You’re probably using silicone based hair care products right now, without even knowing! Have you noticed the growing number of people shunning silicone from their day to day hair care and beauty routines? This is why…
What is silicone?Silicone is a manmade substance that has been used for years in household products, cosmetics, and hair care products; from shampoos and conditioners to serums and heat protectors. Far from natural; silicone is a rubber/plastic like substance. It is primarily used as a sealant against water and even air!
What does silicone do to your hair?Silicone seals each hair strand and creates the illusion of shine; a fake shine that is far from healthy, it’s simply a refection from the plastic like substance. The shine you should desire comes from your hair cuticle layers being sealed naturally, and reflecting light. This is only possible when your hair is deeply nourished, hydrated and healthy. In addition to false shine, silicone weighs the hair down, making it limp, lifeless and eventually extremely dull. As silicone makes a seal around each hair, moisture and air cannot penetrate it. Would you starve a plant of water and air? What would happen? Your hair will become unbelievably brittle and dry, leading to breakage and frizz. Also, the silicone layer becomes a magnet for dirt and build up. So, essentially, we have shiny celeb locks for a day or so, until we attract all kinds of nasties from products and pollutants. Overall, silicone blocks nutrients and essential moisture penetrating your hair and leads to an unhealthy, weak condition and look.
How do I find silicone on product labels?There are many types of silicone so start memorising! In general, search for all words ending in ‘cone.’ Here’s a list of some main ones you’ll find in your hair products:
Why are silicones in our hair care products?As with many older ‘revelations,’ we would value results rather than effects. Remember old school hair spray! It made our hair stay in desired styles that were ‘cool’ yet it was ruining the planet, and our hair. We adapted ingredients and technology as we became more educated; counteract hairsprays damaging effects. We have now collected the evidence and educated ourselves enough to rethink silicone in our hair care! Silicone was placed in hair products for its silky looking finish; just what we want right? But at what cost when other natural ingredients do it just as well, if not better!
Breakdown: Why you shouldn’t use silicone based hair care products
Your hair cannot breathe
Your hair cannot access essential nutrients
Moisture cannot penetrate your hair
Silicone attracts build up
Your hair will become dull, lifeless and brittle
Your hair will become more prone to breakage
It is difficult to remove
Silicone masks the true condition of your hair
Are silicone based hair care products dangerous?
Don’t believe everything you read on labels!Many brands market themselves as “100% silicone-free” yet are far form it! What they are really saying is that they only contain the silicones that they deem ‘friendly’ and ‘less damaging.’ Always read product ingredients and be aware of what is inside your hair care!
What to expect when you ditch silicone filled hair care productsFirstly, this is a process! Stripping silicone will make your hair feel extremely different! It can feel rough, coarse and unhealthy, but that is OK!!! You’re on the path to the healthiest hair of your life! You will need to strip the silicone with a natural shampoo, and then you will need MOISTURE MOISTURE MOISTURE! Use a shampoo and conditioning range targeting dry or damaged hair, and make sure you use a rich mask a couple of times in the first week of the switch!
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What is sulfate free shampoo?
Sulphate free shampoo is a growing trend in the haircare industry. But why? Has it been discovered that sulphates are dangerous? Damaging to hair? Maybe we just don’t need them?
Do you read your hair and beauty product labels? If you do you’ll probably have noticed that many products including shampoo, cleanser, body wash and even toothpaste can include sulphate! So, what is sulphate? Should I avoid it? Let’s explore.
What are sulphates?A Sulfate is a salt that forms when sulphuric acid reacts with another chemical. It’s a broader term for other synthetic sulphate-based chemicals you may be concerned about, such as Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES); these two types are most commonly used in the haircare industry. If you’d like to know the difference between SLS and SLES click here. They’re derived from sulphur which does in fact occur naturally, yet is usually synthesised from petrolatum) and Lauryl alcohol (often from coconut oil). Sulphates have long been added to many products (as mentioned above), due to their foaming, oil and grease emulsifying, polishing abilities.
Are sulphates safe to use?The consensus among scientists is that sulphates are generally safe for use in our products. However, sulphates have been known for their skin irritating effects, frizz causing, colour fading, and skin/hair dehydrating!
