How to get soft hair? Try homemade linseed gel!

For someone who dyed their hair in the past, having shiny, soft hair is often just a dream. Does your hair stay matte and unhealthy even though you really try to nourish it? Let me introduce one of the best natural solutions for dry hair. Flaxseed/ linseed gel is a humectant and that basically means it gives your “thirsty” hair some moisture:)

The recipe to prepare that hair gel couldn’t be easier. It doesn’t  really matter if you use gold or brown seeds. There are few different methods, but here is the one I usually follow:

-put 1 full tablespoon of linseed in the pot,
-add 1 glass of water,
-slow boil and stir frequently until it gets thicker,
-strain the mixture through the sieve.
It’s done, you can get rid of seeds or use them in the kitchen. Keep your gel in the fridge for maximum 7 days.

What can you use it for?

  • As a moisturising base before oiling hair. Put a little bit of gel on your hair and scalp. Wait a couple of minutes and apply the oil on your hair as usual.
  • For the last rinsing after washing: 700 ml of warm water with a half glass of warm gel. It’s a great start if you plan to stylize your hair later.
  • As a mask or conditioners addition. Linseed gel is one of the best moisturisers.
    Adding it to mask with a little bit of oil (explanation below) will make your hair look softer.
  • For stylization: use gel to create or just define lovely curls.

    As you know humectants usually need an emollient cover. Don’t forget about adding some oily substances to conditioner or use a drop of silicon serum when your hair is already dried.

    What are your favourite methods to get soft hair? Do you like natural, homemade treatments? Or do you absolutely trust professional products from drugstores?

Haircare essentials, PART 3- EMOLLIENTS

Hello, everyone!  It’s another part of my Haircare Essentials series. We’ve already talked about humectants and proteins. Today, it’s time to look closer to emollients!  When does your hair need them? How can they be recognised on the cosmetic labels? Where else can we find them?

The emollient in the hair care is a substance responsible for keeping moisture that we supply with humectants. In the nutshell: emollients cover hair to keep it hydrated and protect it against damages.

IS YOUR HAIR DRY, DAMAGED and MATTE? YOU PROBABLY NEED SOME EMOLLIENTS in your haircare!

They are necessary ingredients when we want to keep hair moisturised. I must tell you that, adding emollients to my hair care was the first step to see the real improvement. And oils had a huge, positive influence on my hair’s condition.

As well as humectants we can find emollients not only in professional and expensive hair products but also in our kitchen cupboards.
How to recognise these substances on the ingredients’ lists? Here are some examples of emollients:

1. Natural oils:
(look for the elements with “oil” or “butter” in their name)

  • Argania Spinosa kernel oil (Argan oil),
  • Linum Usitatissimum Seed Oil (Linseed oil),
  • Olea Europaea Fruit Oil (Olive oil),
  • Theobroma Cacao Seed Butter (Cocoa butter)
  • Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil (Jojoba oil)
    and many others.
    2. Fatty alcohols:
    (that’s right, there are some good alcohols in hair products)
  • Cetyl Alcohol,
  • Cetearyl Alcohol,
  • Stearyl Alcohol,
  • Lauryl Alcohol.
    etc.

    3.Fatty Acids:

  • Stearic Acid,
  • Oleic Acid,
  • Lauric Acid,
    etc.

    4.Silicons:

  • Dimethicone
  • Cyclopentasiloxane
  • Trimethicone,
  • Amodimethicone
    etc.

My favourite way of adding emollients to the hair care is oiling in the night time. Sometimes I add oil to the conditioner or mask in the washing process.
In the case of emollients overuse, hair starts to look greasy, lifeless and unwashed.

Remember: emollients don’t moisture hair by themselves, they need a moisturising base just to keep hair “hydrated”.

Examples of products rich in emollient substances:

Garnier Fructis Oleo Repair
Vatika Naturals Virgin Olive Hair Mask
Kallos Blueberry Hair Mask

or any other cosmetics that contain ingredients I mentioned above.
I think the easiest way to start using emollients is putting a little bit of oil onto the hair for a couple of hours. Then you can decide which oil works the best for you.

