Achieving and maintaining your healthiest scalp and hair is all about creating an effective haircare routine at home that you can follow consistently. Establishing the best haircare routine for your scalp and hair involves having a great understanding of your haircare products, as well as practising daily hair habits that help to limit damage and stress to your scalp and hair. Let’s dive into what you need to be looking for in your natural hair products and what steps you need to be taking in your at-home routine.
Finding the right products for your haircare routine
All-Natural & Sulphate Free Shampoos
The haircare products you choose to invest in will always play the greatest and most important role in improving your overall hair health. If you’re unsure about what your scalp and hair need, or maybe you’ve tried product after product with no success in finding haircare that gives you results, then here is what to look for when shopping for hair products.
It’s important to start your haircare routine with a high quality, all-natural shampoo. You need to ensure your shampoo cleans your scalp and hair effectively, and for your best hair health results, it also needs to treat and nourish both your scalp and hair. Many shampoos contain harsh sulphates and chemicals to give you that lovely foaming and lather experience when you wash your hair. However, unfortunately, it is these sulphates that can strip and dry out your scalp hair over time. This can leave you with dry, unhealthy and limp hair that is very difficult to style in the long term.
What’s the solution to this problem? Invest in an all-natural, sulphate free shampoo. Now, you might be wondering how all-natural shampoos can truly lather and clean if they don’t contain the ingredients needed to create the cleaning experience. Unfortunately, many natural shampoos do fall short in thoroughly cleaning your scalp and effectively removing the dirt, oil and product build up.
That is why we've formulated sulphate free surfactants to our natural Sozo Hair Health Shampoo to provide you with that rich lather, foaming and cleaning experience with every wash. Our Australian made shampoo not only contains ingredients to clean your scalp and hair but it has also been formulated with a range of all-natural ingredients to hydrate, moisturise, repair, protect, strengthen and add volume to your hair.
Understanding how to maximise your shampoo is also an important part in your natural haircare routine. To find out how you can wash your hair for your best results, read our best tips for getting the most out of your shampoo, which explains why you should be double shampooing your scalp and hair.
Lightweight Natural Conditioners
The next key foundational step in your healthy haircare routine is investing in a natural conditioner that is nourishing and lightweight. Ensuring you use a conditioner that is formulated to be lightweight while still providing your scalp and hair with all the nourishment they need, is essential to achieving healthy hair that has maximum volume and is easy to style.
Often conditioners are so rich and nourishing they can weigh your hair down and leave your scalp feeling heavy and greasy. But with the perfect balance of natural haircare ingredients, you can experience healthy, shiny, silky soft hair that is full of body. Our Sozo Hair Health Conditioner has been formulated with only all-natural ingredients that are proven to be hydrating, moisturising, conditioning and repairing while also remaining lightweight on your scalp and hair, helping you avoid that greasy, build up feeling.
When investing in a conditioner, it is also vital to keep an eye out for ingredients classified as silicones. Silicone based haircare products can leave your hair feeling silky soft but, over time, they can create a coating and build up on your hair, limiting all the essential natural ingredients from being fully absorbed into your hair to keep it healthy long term.
Natural scalp & hair mask treatment
The third type of product you need in your natural haircare routine is a hair mask or treatment. Hair masks are particularly effective if you suffer with split ends, breakage and dry, damaged, brittle hair, but they are also essential for keeping all scalp and hair types healthy.
Because healthy hair always starts with a healthier scalp, it’s important to invest in a hair treatment that not only nourishes your hair but also treats your scalp. Similar to conditioners, some hair masks will leave your hair feeling very heavy and weighed down. Plus, masks will often contain silicones to create that silky soft feeling. However, once again, when you take the time to read ingredient lists and find an all-natural hair mask, like our Sozo Hair Health Mask, to work alongside your natural shampoo and conditioner, you can experience a healthier scalp and hair with only the use of scientifically proven natural ingredients.
Our Sozo Hair Health Mask includes a range of all-natural ingredients that condition, strengthen, protect, repair and hydrate your hair, as well as ingredients like manuka honey known for its antibacterial and wound healing properties, which is effective in soothing and conditioning scalp irritations and concerns.
If you’re limited for time in your haircare routine when at home, don’t forget that you don’t always have to leave your hair mask in for 30 minutes or longer to see results. Our Hair Health Mask has been formulated so it can be used in place of conditioner while in the shower for as little as two to three minutes. With short applications at least one to two times each week, you can experience healthy, hydrated, strengthened, shiny, repaired and protected hair.
Why your hair habits are important!
Once you’ve invested in a high quality, all-natural shampoo, conditioner and hair mask, and understand how to maximise your results within your haircare routine, it’s time to take note of your daily hair habits that might be improving or harming your scalp and hair health. It’s essential to be aware of and intentional with your hair habits because even the best haircare products can only do so much if you’re continuously exposing and damaging your hair with extreme heat every day, just as an example.
Let’s break down the key hair habits you need to be aware of:
- Use a microfibre towel or wrap to dry your hair before brushing.
- Brush your ends first then work your way up to your roots.
- Avoid extreme heat when styling. Use low heat settings when blow drying and try heatless styling accessories as alternatives to heat based tools.
- Avoid extremely hot temperatures when in the shower.
- Use soft hair ties or scrunchies and avoid elastics.
- Eat a well-balanced diet.
- Wash your hair at least two to three times each week. We all have different hair types and needs, but, generally, washing two to three times every week will ensure your scalp and hair remain clean and healthy.
Each of our haircare routines are unique to one another because the person who understands your scalp and hair needs the best is you! But if you’ve struggled with your hair health, be sure to invest in a natural shampoo, conditioner and hair mask treatment to create your foundational haircare routine, then add additional products only if your scalp and hair absolutely need further attention. Both your haircare products and regular hair habits play important roles in achieving your healthiest scalp and hair, as well as maintaining your overall hair health for hair that is easy to manage into the future. So, take the time to research and understand the haircare products you’re using and create a routine that is effective and easy to follow consistently, but remember effective haircare routines don’t have to be complicated haircare routines.