It’s pretty much a given that eating a healthy diet benefits skin and hair. Using toxin-free hair care is another way to keep your mane in check. How’s your water intake? Yep, your level of hydration could be standing between you and strong, shiny locks.
Water makes up over 50% of our body mass, so it makes sense that proper hydration keeps the system running smoothly. Downing good ol’ H2O helps to expel toxins, promotes clear, glowing skin, and keeps the mind feeling alert and sharp.
Optimal daily hydration is good for locks too. It makes hair look shiny and voluminous, and even supports hair growth.
You may be wondering how much water to drink each day. While specific amounts vary due to age, climate, and activity level, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recommends women drink about 9 cups (2 liters) per day, and men drink about 13 cups (3 liters) per day.
Yes, remembering to get your water in each day can be struggle. Try filling a bottle with filtered water and a wedge of lemon or lime to sip throughout the day and refill when necessary. Take your bottle on the go and make sipping the first thing you do when you wake up and the last thing you do before turning in at night.
Still doubting you need that much liquid in your life? Here’s why you and your hair will love more water.
8 Ways Water Benefits Your Hair
The moral to this story … don’t skimp on hydration. Take a look at your daily water intake. If you are dealing with limp, thin, dry, dull, unhealthy looking hair, a little more H2O should quench those problems. Let’s raise a glass to a thick, strong, shiny mane!
Maybe you leave the house without makeup. Sometimes even in your sweaty workout clothes or sweat pants. But go out in public without fixing your hair?
If the thought makes you cringe, it’s time to invest in a little self love and learn how to embrace the strands you were given. We promise it will be a good thing.
Self Love and Your Natural ‘Do
Why on earth should you bother wearing your hair natural? Believe it or not, it’s not just about getting out the door faster (though that is a serious bonus!). Showing off your natural locks is also about loving what you’ve got and embracing your true self. And you know what? Self love has some pretty awesome benefits.
Criticizing ourselves leads to, over time, a feeling of defeatism and failure, and increases feelings of anxiety and depression. A healthy self love practice makes us feel empowered, and bolsters feelings of inner strength and mindfulness.
Not to say that letting natural hair fly is an instant fix, but it is an easy way to add a bit of self love into your life. This doesn’t mean you have to wash and go, unless, of course, you want to. There are ways to manage all hair types that bring out the best of what you have with minimal adjustments and no heated styling tools.
How to Love Your Natural Hair Type
Ok, so loving yourself is healthy and feels good. But let’s get real … how are you supposed to embrace a head full of unruly curls, super limp strands, or the most stubborn frizz?
First things first, know your true hair type. You know how you buy skincare for your skin type? Well, same goes for your locks. If you aren’t using the right products for your own hair, your ‘do will not behave.
Once you have the products suited to the real you, it’s time to learn how to use them for maximum benefits. Those with baby fine strands that tend to show grease will want to wash more often than someone with dry or frizzy hair. A volumizing mousse will work wonders on limp locks, while a shine serum is best suited to wavy or curly hair. Tailor make your product routine to suit your hair.
Styling Curly Hair: Beware the brush. Brushing out curls often results in one giant fuzz ball. Try using a wide-toothed comb instead, or even finger combing for super natural looking curls. Curly hair that tends to be dry does well with a leave-in conditioner or a bit of coconut oil worked through to ends for manageability. Use a styling gel for more structured curls, or a hair oil for smooth, shiny curls with a more natural texture.
Styling Wavy Hair: Wavy hair can be one of the trickiest to style naturally. Not quite curly, not quite straight, and sometimes a combo of the two, it often has a mind of its own. The first step in styling wavy hair without the use of a blow dryer, curling iron, or flat iron, is to decide which direction you want to go.
To enhance waves, run a blob of mousse through strands and scrunch with fingers. This is best done on hair that is right in between soaking wet and half dry. Hair that is too wet won’t scrunch and hair that is too dry is already past the point of good scrunching. Yes, wavy hair is fickle. To set waves, scrunch periodically until hair is completely dry.
