How to wash your hair (because you've probably been getting it wrong this whole time)

How to wash your hair (because you've probably been getting it wrong this whole time)

Lather, rinse, repeat. Right?????

how to wash your hair

Washing our hair is something that we all do, all the time. It’s something that we’ve been doing regularly since we were showed how at an early age. So the idea of being told how to wash your hair seems silly right?

Well perhaps not. For example, surely someone with drier curly hair should wash their hair completely differently to someone with poker straight hair that errs on the side of greasy? Or what about what you use to to wash your hair? The one that you consider the best shampoo for you might not work for the next person.

So really there must be more to it. The Hair Bros – two of London’s most promising hair stylists Nick Latham and Sean Nother, who can be found at the Knightsbridge outpost of Hershesons in Harvey Nichols (arguably one of the best hair salons in London) – say there’s much more to washing your hair than you originally thought: ‘In terms of washing hair, one thing we have learnt over time is that there is no “right” way to wash your hair. That’s not to say there are not some simple guidelines and principles to follow, but just because your blonde soft straight hair tends to prefer a wash every day, doesn’t mean your curly haired friend should do the same.’

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How to wash your hair properly

‘In essence, hair type, lifestyle (and a smidge of vanity) all play a part in influencing your hair wash routine,’ say The Hair Bros.

However, there is always one thing to remember: always shampoo twice and condition only the ends.

Shampooing twice is similar to double cleansing your skin, ‘Double cleansing has been happening at every salon backwash for years and years. It’s the only way to effectively remove dirt, sweat, dead skin cells and so on. The first shampoo never lathers as well, and usually takes the dirt out. The second shampoo will really foam up and clean the scalp. Your hair begins at the scalp, so be gentle when washing at the root. Avoid using your nails or being too aggressive, and apply minimum pressure. Two rounds of gentle massaging of the scalp – the first to remove build up and the second to ensure your scalp is throughly clean. Rinse until the hair squeaks when your fingers rub it. A cold water rinse does help seal the cuticle and deep clean the follicles. It’s also good for blood flow and waking you up.’

The hair at your root is new, virgin hair so doesn’t need conditioner like your ends do. These are bits that are damaged, dry and need that extra bit of TLC.

Is it bad to wash your hair every day?

No, if you have particularly greasy hair that needs to be cleaned every day, then crack on. But if you do wash your hair everyday, then you don’t need to “double cleanse” say The Hair Bros. ‘You will just end up stripping the scalp of all moisture and in return your natural oils will double in order to compensate this.’

However, most people don’t need to wash their hair that regularly. ‘Not washing your hair nearly as often as you’d think is the best way to go. We find that people are wash their hair way too much – three times a week is more than enough.’

Does your hair type determine how to wash your hair?

Yes certain hair types should wash their hair in a certain way…

Curly hair:

‘Avoid scrubbing excessively,’ say The Hair Bros. ‘If you wash your hair on Monday, use conditioner or a co-wash only on Wednesday. A small amount of sulphates in the conditioner will remove any dirt. Try and comb the conditioner through in the shower. Go back to shampoo on Friday.’

Thin hair:

‘Avoid heavily scented, paraben-rich shampoos and conditioners. All of this stuff builds up in the hair and makes it look lank. Try not to use too much conditioner either – natural oils will do the job of the conditioner. Too many heavy things build up in the hair and make thin hair look worse.’

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The best hairspray: the great 8 for flexible and strong hold

The best hairspray: the great 8 for flexible and strong hold

For longlasting style…

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The thing about spending lots of time sat in front of the mirror, working on your hairstyles, like perfecting the ultimate updos or nailing those party hairstyles, is that you want the bloody thing to last. Time is precious people. Which is why after you’ve completed your look, what you need to finish it, is the best hairspray.

The best hairspray offers hold, longevity and, in the more modern formulas, texture. It’s the quick, extra step, that will help ensure that your hard works pays off.

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The best hairspray

If you’ve always been put off using hairspray, terrified that you’ll end up with hair so crunchy and stiff that it could be used as a doorstop, then you’re in for a treat, because the new formulations are nothing like their older counterparts. No longer the gummy mist that held hair in place like a helmet, today’s formulations are flexible, light and have the power to make your hair bounce back into position whenever you want.  There are hard hold hairsprays, ideal for slicked back ‘dos; medium-hold hairspray products, that are slightly stronger than flexible varieties, but still allow for movement when applied sparingly; and flexible hold hairspray, ideal for holding curls, waves, without weighing them down.

There are also different options depending on your hair type – these are the ones that come in strengths. Here’s how to decipher what that actually means… If you have quite thick hair that’s particularly tricky to style, then you want the strongest hold. If you have thin or fine hair, the last thing you want is heavy product weighing your hair down and ruining your look, so you want to opt for something that’s lightweight.

