Perfecting Your Hair with Natural Products

High street hair care products can be full of synthetic chemicals that strip the natural oils from your hair and inadvertently dull your natural shine! That’s why it’s worth switching to a natural hair care routine to unlock your locks’ true potential!

This week, our professional Aromatherapist, Olivia, has let us in on some easy, inexpensive and natural hair remedies, as well as providing a more long-term solution in the Oleo range.

TREAT DRY HAIR 

To treat dry hair coconut oil is an easy and inexpensive treatment. You can pick up a pot of coconut oil from any health food shop! If you’ve bought it in raw form just heat it up in your hands and smooth over your hair. If you have split ends pay special attention to these! Wrap your head in a warm towel and leave for 1 hour; if you’ve got the luxury of time even leave it in whilst you sleep. Afterwards, make sure you’ve washed it ALL out with a mild shampoo.  You can repeat this treatment once/twice a fortnight.

 

CONDITIONING EGG TREATMENT 

It doesn’t get better value than an egg! Beat an egg, rub it in and wash it out with cold water. Egg is a great conditioning treatment because they are full of nutrition and protein that can help to strengthen your hair. Just don’t leave it in for too long or it will set!

SHINE AND VITALITY 

To add some extra shine to your hair rub sweet almond oil into your scalp and hair. Leave this in for 2 hours, then rub in natural yoghurt and leave in for 30 minutes then wash out with a mild shampoo! Sweet almond oil is particularly effective because it seals moisture in and all protects your hair. You can even use it to protect your hair from heat when blow drying and styling! Natural yoghurt, on the other hand, can not only accelerate hair growth; this is down to its protein richness as this provides nourishment without drying your hair, but the zinc and lactic acid can also stimulate blood circulation to promote hair growth!

high street hair products can strip the hair it its natural shine, try switching to a more natural products where less chemicals can unlock your natural beauty

HOME HAIR MASK 

Mash one banana and 10ml of grapeseed oil. Then cover your head with clingfilm and leave for 30 mins. Grapeseed oil combats dandruff by deeply moisturising the scalp whilst the banana adds extra moisture. ( Click here great homemade banana face mask) 

CHAMOMILE HIGHLIGHTER -for blondies 

A lot of blondes use lemon juice to bleach their hair lighter in the sunlight but chamomile is a lot more effective.  Mix 4 tablespoons of dry chamomile leaves with 100ml of water. Leave to stand for 20 minutes to let the leaves and water infuse. Apply the solution to your hair, leave for 20 mins then rinse off.

WALNUT RINSE- for brunettes

Infuse 100ml of water with 2 teaspoons of walnut leaves and 1 teabag (black tea). Allow to stand for 30 mins. Then apply to hair and leave for an additional 30 mins. Then shampoo and condition! This treatment is great for darkening and enriching your colour.

Lastly, we turn to Oleo’s award-winning Rosemary & Nettle Shampoo’.

Olivia has formulated the perfect shampoo and conditioner combo to keep your hair glossy and bouncy without stripping it of its natural oils. The nettle extract works to strengthen the hair whilst carefully selected essential oils work together to keep your hair in top condition. Stimulating Rosemary stimulates scalp circulation so, therefore, hair growth; gentle lavender soothes, promotes hair growth and smells amazing; balancing geranium strengthens your hair further. Combined with the conditioner, I have found that these products make my hair so soft and that it needs washing a lot less than usual.

 


Tips and Recipes For Natural Face Masks

As someone who occasionally uses face masks as a pamper day treat, I’ve never been entirely sure about their benefits, how often I should use them or which face mask to use. In this week’s expert blog post, Olivia sheds some light on these questions and also shares some brilliant DIY recipes that you can make at home!

Face masks are the perfect treat to revitalise your skin and can also help you unwind and relax. Masks can be used for a wide range of reasons; to draw dirt, oil and impurities away from the skin; soften blackheads; cleanse, soothe, soften, hydrate, balance, brighten, heal, revitalise and improve the colour tone and texture of your skin. However, with professional facials and a huge variety of masks on offer, it can be pretty confusing which one to choose.

Before choosing your mask, here are some common rules:

1. Make sure your face is well cleansed before applying

2. Leave mask on for 10-15 minutes

3. Extend the mask to your neck too

4. Rinse off with lots of tepid water and a soft cotton cloth

5. Follow with toner and moisturiser

FACE MASKS FOR EVERYONE

To make things easier, a simple, natural mask can be beneficial for all skin types.

Depending on your skin type you’ll need to apply face masks less or more regularly. If you have normal/combination skin, you’ll only need to apply a purifying mask once or twice a fortnight.; Oily skin would benefit from more frequent applications and dry or mature skin would benefit from a cleansing or nourishing mask at least once a week.

