Taking care of your hair doesn't have to involve numerous products and many complicated steps. Simple practices and a few well-picked products are enough to bring shine, strength and health to the hair, no matter its type.
Discover our tips for a care routine that’s respectful both of your hair and your scalp, as well as the environment.
Use Natural Shampoos and Conditioners
Choosing hair care products made with mineral and plant-based ingredients is not only good for the environment but can also make your hair and scalp healthier!
First, unlike conventional products, natural alternatives do not contain sulfates, foaming agents with detergent properties that are also drying. These ingredients deprive the hair and scalp of their hydrolipidic film (a natural protective layer mainly composed of sebum) and of their natural oils. However, it is important to retain some of these protective substances to prevent dry skin, irritation, itching, dandruff and dry or brittle hair.
To learn more about sulfate-free shampoos, we recommend reading this blog post.
In addition, natural shampoos and conditioners are free of parabens (preservatives) and, very often, artificial fragrances that can also be irritating to the skin. Many people develop allergies to this first family of ingredients!
They are also silicone-free, an ingredient that gives the hair a fake healthy appearance by giving it an artificial shine. Since silicone does not penetrate the hair fiber and remains on the surface, it does not nourish the hair and this healthy look is nothing more than an illusion. Over time, silicone can even "suffocate" the hair and mask its true condition.
Oneka Hair Care Products : A Natural Alternative
Made from biodegradable ingredients, our shampoos and conditioners are crafted from responsibly grown organic plants, carefully chosen for their toning and nourishing properties.
Free of sulfates, paraben, silicones and synthetic fragrance, our products perform a gentle cleaning. With their adapted pH, they help preserve the natural balance of the scalp.
Their aromas, a result of a subtle blend of essential oils, transform the shower into a delightful ritual for body and soul.
Wash your Hair regularly, but not too often
Cleaning your hair helps to regulate the sebum production in your scalp and to cleanse your lengths.
Although essential to the health of the epidermis and the hair it protects and nourishes, the sebum produced by the many hair follicles on your scalp causes irritation and even dandruff when in excess. It also gives the roots a greasy look and weighs down the lengths. If not properly cleaned, hair follicles can also become clogged and create small bumps or pimples. That's why it's important to remove excess oil regularly!
Furthermore, since hair is subjected to daily aggressions such as pollution, dust and sunlight, shampooing helps to remove impurities, which prevents keratin fibers that make up the hair from becoming damaged and brittle.
How Often Should You Wash your Hair?
The frequency at which you should wash your hair largely depends on its type.
If you have oily hair or work out a lot, you may feel the need to wash your hair every other day, or even every day - Oneka shampoos are gentle enough for daily use. Dry hair will benefit from less frequent shampooing. A deep wash once a week may be just what it needs! As for normal hair, it will appreciate being cleaned two to three times a week.
To find the best shampoo for your hair type, check out this blog post.
To refresh and nourish the hair and treat scalp issues instead of daily shampooing, you could also use Oneka’s Botanical Hair Treatment, made from organic Apple Cider Vinegar and mineral rich plants, This product cleanses and balances the scalp, detangles, conditions and reduces frizz, bringing body and shine to the hair. A great way to restore radiance and vitality from root to tip! We recommend using this product on damp or dry hair.
Shampoo the Right Way
For an effective wash, avoid rubbing your hair vigorously. Instead concentrate the product on your scalp and give it a gentle massage. Then, gently spread the shampoo over your lengths. Remember to thoroughly clean the area around your face where makeup, skin care products and sunscreen residue often linger. Don't neglect the back of your neck and around your ears either!
Tip: Shampoo twice instead of once!
If your scalp and hair type allows it, of course.
The first shampoo removes surface dirt, while the second cleanses more thoroughly. The active ingredients in the shampoo are also better absorbed by (clean) hair during the second wash.
Hydrate your Lengths
Moisture is essential for healthy hair!
If you have dry, curly, frizzy, damaged, or easily tangled hair, your best ally for hydrated hair is conditioner.
Thanks to its nourishing properties, it helps reduce dryness, adds suppleness and shine, and prevents split ends. It also makes detangling and styling easier!
Oneka shampoos are gentle and nourishing enough that they don't necessarily require the use of a conditioner. People with oily, normal, or short hair may not need it!
To learn more about the proper way to use our conditioners, check out this video:
Tip: Use Oneka Conditioner as a mask
For deeper hydration, after washing your hair, wring it out and towel dry it lightly. Then, take a generous amount of conditioner and apply it to your lengths (and even the roots if you have dry hair). Using a wide-tooth comb, distribute the product throughout your hair. Leave on for 10 minutes to 1 hour and rinse well.
It's no secret that blow dryers and styling tools damage the hair, especially the ends, by drying and breaking it. To avoid these undesirable effects, make sure you limit their use by letting your hair air dry as often as possible and relying on heat-free techniques for curls.
Tip: Let your hair dry completely (or almost completely) before going to bed.
Rubbing your wet - therefore more fragile - hair on your pillow can be damaging!
Brush your Hair
This simple action not only detangles, but also distributes sebum from your roots to your ends, thus nourishing, coating, and protecting your hair naturally.
At the same time, you're also stimulating your scalp's blood circulation, as well as ridding your hair of the impurities it accumulates throughout the day.
However, it is recommended that you avoid detangling your hair when it is wet, or that you are very gentle when doing so. Use a wide-tooth comb and work gently from the ends up.
Wear Protective Hairstyles
Rubbing against clothes, head coverings and even pillowcases, as well as wind, cold, sun and chlorine, can greatly damage the hair fiber. Hairstyles such as braids and buns protect the hair from these aggressions and thus limit breakage and split ends.
Cut the ends regularly
Regular trimming eliminates split ends that won't magically disappear otherwise. The longer you wait between salon appointments, the worse the damage will be and the more length you'll have to cut off to get rid of it!
In addition, this damage can make the hair look dull, rough, brittle, and even thinner. On the other end, after a cut, hair looks thicker, healthier, and shinier.
Less is often more
In conclusion, healthy hair can be possible with a simple and natural haircare routine.
The key is to use basic hair care products that are free of irritating, drying or smothering ingredients and that are as gentle on you as they are on the planet. Brushing, moisturizing, protecting, air-drying and trimming are also simple habits to incorporate into your hair routine that will make a significant difference!