So if you’re after long-lasting hairstyles, arm yourself with the best hair spray around. Scroll through for our edit of the very best…

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Refillable beauty products and brands you need on your (eco) radar

Refillable beauty products and brands you need on your (eco) radar

Meet the beauty brands that are taking steps to be a little bit more eco conscious…

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The world is slowly becoming more atuned to our need to be more conscious of the environment, particularly when it comes to the production and use of packaging.

At a consumer level, it’s about taking whatever small steps you’re able to in order to make your routine a bit more eco-friendly – whether that’s investing in a reusable coffee cup, washable cotton pads or learning how to recycle beauty products properly.

Beauty brands have also sat up in their seats and we’re seeing more and more reusable and refillable options launching– a great thing for beauty addicts everywhere who want to do their bit for the planet.

Without further ado, scroll for our rundown of brilliant brands making the switch to refillables, before shopping our fave products that you need on your (eco) radar. Keep checking back here for updates on brands’ new sustainable initiatives as we get them…

Refillable beauty products and brands

The Soap Co

This East London cruelty-free brand is so, SO great. Each product is handcrafted here in the UK by those who are blind or disabled, giving vital employment to those who need it, and they have put a tremendous amonut of effort into design packaging that is all recycled, recyclable or compostable. There’s so much that’s great about them so it’s well worth reading more on their About Page when you’re done here.

The Soap Co realised pretty quickly how difficult it is to recycle complicated pumps from hand wash and body lotion bottles, so they created refills to avoid the pump mechanisms ending up in landfill. Simply recycle your bottle but keep the pump, and put it into a new refill bottle (which is also locally and responsibly sourced). Wonderful stuff.

Beauty Kitchen

These guys have been switched on to being mindful of the environment from day one, offering different schemes for both recycling and refilling their products. Any Beauty Kitchen products that are marked with their ‘Return – Refill – Repeat’ logo can be dropped off at any UK or Ireland Holland & Barret; they’ll send them off and you’ll get points on your loyalty card. Lovely stuff!

Even better, they’ve now got a brand new refill station for your empties in the new-look Boots Store at Covent Garden, something we can’t wait to roll out nationwide. Bravo, Beauty Kitchen.

REN Skincare

REN has partnered with recycling powerhouse TerraCycle’s new initiative, Loop, to create refillable packaging for some of their best selling skin and body care products. This new scheme will help them achieve their pledge to be a zero waste brand by 2021.

So how will it work?

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REN will launch cleanable, printed glass bottles with 100% recycled pumps (recycled by Loop) for six of their best selling products to start with.

These bottles will then be refillable as and when you need – simply put the empties into a Loop Tote and they’ll pick up, clean, refill and send back to you. You can read more about the scheme, launching in the UK soon, on REN’s website.

Keep scrolling to shop more refillable products below.

Words by Lucy Abbersteen and Millie Willetts

Discovered a new refillable product or brand that you’re loving? Let us know by getting in touch on social at @marieclaireuk

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Scalp treatments and tips you need for your healthiest hair yet

Scalp treatments and tips you need for your healthiest hair yet

Fact: all good hair actually starts with a healthy scalp

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Despite long-held popular beliefs, scalp treatments aren’t just reserved for those with dandruff or sore, itchy scalps.

In actual fact, good scalp health is essential for having good hair; whatever condition your locks are in, your scalp is at the root of it all. (See what we did there? I know, sorry.)

‘The scalp is the bedrock for the hair follicle,’ explains trichologist Anabel Kingsley, ‘If it’s not in good condition, the chances of you experiencing problems with hair growth and health increase significantly. Research has proven that a flaky, itchy scalp can cause and or worsen hair loss in certain individuals.’

The good news is that we’re finally realising the importance of caring for our poor old scalps – according to hair care brand Living Proof, ‘scalp’ was the top hair-related search term on Space NK earlier this year. So, without further ado, read on for the scalp tips you need to know, plus the best products to take care of it.

Scalp treatments and tips

Treating your scalp is all in the hair’s structure, which is why you need deep scalp treatments with active ingredients.

‘The hair is comprised of two parts,’ explains José Ginestar, scientific director at Sisley Paris. ‘The hair bulb, the living part at the dermis level, and the hair fibre, the visible part greatly exposed to environmental damage.

‘At scalp level, the hair bulb is the hair-producing entity, where the cells responsible for the formation of hair fibre and colour are concentrated. By bringing dedicated active ingredients to the scalp, the cellular mechanisms of the hair are going to be boosted.’

Regardless of whether your scalp is normal, dry, oily or itchy, your hair’s health all starts with looking after it. ‘Special care of the scalp is needed, as the condition of the hair directly depends on its health; the hair will be stronger and denser, shinier and radiant with vitality,’ José adds.