To smooth out waves, apply a smoothing serum to hair, then gather hair at the nape of the neck and twist loosely, and secure at the back of head with bobby pins or a large clip. Allow hair to become almost dry, but not completely, and take hair down. Gently finger comb and allow to dry.
Styling Straight Hair: Oh, those lucky girls with naturally straight hair. Most of them would probably tell you they battle limp, lifeless looking locks. The key to making straight hair look more voluminous is to concentrate on the crown of the head. Adding too much product to ends of hair will give a weighed down and greasy look. Instead, work a volumizing spray (on damp hair) or dry shampoo (on dry hair) into the roots.
One thing that is universal … all hair types look best when hair is healthy. And the one ingredient that is suited to all hair types? Coconut oil!
That’s right, Coconut oil penetrates to the hair shaft, making hair feel smooth, healthy, and resilient. Infuse hair with the goodness of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil by masking at least once weekly, more for dry, frizzy, or coarse hair, for a coif that is luxuriously manageable, beautiful, and low maintenance.
As you work on building a healthy self love routine, why not start at the top? Learn to love your natural hair. Not only will it save you time and prevent hair damage, but you’ll reap the benefits of loving yourself more too.
Style, heat. Color, treat. Wash, rinse. Repeat.
We all put our hair through fairly rigorous treatment on a regular basis. Sure, not every day sees a bleaching or Brazilian Blowout, but even daily use of harsh cleansers, toxic ingredients, and heated styling take their toll. The result? Dryness, frizz, limpness, dullness, and hair damage. Not a good look.
So, being the beauty lovers that we naturally are (and that’s ok!) we seek a fast fix. And the go-to for many a mainstream hair care line in the insta-fix department is a silicone hair product. Silicone will get your strands soft and silky in a hot second, and have you on your merry little, sleekly coiffed way. Artificial shine to the rescue.
Until the next time you wash your hair. So you apply more of that silicone loaded product that seemed to quell your bad hair day the last time, and … it works again. Then you wash it out and you’re back to square one. Or less.
This is how silicone works. It coats strands with its slippery soft feel and hair seems to have its game back. But this only works until the silicone is rinsed out, all the while suffocating strands and making hair need more and more silicone to look shiny.
Silicone is used in lots of household, auto, industrial, and medical supplies too, like adhesives and sealants. You don’t really want to use a hair product made with the same ingredient as tire protectant and furniture polish, right?
Since silicone is in loads of hair care products lining store shelves, it can be hard to avoid. Here’s the breakdown on this slippery stuff, how to identify it on product labels, and ways to get gorgeous, glossy hair without nasty ingredients.
What is Silicone, Anyway?
Maybe you’ve heard that silicone is derived from sand, and therefore natural. This is half true.
Silicone is a manmade chemical made from silica (think beach sand), which undergoes chemical processing before being used in cosmetics. So yes, silica is a natural mineral, but silicone is a synthetic ingredient.
Silicone goes by many names, but dimethicone is the one most often seen on cosmetics labels. Dimethicone is good for providing that smooth, slippery feel, but it’s not water-soluble, so it tends to accumulate on hair and scalp, leaving behind a buildup.
This buildup inhibits the scalp from naturally sloughing off dead skin cells and expelling toxins. It can also cause an increase in sensitivity and breakouts on the scalp. Continued use of silicone hair products leads to dry hair and scalp, scalp irritation and breakouts, and the frizz, lack of shine, and unhealthy locks you are looking to avoid.
Why Your Hair is Shiny (or Not)
If someone asked you what your hair cuticle is and what function it performs, would you know how to answer? Don’t feel alone. Most people have no idea where to locate their hair cuticle, let alone how it affects the look of hair shine or dullness.
The hair cuticle is the outermost, visible part of the hair shaft, made up of dead cells that overlap like tiny scales, almost like a reptile. The cuticle provides a protective layer that coats the entire hair strand.
Shiny hair is the best reflection of a healthy cuticle. When the cuticle is in optimal condition, light reflects off of strands and produces the look of glossy shine. Damaged cuticles have small holes and raised scales that create a rough surface and cause the appearance of dull hair.
