Whether your hair is too fine, too frizzy, or could just do with a bit of a colour boost, Beauty Editor Lisa Tristram has the right natural product for you.
There are many reasons for this – autoimmune disease, low thyroid function, genetic disorders, and stress are all possible culprits. Skip conventional chemical solutions and avail yourself of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, a healing tradition which utilises powerful natural ingredients like turmeric and ginseng to stimulate hair follicles and new hair growth. Good nutrition and regular scalp massage with diluted rosemary or lemongrass essential oil will also help. Try: Aveda Invati Scalp Revitaliser (www.aveda.com.au, $89.95).
Oh, how those of us with thick, curly hair hate humidity for the havoc it can wreak! The key things to remember are to use a good conditioner and a lightweight leave-in detangling treatment or heat-protective spray if you use a hair drier or straightener. Natural ingredients that are particularly good for taming frizzy hair are calming chamomile, smoothing aloe vera, and nutritive, clarifying apple and lemon. Try: Bhave Super Nova Lean-in Elixir (www.bhavehair.com, $41.95)
Technology has come a long way with hair styling and drying aids, but they still cause heat damage so it's essential to give hair plenty of protection before using them. Argan oil is probably the best-known protective natural ingredient; sunflower, coconut, and macadamia oils are also excellent inclusions to look for. Avoid using heat-protective products on hair roots, to prevent a greasy look. Try: Pure Hair Food Smoothing Serum (www.purehairfood.com.au, $28.90).
Replenishing ingredients like silk and wheat protein, along with nutritive sea buckthorn, Siberian Dwarf Pine and macadamia oil, are great for restoring hair texture and tensile strength, but in order to work you will need to use a mask or treatment to ensure that they stay on for at least 15 minutes, or even overnight. To boost the treatment's efficacy still further, wrap your hair in a warmed towel. Try: Oblepikha Siberica Mask (www.naturasiberica.net.au, $24.99).
For best results, don't wash hair too often as this only strips the scalp of much-needed natural oils. Natural starches, from corn, rose, rooibos, and rice, act as very lightweight thickeners, adding texture and volume without weighing hair down – they also make it easier to style hair, which is another boon for anyone with fine, flyaway hair. Try: De Lorenzo Dry Texture Spray (www.hairhousewarehouse.com.au, $23.50).
Brittle, breakage-prone hair is sending you a message that it is distressed and requires TLC! Avoid shampoos containing chemical fragrances and sulphates, which strip natural oil from the hair shaft, worsening the problem. Use a natural bristle brush and a wide-toothed comb, and a gentle shampoo containing ingredients like coconut oil and amino acids that leaves hair feeling soft, not squeaky-clean and dried out. Try: Less is More Mallowsmooth Shampoo (www.lessismore.com.au, $40.00).
This is more prone to sun and wind damage, so avoid sulphate-containing shampoos and use products containing ingredients like coconut oil and jewelweed extract that not only moisturise but also contain antioxidants to protect hair from UVA and UVB rays, thus prolonging the colour's life. Bonus: Coconut oil is high in lauric and linoleic acid,which have a high affinity with hair protein and so improve shine. Try: Natural Instinct Colour Protect and Revive Conditioner (at Priceline, $9.99)
When it comes to covering grey hairs, avoiding toxins found in conventional products - ammonia, PPD, parabens, propylene glycol, peroxide, resorcinol, metallic salts, artificial fragrance, mineral oils and GMOs, just for starters – is paramount for your health. Surya Brasil’s long-lasting, high-performance cream hair colours contain beneficial botanical ingredients that colour and condition hair. Inspired and guided by Ayurvedic principles, Surya hair colours improve hair health with natural and exotic herbs and fruits like arnica, açai, juá, aloe vera, Brazil nut and guarana from India and the Brazilian Amazon rainforest, all grown without pesticides in accordance with Surya Brasil's model for sustainability. Try: Surya Brasil Henna Hair Colours (www.suryabodycare.com.au).
Lisa Tristram is a natural skincare expert, aromatherapist, organic educator, and mind-body wellness teacher. www.lisatristram.com