Giving your scalp a refresh is important to remove product build-up, and a sore, flaking scalp can be treated with an exfoliating mask or tonic. ‘It is also crucial to massage the scalp in addition to the formulas,’ explains José. ‘Massaging the hair helps improve blood circulation and allows a better penetration of th eactive ingredients. It’s also better to use sulphate free shampoos as these are harsh on the scalp.’

José adds that, although the results are a long-term solution, you’ll see a difference after a few weeks if you follow the above steps to care for your scalp. With all that in mind, read on to discover the scalp treatments that your haircare regime needs.

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Whether you want a colour refresh or complete change, these are the best hair salons for colour

Whether you want a colour refresh or complete change, these are the best hair salons for colour

Your colour in very safe hands with this lot

best hair salons for colour

Most of us can hold our hands up and say that we’ve experienced some sort of dye disaster in our lifetime. It may be the more expensive option, but putting your trust in one of the best hair salons for colour (and their expert colourists) is without question the safest option for great-looking hair.

Whether you’re looking for a crazy colour transformation, refresh existing colour or need a bit of blonde maintenance, there’s an expert in the city just waiting to fix your locks up. Keep reading for the Marie Claire approved salons for colour across the capital. Just want a cut and styling session? All of the below are excellent for a new ‘do, but check out our guide to the overall best hair salons in London next for more recommendations.

Windle London

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One of the best London salons you’ll find, newly-rebranded Windle London is based right in the heart of the capital’s West End, tucked just around the corner from Seven Dials. Founded by Paul Windle, who started his career at Vidal Sassoon before becoming principal of their hairdressing school, the small and chic salon has been going for over 30 years. As well as all being super hard working and precise in their colouring – Pia in particular is meticulous – the whole team of colourists and stylists has a lovely, friendly family feel to it. Having your hair washed and head massaged in a darkened room is a game-changer; you’ll leave feeling super relaxed and in good spirits after every visit. Head here for the best blow dries that last for days, too.

Where is it?

41-45 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9AP

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Percy and Reed

best hair salons for colour Percy and Reed

At Percy & Reed salons (one in East London and one up West) they do things a little differently. Rather than having a colourist tend to your balayage, then a stylist getting to grips with your cut, each member of the team is fully trained in both. This means that no matter who you end up with, you’re with them from the moment you sit down in their chair at the beginning of your appointment right to the very end, so they really listen to you. Because they know that the cut and colour are integral to achieving the exact look you’re after. They’ll ask about hair history, condition, type, lifestyle, you name it. If you’ve got inspo pictures, show them. If you fell in love with a girl’s colour who passed you on the street six weeks ago, describe it. If you’re completely unsure about exactly what you want, trust them. Because founders Paul Percival and Adam Reed still work closely at fashion weeks and on shoots, the salon is often flooded with trend-led colour treatments and new approaches that are not to be missed.

Where is it?

Percy & Reed West is based at 157C Great Portland Street, W1W 6QS, while East is at 1 Fournier Street, E1 6QE.

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Words by Katie Thomas

Zoë Irwin at John Frieda

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Described as ‘the Stella McCartney of the hairdressing’ world, Zoë’s CV top line speaks for itself: ghd UK Brand Ambassador, Wella Professionals UK Colour Trend Expert, and now Creative Director of John Frieda’s Aldford Street salon in the heart of Mayfair. Zoe is known for having an eagle eye for spotting hair trends before anyone else. The woman is scrupulous when it comes to colour – you’ll probably be happy with your hair before she is, but that’s a good thing – and she won’t rest until your hair is perfect, whether you’re after trend-led blonde balayage or a natural-looking rich, warm brunette. Bonus: she’s super chilled and all-round lovely to be around.

Where is it?

4 Aldford Street, Mayfair, London W1K 2AE

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Larry King

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Best for: Refreshing colour

Based around the concept of ‘a social life for your hair’, Larry King’s flagship salon isn’t even three years old yet but has made huge waves in the hair industry, with tonnes of A-listers flocking to Kensington to get their hair did. The man himself has hand-picked a team of expert colourists with decades of expertise and dab-handedness in balayage, beachy blondes, experimental hues, the works. Don’t have time to sit in a salon chair for half a day? We hear you. Fortunately the salon offers Redken’s genius new treatment menu, express Blow Dry with Benefits. In a smudge more time than it takes to get a blow-dry, you can add a pop of colour, neutralise any brassy tones, blend out your greys or add shine with a clear gloss using Shades EQ. If you’re growing out highlights, the treatment can soften the look so that it’s more of a gentle balayage. Or, go all-out and add peach or lilac tones to change up your look before a holiday or festival. The treament lasts for eight washes and, best of all, you’ll be in and out in less than 90 minutes.

Where is it?

