevents split ends, adds shine and also promotes hair growth (source). Unlike coconut oil which is solid as a rock 99% of the time in the British climate, the COCO Hair Oil is liquid at room temperature, making it easy to apply. I like it that it’s also cruelty-free and made in Britain 😀
Ricinus Communis (Castor Oil), Cocos Nuicfera (Extra Virgin Coconut Oil), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Oil), Persea Americana (Virgin Avocado Oil), Tocopherol (Vitamin E)
It’s really easy but the results are awesome and last up to a week. Apply your oil into wet/damp hair. You can work it into the roots to encourage hair growth but I typically concentrate on the lengths and ends. I then use what’s left on my hands to lightly massage into my roots. If your hair is quite fine, you might struggle to wash oil out of your roots if you add too much! Clip your hair up into a bun and let sit for at least 30 minutes (I like to leave it for an hour). Shampoo twice with hot water to remove the oil.
Step 2: Badass Conditioner
Even though you’ve just slathered your hair in oil, you still need to use a conditioner. My favourite natural conditioner right now is the Green People Intensive Repair Conditioner, which is fairly reasonably-priced for an organic product at £13 for 200ml. It’s 91% organic, vegan, and includes natural ingredients such as jojoba oil, camellia leaf (green tea) extract and rosemary to add shine to hair.
Aqua** (Spring Water), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifying Plant Wax), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Cetrimonium Chloride (Conditioning Agent), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Levulinic Acid (Plant Derived), Lecithin (From Sunflower Oil), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder*, Faex (Yeast) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract*, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract*, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Seed Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Seed Extract, Aroma [Pelargonium Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Oil*^, Tantalum Austrocaledonicum (Sandalwood) Wood Oil*, Lavandula Anguvstifolia (Lavender) Herb Oil*^, Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Herb Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Peel Oil*], Potassium Sorbet, Linalool*, Limonene*, Geraniol*, Citronellol*. /*91.8% organic, ^fairly traded**
After washing out the hair oil, I apply about penny-size amount to my lengths and ends. Clip in a bun again and leave for 5-10 minutes then rinse (sorry, this routine requires patience but it’s totally worth it!)
Step 3: Leave-in Hair Creme
Finally to lock-in the moisture and help protect my hair against the heat from my hair dryer, I like to use Dr Bronner’s Hair Creme. I actually bought the lavender one for Ria as part of the Green Beauty Swap and couldn’t help but be tempted to buy one myself! I chose peppermint and it leaves my hair smelling delicious and feeling noticeably softer without being sticky.
Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Organic Ethanol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Organic Quillaja Saponaria Extract, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol. /* Certified fair trade ingredient
After towel-drying my hair, I untangle my hair with a wooden comb before applying a tiny pea-size amount into my ends. When my hair is 70-80% dry, I’ll style using my hair dryer and I’m left with shiny silky hair!
Those are my 3 natural products for soft bouncy hair – has anyone tried these products? What are your favourites for preventing damage?