Silicone fills those holes in damaged cuticles like putty, giving a look of artificial shine. This is why the effects of silicone are only temporary, offering the look of artificial shine while suffocating strands, and vanish once the product is rinsed from hair.
The Cons of Using Silicone Hair Products
Yes, silicone will probably provide the results you are looking for in a flash. But this dream state won’t last forever. Before long your hair will be totally dependent on your new silicone bestie for artificial shine and manageability, while the health of your hair goes even further down the drain (along with all of that silicone, but we’ll get to that in a minute). Not a match made in heaven after all.
Silicone coats strands, rather than penetrating and restoring health from the inside out. Silicone ingredients are occlusive, meaning they create a barrier which stops scalp and hair from drawing moisture from the air, trapping sebum and bacteria, causing clogged pores, breakouts, irritation, and excessive dryness. Basically suffocating strands and making hair look dried out, dull, and lifeless over time.
Often, silicones are found in products labeled “oil-free”, which leads many consumers to believe the product is better for scalp and hair that is prone to oiliness, breakouts, or irritation. But silicone can actually exacerbate acne and sensitivity.
These ingredients are also hard on the environment. Silicone molecules are very stable and appear to take hundreds of years to breakdown, creating pollution and ecosystem disturbances.
How to ID Silicones in Hair Products
While dimethicone may be the most widely used silicone in cosmetics, these ingredients go by many names. When purchasing hair care, look for dimethicone, dimethiconol, dimethicone copolyol, cyclomethicone, methicone, phenyl trimethicone, and other ingredients ending in “cone”.
Safer and More Effective Alternatives to Silicone
Time for the good news! There are many natural ingredients with benefits similar to silicones that actually do deep down good things for hair. Horsetail is a natural ingredient rich in silica that repairs damaged tissue along the hair shaft. improving the look and feel of hair from the inside.
Biotin is a champion at giving hair a feeling of healthy strength and naturally enhancing shine. This beauty also minimizes breakage and encourages hair growth.
Natural oils and butters offer a smoothing quality to hair without the negative effects of synthetic silicone ingredients. Coconut oil is particularly good for hair as it has the unique ability to fully penetrate the hair shaft, reaching the cortex to repair hair damage. Hair looks sleek, strong, and feels luxuriously soft.
These natural ingredients are also water soluble, so they rinse away and don’t build up on hair and scalp.
Get your good hair day on after just one use of the ST. TROPICA hair mask, and let our healthy hair organic ingredients get to work repairing damage where it starts. Rather than reaching for the silicone hair care on your next drug store visit, opt for natural ingredients that smooth hair and give brilliant shine, while reversing damage. No toxins or product build up, just healthy, beautiful hair.
As with your skin, you deal with different hair issues during the various stages of life. You may be unable to skip a washing during your teen years and end up with dryness and fly-aways in your 40s. The right hair care tricks will give your healthy hair no matter what life throws at you.
Have you ever considered that your hair ages? Yep, just like your skin and body, hair is not exempt from the aging process. Maybe you’ve even seen anti-aging hair care. Before you get carried away and spend the big bucks on these tress revival products, let’s take a look at why hair ages and what you can do to keep your ‘do looking its best.
The Ways Hair Ages
Feel your hair is becoming thinner? You may not be imaging it. Science now shows that age-related DNA damage causes some hair follicle stem cells to transform into epidermal keratinocytes, or skin. This type of cell naturally sloughs away over time, which leaves us with fewer strands and thinner hair.
Another complaint many people have as they hit a certain age is dryness. When did your beautiful, glossy hair turn into straw and take your natural curl along with it? We naturally produce more sebum, oil produced by the sebaceous glands to keep skin and hair from drying out, when in our teens and twenties. As we age, our body produces less and less oil, causing the hair and scalp to become dry. And women seem to be more vulnerable to sebum loss than men.