34-36 Harrington Road, South Kensington, London SW7 3ND

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Nicola Clarke at John Frieda

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Best for: Classic blonde

Think of a seriously famous blonde – Kate Moss, Madonna, Cate Blanchet, Kate Winslet – and Nicola Clarke probably does her hair. In the beauty industry she’s about as synonymous with blondes as red buses are to London. Awarded Best London Salon at our 2019 Hair Awards, Nicola is based at John Frieda’s super luxe Margaret Street salon, a seriously chic space. She has decades of experience and her status as a legendary colourist spans the globe, with an artistic eye for colour that’s almost unrivalled. And who wouldn’t want their hair coloured by the same person who looks after one of the biggest supermodels of all time?

Where is it?

58-59 Margaret Street, London W1W 8SN

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Bleach London

best hair salons for colour Bleach

Best for: Every colour on the spectrum

Bursting onto the scene in 2010, Bleach has since transformed into the one-stop-shop for all things colour. And we’re not just talking your regular blondes, reds and brunettes; they’re the pros when it comes to experimental shades. Baby blues, pastel pinks, a complete multi-coloured rainbow – the choice is yours. First and foremost, the stylists are at the top of their game. Head to their Instagram @bleachlondon and you’ll see there’s nothing they can’t do, whether you want all-over highlighter yellow or a super natural blonde balayage. They also specialise in diplights; regular highlights that start an inch from the root for a blended look that’s perfect for anyone who wants their colour to look lived-in, or can’t commit to touch-ups every six weeks. Jada at the Soho branch is a wizard when it comes to mermaid hair (check out the before and after pictures below if you don’t believe us).

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At your patch test, they’ll snip off a tiny lock of your hair to test how it reacts to the colour, to ensure they can give you the unicorn mane of your dreams. Yes, it’s possible to take the leap from brunette to blonde in one sitting, but at Bleach their priority is getting you there without ruining your hair – they can take you from bottle copper to soft peach without sacrificing your hair health. No straw-like hair here – their two-part plex treatment ensures every strand is silky soft and healthy when you walk out of the salon. All their products are completely vegan and cruelty-free, so when your super-cool colour needs a top up, head to Boots and pick up a bottle of your favourite shade from their range.

Where is it?

You’ll find Bleach Salons in Dalston (42 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA), Brixton (195 Ferndale Road, SW9 8BA) and Soho (2 Berwick Street, W1F 0DR).

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Words by Jadie Troy-Pride

Josh Wood Atelier

best hair salons for colour

The man behind the hair of Kylie and Elle Macpherson (to name but a few famous clients), Josh Wood is the man behind some of the fashion week catwalk’s biggest and best hair looks; you’ll always find him backstage putting his creative talents to work. He recently launched his own hair colouring line which you’ve probably seen around and, FYI, they’ll be doing in-store color consultations in the new look Boots store. But if you want the best results, put your faith in Josh and his ‘dream team’ in the Notting Hill salon, for a wealth of knowledge and a colour experience that’s tailored specifically to you and your look. They can do anything from ‘oil slick’ colour to candy floss pink, as well as perfectly blended classic shades.

Where is it?

6 Lansdowne Mews, Notting Hill, London W11 3AN

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STIL Salon

best hair salons for colour STIL

Best for: Cool cuts and Scandi blonde

Founded by super cool Scandinavian Christel Lundqvist – three times winner of British Colour Technician of the Year award – STIL offers a super bespoke colouring experience that will simultaneously fuel your Pinterest obsession with Scandi interiors. Christel’s famous-faced clients have included the likes of Pink, Ellie Goulding and Pixie Lott, and her expertise has been drafted in to create all over the world. If effortlessly chic hair is your bag, this Notting Hill gem should be high on your salon hit list because, really, there’s nothing effortless about perfect ‘lived-in’ hair.

Where is it?

2 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, London W2 5BH

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Time for a colour change-up? We think so too…

For more great hair features, head to our Hair & Beauty section at the top of the page

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The brush that broke the internet is back for good so you can FINALLY get yours hands on one

The brush that broke the internet is back for good so you can FINALLY get yours hands on one

The hair gods have listened

The GHD Glide sold out globally in a mere two weeks back in February. Fabled by Marie Claire even reports that it sold out from their site in four hours.

So you’re completely forgiven if you missed it completely and didn’t get your hands on one. Thankfully, the once limited edition brush is now back and will be readily available on the 1st August.

What is the GHD Glide?

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The GHD Glide is a hot brush designed to be used on second day hair to smooth and tame. It allows you to style hair in between washes in a way that you couldn’t before. The ceramic technology with ioniser heats the brush uniformly to 185°, which is the perfect styling temperature to promote healthy-looking hair. With one stroke, hair is more manageable and sleek.

There’s a mixture of short and longer bristles, which help to detangle, shape and style. The smaller, heated bristles are coated in ceramic so that they won’t snag, making it much easier and faster to style in the mornings.

