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Now Undergoing Final Testing – Smoothing Hair Serum for Dry, Coarse Hair

my hair before and after using hair serum

It’s been a rather long time since we last launched a new product. This one is something I have been keeping an eye on for quite a few months now, because I find that I benefit from using it too.

I grew up with frizzy, dry hair which my mother had tried fruitlessly to tame, or straighten through use of all kinds of salon products or treatments. It was only after I switched away from using commercial shampoos about 4 years back, that my hair finally changed its texture to become more relaxed and soft – I could finally embrace my curls, instead of fighting against them.

Unfortunately, I realise now that I ruined my hair again when I decided to colour it about two and a half years back. I loved my sea green highlights, but it came at a price–after two rounds of bleaching, 5 hours in the salon, and subsequent giving up on my Mane Event shampoo bar in favour of commercial shampoos that claimed to be colour-protecting, my hair texture has now changed completely. 🙁 Gone are the soft locks that I could leave loose around my shoulders. These days I have to tie back my hair, and sometimes hide the crazy mass of frizz behind me by pulling it into a bun.

I’m quite sure that eventually my hair will grow out of this phase, and hopefully regain its softer feel. In the meantime, I’ve been managing to look half decent by blending a hair serum for myself. It’s been about 12-13 months since I first started making and using it, and now I think I’m quite sure I’d like to release it as an actual product for Kinder Soaps (after I get more feedback from other testers).

Here are some before and after shots that I finally made the effort to take (Note: I applied just 3-4 drops per section of hair, and about 20 drops in total for this particular session):

Observe that in the photo on the left, my frizzy hair is so coarse that you can see right through it to the wall behind me. After applying the serum, my hair seemed to be able to relax into its neighbouring strands, which calmed down the “lion’s mane” look I usually have. It’s glossier now too.

This section is the worst of my frizzy hair. In this photo it doesn’t look remarkably different after using the serum, but it certainly feels a lot softer than it was before.

Okay, now this shows quite a noticeable change in my hair texture. I love how my curls look after using the serum – and transformation happened in under a minute, if not instantly.

In case you’re wondering why my hair was in such a bad state in these photos (which I took today!), it’s because Life got in the way – I got caught up with everything else and neglected to make the serum for a few months now. I’ve only been using virgin coconut oil on and off to moisturize the ends of my hair, but as you can see, it doesn’t really work well for me.

Anyway, there are so many things I like about this blend:

  1. It’s all-natural. Just plant oils. No silicone, no preservatives, no fragrances.
  2. It smells beautifully of flowers, but it’s not overly feminine. I used my favourite essential oils to scent it – and it turns out that they’re also very helpful for nourishing the scalp. They’re currently not in any of our products, so our regulars might be happy to know that there will be something new to smell as well…! :p
  3. It works perfectly as a light-weight moisturizer for the face and body too. I purposely made it such that it could accompany me on my holidays, whether with family or solo (I always travel as light as possible), and is a real workhorse to keep everyone’s skin and hair happy.

Right now it’s mainly the scent of the blend that I need to tweak a little more to get it right.

Do you think you’ll find this helpful to you, or someone you know? Please share this post with them – I’d love to know what you all think of any current hair products you are using, and what your experiences have been like.

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Shampoo Bar and Hair Care Tips

woman combing hair

I’ve had many customers ask about the efficacy of shampoo bars in general, and plenty also voiced their concerns about soap being ‘too harsh’ on hair and the scalp. So I’d like to share with you some little tips and pointers to help you get the most out of switching to all-natural soap for your hair, and to hopefully restore it to its original, healthy condition over time. These are mostly drawn from my personal experiences, and anecdotal evidence from friends and family.

Note: my hair is thick, frizzy at the front, wavy/curly at the sides and back, and has the tendency to be dry.

Dripping wet hair is prone to tangling.

No matter what product you use to wash your hair, if you try combing through it while it’s still dripping wet, you’d be tugging at your poor scalp unnecessarily (especially if you have long, thick hair). To reduce tangling, just do your best to towel dry your hair so that it isn’t still dripping with water before combing it out.

Make your own (really amazing) hair conditioner.

Some customers love our shampoo bar right from the start. Some others felt that their hair felt ‘sticky’ after using it. I usually ask them to make their own hair conditioner to use after shampooing, and this usually resolves the issue.

Dilute 1 part apple cider vinegar in 3 parts water. After shampooing your hair and rinsing off all the suds, carefully pour this diluted vinegar solution through all sections of your hair. Rinse off with warm water. I guarantee you that you’ll be very pleased with the results!

The science behind hair conditioners is quite fascinating. Read the Wikipedia article for a brief primer. My personal stance is that if you were to focus on being generally healthy, it will show up in your skin and hair too. So the kind of hair conditioner I vouch for just plays the simple role of an “acidifier that strengthens the hydrogen bonds between the hair’s keratin molecules”.

Reverse your hair washing-conditioning process.

If you are concerned about the scent of apple cider vinegar in your hair being too strong, you can quite simply ‘condition’ your hair first, and then only shampoo it. I’ve tried it and my hair is just as bouncy and tangle-free as when I do the shampoo first – condition after. The added bonus is that I don’t smell so much like a salad when I’m done showering.

I strongly discourage adding essential oils to a vinegar rinse in order to mask the smell, mostly because essential oils can’t be diluted in water, and you really don’t want to be pouring undiluted oil so close to your eyes anyway.

Tame frizz and accentuate curls by smoothing excess skin moisturizer over it.

I usually warm up 2-3 drops of one of our Skin Treats oils in my palms, then smooth them over my frizzy baby hair. They disappear in an instant, neatly slicked back without looking a tad greasy. You can do the same with pretty much any moisturizer actually. Ones with beeswax may offer a more rigid hold on the hair, or make it look a little more weighed down. Emulsions seem to work well too. Personally I find that lightweight oil formulations work best with my hair.

So there you have it, my thoughts on how to coax your hair into looking its best without resorting to overly complex hair care products or regimens. I’d love to hear what your favourite hair care routines or tips are too! Please share them with us in the comments below.