Drying and thinning seem like normal parts of hair aging. But can your hair texture actually change? Yes! Thickness of the individual hair strands decreases with age, which causes finer hair texture. Coupled with loss of thickness and straighter hair due to dryness, this can make hair look limp.
Graying is the hallmark of aging hair. Pigment in our hair decreases as we get older, reducing the amount of melanin in strands. These strands take on a transparent quality, which looks gray, silver, or white. This usually starts to happen around the time you notice thinning and dryness, or after 40, but some people experience graying much earlier.
So, we’ve covered the whys of hair thinning. Now for what you can do to fix and prevent them.
Healthy Hair Tips for Every Age
In Your 20s: Your hair is likely strong, healthy, and happy right now. The best tactic for this age is to keep it that way! Using organic hair care is the first step in keeping harsh, toxic ingredients off your hair and scalp. You know how a weekly exfoliation or facial mask keeps your skin smooth and glowing? Same goes for hair. A weekly treatment conditions and nourishes hair, making it look beautiful and protecting it from damage.
In Your 30s: This decade, you go into protection mode. Support your hair by incorporating hydrating shampoos and conditioners. You may be able to get by with washing your hair less often now, which helps to maintain natural oil balance and prevent moisture loss. Reduce your use of heated styling tools and stay away from silicone-based products meant to smooth the hair. You can up your use of a hair mask to twice weekly or more, as you see fit.
In Your 40s and beyond: In your 40s you will likely start to experience dryness and, possibly, thinning. Coconut oil is perfect for combatting dryness, plumping up the volume, and making hair look shiny and healthy. Use a hair mask twice weekly to maintain moisture and resilience. Masking prior to coloring is a good way to ready hair to accept color and keep chemicals from parching hair.
As for gray hair. Many people, especially women, don’t want to let their hair go gray. Unfortunately, there is no magic trick to warding off gray hair, but there are ways to take precautions against the damaging effects of chemical color and maintain healthy hair. That said, gray hair is definitely on trend right now.
Limp locks and flyaways tend to make an appearance during the chilly season. Dryness and static can lead to dull looking tresses and breakage. Here’s why St. Tropica Organic Coconut Oil hair mask will be your mane favorite for combatting hair hazards this winter.
1 Split Ends and Breakage: If you have dry hair year-round, winter can be especially challenging for your tresses. Even if you don’t, split ends may become a part of your life this time of year. It may be tempting to run to the drugstore for a quick fix. But remember, those conventional hair smoothers are chock full of silicones. They may make your hair look better when you first apply the product, but with constant use your hair will become even more dry and damaged. Twice weekly use of our hair mask, plus regular trims, will keep your hair feeling smooth and silky. No damaging silicones, just super healthy hair ingredients. Healthier, more resilient hair also performs better under heat styling too.
2 Static: Those with fine or straight hair are especially prone to static this time of year. Well hydrated locks are less prone to go flyaway, so be sure to incorporate regular use of our hair mask into your routine. Another trick … tie hair back in a loose pony while putting on tops and sweaters to avoid looking like you stuck your finger in a light socket.
3 Limpness: Cold, dry weather has a way of sucking the life out of hair. Even if your hair has texture, it can go flat during winter months. Many think of moisturizing ingredients as control for hair that can make it look limp. Not true! Healthy hair has volume and the Organic Virgin Coconut Oil in our mask is the very best at moisturizing strands deep down.
4 Dullness: The number one cause of dull looking hair is dryness. Give hair an indulgent dose of hydration by wearing our hair mask overnight. Don a shower cap (BPA-free, of course!) and sleep the dullness blues away as our Organic Biotin goes to work. Wash as usual the next morning. Now, stand back and revel at those glossy locks in the mirror.
5 Damage: Already seeing signs of hair damage. We use Organic Horsetail, the celeb secret hair ingredient, in our hair mask to give hair a feeling of repair. This ingredient is rich in natural silica to make hair feel strong and look vibrantly healthy.
6 Thinning: Winter’s damaging effects can even cause hair to look and feel thinner. Keeping hair its healthiest and moisturizing consistently will help to prevent the look and feel of hair loss. Take extra care when handling hair in winter, wash less frequently, keep heated styling to a minimum, and use our hair mask at least once each week for your best cold weather tresses.