So, what’s so bad about sulphates?Besides the negative skin and hair results, when looking at Sulphates from a conscious perspective (as we do at INSIGHT), we question the sustainability of those using sulphates! We at INSIGHT choose products that do not have a negative affect on the planet! Companies using sulphates are using Petrolatum; a diminishing material- the main reason Eco-friendly, sustainable companies are banishing the ingredient from their products!
How to spot sulphates in ingredient listsWhen searching ingredient lists look out for:
- SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulphate)
- Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate
- SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
- SDS (Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate)
- Sulfuric Acid Monododecyl Ester Sodium Salt
- Sodium salt
- Hydrogen Sulphate Dodecyl alcohol
- Sodium Dodecane Sulfate
- Sodium Monododecyl Sulphate
Sulphate free shampoo and your hair typeYou may be wondering what benefits sulphate free shampoo come with! Let’s answer this in accordance to your hair type!
Is your hair curly or frizzy?When introducing sulphate free shampoo to curly or frizzy hair, you will see immediate difference! Sulphate lifts the hair cuticle, making it particularly prone to frizz. The drying effects of sulphate will also make curls less manageable and the internal formation of the curl weaker! Opt for a sulphate free shampoo!
Is your hair coarse or dry?If you want smooth and soft hair rather than coarse, dry hair, ditch the sulphate! Along with curls or frizz, your hair needs natural oils to stay put! Shampoos with sulphates wash all of these brilliant shine giving, healthy oils down your drain! A sulphate free shampoo will dramatically improve the hydration of your hair, leaving it feeling soft and smooth!
Is your hair coloured or damaged?Whilst sulphate free shampoo is great for thicker hair, is it also as good for thin and damaged hair? Absolutely! Sulphate free shampoo will be extremely gentle on your coloured or damaged hair. As in the two previous cases, you want to keep those natural oils to nourish and replenish lost health. In this case we would also suggest you use a mask for damaged or coloured hair!
8 wellbeing tips during lockdown
1. Look after your mental health
Some of the main reasons for deteriorating mental health include change, uncertainty and loneliness. No wonder why we’re all feeling a bit down!
There are several benefits associated with positive mental wellbeing, including:
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Improved moods and clearer thinking
- A greater sense of calm and increased self-esteem
- Improved relationships
2. Know your own mental health needsMental health can be a difficult subject, many people may not understand their true feelings, nor be able to express them. But, this exploration and understanding is important when dealing and managing mental health and stress. We’re here to help you understand with some questions:
- Are you more irritable lately? Perhaps in situations you wouldn’t have been before.
- Are you less tolerant of those around you?
- Are you still engaging in activities that you enjoy?
- How is your concentration?
- Are you feeling overwhelmed?
- Are you worrying about your future? Which part?
- Are you taking time for yourself?
- Has your sleep changed? more/less
- Are you following a routine?
- Are your eating habits the same as usual?
Let’s take back control! When we feel in control of our lives we feel better about our mental state! So, dig into your mind, how are you feeling right now? What is causing your stress/anxiety? Writing these thoughts down can help you feel like you are controlling your emotions, seeing them objectively and then therefore being able to respond with clarity and control. You may find it helpful to share these thoughts with a trusted friend or family member for another view. Often, our worries are made bigger in our own minds.There are many other useful resources for dealing with mental health during COVID-19 on the GOV website , on MIND, and the NHS.
3. Practice mindfulnessNo matter what is happening around us, the stress we’re experiencing, where we are in the world, mindfulness can help to ground us and make us fully present in the moment.
Practising mindfulness helps to reduce stress and anxiety, improve memory, and helps with concentration. When incorporating the method long term there is significant benefit to how improvement in emotional health, relationships and communication.To start your mindful journey click HERE.
4. Stay connectedOne of the most important wellbeing tips during lockdown is to stay connected! It is important to be in touch with family and friends in such difficult times! With the vast technology we have accessible, we have no excuse, and it’s never been easier!
Not seeing our loved ones face to face can impact our mental health! But, keeping in touch and communicating with them regularly can help! Of course it is not the same as giving our best friend a huge hug, but a little communication can be a huge mental boost.
We all have our own way of cheering up our loved ones online! Try our some new platforms! Maybe even get dancing on TikTok and connect with people around the world!
