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. (, I’m looking forward to seeing your changes:)

Trapped by perfectionism. How to get rid of negative thoughts?

Perfectionism could be a real trap… What have we done with emancipation, girls? 🙂 Don’t you think that women today are expected much more than we expect from men? Perfect housewife, who’s also employed and has got time for make-up and regular jogging… And that joy and excitement painted on her face while cleaning the toilet. Because shiny bathroom defines her self-esteem:)

I know at least few couples, where a woman is trapped by expectations and perfectionism. And those girls are not treated well by their partners, who often want more and more every day. But honestly… Sometimes woman subconsciously wants to stay in her role, because it’s something she’s familiar with, gives her safety and a (very tight) comfort zone.

I mentioned that women are not always respected by male partners. Why? I think one of the reasons is that they don’t really love themselves, so they don’t believe they deserve more. You can’t expect someone to respect you, if you don’t really think you are worthy of that.
Leaving this state of mind is always difficult, could cause stress and anxiety, but it’s worth trying.

There are few things that helped me to fight perfectionism, maybe they’ll be useful for some of you.
  • Don’t focus on your mistakes. It happened and it’s in the past. Learn and start again.
  • Don’t be ashamed of your imperfections, they make a special and unique person.
  • Change environment. If you’re surrounded by people who make you feel low, and you haven’t got power to fight, just try to run away.
  • Find a reason of your perfectionism. It’s usually hidden in your childhood, maybe you always wanted to please everyone? It’s gonna be easier to close that chapter if you understand the reason.
  • Appreciate your achievements! Be proud and share your happiness.
  • Stop focusing on other people judgments. Whatever they think, it’s your life and your decisions.

Sometimes we can be overwhelmed by pictures and articles about perfect women. But let’s be honest – we never know what’s the reality and what’s just a creation.

We are all different, although most of us are sensitive and it’s really easy to hurt us. That’s our nature and one of the things that make us beautiful… Even with our imperfections.

Why do I love coconut oil? My favourite ways of using it

Coconut oil is a unique gift of Nature:) What can we use it for?
Every day I discover its richness, extraordinary features and benefits and here are my favourites:

    • It’s the only oil I use for frying! Oxidation of other vegetable oils starts really quickly when heated. This process causes the formation of the free radicals and they could be really dangerous to health. Coconut oil smoke point is high and even during heating, it doesn’t produce harmful chemical reactions.
    • Sometimes I use it as “emergency make-up remover.” I do not need to put any cream after.
    • Pulling oil is one of the detox methods. I try to do it as often as I can, but unfortunately, I can’t do it regularly. It should be done as one of the first activities in the morning. It works perfectly for the teeth (mild bleaching) and the overall condition of the body. That technique also helps to fight bacteria and boost the immune system. Remember: after pulling oil,  do not swallow it, just spit it out to the bin!
    • I put coconut oil onto my hair ( if your hair has got high porosity, coconut oil is not the best choice- it can make it more frizzy). Although my ends have a medium porosity, I still like to put some coconut oil for the length.
    • I like to use it as a base of natural scrub- I just add sugar and a few drops of favourite shower cream. My skin is nourished and moisturised after that treatment.

I usually use unrefined extra virgin coconut oil, because I absolutely love the smell (it disappears during cooking, so do not worry about your meals). I also have got a jar of refined coconut oil in my cupboard, just in case- I think it’s still better to use that one than other vegetable oils.

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.
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?

Hello everyone!

My name is Kat and I created that blog to share with you some daily moments:) I’m going to write about things I really enjoy such as healthy living, lifestyle in harmony with nature and of course… HAIR.

I’ve been interested in those fields for some time and I would love to reveal some knowledge and my own experience. I don’t consider myself a specialist, on the contrary: I’m going to learn with you! And you can observe my fight for long and healthy hair! I would also like to show you my opinions about film and literature because contact with those aspects of culture gives me real pleasure. I want to show you some useful products and cosmetics that I honestly like and can recommend.

It’s nice to see you, thank you for visiting:)