Hair It Is! Summertime Natural Hair Care Must Haves

~ Hair It Is ~

Summertime Natural Hair Care

Must Haves 

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Summer Hair Care Products + Tips

for Healthy Tresses

Summer Heat ~ Humidity ~ Desert Winds ~ Tropical Breezes ~ Dipping in the Water ~ Sweating ~ Bike Riding ~ and Fun!  

Hello, Summer! No matter where in the world we are, there are so may ways to be safely outside and enjoy summer. 

We love summer, and because of some extra outdoor time it can be the harshest season on our hair. With just a quick tend to those tresses before making the most of our summer, when we're ready for the next season, our hair will feel healthy and refreshed... and so will we!  🏖️

Below: Natural Shine Serum for Hair 

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Natural Remedies with Zero Hair-Damaging Chemicals, Zero Silicones, and All the Love

There are tricks to keeping our hair happy and healthy all summer long. All it takes is a quick moment and the right ingredients and you'll be loving your locks all through the hot days of summer and beyond. 🌞

Protecting our hair from the heat, sun, and even humidity doesn't have to be an endless and expensive battle. 

Let the winds blow, and let the hair naturally go! Summer is the best time to flaunt your natural locks. 

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Let's Get to the Root of It ~ Is Hair Living, or Is It Dead?  

Our hair ~ below the scalp, it's a living follicle until it comes to the surface. So does this mean that hair is alive?

Kind of. Not really. Yes and no. (Huh?) 

This is what we mean. Hair isn't alive, but it's considered to be a living thing because it IS a part of a living thing. The bulb at the end of the hair shaft that rests in the scalp is the living part of the hair. Once the hair grows and sprouts from the bulb, it needs moisture, hydration, proteins, and the right care to keep it as soft and thick as it was when it first started to grow.

Scalp health is important. Our scalp is no different than our skin, it may actually be more sensitive because many harsh ingredients are found in shampoos and conditioners. Keeping our scalp happy, nourishing it with hair masks, less shampooing, and using protective and hydrating hair oils can help that living and non-living part of the hair in so many ways. 

Below: The lovely treatments from inside our Hair Care Suite kit

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Summer Sun Hair Protection 101

Depending on the foods that we eat and the products that we use, hair grows at a rate of about one half of an inch a month, or six inches a year. Just like our skin, nourishing our bodies from within and nourishing with healthy ingredients on the outside can also help in every way. 

Summertime is the harshest season on the hair. Not only because of intense heat, but also because of vacationing, dipping in chlorinated or lakes or oceans, and accumulating sweat on the scalp. The heat from the sun causes oxidative damage to hair and can make it brittle, stiff, dry, and look not as young as it used to look.

Here are some quick tips to help protect hair in the summer:

  • Lock in the moisture ~ adding pomade or hair serum to hair while wet will lock in the moisture and hydration. 
  • Pre-condition before swimming or shampooing ~ dry hair has an open hair shaft. Fill it up with nutrients before shampooing or swimming to feed it before potentially getting stripped from the chlorinated, salt water, or tap water. 
  • Co-wash ~ washing with a conditioner once a week will give your hair a break from a traditional shampoo. Saturate hair, add your conditioner, especially on the ends, and rinse as usual. 
  • Ditch the heat dryers ~ it's a great time to experiment if you're a blow-dryer. With the virus and summertime relaxing, it's a great time to let hair air-dry and minimize the styling time. 
  • Feeling greasy? It might be because of excess sweat or makeup and sunscreen near your hairline. Sneak in a dry shampoo every-other-day or between shampooing to absorb excess oils or heaviness at the scalp. It doesn't add anything additional, it just takes away excess impurities. 
  • Outsmart the frizz ~ just a smidge of pomade applied to dry ends can help to control frizzy, sassy hair.
  • Hat, yes! ~ A hat will not only protect your hair from UV rays, but your skin as well. A 3" brim or more is recommended for the best protection mid day. 

Below: Nutri-Pomade & Mask with Shea & Coconut Italian Wooden Comb, Eco Brush

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How to Use and Get the Most Out of your Hair Mask 

Our award winning Nutri-Pomade & Mask with Shea & Coconut is a multi-tasking hair product.

