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Hair Conditioners

  • Do "organic" shampoos & conditioners feel or perform differently than regular ones?

    In short, often they do, but it depends on the product. It is important to realize that an organic shampoo is typically not going to lather up like a conventional one because it is not made with the same unnatural or unhealthy cleansing agents.

    Many hair conditioners also feel different because they don’t use synthetic anti-static ingredients. Hair care products are the hardest to formulate with pure food-based ingredients - though it is definitely happening, and can expect there to be more and more innovation within the organic hair care industry.

  • My hair is extremely dry, how can I add moisture?

    First, reduce the number of times you shampoo your hair a week. Shampoos can strip hair of its natural moisture, making it appear dull. Look for thicker formula conditioners and use one every time you shampoo, leaving it on hair up to three minutes. You can even condition hair on days you don’t shampoo. A weekly treatment will also help deliver hydration. Try adding the treatment to your hair as instructed and then cover hair with a hot towel. The heat will help open up the hair follicles, allowing the nourishing ingredients to better penetrate your hair. Or at the gym saturate your hair with an organic hair oil before entering the sauna. The heat helps the ingredients penetrate into the hair. Also use organic shampoos, conditioners and styling products that deliver moisturizing properties from plant ingredients that offer additional moisturizing properties.

  • My hair often looks greasy, what can I do about this?

    Look for a shampoo targeted to clarify your hair. Don’t skip conditioning hair, however only condition the ends and make sure to rinse thoroughly. Look for a light conditioner as opposed to a deep, concentrated formula. Avoid brushing your hair too vigorously and too often as this allows the oil to travel from the roots down to the ends. Also abstain from using too many styling products on your hair. Serums, balms and glosses can especially add to the appearance of greasy hair.

  • My hair is oily close to the scalp but dry at the ends. How do I achieve balance?

    This condition is more common than most people think, especially on those with long hair. The scalp produces oil, which is distributed to the parts nearby. And as the ends of your hair are the oldest and most fragile pieces, they are often damaged. To help balance hair out, apply only a small amount of shampoo and only to your scalp. After you’ve washed your scalp, massage the suds down to the ends and rinse well. Add moisturizing conditioner only to your ends and avoid the scalp area.

Shampoos

  • Do "organic" shampoos & conditioners feel or perform differently than regular ones?

    In short, often they do, but it depends on the product. It is important to realize that an organic shampoo is typically not going to lather up like a conventional one because it is not made with the same unnatural or unhealthy cleansing agents.

    Many hair conditioners also feel different because they don’t use synthetic anti-static ingredients. Hair care products are the hardest to formulate with pure food-based ingredients - though it is definitely happening, and can expect there to be more and more innovation within the organic hair care industry.

  • What’s the deal with sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES)?

    Commonly used in everything from shampoos to toothpastes, these chemicals are cheap to use and are added to products as a foaming agent because most consumers believe that the more bubbles a product produces, the more effective it is.

    However they are known to commonly cause irritation to the skin and scalp. SLS can be made from natural or synthetic sources; but even being made from natural sources, it is often considered too aggressive a detergent. SLES is made using ethylene oxide, a toxic petroleum derivative. None of the products available on Saffron Rouge are formulated with these chemicals. They may not provide the amount of lather you’re used to, but they’ll still clean just as good, if not better.

Hair Styling

  • What products can I use to control my frizzy hair?

    Start by using a hydrating shampoo and conditioner. A leave-in conditioner can also help reduce frizz. Styling products such as creams, balms and glosses are specifically formulated to add shine and prevent frizz.

  • How do I add more volume to my hair?

    Start by using a light shampoo and conditioner. Avoid adding conditioner to the roots of your hair, which will only weigh it down.To style, apply a volumizer such as Rahua Volumizing Spray or a light hair gel to the roots of your damp hair. Blow dry on a light setting. Avoid heavy styling products such as balms, waxes and pomades that will weigh hair down.

  • What’s the difference between a styling cream, balm, gel and gloss?