5. Eat a healthy dietWe all learned from Lockdown 1.0! Comfort eating and midweek wine did nothing for our mental or physical wellbeing! If you’ve not learned just yet, its a great time to start! It’s the new year after all! The benefits of a healthy diet are endless! If you need some help find info HERE.
6. Keep moving!Physical health is just as important as mental health at a time like this. In fact, working on your physical health can boost your mental health! Gyms may be closed but that is no excuse! There are plenty of ways to keep you body moving!
- Go for a bike ride
- Join a virtual fitness class (TV, Instagram, YouTube etc)
- Go for a walk (close by)
- Order some home weights
- Get cleaning (heavy cleaning is a great workout)
- Get some resistance bands (strengthens muscles & mobility)
- Follow an online Yoga class
- Start ‘couch to 5K’ if you want to start running
7. Challenge yourselfThis point is very broad! It can be about fitness, self care/development, your job or anything you like! By having a goal and setting a challenge you set yourself a purpose! This is great for mental wellbeing! Choose a realistic goal and begin your journey!
8. Get your beauty sleepA final, but one of our VERY important wellbeing tips during lockdown, is to SLEEP! If you aren’t sleeping well, your whole body is suffering! The lockdown disruption is causing us to slip into bad sleep habits! We need to practice good sleep hygiene:
- Stick to a sleep schedule – wake up at the same time EVERYDAY
- Try not to nap in the day
- Include wind down time in your day (30 minutes before bed)
- Practice healthy living in the day (be active, get daily light exposure, reduce alcohol consumption, don’t smoke, don’t eat too late)
- Avoid caffeine or alcohol late at night
- Optimise bedtime (buy a quality comfortable mattress, buy cotton breathable sheets, set a cool temperature, use calming scents, ensure silence, block out light)
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Treat dry hair with these 10 steps!Is your hair lacking luster, looking particularly frizzy, and feeling hopelessly brittle? The cause is most likely DRY HAIR! Dry hair not only looks unhealthy, it is prone to breakage and flyaways, and can be particularly difficult to tame. If you want to reclaim your silky, sleek hair then this blog is for you.
1.Wash Your Hair LessWashing your hair too often can lead to very dry hair! If you’re a daily washer, you will be lucky to see hydration in your locks! Washing often strips your hair of natural oils and overall moisture. Cut back and wash your hair every other day, or every three days if you can! When you reduce hair washes, your hair starts to clean itself more efficiently and locks in all that moisture! When easing off the hair washes you may experience greasy hair in the first few weeks, use a little dry shampoo to soak up extra oil. The excess oil production will subside!
2. Go Sulfate Free
INSIGHT is always Sulfate-free, and for good reason! Sulfate strips hair of natural oils. leaving it painfully dry!
3. Reduce Heat StylingWe all know that heat goes hand in hand with dry hair! If you’re one to use the hottest setting on your hair dryer followed by straighteners everyday, then its no wonder you hair may be feeling dry! Limit your styling with heat tools! When do absolutely have to use them. always use the lowest heat setting and ALWAYS use heat protection!
See INSIGHT heat protection shield
4. Apply A MaskDry hair needs all the moisture it can get! By adding a weekly treatment specifically designed for dry hair you will have a head of hydrated hair In no time! INSIGHT DRY HAIR MASK is bursting with a special mix of ingredients designed to nourish dry and dull hair, without weighing it down. The treatment strengthens thin and fragile hair, penetrating the capillary material and giving elasticity, volume and softness. MASK ingredients includes: Organic Oat Extract: Calming, Emollient, Reconstructive. Nourishing Complex (Coconut Oil, Illipe Butter, Sweet Almond Oil).
5. Brush With Natural BristlesTreat dry hair with natural bristles! If you have dry hair, brushes with synthetic bristles will snag and rip your hair, leading to some serious damage. They can also cause flyaways and static, which will make your hair look unruly and unkept. Brushes with natural bristles are a lot more gentle on the hair.