It primarily straightens, but it can also be used in sections to soothe bed hair that’s looking a little unruly. If frizz is an issue for you, then you’ll love the way it calms wild flyaways and leaves hair looking super glossy. The anti-static ioniser sends negative charges into hair, which is positively charged, and this combats static and frizz.

How to use the GHD Glide

Zoe Irwin, GHD UK Ambassador, recommends brushing the hair from underneath, rather than on top like you would a normal hairbrush. This helps lift the hair at the root, giving locks some much needed volume. She also recommends gliding (see what we did there?!) it through the hair slowly so that it allows the brush to work on every section.

What are you waiting for? Pre-order yours now.

You can thank us later.

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How to treat dandruff, from home remedies to the best shampoos

How to treat dandruff, from home remedies to the best shampoos

Scratchy scalp getting you down?

Knowing how to treat dandruff is a bit of a minefield. With so many differing opinions on the internet, we spoke to some of the most in-the-know experts to determine the best course of treatment, and to reveal everything you need to know about the condition.

What is dandruff?

‘Dandruff is a pretty common skin condition that causes flakes of skin to appear on the scalp,’ explains Adam Reed, Hair Stylist and UK Editorial Ambassador for L’Oréal Professionnel.

A common misconception about dandruff is that it produces dry flakes, when they are actually oily; an important factor when deciding how to treat dandruff. ‘Dandruff is almost always oily, and not dry,’ says Anabel Kingsley, Trichologist at Philip Kingsley. ‘Dandruff flakes can also be slightly sticky and yellow in colour, whereas a dry scalp will produce dry and white flakes.’

In addition, an itchy scalp can be a sign of dandruff, as well as a sign of dryness

What causes dandruff?

Kingsley describes dandruff as both a long-term and a chronic issue, as well as a recurring one, that can crop up really at any time. It is however most common ‘when you are stressed, when hormone levels fluctuate, and when you eat certain foods such as full fat dairy products,’ she explains.

The condition is actually caused by an over production of a yeast naturally found on the scalp, which is called Malassezia furfur. ‘When levels rise (which is commonly due to stress and hormones), skin cells on the scalp divide too rapidly. Cells are replaced much faster than they can be shed, leading to a buildup of telltale flakes and itching,’ says Kingsley. 

How to treat dandruff

If you don’t fancy going down the traditional route by trying anti-dandruff shampoos and specific targeted products, there are some home remedies you may want to try. These include single ingredients such as tea tree oil, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, or aloe vera.

If you believe your dandruff may be stress related, obviously the most effective form of treatment is to try and reduce stress levels — but this is often easier said than done. 

For a more head-on approach (pardon the pun), we recommend opting for a targeted anti-dandruff routine. There are some amazing shampoos, conditioners, and treatments out there now that look so chic on the outside, no one will even suspect you are treating dandruff.

Kingsley recommends keeping styling product use to a minimum, so as not to aggravate a sensitive scalp, and applying an exfoliating scalp mask once a week in order to lift away flakes gently. As for a daily routine, she suggests the use of ‘a soothing, antimicrobial shampoo and a targeted post-shampoo scalp toner.’

Here are some of our favourite anti-dandruff products to try: 

The best dandruff shampoo

Head & Shoulders Clinically Proven Solutions Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, £4.99, Boots

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Head and Shoulders is undoubtedly the best known anti-dandruff brand, and while their everyday range is great for mild dandruff, their Clinically Proven Solutions formulas tackle stubborn, severe dandruff that normal shampoos struggle with. This one contains Selenium Sulfide, which powerfully takes on dandruff symptoms, while at the same time being safe enough to use everyday.

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The best dandruff conditioner:

Oribe Serene Scalp Balancing Conditioner, £45, Net-A-Porter

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Expert haircare brand Oribe does everything brilliantly, so it comes as no surprise that their dandruff-fighting conditioner is one of the very best. Enriched with the brand’s signature complex, this is lovely to use after shampoo to soothe, nourish, and calm. It also comes in a seriously Instagrammable pale pink tube.

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The best scalp treatment for dandruff:

Living Proof Dry Scalp Treatment, £25, Space NK

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This innovative product is a first from Living Proof, and promises to soothe dry, flaky, and irritated scalps. It features a hyaluronic acid based molecular patch, which floods the scalp with instant and sustained hydration, as well as a Vitamin B3-based Microbiome-Balancing complex that rebalances the scalp for long-lasting relief.

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Keep scrolling for the best dandruff-busting products we’ve ever come across.

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How to recycle beauty products – the handy, print out and keep guide

How to recycle beauty products – the handy, print out and keep guide

As it’s World Oceans Day tomorrow, we want to encourage everyone to do their bit for our seas, not to mention the rest of the planet.

