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Sulfates in Shampoo: Should You Avoid Them?

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and Sodium laureth sulfates (SLES) are ingredients commonly used in producing shampoo, soaps, detergents, toothpaste and a whole lot of personal care products.

SLS and SLES are found in high concentrations in industrial products, including engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash products and used in lower concentrations in household and personal care products such as cleaning products, toothpastes, shampoos, and shaving foams.

The foaming action means that a person can spread the shampoo over a greater area of their head. It may also help any active ingredients in the shampoo work deeper into the hair to remove dirt and excess oil. Of course, this may also mean that the person uses less shampoo. Sodium laurel surfactant, which is a chemical that breaks down surface tension. The result? More effective cleaning and lots of big bubbles. SLS is cheap to produce, and it creates the type of lather that people have been conditioned to think means “clean,” so it’s a staple of conventional personal care. It’s also a staple in industrial cleaning products, so if you have an engine that needs to be degreased it can do that too.

The most common sulfates found in store-bought shampoos include sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, and ammonium laureth sulfate. Other products may contain slight variations of these compounds, as well. These are not true sulfates, but they carry out the same role.

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It’s That Time of the Year Again!

It’s that time of the year again! Australia’s largest display of brands, products, word-class education, international talent and show-stopping live performances, all in one place. The 2019 Sydney Hair Expo is bigger than ever showcasing professional tools to new colour ranges to add to your salon shelves.

INSIGHT Professional Australia has the pleasure to bring to you, straight from Italy to our shores, the salon organic hair care range.
We are very proud to be exhibiting at ICC Darling Harbour to show everyone our full colour, styling & haircare ranges for all hair types. Developed by industry experts to provide you with natural & safe formulas, made from powerful plants & certified organic ingredients.
We look forward to welcoming you to our Stand #H136.

Secure your Expo tickets today!

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Natural Care whatever your Hair Type!

Whether your hair is dry, frizzy, oily, thick, thin, dandruff prone, coloured, damaged, long or short, we have the perfect natural hair care product for you.
INSIGHT products are nourishing, rich in protective and essential organic ingredients with a healthy choice in purity, to protect hair/skin health and radiance.
Innovative, nonconventional formulations that protect hair health and radiance through rigorous selection of the raw materials, at the same time guaranteeing absolute styling perfection and high professional content. Tailored for all types of hair, to create your own daily ritual of beauty and wellness.

Cleanse, Protect, Nourish & Style the Natural Way!

Changes in temperature, stress, hormone imbalances, pollution and heat styling can really take the toll on our hair, so its very important to look after it! Choosing the right Shampoo and Conditioner is a great place to start, and at INSIGHT Professional you’ll find plenty of choices, to set you on your way to luscious healthy hair in no time! With so many products on the market claiming to contain natural ingredients, the choice can be overwhelming. At INSIGHT, we only formulate according to precise ecological and health conscious parameters.

Here are the ingredients we choose NOT to use:

  1.   SYNTHETIC COLOURANTS FREE
  2.   SLS/SLES FREE  (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
  3.   PARABENS AND MIT FREE
  4.   ALL ALLERGENS FREE (Fragrances)
  5.   SILICONES FREE
  6.   MINERAL OILS AND PETROLATUM FREE
We go the extra mile to ensure every product is completely free from toxins to bring healthier, safe alternatives which include; OZONATED WATER, HIGH PERCENTAGE Of NATURALITY, PHYTO AND ORGANIC EXTRACTS, NICKEL TESTED, 100% MADE IN ITALY. In addition, all of our haircare range is VEGAN OK CERTIFIED products in the ingredients and manufacturing process…. we have never tested on animals. By choosing natural haircare, you can rest assured that the ingredients will not contaminate the environment or your body. The environmental sustainability of INSIGHT Professional products does not stop at the formulas, but also embraces the packaging world! We choose to use 100% POST CONSUMER RECYCLED PET for all bottles and jars of the INSIGHT line, because caring for the world we live in and minimising packaging waste is our mission to protect the environment in daily life.

This is the reason why we have created a complete system of INSIGHT haircare products, offering gentle yet effective green formulas: professional quality at accessible prices, which you can choose your right combination. Your hair has always been our passion!

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How to take Care of your Hair – Summer Hair Care

While Summer is known for being a season of carefree fun in the sun, did you know that it can also be the most damaging season for our hair? Those long days basking in the summer sunlight and taking dips in the pool or the ocean can dry out your hair, leaving it looking limp, lackluster, and lifeless. Keep your hair happy and healthy all Summer long using these natural, chemical-free methods.

1. Cover Up!
The sun is known for its harsh UVA and UVB rays that can do a number on our skin—causing everything from dryness and signs of skin aging to sunburns and skin cancer. But the effects of the sun’s rays don’t end at our epidermis. Fact is sunlight—as warm and inviting as it may seem—can do a number on our hair. To protect your hair from fading and drying out due to the sun you’ll want to keep them protected all season long. Wear a fashionable floppy hat or a stunning silk scarf. The fact is you have to protect your hair the same way you’d protect your skin from the sun if you want it to look its best. A hat reduces damage caused by wind, especially if your hair is prone to tangling, and protects colour-treated hair.