Thank you for reading and see you next time:)

Split ends trimming- is it necessary while growing hair?

Hello guys:) Today I’m going to tell you a little bit more about trimming split ends.  Can we avoid it while growing hair? Or is it always absolutely necessary?

My hair grows really slowly. I always have to wait a couple of months to see any difference in the length. “Painful” thought about losing even an inch is never nice and easy for us, am I right girls?

In the beginning of my proper hair care, I was trying to avoid trimming because I believed “it’s not necessary” and “there is too much to lose”.  I also wanted to prove that everybody around is wrong:). Until the moment I saw that picture of my hair:
I must confess that, it was quite upsetting for me. I was trying really hard to nourish and moisturize my hair for a couple of months and the result was… pathetic. At least the top of my hair looks quite all right here, but split ends spoil everything:)
I decided to cut off a little bit of my hair (but I had no courage to get rid of all damaged part- today I regret it).

hair treatments can’t repair split ends completely! They can only mask the problem for a while, but not solve it. Basically, damaged and split ends “travel” further up, so despite the proper care, your hair will still look badly:(

After the first step of getting rid of split ends, I decided to cut them off every time they look dry and too frizzy or when I notice more breakage.
It’s still not too often, but at least I try to do it regularly. I know that I should cut much more off, but I’m so stubborn! Help!

I’ll describe my trimming accessories soon.

Does trimming make hair grow faster? The answer is no, but it is undoubted that it helps hair to be healthier and to look better. It also stops damaged part to go further up, so cutting should be an essential point of the hair routine. You can try to do it like me- less hair but more often, but I would advise cutting as much as you can bear at once:D

Of course, it’s also important to protect ends against heat and other damaging factors. You can read my basic hair tips HERE.

When you try to grow your hair it’s not funny and easy to cut your ends regularly.
I hated that thought of losing what I was waiting for at least a couple of months.
Today I know: shorter but healthy hair always looks better than hair long, but dry and damaged with split ends.

Do you agree? Do you cut your hair regularly?
See you soon and thank you for visiting:))

Haircare Essentials, part 2- HUMECTANTS

As I mentioned last time, sometimes it is hard to understand what hair really needs. That’s why I decided to start “Haircare Essentials” series on my blog. In my previous post, I told you more about PROTEINS.  Today it’s time for humectants.  What are they? Why does hair need them? Where they can be found?
The humectant is a hygroscopic substance used to keep things moisturised.  “Hygroscopic” basically means ability to hold molecules of water from the surrounding environment.

IS YOUR HAIR DRY, Light, matte and brittle? YOU PROBABLY NEED SOME HUMECTANTS!

They are very important substances in process of moisturising our hair. One of their features is a capability of attracting water and absorb it to hair.

You can find them in professional skin and hair cosmetics or in your kitchen:)

How to recognise them? Here are some examples of the most popular:

  • honey/ (on cosmetic labels-” mel”)
  • sugar,
  • glycerin,
  • homemade linseed/ flaxseed gel,
  • aloe juice,
  • panthenol,
  • hyaluronic acid,
  • urea.

    My absolutely favourite way of giving hair moisture is adding honey to the mask.
    Humectants, as well as any other substances, are quite easy to overuse. In that case, hair looks a bit wet and lifeless with no volume.
    Be aware: if it’s very dry and hot outside (doesn’t happen in England!:P), humectants will give moisture back to the environment. It means that hair can look dry again.
    To avoid it, moisturisers need a good cover- emollients! I’ll tell you more about them in my next post of that series:)

    I’m currently using Russian hair and body soap (Grandma Agafia) instead of shampoo. It works fantastic as a moisturiser because one of the ingredients is Altai Mountain Honey. That soap is a product that I really like and can recommend (No, they didn’t pay me for saying that:)
    If you prefer moisturisers in conditioners, you can try one of those products:

    Garnier Ultimate Blends Strength Restorer Conditioner
    Faith In Nature Aloe Vera Shampoo Strengthening For Normal To Dry Hair
    Dr Organic Manuka Honey Conditioner

    or any other cosmetic that contains humectant substances.