  1. It can be used as a leave-in conditioning treatment;
  2. as a weekly scalp and hair nutrition feeding mask;
  3. and it can be applied before any heat or styling tools are applied to protect and nourish the strands.

It performs well as a daily leave-in conditioner or pre-heat saver. When applying it as a mask, melt it between your fingertips and apply it liberally to the hair strands and massage it into the scalp. A flaky, itchy scalp will benefit. Used just once a week for 10-15 minutes as a mask is all it takes to persuade the hair into good condition.  

If your hair is thick, curly or very dry, it might love an additional weekly treatment. The blend of the shea butter, coconut, and rosemary, along with other scalp and hair loving oils and proteins, feeds the strands with vitamins and nutrients.

Below: Hair Care Essential Set 

 

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That Little Extra Something from a Hair Serum, a.k.a. Hair Oil

We hear this often... 'I used to love my M_____ Hair Oil (that very popular hair oil brand that starts with an "M") and now my hair is getting brittle. What do you recommend for a hair oil?'

There is something to be said about silicones... they can make hair feel lovely, slippery and silky at the start. But they can also lock OUT moisture that needs to get into the hair shaft, and with time, the blend of the silicones (and usually a false fragrance and alcohols) can be very drying. Not a good recipe for healthy tresses.   

Hello, Natural Shine Serum. Another award winner for us, our hair serum is free of the many ingredients found in commercial products, like these...  

parabens
triclosan
polyethylene glycol, aka PEGs
phthalates
triethanolamine
dimethicone
alcohol
PVP/VA Copolymer
No animal products or animal testing 

 

Just as we love botanical oils in our  facial serums, we love and have added broccoli seed oil for its vitamins and its natural benefits that feel like silicone, without the plastics and nasties. We also include coconut, rosemary, and geranium, carrot and raspberry for their protective and color-conditioning qualities. 

We love our Natural Shine Serum two ways...
1. As a finishing hair serum with just a tiny amount applied to the ends; and 
2. As a pre-shampoo or pre-swimming oil treatment. 

 

Applying oil to the hair before shampooing, or even after shampooing and before conditioning, allows the oils to penetrate the hair shaft. Let it sit for a moment or three, and then rinse or condition as usual. 

Bonus: if you're applying any heat to the hair or using a heat appliance, using a small amount, a tiny amount!  on the areas where the heat will be added helps to protect it and close the strand, allowing the hair to look and feel smoother. It's concentrated... less is more with our Natural Shine Serum.  

~~ Going on a trip? or ~~ Have extra demanding dry hair? Adding ten extra minutes of hair serum nourishment weekly before or after that vacation might be necessary.

Below: Lavender Powder Dry Shampoo

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Reducing the Shampooing ~ Is it for Everyone?

With different work schedules lately, and more folks working from home, many have gone that 'relaxing' route and haven't washed their hair as often.

It's good to give the hair and scalp a break, but we should remember that our scalp is skin, too. Products can buildup, impurities need to be removed, sweat can settle in, and we don't want to clog the hair follicles.

Washing hair a couple of times a week is what most experts agree on... but of course, it can depend on your personal hair and your routine. The finer the hair, the more often it needs to be washed. Thick, curly hair usually doesn't need it as much, but keep in mind that the scalp may need it more than the hair itself.

Our Lavender Powder Dry Shampoo has received accolades from beauty editors across the globe. It doesn't add extra heaviness to the hair strands, it absorbs anything heavy and extra at the root without causing stress or adding synthetics. 

No Sweat! A note about sweating, exercising, and hair washing ~ if you're a gym goer, a sweater, or have been really feeling the heat, sweat can build up in the hair. Sweat naturally produces salt which clogs not only the hair, but the pores and scalp, too. Not washing enough can actually do more damage and can lead to damaged and breaking hair. Experiment and find your happy medium, and wash as you see fit, but remember to not let it go too long. 

How about the co-washing? Have you heard of co-washing? We mentioned this above as a replacement for a shampoo washing. It's washing the hair one time a week with your conditioner! Wet hair as usual, and rather than applying shampoo or rinsing away anything that was nourishing, apply your usual amount of conditioner to the hair, massage and rinse. You haven't used a shampoo, but you've rinsed and conditioned... and it may be just enough to give you a couple of more days without shampooing. 