No need to buy tons of products to prevent signs of winter hair damage. All it takes is one healthy hair product, a teensy bit of your time, and your hair will look amazing straight through to spring.
You’re familiar with the benefits of coconut oil hair care. It softens and smooths strands, controlling frizz and flyaways. It strengthens hair, which is good for preventing breakage and hair loss. It’s also great for repairing damage due to over-processing and heat styling.
All of that goodness in one little nut oil? You bet! But there are other benefits to using coconut oil on your skin and hair that you don’t read about as often. The oil also aligns with your healthy lifestyle.
Coconut oil is vegan, gluten-free, and Paleo-friendly. Yep, whichever diet you have chosen to follow or dietary requirement you need to meet to stay healthy, coconut oil works. And, of course, organic coconut oil is the healthiest and most beneficial option.
Haven’t thought of using personal care that aligns with your diet? You may be wondering if it makes any difference if you use gluten-free skincare or slather your hair in products that contain animal ingredients.
The answer is YES! The skin absorbs 60-70% of what you apply. Using organic ingredients on skin and hair means your exposure to harmful synthetics, pesticides, and chemical processing byproducts is significantly decreased. If you are sensitive to gluten, ingredients that contain the protein or are contaminated with gluten (yes, even those that are organic) can cause symptoms. As for vegan and Paleo … ingredients that meet these standards not only support your lifestyle commitment but are often healthier too.
Organic, Vegan, Gluten-Free, Paleo-Friendly Coconut Oil Hair Care
Organic — Choosing organic hair care is an important step in cleaning up your beauty routine and goes along with an organic lifestyle. Remember, not all organic products are created equally. Look for hair care labeled “100% Organic” to ensure the product is made completely with certified organic ingredients, and is free from toxins. Products labeled “organic” or “made with organic ingredients” can still contain synthetic ingredients that dry the hair and carry potential health risks.
Vegan — Whether you’ve chosen to go vegan due to health or moral commitments (or both), incorporating animal-free items into your hair care regimen is a great idea. Of course, using cruelty-free is on everyone’s commitment list, but there are other benefits to using vegan cosmetics too. Plant ingredients offer vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and are overall healthier alternatives to animal and chemical ingredients. Another advantage to using coconut oil over an animal ingredient like lanolin? Lanolin is an occlusive with creates a barrier on skin and blocks pores. Coconut oil all the way!
Gluten-free — A gluten intolerance is no small deal. It can cause everything from acne and skin sensitivity, to serious gastro-upset. Avoiding gluten in cosmetics is essential if you’ve been diagnosed with a gluten allergy or Celiac disease, or even if you feel you are sensitive to gluten. We tend to think of gluten as a substance found in wheat only, but this protein is also in oats, rye, and barley. To avoid gluten contamination in skincare, steer clear of products containing wheat germ oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, avena sativa oil, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and barley extract.
Paleo-friendly — Using Paleo-friendly ingredients in skin and hair care products is about aligning with your lifestyle beliefs, though those dealing with an inflammatory disease may benefit from this too. Natural, minimally-processed ingredients support a Paleo lifestyle. And coconut oil is a saturated fat, which definitely falls under the heading of Paleo-friendly.
One ingredient that lines up with all four of these lifestyle needs and choices is coconut oil. It is part of a healthy skin and hair care routine, and won’t interfere with your vegan, gluten-free, or Paleo choices or needs.
100% of ST. TROPICA ingredients are Certified USDA Organic. Our Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is Certified Cruelty-free with Leaping Bunny and Certified Vegan through PETA. Absolutely no animal testing or animal-derived ingredients ever. St. Tropica Coconut Oil Hair Mask is completely free from chemical ingredients, sulfates, parabens, gluten, soy, additives, stabilizers, and synthetic preservatives and fragrance.
Are we the one hair care product on the market that suits all lifestyles? We think you’ll find that our coconut oil hair mask is your new favorite beauty treat and will become a staple in your healthy routine.
