Make 2021 the year you get the hair you deserve

No matter what your mane concern is, these are some pretty small adjustments you could make to achieve luscious locks. So let’s get into it.

How difficult can it really be to look after your own hair? If last year has taught us anything, it’s the power of doing it yourself and yes that includes treating your hair to some TLC. Sure, let’s not attempt a half head of foils at home but tweaking these small things can save you a couple of trips to the salon and do a world of good for your hair.

Whether it’s shine, length, volume or bounce you’re after, these are some pretty small adjustments you could make to achieve luscious locks. So let’s get into it.

Luscious hair starts at your roots

Two words. Scalp health.

The hair of your dreams starts with the skin on your head, which is why scalp scrubbing is numero uno. Just like the skin covering the rest of your body, your scalp requires care and attention in order to function at its best, otherwise you’ll risk conditions like dandruff, psoriasis or hair loss.

For those of us who use and abuse dry shampoo, oils and creams on the daily, you’ll notice horrible product buildup after a few days which generally leads to clogged hair follicles, an itchy scalp, change in hair texture and uncontrollable flakiness. By implementing a scalp scrub once or twice a week into your hair routine you’ll stimulate the follicles and relieve the discomfort so your scalp can live its best life.

A gentle, natural scrub consisting of finely ground textures (and not microbeads), like the Natural Balance Scalp Scrub, $15.37, at Sukin should lift dead skin cells and leave your scalp feeling fresh, allowing the natural oils to nourish and help you grow thicker, shinier and less oily hair.

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Bye-bye parabens

Checking for toxic ingredients in our hair products can be as complicated as counting saturated fats on food packaging. Why are the words so long and complicated and what even is “cocamidopropyl”?

Before you mentally check out, consider the importance of nourishing your hair the same way your body needs nutritious food in order to stay vibrant and vitalised. Hair products are being applied directly onto the scalp and into the hair shaft, so the absorption of chemicals through the skin is very real.

Believe it or not, the chemical absorption rate on your forehead and scalp is about four times greater than the absorption rate on your forearms. So here’s a short n’ sweet list of chemicals to avoid next time you’re perusing shampoo bottles:

Sulfates aka Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) and Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)

Parabens aka methyl, propyl, butyl and ethyl-parabens and parahydroxybenzoate

Mineral Oil

Phthalates aka fragrance. Opt for fragrance and phthalate-free products

Nitrosamines aka MEA, DEA, TEA

With so many products and ingredients on the market, it’s best to keep it as simple as possible to ensure you know exactly what’s going on with your hair.

Tools that tame the mane

When Beyonce said “I woke up like this” I couldn’t relate. If you’re anything like me, cooperative hair doesn’t come without a fight, so investing in good quality tools like a hairbrush or a comb is the next best tip in elevating your mane game.

Brushing is the most basic part of hair care but it’s severely underrated for its benefits, like adding shine, volume, cleanliness and detangling. It stimulates the capillaries of the scalp, increasing blood circulation and the transport of oxygen and nutrients to the hair follicles which encourages hair growth and strengthens the roots.

Different strokes for different folks mean all hair types will vary by brush and technique. From thick and curly hair to fine and straight hair, it’s important to know what style of brush to use, how to use it and when. For curly hair, use a large paddle brush with nylon strands or a wide-tooth comb. Straight, fine hair requires soft, flexible bristles that ensure tangle-free tresses without tugging or breaking. Oily hair works best with natural boar-bristle brushes to penetrate the scalp and distribute the oil evenly.

A general rule-of-thumb is to avoid brushing wet or damp hair and to start from the bottom up. There are plenty of brushes available for every hair type, so shop around and find the right one for you. It will be a game-changer.

Good hair days will come naturally

Your hair routine doesn’t need to be overly complicated. Taking it back to the basics with a natural shampoo and conditioner, a styling product or weekly treatment and a good brush is a great place to begin. No matter what your mane concern is, Sukin’s Natural hair care range has you covered from root to end. Not only will your body thank you for the fewer toxins but so will the planet.

So forget a good hair day and achieve a whole year of great hair.

Australia’s favourite natural skincare brand, Sukin is helping save the Great Barrier Reef and committing to being Carbon Neutral with Greening Australia.