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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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Organic Beauty & Healthy Living for Self-Care!

During these times of uncertainty and isolation, it’s important that we all look after ourselves. You may be dreading the thought of not being able to get into the salon regularly, but we can help you maintain your hair at home with safe & organic products to reduce the chemical overload on your body. Enhance your well-being naturally through organic beauty and lifestyle products that make you look good and actually work.

⁣When it comes to picking the right INSIGHT hair care, you will find there are different formulations not just for hair type, but also for the different hair concerns. As such, you can find a Shampoo & Conditioner according to the level of damage or type of hair concern. INSIGHT has an extensive range of Shampoo / Conditioner formulations to match your hair care needs, to help you create your own daily ritual of healthy living for self-care.

Here are the ingredients we choose NOT to use:

  • SYNTHETIC COLOURANTS FREE
  • SLS/SLES FREE  (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate)
  • PARABENS AND MIT FREE
  • ALL ALLERGENS FREE (Fragrances)
  • SILICONES FREE

Choose the perfect natural hair care product for you!

COLORED HAIR Fading Concerns?

Is your hair colour fading & losing it’s luster? Your hair becomes completely stripped and refuses to hold hair colour. Prevent unnecessary stripping of colour with INSIGHT COLORED HAIR range…perfect for anyone struggling to maintain the colour depth of their vivid colour-treated hair.
Inspired by nature’s fade-defying ingredients of mango butter, grape seed oil & macadamia oil, all formulated to achieve colour protection & COLORLAST results.

HAIR LOSS Concerns?

Do you have weak hair or suffering from hair loss? Look no further…..Regrow hair naturally without toxic chemicals & painful procedures. We have INSIGHT LOSS CONTROL an organic Shampoo rich in active ingredients & organic extracts to help condition the hair growth, and help it grow back healthy & strong! ⁣Our special mix of Organic Chestnut + Menthol + Guarana Extract +  Organic Echinacea Extract is designed to strengthen the scalp in depth, gives back it’s vitality from roots to tips.

DRY HAIR Concerns?

Is your hair screaming for moisture? Does your hair feel noticeably dry & less manageable than normal? This is because dry hair makes styling way more difficult & is more prone to frizz and break. Treat your dry hair and ends with INSIGHT DRY HAIR. The special mix of Organic Oat Extract + Coconut Oil, Illipé Butter, Sweet Almond Oil is designed to Nourish & Revitalise even the most driest of hair types, without weighing it down. ⁣This product line is perfect for anyone that is struggling with Dry Hair and needs to lock in moisture and help nourish your hair from within.

FRIZZY HAIR Concerns?

If you suffer from frizzy hair, you may notice that it gets a lot worse in humidity or rainy weather. The main cause of frizz is dehydration of the hair strands. If your hair is dried out, it absorbs more moisture from the atmosphere, which causes more frizz. Your hair loses moisture as the day goes on, so whilst your hair looks fab in the morning, you may notice deterioration as the day goes on and your cuticle opens up. Our INSIGHT ANTI-FRIZZ range is perfect for anyone that is struggling with frizzy hair. Our special mix of Organic Linseed Extract + Cocoa Butter + Cotton Oil +Hemp Oil all work together to calm the frizz and reduce hair breakage. It’s formulation works to give high moisturising properties and helps detangle the hair and gain more silkiness and shine.

DAMAGED HAIR Concerns?

Is breakage one of your main hair concerns? If your hair looks dry and snaps very easily, it is likely it is damaged. Our INSIGHT DAMAGED HAIR range is perfect for anyone that is struggling with damaged hair. Our special mix of Organic Wheat Germ + Olive Butter + Argan Oil + Rice Bran Oil + Bamboo + Sea Kelp extract is designed to Restructure & Moisturise brittle hair to repair the hair back to luscious & healthy.⁣

WASHING HAIR EVERYDAY Concerns?

There’s a chance you could be washing your hair too often, especially if you’re shampooing it on a daily basis. And, yes, it may be tempting to shampoo and condition each morning, especially if your hair easily becomes greasy, but doing so can cause many issues — including stripping your scalp of may essential oils. There isn’t an exact number of times you should wash your hair a week, and this depends on your hair texture, your natural-oil production, etc. But we have the solution! Seek for mild organic shampoos that are formulated specially for your hair type. INSIGHT DAILY USE  nourishes the hair fibre without weighing it down! Designed for everyday use, packed with lemon extracts…..to care for your hair, leaving hair soft, shiny & full of life!