Here’s some you can make at home and we’ve included our more sophisticated ‘Frankincense and Palmarosa Face Mask‘ to really get you cleansed and ready!

 

Avocado and Banana Mask – for all skin types (makes one application)

 recipes and tips for creating natural face masks

Fresh banana has a moisturising and smoothing effect on your skin.  Here it is combined with vitamin and mineral-rich avocado, which has great skin-conditioning properties.  Mix it with moisturising honey to give your skin a deeply nourishing treatment.

Ingredients:

½ ripe avocado

½ ripe banana

1 tsp honey

1 tsp rose water

Method:

Put avocado and banana in a bowl and mash to make a paste.  Add honey and rose water to the paste, and mix well.  The paste should be thick enough to spread evenly.  Use immediately.

Application:

Apply mask to your freshly cleansed skin.  Leave it on for 10 minutes and remove with warm water.

 

Green Clay Purifying Mask – for all skin types (makes one application)

recipes and tips for creating natural face masks

Green clay has a natural ability to absorb, which makes it a useful ingredient for cleansing and absorbing excess oil.  Used as the basis for a face mask, it helps to draw impurities from your skin.  In combination with nourishing glycerin and calming lavender, this mask cleanses and balances the skin.  It also has toning properties, which help to refine your pores and revitalise your complexion.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp powdered green clay

1 tbsp glycerin

1 tsp lavender floral water

Method:

Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix to a paste.  The paste should be thick enough to spread evenly.  If the mixture is too runny add more clay.  Use immediately or it may dry out.

Application:

Apply the mask to your freshly cleansed skin.  Leave on for 10 minutes, but do not allow to dry.  Remove with warm water.

 

FRANKINCENSE AND PALMAROSA FACEMASK

 

Clogged pores caused by makeup, oils and everyday life can cause whiteheads and blackheads. It’s therefore important to deeply cleanse these pores and refine them to keep your complexion balanced and healthy! Oleo’s ‘Frankincense and Palmarosa Facemask’ does just this by:

– Removing and cleansing impurities by using Kaolin Clay

– Restoring moisture levels with sweet almond and apricot oils

– Healing and hydrating with palmarosa essential oil

– Improving your skin’s tone and radiance with the regenerative properties of Frankincense

This mask can be used once a week, or more if you have particularly oily skin.


What You Need To Know About Sodium Lauryl Sulphate

Did you know that on average woman adds more than 200 chemicals to their skin daily, and more than 60% of these chemicals get absorbed directly into the bloodstream.  Combine this with chemicals found in hair and body care products, such as sodium lauryl sulphate, and it’s no wonder why more people are searching for a natural solution. The scary thing is that there are many products labelled as ‘natural’ or ‘organic’ that still contain sulphates.

For those not in the know, Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (commonly known as SLS) is a widely used and inexpensive chemical found in many mainstream personal hygiene products such as shampoos, bodywash, toothpastes, soaps and mouthwashes.

It’s primarily a detergent and surfactant which essentially means that it breaks surface tension and separates molecules in order to allow better interaction between the product and your hair/body.  This in turn creates a lather which makes products such as shampoo and shower gel more effective cleaners.  So effective and so inexpensive is SLS that it’s found in a number of industrial cleaning agents such as engine degreaser and industrial strength detergents.

Rather shockingly, it is also widely used as a skin irritant when testing products used to heal skin conditions.

So, is SLS a danger?  There have been conflicting reports published over the years and as a result a lot of unsubstantiated claims are being made about the use of SLS.  Most concerning are reports of links between cancer and SLS.  However, at this point in time there is no scientific evidence that links the use of SLS to cancer. Just hang on to the skin irritant thought though.

As while any links to cancer are unsubstantiated, there certainly are reports of side effects that have been published.  It has been found that even relatively low concentrations, less than one-half percent, might result in harmful skin irritation.

oleo shower gels do not contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS)

Higher concentrations were found to be responsible for severe irritation and even corrosion of the skin.  It has been recommended that concentration levels should be of no more than 1% in products with prolonged use.  This is disturbing when you consider a nunmber of cleaning products have levels of SLS as high as between 10-20% and in extreme cases over 30%.

In short, SLS can cause irritation of the scalp, gums and skin at just 1% and in some people the reaction will be quite strong.  We recommend using an SLS-free alternative.  Here at Oleo Bodycare we do not use SLS at all.  Instead,  our shower gels contain an ingredient called Plantacare 2000 which has excellent foaming capacity and good dermatological compatibility, causing no reported cases of skin irritation. Just see what clean lifestyle & beauty blogger Cydney from The Good Life thought of it.

have you ever really given much thought as to what chemicals are lurking in your shower gels and how they effect your body? You might want to read more about the effects of Sodium Lauryl Sulphate here
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