Ever since that final episode of Blue Planet II aired in December 2017, we have known just how horrific the extent of the devastation that plastics has on planet, especially our oceans. According to Global Citizen, by late 2018 88% of those who had seen it had changed their relationship with plastic completely. They went on to call the episode, ‘a key moment sparking the war on plastics.’

recycle beauty products

We have certainly noticed more reusable water bottles on our commute and in the office, some people have gone a week completely plastic-free and huge brands like Waitrose are doing their bit to reduce their plastic waste.

So, does this mean that we are nailing our recycling routines? Apparently not, according to research carried out by Garnier 56% of Brits don’t recycle their bathroom products. It’s thought to be partly down to us being used to having two bins in our kitchen, that it’s almost second nature to separate our recyclable goods. But the other issue is the complexity of bathroom products; a hand soap bottle and an eyeshadow palette are slightly more confusing that the plastic container your mushrooms come in. ‘Beauty product packaging is often composed of a variety of types of material,’ explains Stephen Clarke, Head of Communications at TerraCycle Europe. ‘For example — mirrored glass, cardboard sleeves, paper inserts, expanded plastic foam and more have been known to be used in cosmetics packaging– sometimes all in one item.’ This makes recycling them incredibly difficult.

‘120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry,’ explains Clarke. ‘Of these, very few plastic waste items generated in the bathroom are accepted by most public kerbside recycling programmes. Most common beauty products and packaging contribute to the world’s growing plastic waste problem and, without adequate recovery solutions, are tracked for landfills, burned, buried, or simply littered where waste management is insufficient. Many plastic waste items find their way into oceans and waterways, compounding the problem with environmental hazards.’

recycling beauty products

We need to make sure that where we can, we are recycling our beauty products properly. Below is our guide to what can be recycled and what should just be thrown in the normal bin. When in doubt, throw it out. This is important, says Clarke, because ‘beauty products and packaging that cannot be recycled through the public system will not only be diverted towards landfill or incineration anyway, they slow down the system and have the potential to contaminate bales of secondary material. This is important because we must improve the system to create a circular economy for plastics.’

How to recycle your beauty products


So many beauty products, like fragrances and new make-up products, come wrapped in cellophane. Annoyingly, this cannot be recycled and should be put in your normal bin.

Plastic bottles

Plastic bottles, like shampoos, conditioners and shower gels, are accepted by most recycling programmes. However, make sure that you have emptied and cleaned them out first. You can also leave the lids on as these can be recycled, unless it’s a trigger head or a pump. These will need to go in your normal bin. If you haven’t completely finished your conditioner, do NOT pour it down the sink. Instead, get out as much as possible and put it in your normal bin. (The same goes with any product that you have a little left of.)


Yes, hairsprays and deodorants can be recycled in most household collection schemes. But do make sure they’ve been completely finished before recycling them.

Mascara, lipstick, make-up palettes (eye shadow, bronzer, blusher)

Annoyingly, these are too complicated to recycle. However, TerraCycle has partnered with Garnier to create a free recycling programme for beauty packaging, and these can be taken to one of their allocated drop-off locations. Find your nearest one here. They will also take sheets masks and their wrappers, face wipes and their packets, trigger sprays, pumps, pipettes, roll-on deodorants.

Glass jars

Hooray, as long as these have been emptied and cleaned then these are free to be popped in your recycling bin.

Cotton pads

This is an interesting one, as they have come under quite a bit criticism for being as bad for the environment as face wipes, but in actual fact these can be recycled with your food waste. So after taking your make-up off, take them straight into the kitchen to throw away.

Hair tools

If they still work, check with your local charity shop if they’ll take them. If they’re broken, then they can be recycled at a specific centre. To find your local one, click here.

Nail varnish, fragrance bottles, make-up brushes

These can’t be recycled, so should just be placed in the normal waste bin.

Toothbrushes and toothpaste

Don’t put these in your recycling, there are special drop-off locations (that can be found here) that have been set up by TerraCycle and Colgate.

What else can you do?

  • TerraCycle has also paired with brands like Kiehl’s, L’Occitane and The Body Shop. Theses brands are accepting old beauty containers and will recycle them on your behalf. There are often freebies and discounts if you do it this way.
  • Get your hands on a TerraCycle Zero Waste Box – they send an empty box to your house, you fill it with your beauty empties (shampoo bottles and caps, conditioner bottles and caps, hair gel tubes and caps, non-pressurised hair spray bottles, hair paste plastic jars and caps, lip balm tubes, face soap dispensers and tubes, lotion bottles, lotion tubes, lotion dispensers and jars, non-pressurised shaving foam tubes, lip gloss tubes, mascara tubes, eye liner pencils and cases, eye shadow tubes, concealer tubes and sticks) and then send it back to them to recycle it all.
  • Buy products that are packaged in highly recycled materials, like PET bottles
  • Buy from brands that offer a refillable service or reusable packaging

Brands doing their bit

Ren Skincare

Ren has a company-wide goal of being completely zero waste by 2021. That’s only two years away. It currently has 100% recyclable packaging, refillable solutions and bottles made from reclaimed ocean plastic.