    Please remember that balance between proteins, humectants and emollients is very individual. What does your hair need the most? In the beginning of your proper hair care, you should experiment to check what is the best for you:)

Yeast drinking for a hair growth. Is it safe and effective?

I know that method could be controversial for some of you. Yeast drinking sounds quite weird and maybe even disgusting:) I can assure you it is a popular tip in the communities of hair lovers! It’s been proven that yeast drinking has got undoubted, positive influence on the general condition of the body, making nails stronger and of course on faster hair growth.

dry yeast for hair growth

I was one of the “yeast drinkers” about a year ago- it was on my menu every day for a month. (It sounds like the AA meeting confession 🙂 ) I’m not going to encourage any of you to try, I only want you to do some further research and think about it. Of course only if you struggle (like me) to grow healthy, strong hair faster. High five!
Yeast contains:

  • vitamin B complex
  • minerals such as zinc, selenium, iron and magnesium,
  • amino acids.

In my opinion, the best is fresh yeast, but it’s really hard to find it in the UK.  Sometimes you can get it from ASDA or Sainsbury’s bakery department. But don’t worry, dried yeast should be OK as well- I was using it.

month of yeast drinking, result, before and after

My hair usually grows about 1-1.3 cm. per month. After drinking yeast I had about 2.3 cm. more.
For me, it’s a great result.

(On the first picture you can see a good example of PROTEINS overuse- don’t do it:P).
My hair also stopped to fall out (it was in the spring, I usually lose some hair in that season) and  I also had a new baby hair! It worked really nicely for nails- they were much stronger and not so breakable.

How to make a yeast-drink?

  • 1 tablespoon of yeast (could be more)
  • about 150 ml of boiling (!) water

Put your yeast into the glass, add water, stir thoroughly and wait about 30 minutes.
Done!

It’s very important to use boiling water- it kills the yeast so it won’t ferment in your stomach. But it doesn’t kill all the goodies (like vitamins and minerals) from the yeast.

I’ll be honest with you- it’s not tasty. Some people mix it with banana and add for example cinnamon. But for me, it was easier to drink it as fast as possible and just forget about it!:)

dry yeast, growing hair

Don’t worry- yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) that you can find in grocery aisles or bakery departments is completely different to Candida albicans. The last one is a pathogen which causes infections in the body.  Yeast that we use as a baking ingredient is safe and doesn’t make any harm to our health.

Garnier Ultimate Blends- conditioners review. Worth trying?

Hi guys:) Today I’m going to tell you more about 2 conditioners that you can easily get at drugstores in the UK.  I bought my Garnier Ultimate Blends products about 7 months ago at Superdrug, just for 2 pounds each.  I think it’s really OK for 400 ml of product, but it’s not a regular price.
I’ve chosen two:

 

  • Sleek Restorer Conditioner with coconut oil and cocoa butter,
  • Marvellous Transformer Conditioner with argan and camellia oils.
    I like the packaging, despite the fact it’s quite big, it’s also light and handy.
    The consistency of conditioner is nice and silky. Not very thick, but not too watery, it stays on hair with no problem.
    I was using these products regularly for some time. They were great in the beginning, but unfortunately,  I noticed that my hair started to look quite dry after a couple of weeks. I checked lists of ingredients (I don’t know, why I haven’t done it before) and they were not as perfect as I thought. For example, they both contain Isopropyl Alcohol– conservant which is never good for hair;( However, I’m still using these products,  but not at every washing.
    Sleek restorer version (coconut and cocoa butter) is silicone free so it doesn’t block hair against good ingredients. Sometimes I use it as the first conditioner.
    You can read more about that method  here: CLICK 
    The variant with argan and camellia oil has got one silicone (Amodimethicone), so it should cover the hair and help it to look smoother.
    And it’s true- both of these products worked pretty well- no tangles, hair was easy to brush and had a silky texture for some time.

