We were intrigued by Novex’s new Powerful Charcoal Range. We’ve seen activated charcoal make a grand entrance into the teeth whitening category, and wanted to know more about how it can be used to improve our hair. We caught up with Novex to find out exactly how it works…
Why do I need to detox my hair?
On a daily basis, our hair comes in contact with all the impurities and toxins present in the atmosphere, especially in urban areas where there is more pollution. These toxins and pollutant impurities, such as particles, are deposited in the hair and scalp. They accumulate and end up clogging the root and capillary fiber, which impairs the absorption of nutrients and the growth of the strands.
These polluting impurities need to be removed effectively and without harming the strands as well as leaving them protected against external aggressions caused by pollution.
What do the charcoal products look like? Are they black?
All the products from Novex The Powerful Charcoal line have a standard white look and feel. The mask and the conditioner have a creamy and consistent appearance, which allows the strands to be well coated. The shampoo has a liquid consistency so that the product spreads well through the scalp. The spray also has a creamy consistency, so as to protect the conditioned strands.
Where does the charcoal come from?
Activated charcoal, rather than ordinary charcoal, is charcoal especially obtained from the burning of certain woods, cork or fruit peels (e.g. coconut) under very specific conditions. Burning must be at high temperatures (8000 °C – 10000 °C) and low in oxygen. This specific firing gives activated charcoal unique properties such antipollution and detoxification.
How often do I need to use them?
The Powerful Charcoal products are a daily care range and have been developed specifically to be part of the daily routine of capillary care (regular use).
What are the three biggest mistakes people make in hair care and how can they be avoided?
Blow-drying your hair without heat protection
- Spraying a heat protector on your hair proactively protects hair from heat damage, plus it seals in shine, calms frizz, and keeps hair from becoming dry.
Not using a conditioner
- If you’re avoiding using conditioner for fear that your hair will become too flat, think again, you can achieve volume with the right conditioner. Just like your face, your scalp needs moisture too.
Forgetting to moisturize and nourish your hair
- Hair loses moisture quickly. You can use special hair masks according to your hair type to address this problem. Even if you think your hair is relatively healthy, the change of seasons can be hard on your strands, so it’s good to get in the habit of using a mask weekly to make sure you’re giving your hair the moisture it needs.
Like the rest of our body, our hair reacts to the world around us which is why detoxing, protecting, conditioning and nourishing your hair is important if it’s going to look its best.
Shop the Powerful Charcoal range now on the allbeauty website
*Information correct at the time of publishing
Summer ushers in the promise of long hazy nights and sunny days languishing on sandy shores with perfect mermaid hair.
However, we all know that the summer sun can bring in a whole new wave of issues when it comes to taking your hair from the beach to the club, dealing with humidity on the commute or even the joys of office air con.
From frizzy hair problems to dry ends and lack of volume, our cheat guide to Heatwave Hair is going to unpack the main ways in which you can combat summer strand struggles and maintain a tousled je ne sais quoi about your coiffure. Move over swamp monster from the deep and hello Brigitte Bardot!
Hair Mists, Sprays & Perfumes
There’s such a wide range of hair mists, sprays and perfumes on the market that it can be hard to know where to begin. We’ve picked a few of our favourites for the season below.
Looking for bounce and volume?
Reach for a Hair Mist! Hair mists contain a variety of different minerals and vitamins designed to strengthen and enrich your hair. Italian brand Davines uses turnip extract in it’s Volu mist to provide hair with vitamins A, B and C.
To use, spray Davines Volu (RRP £25.15 Our Price £22.45) onto towel dried hair to add volume and shine. This product can be used on all hair types but is especially effective on fine or limp hair
Looking to add texture?
Maybe you should try a hair salt spray! Salt Sprays are great for adding waves and movement to your hair for that tousled beach siren look.
Alterna Caviar Style Sea Salt Spray (RRP £29.50 Our Price £17.95) can be used when air drying your hair and helps to protect hair from heat.
Dead Sea Salt adds body and waves whilst Caviar extracts help to add shine and prevent dryness. Use on damp hair.
Looking to scent your hair?