Honey, caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin spice … sounds yummy, right? Sure, these are all flavors of fall foods. But we are talking hair color here and, believe it or not, these are also hot hair color trends for fall.
With temps cooling down, leaves starting to turn, and a PSL in your drink holder, it may be time to think about switching up your hair for the season. Fall is the perfect time to try out bangs, maybe a few layers, and a seasonal hair color.
Those beautifully bleached strands of summer can create a washed-out effect in cooler months. Spice up your look with the hottest hues of the season. Just be sure it doesn’t do damage to your precious strands.
5 Healthy Hair Color Tips for Fall
Autumnal shades of hair color give a rich, healthy look to hair. But coloring hair that is already damaged or not caring for colored hair properly can leave hair looking less than vibrant. Here are ways to keep your coif looking its best while getting the color of your fall season dreams.
1. Start with healthy hair: Forget those synthetic hair masks designed for use pre-color. They may make hair feel silky and smooth, but that’s the silicones talking. Once they are washed away, hair is left more dried out than before. Coconut oil is best at penetrating the hair follicle, delivering natural moisture deep down. Use St. Tropica Coconut Oil Hair Mask two to three days prior to coloring to protect against damage and prepare hair for best results.
2. Choose the right shade for you: Not every hair color works with every skin tone. Choose a shade that works well with your complexion and doesn’t wash you out or highlight redness. And yes, there is more to it than simply dark, medium, light, or fair. The undertone of your skin stays the same no matter which category your skin tone falls under. If you are experiencing paleness, have tanned skin, or are dealing with hyperpigmentation, your undertone will not change.
There are three undertones:
Warm — yellow, peach, or gold tones
Cool — blue and pink tones
Neutral — a mix of warm and cool, or greenish tones
When in doubt, there are a few ways to determine your undertone. Take a look at the veins on the inside of your wrist. On cool undertones, veins appear bluish-purple, greenish veins mean warm, and veins on neutral undertones often look bluish-green. You can also hold a white towel up to your face (sans makeup). A bluish tint is cool, greenish is neutral, and yellowish is warm.
The easiest way is to take a look at what type of jewelry you feel looks best on you. Gold looks best on warm undertones, silver matches cool, and a mix of gold and silver looks great on neutral.
Now that you know your skin tone and undertone, it’s time to see which hair colors will look best on you! For warm undertones, try cooler colors, like mocha and chestnut. Cool undertones get warmed up with honey and caramel. Neutral undertones can totally pull off the reddish hair colors, like auburn, amber, and copper.
3. Start with lowlights: If going with a completely new hair color sounds intimidating, why not start with a few lowlights? Lowlights, or adding in strategically placed darker hues, gives an overall look of deeper hair color without being drastic. This type of color is also easier to maintain. Ask your colorist to incorporate some lowlights in complementary hues.
4. Try out the latest fall hues: Choose a color you will love for the season. When considering hair colors for fall, think of the clothes you love this season. Everything from cinnamon and nutmeg, to cream soda, and even mauve are on trend this time of year.
5. Hair color care: Once you have your head of newly colored hair, it’s time to make your hue last. Use a sulfate-free shampoo to avoid drying hair out and preserve color. Refrain from washing your hair too often. Try an up ‘do on second or third day hair. And continue to use our hair mask weekly to maintain proper moisture and protect strands from damage.
Who has time to battle those irritating knots and tangles that crop up every time you wash your hair? Not to mention the breakage, frizziness, and split ends they cause.
While those with long locks, fine strands, and curls tend to see more knots, all hair types have the ability to become tangled. If you are drenching your locks in detangling products regularly and still do battle with knots after every shampoo, your product choice may be doing more harm than good.
Conventional leave-in hair detanglers may work in the short term, but lead to more damage. This results in, you guessed it, further tangling. Or maybe you are using a natural hair detangler that does little to no good in getting through your hair snags, or leaves hair looking greasy or weighed down.
