The Ultimate Haircare Routine
Through years of research and reviewing hundreds of YouTube videos, we at The Jungle Shack are now ready to share with you the ultimate haircare routine…
In order to fully reap the benefits of hair treatments such as the highly effective Holistic Hair Repair Oil, it is recommended to adopt a haircare routine which will help to maintain the fantastic results achieved.
The structure of your hair is at its most vulnerable when wet, because the cuticles open and become extremely fragile. Any brushing when wet will cause twice the damage than if brushing when dry, it is therefore really important that where you can, let your hair air dry or dry in a turbi-towel overnight. If you do need to brush your when wet, it is recommended that a wet brush is used (link provided below) to limit the damage that may be caused.
Shampoos and Conditioners
Most shampoos and conditioners contain harmful sulfates, silicones, parabens and agents which are hidden through clever marketing and packaging. It is recommended that you take a few minutes to read the ingredients on the back of the bottle when making your purchasing to see whether it contains these agents. There are typically two types of Sulfates found in a shampoos and conditioners, Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. The difference is that Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is more irritating compared with Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Both are useful in acting as detergents in removing oil and grease, however the key difference and important point to consider is that Sodium Laureth Sulfate does not dissolve proteins in the tissues like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate does. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate strips the hair of proteins, essential oils and nutrients. Sodium Laureth Sulfate is therefore kinder to your delicate locks and will not cause as much damage.
So, the next time you go to purchase your shampoo and/or conditioner, be sure to check the ingredients and where possible choose the kinder Sodium Laureth Sulfate containing product.
As a side note: A product that does not contain any sulfates (completely natural) may be kinder to your hair but may not be able to remove dirt, oil or grease. It is recommended that these products are used as part of your ‘tool kit’ to be used every so often rather than daily use, otherwise you may find that a build up of oil, grease and dirt may occur.
Washing your hair with warm or even hot water opens the cuticles in your hair, exposing it to the elements, heat damage and damage from brushing.
Washing your hair with cold water will work to close the cuticles in your hair, therefore reducing the likelihood of damage.
As uncomfortable as it may be, you will certainly notice the difference in the health of your hair by rinsing with cold water!
Frequency of Washing
Your hair, believe it or not, can be trained to produce less sebum (grease). It may be that your hair produces a lot of sebum and you feel that you have to wash your hair everyday or every other day to prevent the sebum from building. However, it is because you are washing your hair so frequently that your hair is overcompensating and therefore producing more sebum as it intelligently knows that it won’t be long before it will be stripped of that sebum and essential oils.
Your hair can be trained to produce sebum by washing less frequently. You can start by washing every other day instead of daily, and from there try washing every 3 days and then every 4 and 5 days between washes. Our hair will produce less and less sebum the less frequently it is washed. The ultimate goal being 5 days between washing which by that stage you will notice little sebum being generated. Dry shampoo can be used between washes to make the transition easier and to help manage styling.
By washing less frequency, you will help to retain essential oils and nutrients which ultimately work to maintain the health of your hair and offer protection to the hair shaft as it works its way down from your scalp.
Believe it or not, putting your hair in a protective hairstyle will work to limit the damage caused by harsh weather and rubbing against clothing. Protective hairstyles are especially effective overnight where your delicate strands rub against pillow fibres. It is therefore recommended that a silky/satin pillow case is used to reduce the potential damage.
Here a few examples of protective hairstyles you can adopt, to protect your hair from the elements:
Hair Drying and Heat Styling
By cutting down the use of heat styling, where possible, you will be significantly reducing the damage likely to be caused. Even if smalls steps are taken such as air drying your hair, or drying your hair in a turbi-towel overnight while you sleep instead of blow drying, you will notice significant differences in the health of your hair.
Protective hairstyles offer a great way to skip heat styling, even if only for a day between washes. Experiment with braided up dos and messy buns which will help to not only avoid heat styling but protect your hair from damage and split ends.
The Jungle Shack’s Holistic Hair Repair Oil
This special blend of 12 natural oils can be incorporated into a healthy hair routine. The oils can be used as a leave-in hair treatment and/or as a daily oil on the ends to prevent split ends from developing, owing to the moisture retaining properties in the oils. Both methods are effective and used in conjunction with each other provide the most effective results. Click here for more information.