In their most recent beauty campaign, Liberty launched Conscious Beauty. Throughout, there has been a drop-off point, where you could take your packaging to be collected and recycled. They also championed all of their brands that are doing what they can to be more sustainable.

Neal’s Yard

From tomorrow until 2nd July, Neal’s Yard will have an in-house recycling scheme. You will be able to take some of the trickiest items to recycle to one of their stores, this will include sample sachets, superfood pouches, facial wipe packages, pumps and atomisers. You will then receive 10% off their next purchase.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop, renowned for its ethical trading initiatives, has teamed up with tech business Plastics For Change and Hasiru Dala, a local Indian NGO and social enterprise, to buy 250 tonnes of plastic collected by waste pickers in Bangalore this year, which will rise to 500 tonnes in 2020. This  recycled plastic will be used to create the bottle of their haircare ranges. There are also recycling points in store.


L’Occitane have had TerraCycle collection points in their stores and have sponsored beach cleans all over the UK, from Brighton to Edinburgh.


Yesterday saw the launch of Selfridges Project Ocean Beauty Booth, which sees them pledge to ensure that at least 50% of their products are better for humans and the planet by 2022. As part of the initiative, they will have people on hand to help teach customers how to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic waste in their bathrooms.

If that wasn’t enough, here are some products to get your hands on that are ……..

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Sun protection for your hair: why this is an essential beauty step during the summer

Sun protection for your hair: why this is an essential beauty step during the summer

Because hair needs protection too, dontcha know?

sun protection for hair
Photo by Rex

When packing for your summer holidays, it’s second nature to include the best sun cream. We now know so much about the damaging effects of the sun that you just wouldn’t head into the sun without it. But what about sun protection for hair?

Exposure to UV rays damages the hair just as much as it does our skin. The reason hair feels particularly dry and wiry over the summer months is because UV rays damage the cuticle of the hair (the outer layer that protects the inside shaft), resulting in brittle and lifeless tresses. So like unprotected skin, hair burns.

‘We all know how important it is to wear sun cream on our face and bodies but a common mistake is to forget to protect the hair and scalp,’ says Anabel Kingsley, a world leading trichologist. ‘Straggly ends, moisture loss and faded colour are familiar symptoms of post-holiday hair, but, like skin damage, this is preventable. Sun exposure can also cause the scalp to become sensitive,’ states Kingsley.

We have rounded up our top beauty buys with built in UV protection, so that you’re well armed for your summer holidays. Soon protecting your hair will feel as natural as protecting your skin…

Sun protection for hair

You have quite a few options – creams, sprays, masks, shampoos and conditioners. There’s now a wealth of products that add sun protection for hair, here are some examples…

Hair sunscreen:

If you apply your normal suncream to your scalp, it will most likely look lank and greasy, so you need a product that is specifically designed to use on the scalp and hair. Apply over damp hair, then work the product from the scalp down through the lengths. Like sun cream, re-apply regularly throughout the day, particularly after swimming. When hair is exposed to water, free radical damage actually worsens, because when wet the hair shaft is considerably weaker and so more susceptible to UV rays. Throw in the drying effects of sea salt and chlorine, it’s no wonder split ends and breakages are at their peak.

Coloured hair sun protection:

Your hair can also change colour if exposed to too much sun as well. UVA rays are responsible for colour changes – both for dyed and natural hair, which is why using a specific shampoo and conditioner for the sun should be on your packing list. They prevent UV rays fading hair by locking in the colour.

Hair masks for damaged hair:

Even with UV protection, hair still feels drier than normal after a day in the sun so we recommend using one of the best hair masks to boost hydration levels and feed the hair back to its healthy best. If you can, leave the hair mask on overnight for deep conditioning, but for particularly fine hair rinse after 5-10 minutes and let it works its magic.

So keep scrolling for the exact products that we recommend. Get ready for the beach…

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The best hair rollers and curlers for curly and wavy styles

The best hair rollers and curlers for curly and wavy styles

Big hair, don’t care

hair rollers

Heated rollers, cold rollers, curling wands and tongs. With so much choice it’s hard to work out which hair rollers are the best to get curly and wavy hair.

Need help finding the right one for your hair type and lifestyle? We’ve done the hard work for you and tried and tested all of the hair curlers out there to bring you the best heated rollers and curlers to get curly and wavy hair. Match them with our favourite curly hair products and you’ll give everyone hair envy.