    Advantages of conditioners:

  • lovely, not overwhelming  fragrance,
  • long lasting,
  • price,
  • common availability,
  • emollients are quite high on the ingredients list.
  • hair looks smoother.

    In my opinion, Garnier is a very good brand, one of the best you can find in supermarkets and drugstores. There is a great range of their products and you can often choose something nice.
    These conditioners are quite all right, but to be honest, lists of ingredients are not impressive.  Of course, there are oils, moisturisers and plant extracts, which are always great. However, we can also find some chemical additives that I would prefer to avoid.  Yes, they can make hair look silky and smooth, but they won’t nourish it deeply. If you have got low porosity hair Garnier Ultimate Blends should be really OK. If your hair is damaged and dry,  try not to use them every time – swap them with other, richer conditioners.

Oily scalp and dry ends. How to deal with combination hair?

Someone asked me recently how to care for combination hair– with oily scalp and dry ends. Should it be washed more or less often? What about oil and oily masks?
First of all, you should know that greasy scalp and dry, matte length is a really common problem, especially if the hair was coloured or bleached in the past.
My tips can look a little complicated, but when you make them your routine, it’s gonna be super-easy.

  • Oil is always a friend of hair, not an enemy, although in that case it should only be used on the length and ends of hair, not on the scalp. Coconut oil or shea butter are not the greatest choices in the beginning because they are good for hair with lower porosity. If your hair is damaged and dry, those oils will probably make it more frizzy.  Try with olive oil, walnut, linseed or almond oil first.
  • You can wash your hair as often as your roots need it. Your shampoo could be a little stronger than I usually recommend, but it shouldn’t contain oils and silicones.  Basically, these ingredients build up on hair and can make it more greasy. Silicones will also stick to hair and block it against conditioner’s benefits.  What do I mean by stronger shampoo? It’s a product that contains one of the detergents with SULPHATE in the end, for example:

– Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS),
– Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES),
– Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate (ALS)
etc.

  • OK, but as you know, these ingredients can make your hair even more dry and brittle. There is an advice for that issue as well:) Before washing hair with shampoo, apply any conditioner onto the length (it will protect your ends against shampoo’s detergents). So the method is simple:
1.CONDITIONER- 2.SHAMPOO- 3.CONDITIONER

(number 3- again only for length and ends). The last conditioner could be really rich (it should contain emollients and moisturising ingredients).

  • Remember to only use warm but not hot water for washing hair, it could even be cool for the last rinsing.
  • It’s also important not to keep a towel on the head for a long time after washing- otherwise, it can increase sebum production by the scalp.
  • Always protect your ends with a drop of silicone serum.

These are just a few things, but I believe they will help! The method I mentioned (1.CONDITIONER, 2.SHAMPOO, 3.CONDITIONER) is good not only for combination hair, everybody can follow it. I DO! :).

Haircare essentials, part 1- PROTEINS

It’s not easy to recognise what type of ingredients we can find in our beauty products. Sometimes after the first use of the conditioner, our hair looks great, but when we keep using it, something is not right. There is no volume or hair looks dry and damaged (even if it’s not).

Basically, our hair likes diversity. It doesn’t mean we need dozens of hair cosmetics. We only should know what type of ingredient we currently need to make hair „happy and satisfied”:)

3 essential substances for our hair are PROTEINS, HUMECTANTS AND EMOLLIENTS.

Is your hair dull, lifeless with no volume? You probably need some proteins!

They are „responsible” for building our hair. Adding proteins allows your hair to temporarily fill elements that were missing in its structure. Be aware: it’s not possible to completely repair hair, that was once damaged, but you can try to hide it with the proper care.
Proteins are necessary to refill lack in hair’s texture.  
In the nutshell: They are components quite similar to bricks that you can build a house with or simply patch a hole in the wall :).