SENSITIVE SCALP Concerns?

One of the main signs of a sensitive scalp is a tingling, prickly feeling all over your head…We have the Solution!⁣
Our INSIGHT SENSITIVE range is perfect for anyone that is suffering from sensitive scalp condition such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis or itchy & flaky scalp. Our special mix of Pumpkin extract & Quince extract is designed to hydrate & moisturise the hair, while treating dry scalp & yet, cleansing it! Formulated for the entire family (including children), dermatologically and nickel tested to guarantee maximum gentleness and skin-friendliness.

DANDRUFF Concerns?

Dandruff feels like the skin of the scalp has become overly dry and flaky, resulting in an itchy feeling. If you constantly research how to get rid of dandruff and nothing works, try INSIGHT ANTI-DANDRUFF. Our special mix of Rosemary Extract + Organic Thyme Extract + Organic Sage Extract is formulated to eliminate dandruff and fight against its reappearance.

REBALANCING your hair?

Sometimes the hair can look oily, shiny and heavy. In this case, it’s necessary to cleanse the hair by choosing a REBALANCING Sebum Control Shampoo, derived from Organic Lavender, to deeply cleanse, rebalance the skin and control the excess sebum production and purify the irritated skin. It has an effective astringent, emollient and soothing action.⠀

Your hair has always been our passion! It’s more important than ever to take care of yourself, practice self-care at home and stay safe!

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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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Professional Hair Care: The real worth behind it

What is Professional Hair Care?

There are many moments throughout the day where I contemplate ways in which I can improve the hairdressing industry, increase efficiency as well as maximise productivity. Here are my thoughts…

When creating amazing styles on your client’s hair we have to remember our basic hair fundamentals:

  • Can it be achieved?
  • How long will it take?
  • Do I have enough time?
  • Is it cost effective for you and your client?

After a consultation with a client, we must always consider these questions and balance our whether or not this style is realistic. We have to always remember these basic tips so that we can achieve the results 100% of the time, otherwise, both you and your client may end up disappointed.

If you’ve been hairdressing for more than 5 days, you’ve probably already had a level 2 box dyed client that walks in and asks for platinum hair, PRONTO. This is obviously not completely impossible. Well, the pronto part is but that’s beside the point. So, it’s not impossible however this would take more than just that 1 sitting all the stripping and bleaching may compromise the condition of the hair.

Tick Tock

Time management is a huge aspect of hairdressing. You need to ensure that you will have ample time to complete what needs to be done so that a) you don’t need to rush your client and b) you don’t eat into the slot of your next allocated client.

How Much?!

Cost effectiveness is when you and your client are happy with your price points. As hairdressers, we need to remember that in our industry, we shouldn’t base our competitiveness solely on the prices of our services. It’s not just about the money. It’s about our service, our skills I was asked once for a price match on a full head foils, cut, treatment and blow dry on long hair for $90 bucks my response was this: “I have been hairdressing for 22 years and your telling me that you want to pay $90 for a service that I can tell you now that those hairdressers will have 3 years and under experience to do your hair! Which is fine no judgment we all start somewhere, but you don’t want them cause they didn’t do a good enough job, and you know I’ll take care of you and do a great job cause I give a shit about your beautiful hair, uh BUT you don’t want to pay? Tell me how on earth that works! Is that all you think I’m worth all the course that I do all the time I spend perfecting what I am not to mention the money I spend to do this and the money I spend getting only the best products and after all this is that’s all I’m worth wow!

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Let’s be honest here

Tell your clients the truth if they value your work they won’t mind!
What I mean by this is simple. When you are working on your hair sometimes you may need to rest your hair for a couple of days and treat it using only the best hair care products as you understand what you’re putting your hair through and need because you want your hair to gather strength and work better so it optimal, most hairdresser have the best hair and this is why!!

You have a question?

So my question here is this why don’t we pass this on to our clients? It’s not a secret that your hair needs to be cared for. Are we too scared to tell our customers the truth or is it that you don’t want to lose your customers to the salon next door or maybe your just winging it and are really not sure what is going to happen once you touch their hair.

Truth is, if we all got together as one community and told our customers the truth may be our clients wouldn’t expect to look like a Kardashian for 50 bucks or less!

And I leave you with this, never bad mouth another hairdresser because one day it could be you!

Ciao for now.
The Hairdresser