Below: Hair Care Kit and our Full Sized Hair Treatments

 

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Wet Hair? Don't You Dare... 

Q. When is hair the weakest? A. When it's wet.  

Any combing, brushing, pulling, or styling on a regular basis to wet hair can cause extra stress on the strands.  

Adding heat to wet hair to dry and style it after washing can add even more damage.

Styling tip and my routine: I get asked about what I do to my hair. My hair is curly and wavy underneath, and it's straight on the top. Quite a mixed bag on my head! I've been cheating the system for some time. Rather than take my long shower in the morning, I wash the day away every night and do my big cleanup at night and go to bed with wet hair. When I wake up, I finger comb my hair with the pomade or hair serum, gently comb or brush through it, and then twist it into a low bun to do my workout, dog walking, breakfast, and early morning things. Then when I'm ready to clean up and go, I take out my bun and my hair has been somewhat trained. Sometimes I spritz a bit of the Natural Sea Spray for extra texture and separation.  

Once in a while I add a large curling iron to areas to mellow it out, and then apply a bit more pomade before adding heat to the ends of the hair as a leave-in conditioner. It's not heavy enough to feel too heavy when I sleep without washing my hair, but it IS heavy enough to protect my hair from any heat or UV rays.  

Below: Natural Sea Spray

 

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Foods to Eat for Healthy Hair 

There is such a connection between our gut, our skin, our health, our hair, and even our happiness! Just like with the relationship between our skin and food, there is a relationship with our hair and food, too.

Our skin benefits from a variety of vitamins and can act up without a proper balance of vitamins and nutrients. 

When it comes to our hair, a lack in vitamins A, B, C, D, and E vitamins, along with iron, protein and essential fatty acids can cause our hair to thin and slow down its growth. 

Here are a handful of foods from a Healthline article that contain these benefiting vitamins and EFAs.

  • Berries
  • Salmon
  • Avocados
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Spinach
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Beans

Click on the link here for more details and specific benefits on each of these foods. 

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A Casual Q&A Sit Down Just Between Us

Safe Skincare Essentials & How To Best Use and Enjoy our Safe and Natural (for real!) Qēt Botanicals Treatments

We've been asked so many times about our favorite and most popular treatments. Well... here we go! Feel free to sit back, relax, and enjoy your personal walk through of some of our proprietary treatments.  

We've included video minute markers to show the various topics. Buzz over to what you want to take a peek at, or sit back and wander on the clean journey with us.

Here's the link to the YouTube video. 

Qēt Botanicals | Before & After Founder Pics, Skincare Tips, Natural Plant-Based & Organic Care

Below: A quick pic from the video showing my before and after.

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Hair it is! 

It's all the love with ...
Zero silicones. Zero false fragrances. Zero alcohols. Zero harsh ingredients.

 

Here's to a great hair day! It's a list of our proprietary hair treatments, kits, and hair accessories that are a part of our hair care special this month. 


In July, use code HEALTHYHAIR to SAVE 10% on our hair kits, treatments, and accessories mentioned above.

Free U.S. shipping. Free sample with purchase.

 

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It's a big picture and it's not just about hair.
Check out our face and body treatments... natural deodorants, botanical masks, facial kits, aromatherapy, hand cleansers, body serums, and more.
 
We're all about sharing healthy care products while healing and revealing healthy skin ... rather than having to cover it up. 
 
Keep your skin healthy, protected and clean.
Make-up is an option. Skincare isn't. 
 
Natural, 100% cruelty-free, vegan, void of synthetics and toxins,
and handmade with love.
Lots and lots of it. 💗
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Our ingredients aren't made... they're grown.

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Of Note 

"... a lot of people don't love themselves. And they go through life with deep and haunting emotional conflicts... you must love yourself. And you know what loving yourself also means? It means that you've got to accept yourself." ~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Show yourself a few moments of self love every day, share some love with someone near you every day, and enjoy the season and moment that we're in. Be present. Accept yourself. Find the joy. 

Happy Summer! 

~ Lisa 

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~  non-toxic, organic ingredients, proven, and high-performing ~

~  effective, award-winning botanical treatments made without compromises ~

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