    The main difference is the texture of the product which in turn produces slightly different results. Styling creams and gels are very similar - they both add a light hold to hair and can be used both wet and dry. However gels are typically more potent in terms of holding power and are slightly stickier. Hair balms are thicker than gels and creams and are great for styling short hair or slicking back longer hair when creating up-dos. A gloss is a very concentrated product that coats hair strands to add shine. Only a small amount should be used, and never on the scalp. Instead try rubbing a tiny amount between your hands and lightly run you fingers through your hair to tame fly-aways.

  • What’s so bad about using a hair spray?

    Even if you’re not using an eco-damaging aerosol can, conventional hairsprays are still dangerous. Only instead of being a danger to the planet, they’re a danger to you. These chemical-laden sprays often contain toxic ingredients that enter the body when you breathe, literally coating the lungs which can cause potential health risks.

Hair Treatments

  • What do you recommend for hair loss and/or thinning hair?

    Although it is normal to shed 50 to 100 hairs a day, some people experience excessive hair loss. Gradual thinning naturally occurs with age but other factors can include extreme stress, hormonal fluctuations or various medications. Although there is no organic product that promises to reverse hair loss, specific hair products such as Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil and the Dr.Hauschka Neem Hair Lotion are formulated to stimulate hair follicles and strengthen hair while simultaneously deep conditioning. For more information, additional product recommendations and organic hair treatment options please read our Hair Loss Solutions

  • My hair is pretty healthy, what can I do to keep it this way?

    Continue your usual hair routine, making sure to use a deep treatment weekly or bi-monthly to strengthen and nurture hair. Try to avoid washing hair too often, as it can strip hair of its natural protective oils. Also try to avoid chemical treatments including straightening and single process color (highlights are less damaging), using too many heated styling tools, and being extremely aggressive when it comes to handling your hair.

  • I swim a lot, how can I keep my hair from drying out with all the chlorine or salt?

    Both chlorine and salt can cause extreme damage to hair follicles if exposed regularly. Always thoroughly saturate hair with clean water before swimming. This water will get penetrated into the hair shaft, making it harder for the chlorine or salt water to seep in. Also try coating hair with a deep conditioner before swimming to further protect strands. After swimming rinse out the chlorine or salt water immediately and follow with a pure shampoo and rich, hydrating conditioner. Make sure to use a deep treatment once a week to strengthen hair and prevent damage.

  • How can I prevent or heal split-ends and breakage?

    Once they happen, split ends cannot be completely repaired. However a nourishing conditioner can help smooth the hair shaft, making ends appear more glossy. A styling product such as a gloss or cream can help mask the appearance of split ends. To prevent them avoid overusing heated styling tools such as hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons, as the extreme heat can damage the fragile ends. This is especially the case with wet hair, and it’s a good idea to use a low heat setting on your hair dryer to avoid literally boiling the water within your hair. Rubber bands and clips also contribute to breakage, so only use gentle options and avoid using bands and clips daily. A weekly hair treatment, focusing on the dry, damaged areas can also help. Additionally, trim hair every 6-8 weeks to keep it shinier and healthy looking.

  • How often should I use a treatment on my hair?

    Depending on your lifestyle and hair type, a treatment can be done 1-2 times a week or even once every other week. Extremely damaged hair, chemically treated hair and hair that is often exposed to wind, sun, chlorine and salt water should be treated more often. However even healthy hair will benefit from an occasional treatment.

  • What can I do to treat and prevent dry scalp and dandruff?

    A chronic condition that causes excessive flaking and itching, dandruff can happen to anyone. To help prevent dandruff, avoid overusing styling products, including sprays, gels and mousses, that create build up on the scalp. Instead focus on treating hair with targeted plant ingredients, including Tea Tree oil and Rosemary, which have been known to calm scalp conditions and reduce dandruff. Suggested products include Dr.Hauschka Neem Hair Oil, Weleda Rosemary Hair Oil and John Masters 100% Argan Oil