Meghan Markle's glossy hair secret
Hair expert Fabian Lliguin sheds some light on how to achieve the Duchess of Sussex's shine.
Rahua hair brand co-founder and hair expert Fabian explains: “All hair types contain amino acids known as cysteine bonds. In curly hair, the cysteine bonds attract more (cysteine bonds) than other hair types, bridging bonds in the hair in an angular way – curling hair further and further.
“This pattern makes it difficult for the natural oils (sebum) to lubricate the strands. The hair then becomes porous with a 'negative polar charge' while inheriting a damaged, open cuticle. In addition, visually the curls' S-shape attracts light, contrary to straight hair that reflects light easily, giving it a shiny appearance.”
However, there are things that can be done to ensure all hair types look their best, says Fabian. He advises using lightweight oils to protect the hair without weighing it down. Many oils have gained popularity in recent years – from argan to coconut – but there is one in particular Fabian has harnessed: the ungurahua nut oil.
Found in the rainforests of Central and South America, the oil is becoming more widely available, with select sellers offering it on Amazon as well as it being the key ingredient in Fabian’s Rahua haircare line.
Explaining how it works, Fabian said: “First, Rahua oil contains Omega 9 molecules with a polar positive charge and fills the hair’s porosity, strengthening and repairing curly hair almost immediately.
“Secondly, Rahua oil with its polar positive charge flattens down the cuticle, allowing light to reflect it. This gives hair a natural, non-greasy shine, while naturally and truly repairing hair without a synthetic cosmetic coat.” Perfect Meghan Markle shine in no time!
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Trying to grow your hair or simply maintain your already luscious locks? Read on...
1. Never use harsh shampoos
Shampoos that strip the scalp of its natural oils are a complete no-no! You need to understand that the longer the hair, the drier the ends.
You need to cleanse the dirt but you can't strip your hair of its nutrients. Opt for a super mild shampoo and conditioner and see the difference.
2. Never skip haircare regimes
The longer your hair, the more it gets damaged by the heat, styling and sun damage. So make sure you take some time out once a week to do a hair mask or give yourself an oil massage. Take yourself out to get a hair spa treatment with us once a month, too.
3. Never ill-treat wet hair
Seriously, never ever start using the blow dryer on dripping wet hair! Make sure you towel dry hair thoroughly and let it semi air dry before you apply heat. Also, do yourself a favour and get a microfibre towel, which is gentler on the hair. Don't forget to add moisture with hair serum and heat protectant.
4. Never backcomb your hair for volume
Teasing is the worst thing that you could do to your long hair. Your hair is already stressed by the weight. Instead, invest in a great texturising spray and scrunch your hair for volume.
5. Never douse your hair in chemicals
Steer clear of alcohol-laden hair sprays and products with parabens, especially when those products need to be applied to your ends. Remember, the longer your hair the more nourishment your ends need!
6. Never cancel your trim appointments
You know how we keep recommending that you get regular trims? Well, we're not just saying it for fun - it's vital to do so when you have long hair to keep it healthy and strong.
7. Never tie your hair up the same way
This is a two-fold misdemeanour: give your hair a break, switch up the position of your ponytail/bun, let your hair down or braid it. Make sure your hair is not tied too tight and you don't use a hair elastic that causes breakage.
8. Never use plastic hair brushes
Use a ceramic or wooden bristle brush. It is less harsh on your scalp and also makes sure the natural oils get evenly distributed through the hair.
This is an edited version of beauty journalist Kannagi Desai's article on the Popxo website. Read the original version here.
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Heatwave hair care
As the heatwave this week sends temperatures soaring, try our top three tips for keeping your hair well protected and nourished.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate
Shampooing with a formula that’s too harsh for your dry hair, or washing too often can strip away your hair’s natural oils. On the other hand, you really can’t use too much conditioner — it’s dry hair’s best friend! So choose a shampoo that’s designed for dry hair like Elvive Extraordinary Oil Dry Hair Shampoo. These are usually creamy rather than clear, and they may contain ingredients like aloe vera or apricot kernel oil that help dry hair retain moisture. Then opt for a leave-in conditioner (we like Aussie Miracle Recharge Moisture Infuser Leave-in Conditioner) or Matrix Biology Keratindose Renewal Spray, available to buy now in the salon, to really hydrate the hair.
Up-dos are the best option in the heat, keeping your neckline fresh and cool. Channel Kim Kardashian and brush your hair into a low ponytail for a modern look, or roll into a messy bun like Meghan Markle for a timeless classic. Use a light serum to smooth flyaway hairs.
Fight the frizz
If high humidity levels are playing havoc with your hair, keep a vial of oil like this L'Oreal one in your handbag for an instant de-frizz solution. Another tip is to give your hair a cold rinse post-shampoo - it'll not only keep you cool but also shut off the hair cuticle to prevent hot-weather frizz.
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