2. Put your hair up in loose, comfortable styles
A messy braid is ideal for keeping your hair under control and minimising exposure to the sun. Tight hairstyles can be damaging because they tend to pull and tear hair, especially if your hair is dry from the summer heat. Overly tight hairstyles—ponytails, braids, buns, and the like—can pull on our strands and cause breakage. During the summer months when our hair is extra fragile from the heat, take care to style your hair into loose knots and braids and steer clear of plastic elastics which can do further damage, opting instead for soft hair ties or bobby pins.

3. Wash less often
Frequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. Sweat and summer go hand-in-hand but washing your hair frequently to get rid of the grease isn’t doing it any favours. Try just rinsing in the shower after a day at the beach or pool, and see if that gets rid of some extra oil. In place of regular shampoo, try INSIGHT Antioxidant Rejuvenating Mask, apply to wet hair, distributing evenly. Leave on 5/10 minutes, rinse thoroughly, this natural product protects the hair from external aggressions.

4. Reduce the heat
Try to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyways, so give the blow dryer a break and go natural if you can. Avoid flat-irons, too, as they will do further damage to already-dry hair. Save the hot tools for special occasions and embrace your hair’s natural texture on a day-to-day basis. Try a hair oil enriched with Organic Ginkgo and Organic Aloe Extract to discipline frizz without heat for an effortlessly smooth undone style. When your hair is still damp reach for INSIGHT Styling oil NON OIL or liqiud crystals and distribute through your strands, —this will help to keep the frizz at bay! Then either air dry loose or style in a braid for a more controlled texture once your hair has dried.

5. Protect your Hair with Organic hair treatments
There are shampoos that contain UV protection, but most of those are chemical-laden, conventional shampoos that I’d recommend avoiding. One quick way to add some protection to your hair is try using a hair Shampoo & Conditioner that helps protect your hair from mechanical stress, pollution and dyes. Try INSIGHT Rejuvenating Shampoo / Conditioner which contains + Organic Carrot Extract to perform an antioxidant action against the harmful effects of free radicals.
The chlorine in swimming pools and the salt in the ocean are both incredibly drying—and can even strip color-treated hair of its hue. Since our dry hair is very porous and is always seeking moisture, when we dive right in with dry hair, our strands absorb these drying waters. Before taking the plunge, wet your hair with fresh water—or better yet, apply an organic oil spray for added protection. Try INSIGHT Protective Hair Spray on the hair before and during the exposure to sunlight. This product protects the hair from the harmful effects of free radicals thanks to the natural ingredients + Organic Coconut Oil + Hazelnut and jojoba Oils, and shields  your hair against weather conditions, sun rays, chlorine & sea salt.

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INSIGHT is VEGAN CERTIFIED & NICKEL TESTED

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VEGAN OK CERTIFICATION

The entire INSIGHT hair line is VEGAN OK certified, including the INCOLOR colouring line. This standard was established to foster the dissemination of a culture of respect for life and the environment, also in favour of those who are not vegans or vegetarians, so that such values can be a common heritage for all. Therefore, buying a product bearing the VEGAN OK logo on the label, the consumer implicitly receives a guarantee from the manufacturer that the product does not contain animal components and so it did not directly involve exploitation and killing of animals.

 

NICKEL TESTED

All our formulas are nickel tested, ‹ 0.5 PPM, to guarantee greater safety in case of hyper- sensitivity.

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Natural Hair Care: Omega 3 for your hair

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How to reverse hair loss with natural hair care in Australia

Omega-3 fatty acids will help prevent dry scalp, eliminate itching and dandruff, and help reverse hair loss.

The omega-3 fatty acids are essential unsaturated fatty acids that are necessary for our body to function optimally. When it comes to a healthy and shiny hair, proper nutrition is also the key and fatty acids help promote hair growth, as well as shine and body.

Another clinical study found that a lack of omega-3 can lead to dull, dry hair that can cause dandruff and itching. The omega-3 acids contribute to lubricate the hair follicles and adds elasticity and shine to your hair. A healthy scalp means that the hair follicles are receiving adequate nutrition.

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How do omega-3 fatty acids benefit hair?

Omega-3 fats nourish hair and reduce inflammation that can lead to hair loss, taking fish oil supplements can promote hair growth.

Omega-3 fatty acids are especially beneficial in those cases whose hair loss is due to factors other than genetics.

Since the body is unable to synthesize omega-3, we have to obtain these essential nutrients through our diet or by taking supplements. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include fatty fish such as sardine, salmon, herring, etc. Also, foods like hemp seeds, chia seeds or flaxseed contain omega – 3.

A good alternative to promote hair growth is the Insight Loss Control Fortifying Shampoo, which carries out a reinforcing and stimulating action on the hair bulb. It soothes the skin, giving a feeling of freshness.

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