6. Turn down the HeatHot showers damage your hair by stripping the valuable oils, leading to dry and brittle hair. Hot temperatures will also dry out the scalp, causing a dry, flakey and itchy scalp! Turn down that heat to treat dry hair! If possible, on your final shampoo/conditioner rinse, or just before getting out the shower, turn down the temperature to as cold as you can stand. This seals the cuticle and locks in extra moisture, leaving your hair looking shiny, hydrated and nourished.
7. Use Dry Hair Focused Shampoo & ConditionerWhen you are treating a hair concern you must use the correct products! Products are specially formulated with specific ingredients that scientists have spend years perfecting to help you! Don’t reach for the Shampoo on offer at your local supermarket and say ‘that’ll do,’ believe us. it won’t! INSIGHT DRY HAIR range has been specially crafted to gently detangle, nourish and deeply repair dry hair. It restores shine and softness to even the driest of hair! Try it for yourself!
8. Eat Omega-3Treat dry hair with food! Our diet has an impact on our hair, those who suffer with dry hair need to increase their Omega-3 fatty acids! A diet rich in Omega-3 can help your scalp produce more natural oils for subsequent nourished and hydrated hair.
Sources of VEGAN Omega-3:
- Chia Seeds
- Ground Linseed
- Hemp Seeds
- Rapeseed Oil
- Omega-3 Supplements
- Seaweed & Algae
- Kidney Beans
- Soybean Oil
10. Get Regular TrimsIf you have a little look at your hair, you’ll notice that the ends are by far the most dehydrated and Brittle. You can even see some splits going on! To ensure your hair is looking it’s best and healthiest, you should have your hair trimmed every six to eight weeks.
Now you know how to treat dry hair you can have luscious locks again in no time!
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What is Brassy Hair?If you’ve ever lightened your hair, you’ve probably experienced brassiness! It’s a common concern for blonde hair, but that’s not to say brunettes don’t experience brassiness too. Brassy tones occur when lightened hair starts to develop yellow or orange tones. We’ll be exploring how to avoid brassiness and keep your beautiful cool tones for longer!
Why Does Hair Turn Brassy?So, why the hell does this happen I hear you ask! Well, there are many reasons for brassiness!
1. Your natural hair has brassy undertonesUnless you’re blessed with natural, milky white blonde hair, or you carry the ashiest of ash tones, there’s a big chance you’ll have to put some effort into the brassy battle! Sadly, it’s just life! Warm undertones will fight against bleach and toner so you’ll need a solid plan to keep your cool!
2. Chlorine and SunAlthough sunbathing and taking a dip in the pool sounds like pure bliss, it will be causing your hair some brassy stress!
3. Box Dyes and home lightenersDo you know what’s inside dox dye and home lightner??? NOR DO WE! The list of chemicals and crazy ingredients is too much for us to handle! That’s why we stay well away! The best products = the best results! Always use professional colour!
4. Mineral depositsWho knew our beloved shower could be to blame for brassiness? Some areas have particularly hard water, meaning it has a high concentration of minerals. Hard water can wreak havoc on your beaming blonde, turning it bitter and brassy.
5. Sulfates in your productsShampoos that rely on sulfates to cleanse your hair are essential just stripping your locks of natural oils! This will leave your hair extremely rough and dry! Think scarecrow! When your hair is in this condition, brassiness is almost guaranteed!
How to prevent brassy hair?
Dry hair immediatelyLeaving your hair to air dry is best right? Wrong! When your hair is left wet, the more the purple/blue molecule (the contrasting colour of yellow/orange) will be lost from the hair. Instead, dry your hair as soon as you get out of the shower. Of course, always use a heat protection spray! Alternatively, you can wrap your hair every so often if you are reducing heat styling.
- INSIGHT PROFESSIONAL heat protection shield 150ml
Choose naturalFind sulphate free products! Remember we mentioned scarecrows, you don’t want that, nobody does! Sulphates and chemicals are used to make your products super foamy, this is what strips away natural oils. All of INSIGHT’s products are sulphate-free, and we also offer products that double up as colour protection! We’re baffled as to why sulphate stuffed shampoo still exists! If only everybody knew the damage it causes! Spread the word!