Time to take a closer look at what why your hair becomes tangled in the first place. Plus the best ingredient to make combing a snap (without snapping strands!) and keep those gnarly snarls at bay.
5 Steps to Getting Rid of Tangled Hair for Good
Good Condition: Dry hair — whether due to heated styling, over-processing, dry climate, or a tendency toward dryness — is more likely to tangle and knot. By keeping your hair well moisturized you not only make combing through wet hair easier, but avoid those tangles that crop up during the day. Choose natural hair oils to infuse strands with moisture, and create smoothness and manageability. Coconut oil for hair is best at infusing hair with healthy moisture because it fully penetrates the hair shaft and repairs hair damage from the inside-out.
Go Organic: Those chemical-loaded detanglers may result in smoother strands straight off, but over time will lead to hair damage. And we know that damaged locks equal even more tangling. Conventional hair detangling products are made with synthetic silicones that coat the outside of strands and prevent hair from drawing in moisture. So, basically, these silicone hair detanglers only provide a smooth look and feel while they are on the hair. Once rinsed off, hair is more dry and unruly than ever. Hair care made with certified organic ingredients and free from toxins, like harsh sulfates, is best for keeping hair healthy and manageable.
Pare Down: By using fewer products on your hair, and making sure those you use provide the biggest benefits, your hair will stay healthier and better behaved. Rather than coating strands in a variety of products (and ingredients) daily, try shampooing only when hair is actually in need of washing, and applying multi-tasking treatments that condition, strengthen, and smooth all in one.
Get Trimmed: Even if you are growing out your hair, it still needs a regular trim to keep ends healthy. Go in at least every 12 weeks to have your ends professionally snipped. This not only results in better looking hair, but allows hair products to work better too.
Brush Lightly: It’s tempting to rake a brush through wet strands and get on with it, but this can lead to breakage and frizziness. Use a wide toothed comb, starting at ends and working up to scalp, and gently pick through wet strands. Using a weekly hair mask will make this process easier.
The bottom line to ditching tangles for good is making sure your hair stays healthy. A weekly coconut oil hair mask keeps locks smooth, moisturized, and less prone to breakage and split ends. Why mess with drying chemical concoctions that mean repeat performances of tangle control? Organic coconut oil is the best at healing and supporting strong, beautiful hair.
You thought the dry hair woes of winter were (temporarily, at least) a thing of the past. Now you are dealing with frizziness and lackluster locks. What you need are summer beauty tips to rescue your hair from seasonal damage.
Summer is a time to take life at a slower pace, have more fun, and spend time outdoors. You can have your fun in the sun and protect your hair from damage at the same time. You take precautions with your skin to avoid dryness, discoloration, and unwanted signs of damage. The same can be done for your locks.
1. Sun protection: We protect our skin from the harmful effects of too much summer sun. But did you know it is important to guard hair from UV damage too? UVB rays sap strands of protein. Namely, keratin. This leads to dry, dull, frizzy hair.
Coconut oil has a natural SPF of approximately 8. Regular use of our organic coconut oil hair mask keeps your mane healthy and more resilient. For a special treat that also wards off sun damage, apply the mask and pin hair up prior to spending time under the sun.
2. Humidity damage control: Your skin may love the humidity summer brings with it, but it can wreak havoc on your hairstyle. Ramped up humidity may mean your coif has either become a frizzy cloud or gone completely limp, despite your best efforts.
Keeping strands properly moisturized will help to battle the effects of high humidity, keeping hair smooth and manageable. Use a moisturizing natural conditioner that is free from silicones and enlist the help of our hair mask on a weekly basis.
3. Shampoo less often: A contributing factor to dry, frizzy hair in summer months is often due to increased washing. We know, you spend time in the sun, salt water, and chlorine, and want to wash that stuff right out of your hair. But more frequent shampooing dries out locks and makes them look less shiny, bouncy, and healthy.
Choose a shampoo that is sulfate-free for a gentler cleanse and skip washing whenever possible. If your hair tends to get oilier in summer heat, try using a dry shampoo to soak up excess oil.