How to recognise them?
Check the ingredients label on your hair products. Here are some examples:

  • Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein,
  • Milk Protein,
  • Soy Protein,
  • Elastane
  • Collagen,
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Silk

Egg yolk could be a great base for your own, homemade, protein mask (and it’s my personal favourite).


Remember: it’s very easy to overuse proteins! In that case, your hair can look even drier and damaged. How is it possible?  Proteins always have to be balanced with humectant and emollient substances! Sometimes using proteins twice a month is absolutely enough.

You should try to learn what does your hair need at the moment and how does it react with specific ingredients.

Come back soon for more;)

My hair story

This is my „Hair Journey” from childhood until now! It’s not ended yet but I hope it’s gonna be a little bit easier in the future.  Today I know more methods to help dry and damaged hair.

As a child, I had fair and thin hair. I often had a „pixie haircut”, because my mom believed that cutting hair often makes it strong.

Primary school was a time when comfort was a priority. Girls don’t care about their hair at all (or silly things like wearing something more stylish than boys’ jumper;) ).


When I was a teenager I didn’t like my straight hair. I started to use hot curlers and… hair crimper! Believe me, quality of that appliance was very poor. I had also wanted some highlights so I bought a cheap bleach and asked a friend for help. It wasn’t the best decision;) Later I decided to try…homemade perm. I liked it in the beginning, but later I realised that my hair was ruined!

Before I started my studies I had dyed my hair red. It looked OK, but I didn’t really feel myself:)


Later I decided to come back to blond, and it was very difficult. First I had to remove the red colour and dye it again. I think that was the moment when I used a bleach for the last time. Of course, hair was more damaged after all these crazy treatments.


I gave my hair a chance to grow and I have been trying to follow those haircare tips:   CLICK 

At the moment it’s shorter because I wanted to get rid of my bleached ends, but I keep growing!

I will describe my routine more precisely soon.

That would be amazing to read your hair stories and maybe publish them on my blog if you feel comfortable with it. Don’t hesitate to send it to me. (kat.walk.net@gmail.com), I’m looking forward to seeing your changes:)

My top 5 haircare tips. How to help hair to grow stronger?

How did I grow healthier and stronger hair? What does our hair really need? There are my 5 basic and super easy hair tips, that everyone can follow. You can read My Hair History here:  CLICK.
It’s not over yet, but I can see a big progress so far:)

  •  Avoid destructive factors! One of the biggest threat to your hair is high temperature (for example- straightener). But also drying it with hot air, colouring with chemical dyes or styling with curling iron are not really hair- friendly ideas.
    • Use some oil! Sounds disgusting? I can assure you it’s not so bad:) Have you ever tried natural and easy oil treatment for your hair? Check what kind of oil you have got in your kitchen: almond,  coconut, flaxseed, walnut or olive- oil? Perfect! Find the best one for you and enjoy your healthy, shiny hair:) If you don’t like the idea of putting pure oil on your hair, try to add some to your mask or conditioner.
    • Check ingredients of products that you’ve got in your bathroom. Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulphate (SLES) are strong detergents that could irritate sensitive skin and also dry your hair. Think about gentle shampoo for daily use. Isopropyl alcohol isn’t your friend neither (unfortunately, you can find it in most of the common conditioners).
    • Protect your ends with serum, that helps to keep them in good condition for longer. Remember- it must be alcohol-free! 
    • Be gentle to your hair. Treat it like your favourite silk blouse. You wouldn’t consider ironing it with an extremely hot iron, would you? Now think about straightener (about 200 degrees) on your hair. It’s definitely not neutral for hair structure.

What are your basic haircare tips? 🙂 I would love to read what is the most important in your care or what really helped your hair to grow stronger and healthier? Maybe you are still looking for the best products and methods?