- Insight Anti-Yellow Shampoo 400ml
Choose the Best Blonde for YouAre you a level 5 and want to work straight towards a 10? You’re asking for disaster! In theory you shouldn’t lighten your hair more than two shades from your natural colour, but of course we all like to push boundaries. Don’t say we didn’t warn you though! Instead of an all over colour in a single session, you’ll need to gradually guide your hair lighter! Highlights are your friend! You have less chance of brassiness with multiple salon visits and gradually straying from your own natural shade. Talk to your INSIGHT colourist, they can best advise!
Turn down the heatWe all love a steamy shower, but NEWS FLASH, hot water is bad for your hair (and your skin while we’re handing out advice)! So, another tip on how to prevent brassy hair is to use cooler temperatures to help preserve your colour; that means stop using scalding water in your shower! Has your hair dresser ever asked you if you wanted a cold rinse at the end of your shampoo and you’ve looked at them in horror wondering why they’re offering such torture? Well, they’re trying to close your cuticle cells and lock in moisture! You should just say yes next time, and always incorporate this step at home. Closed cuticles look shinier, healthier and stronger!
Protect from ChlorineIt can be tempting to arrive on holiday and want to jump straight into the pool! But that chlorine will strip your hair faster than you can think of a pool-side cocktail! So, how to prevent brassy hair on holiday? Read on… Have you noticed there’s always a shower near a pool? There’s good reason, you should ALWAYS shower pre-dipl! This non-chemical water will act as a protection barrier. You hair will soak up the chlorine-free water and therefore not be able to soak up further chemically damaging, brassy hair turning pool water. When exiting the pool, rinse again in the chlorine-free water.
Use purple shampooThere are plenty of shampoos out there specifically made to counteract brassiness! Most are purple or blue in colour as these are opposites of yellow and orange on the colour wheel and therefore cancel out the brassy tones! Investing in a great purple shampoo is the easiest way to keep brass at bay!
Check out our top picks! They’re sulphate-free too!
- INSIGHT BLONDE cold reflections shampoo & Mask
- Insight Anti-Yellow Shampoo 400ml
Now you know how to prevent brassy hair, you never have to worry again! (As long as you follow our steps!)
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Secret 1 to Tame curly hair: HydrationYour bathroom cupboard should be filled with conditioners and masks! Nourish your hair so that your curls can thrive! Dry curls look unhealthy and unruly! when choosing conditioners and masks be sure to avoid alcohol heavy ingredients; these will dry your hair in the long run.
Secret 2 to Tame Curly Hair: Great TimingA top tip to form the perfect, desired curl is your timing! We’re not talking about morning and night here, we mean when your hair is still wet! Apply your styling products on very very wet hair!!! Your curls will start to form as they dry so your hair must be filled with product pre drying process. Also, the longer your hair is exposed to your styling products, the better! Try and leave them in for a while before your drying process, don’t rush straight for that hair dryer!
Secret 3 to Tame Curly Hair: IngredientsThere are plenty of hair products that say they’re for ‘curly hair,’ but what does this even mean? That’s who they’re intended for? That’s who they want to buy the product? It’s sure not always the case of ‘the best product and ingredients to treat curly hair!’ You need to get clued up on what ingredients are good/not for your curls! Lots of traditional products that are aimed at curls contain sulphates; these over cleaned the hair and dry your hair out. Look for shampoo/conditioner that is full of natural ingredients! The Insight anti-frizz range is perfect for all curls whether you suffer form frizz or not.
Secret 4 to Tame Curly Hair: Regular Salon VisitsWe all know we should be visiting the salon for trims regularly, this is even more important for those with curls! Do not neglect your hairdresser! In fact, make friends and find one you love as you should be seeing them at least 4 times a year! When you have split ends, or any damage, your curls can look a frizzy mess that no amount of specialised product can fix! A fresh, regular trim can quickly transform your curly nest into elegant crown. If you can find a hairdresser that specialises in curly hair, then do so! It pays to go that extra mile!
Secret 5 to Tame Curly Hair: Knowing Your CurlEach curl is unique! Each person is unique! How will we ever find a product that matches each person perfectly? The answer is, we can’t. But we can at least try and bundle up the types of curls we know we can handle and help you guys out. Here are some product tips per curl: A light product such as Insight Styling Oil non Oil is the ideal solution for those with soft curls or for those who want to obtain a natural-looking style.
- Insight Oil Non oil