Are you a classic beauty who is fond of spritzing your favourite fragrance on your hair? You could be doing yourself a disservice due to the higher alcohol content in perfumes which have the potential to dry out your hair. Hair perfumes, sometimes also referred to as mists, are especially formulated for hair, meaning that you can protect and hydrate your hair whilst also smelling fabulous – something to consider if you suffer from dehydrated locks. Sachajuan’s protective hair perfume 50ml helps protect against static and uses ocean silk technology to provide UV protection. It’s also great for when you want to freshen up your hair without reaching for the dry shampoo. Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Mugler have also formulated hair-friendly versions of some of their cult scents.
Hair oils are great for hydrating dry strands, controlling frizz and preventing split ends from forming. Kérastase’s new Soleil Huile Sirene (literally translated as sunshine mermaid oil) is a beach bi-phase oil mist which offers softness, subtle scent and shine for hair exposed to sun, salt and UV rays. Been on a speedboat or on a summer hike? Use hair oil sparingly to smooth over any stray hairs to refine your look and add a bit of shine.
Of course, there are some moments in life when you need to get rid of excess oil in a hurry. Dry Shampoo is a key product to pack with you for festivals and glamping or even when you need an extra bit of volume for hair flattened by humidity . A spritz of dry shampoo at the roots goes a long way – just spray and massage into your scalp for sneaky styling on the go.
Masks & Shampoos for weekend repair
Is your hair showing signs of water damage from chlorine or seawater? Deep recovery and cleansing treatments can help to replenish hydration – we recommend masks enriched with coconut (vitamin B and potassium) for hydration and cleansing the scalp of product and environmental build up.
Like the brands that you’ve read about but going on your holidays? Check out the following Travel Sizes for when you’re on the move:
Explore our full range of Summer Beauty products at www.allbeauty.com/summer
*Details correct at time of publishing
The transition from cold winter air to the humidity of summer means that Spring is a key period for ensuring that your hair maintains top condition from root to tip…
A time for renewal, this spring we’ve come up with a list of product suggestions to give your mane a new lease of life.
For even more inspiration to maintain your hair in top condition from root to tip visiting the Spring Haircare section on the allbeauty website
*Prices correct at the time of publishing
So you know all about summer skincare, but what about summer hair protection?
When it comes to summer, you might be all over that SPF skincare malarkey, but what about your hair? The sun can be just as damaging to your tresses as it can be to your face. Our beauty editors reveal their must-have products for summer hair protection…
1. The shampoo & conditioner
Straight from the beaches of Brazil, Novex Summer Beach Shampoo & Conditioner is a deep conditioning system designed to combat the drying effects of the sun, sea and sand. With vitamin E to replenish moisture and encourage healthy growth and coconut and green tea extract to help combat chlorine and salt water damage.
2. The hair mask
New in from Davines, the Italian haircare label taking the world by storm, is the Su Hair Mask. A moisture replenishing hair mask specially designed to defy the effects of sun exposure, it contains citrus myrtifolia extract, a natural anti-inflammatory, to help soothe irritation or sunburn. Davines pride themselves on being eco-friendly, so packaging is 100% recyclable. Simply apply after shampoo and rinse after 10 minutes.
3. The leave in treatment
Suitable for all hair types, this complete care Soleil CC Cream from Kerastase protects, repairs, and illuminates hair that has been exposed to UV rays. And, because it’s a leave-in treatment, it also helps to prevent hair colour change caused by the sun’s rays. Simply apply to damp or dry hair before sun exposure and reapply throughout the day as necessary.
4. The styling spray
This paraben-free ocean waves texturizing spray from Alterna creates that coveted ‘just back from the beach’ look instantly. Infused with organic bamboo extract to strengthen hair, Tahitian coconut to moisturise and Aterna Haircare Colour hold technology to protect colour from sun, seawater and other environmental stressors, plus a Brazillian mango and coconut milk scent to die for!
5. The SPF (yes, really!)
They say ignorance is bliss, but in this case it’s only going to lead to dry, sad looking hair. If you didn’t already know, you should be applying an SPF to your hair as religiously as your face during the summer – especially during heatwaves! Without it, hair is vulnerable to UV radiation, clorine and salt water. Not to mention colour fade. Try the Daily UV Hair Protector from Ultrasun which will also leave tresses supple and elastic – the pefect handbag size, spritz before you head out and top-up throughout the day.
Really want to treat your hair this summer? Shop all summer hair protection at allbeauty.com