4. Eat for lush locks: Summertime is all about eating fresh, healthy foods. Hit your local farmer’s market or road side stand, and stock up on the season’s best fruits and veg. Wondering what to eat to keep your hair looking its best? Check out our list of foods for a healthy mane and add them to your shopping list.
5. Don’t bring the heat: As you know, overdoing the blow drying or straightening can make hair look rough, frizzy, and less-than-healthy. Stow your heated styling tools for the summer. Let your hair air dry or try a sweet summer up ‘do. Not only will this stave off damage, but saves you time too.
6. Fight free radicals: Yes, UV damage causes free radical formation, and it’s difficult to avoid the sun completely during summer. And who would want to?! Antioxidants combat free radical damage and help to ward off premature aging, disease, and other health issues. A great way to get some antioxidant protection? Green tea. Make this your seasonal drink of choice. Use it on your hair too with our green tea-infused hair mask.
You may be able to get by with a less-than-healthy lifestyle throughout your teen years and see no negative effects on hair. But if you are experiencing dryness, thinning, or other signs of hair damage, your diet and exercise plan (or lack of) may be the culprit.
It’s true, a healthy lifestyle affects more than how you fit into your jeans. The foods you eat and how much you move also have a big time influence on the health of your skin and hair.
Rather than focusing on ways to make your belly flat or tricks to keeping skin permanently youthful, think healthy lifestyle as a whole. Ayurveda has been doing this for centuries.
Ayurveda believes there is a connection between gut health and healthy hair. Eating certain foods keeps your system and track, which keeps hair strong and looking great too. But consuming too many of the wrong foods leads to hair damage, breakage, and loss.
One Ayurvedic trick for healthy hair is to consume amla berries. These little beauties are rich in antioxidants to prevent free radical damage. Try tossing a handful of frozen berries in your next smoothie. We’re on the same page and use Organic Amla in our hair mask to strengthen and soften the hair.
It may be no huge secret that a healthy diet keeps your mane in fine shape. But how about the way you move?
Exercise is also essential to keeping the body running smoothly and this means hair too. It boosts circulation, which benefits hair growth, and dispels toxins to keep hair follicles clear. Lack of exercise, as in never working up a good sweat, means oils sit on scalp, clogging hair follicles and causing hair to look thin, limp, and lack luster.
Another reason exercise is so great … it’s a stress buster! Wonder how stress could possibly cause hair issues? Stress hormones may diminish hair follicles ability to grow, resulting in hair thinning and increased hair fall. Exercise increases feel good hormones, like serotonin, which not only make you happy but keep hair happy too. One more reason to bust out the runners.
Fast Tips for Healthy Hair Eating and Moving
Cut out the junk: Too much refined sugar, processed carbs, alcohol, and junk food saps the system of vital nutrients. This results in dry, brittle, limp, thinning hair. Nix these hair saboteurs immediately.
Up the protein: Lack of protein is one of the main things to look for in thinning or dull hair. Be sure you are eating lean meats, nuts, and seeds for a healthy hair booster.
Mineral boost: Another cause of hair loss or thinning is a mineral deficiency. Eat iron and zinc containing foods, like oatmeal, to protect hair.
Panthenol power: You’ve seen this ingredient listed on many a hair care product. That’s because panthenol is great for strengthening hair and preventing split ends. Swig some green tea, a healthy source of panthenol that can be found in St. Tropica Hair Mask, and get your locks back to beautiful.
Balanced bacteria: Since good gut health means healthy hair, you may want to incorporate probiotics into your diet. Yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, and tempeh are all good sources.
Get your B: Biotin is a powerful B vitamin, and heralded as a superstar healthy hair ingredient, that improves hair growth and minimizes breakage. Eggs are a good source of the vitamin and Organic Biotin is also included in the St. Tropica Hair Mask.
Go easy: Did you know over doing the exercise can actually cause hair loss? Instead of shooting for fast weight loss or rapid muscle growth, try a gentler approach. May we suggest a session of Vinyasa yoga while wearing our healthy hair mask?