Velcro rollers

Denman ThermoCeramic Rollers, £3.25, Lookfantastic

heated rollers

Don’t underestimate the power of the humble velcro roller. Sure, they’re associated with fluffy slippers, bathrobes and grannies, but they’re also a sure fire way to get add lift to roots while curling the length of your hair. Prep each one with hairspray before using them to give them extra grip and your hair hold, then give them a blast with your hairdryer to add heat.

Best for: thin hair

How to use velcro rollers

1. Use some styling mousse on your towel-dried hair. It will give your hair the right texture and add definition to your curls.
2. Dry off your hair with a hairdryer, tipping your head upside down as you dry it to give you lift at the roots.
3. For extra hold and definition, spray each section of hair with a light and flexible hairspray before applying a roller.
4. Collect a section of hair an inch in thickness and blast with heat from your hair dryer, focussing on the full length.
5. Holding the ends of your hair against a roller, roll from the ends of your hair up to the roots, rotating inwards so the the roller is underneath the section of hair at all times. Apply heat again using a blow dryer for 15-20 minutes in order to dry your hair or “activate” the rollers applied on dry hair. You can also let your hair dry naturally for 4-6 hours.
7. Once your hair is cooled, remove the rollers by twisting out the same way you twisted in.

Foam rollers

Medium Cushion Rollers, £3,

heat rollers

If you can’t be bothered curling your hair during the day, do it while you catch a few zzz’s with foam rollers. The plastic clip on the outside holds your hair in place while you toss and turn in your sleep, while the foam allows for comfort, so you barely even notice they’re there. Use them while your hair is slightly damp (not wet – you don’t want to catch a cold!).

Best for: Time efficiency

How to use foam rollers

1. Wash your hair and towel dry it. You want it damp enough to style, yet not so wet that it can’t dry out and hold its curls.
2. Roll the front of your hair first. Section your hair to the width of the roller – the amount depends on how many curls you want – and rotate inwards so that your hair is always on top of the roller.
3. Snap the holder over the top to keep the curls in place as you sleep.
4. Switch to medium or small rollers as you get closer to your neck.
5. In the morning, unsnap each roller and gently remove it.

Steam rollers

Caruso SalonPro Molecular Steam Hair Setter, £45.56,

heated rollers Caruso

For a gentle, safe type of heating, you can’t really go past steam rollers. They deliver long lasting voluminous curls while keeping hair shiny and static-free and the non-damaging steam conditions the hair as it locks in curls.

Best for: Damaged hair

How to use steam rollers

1. Start with dry hair and use a comb to section your hair 1 – 2 inches in thickness.
2. Shake your steamed roller to get rid of any water droplets and then holding your hair at the end on the roller, roll inwards so that your hair is sitting on top of the roller.
3. Roll it all the way up and place the cap over the top to create a steam barrel, which will curl your hair.
4. To remove the roller, simply take the cap off and roll out the way you rolled in.

Heated rollers

Remington Jumbo Curls Heated Rollers, £24.99, Very

heated rollers Remington

If your hair is the type that curls quickly only to drop five minutes later, these are for you. They’re instantly hot, so you don’t have to wait for your hair dryer to heat them up, they come in a variety of sizes so you can use the bigger ones for volume at the crown of your head and you simply let them cool down for your hair to set. Think big, buoyant curls.

Best for: Thick hair

How to use heated rollers

1. Spray your hair with flexible hold hairspray or prep with a volumising mousse.
2. Divide your hair into sections that are 1 – 2 inches thick.
3. Starting in the front, take a section of hair and wrap it around the first roller. Roll your hair back toward your head so that the front of your hair pulls away from your forehead and over the roller.
4. Spray your hair with hairspray and allow to cool.
5. Unwind the same way you wound in.


Babyliss Curl Pods, £60, Fabled

best heated rollers

Also known as button curlers or peco hair rollers, these odd looking caps can create loose curls (when wrapped at the ends) or defined corkscrew curls (when wrapped from roots to tips). They can also withstand heat to give your hair long lasting body.

Best for: Defined curls

How to use spoolies

1. Put the curlers into the pod completely open so that they get even heat distribution.
2. Ensure your hair is completely dry before and then take a section of hair, around two inches wide, and wrap it around the barrel. Starting at the ends of the hair, wind the hair around the barrel towards the top of the head.
3. Close together once you have reached the ideal position for your style.
4. Allow the pods to cool completely before removing. This allows the hair to cool and set the curl for lasting effect.

Bendy rollers

Bendy Rollers, £4.50, Boots

best heated rollers

Not only are these rollers soft and versatile, they can be used to create tight and loose curls as well as more natural wavy styles. Blow dry your hair on a medium heat and wrap your hair around a roller before bending it over to lock the curl in place. Allow the curls to cool and set before releasing them from the roller.

Best for: Shorter hair

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