How Insomnia Affects Your Scalp

Getting a decent night’s sleep is something that many of us struggle with and with the recent lockdown, evidence suggests more and more of us aren’t sleeping as well as we should. A survey by King’s College London found that almost two thirds of people (63%) said their sleep has been worse since the first lockdown.  We can especially sympathise with those of you who are having trouble sleeping. Sleep deprivation doesn’t just make us feel lethargic and irritable, it can also impact our physical health, being linked to issues such as low-immunity, depression and weight gain. But among its lesser-known repercussions are those it has on your skin (including your scalp-skin).  Here’s why – dermatologists agree that skin works according to the rhythm of your body clock (known as its ‘circadian rhythm’). This is our body’s own 24-hour clock that regulates our sleep – hence why we get jet-lagged when we fly to different time zones.  The processes that take place in our body occur at different times of the day, which includes when our skin repairs and regenerates.  So if we experience disruptions in our sleep (and consequently our skin’s regeneration cycle) it means that it can’t repair or turnover new cells as efficiently. The result? Scalp dryness, irritation and accelerated ageing (coupled with stress leads to an increased risk of hair loss and conditions like eczema and psoriasis).   So what can we do to improve our chances of sleeping better? Here are some good techniques to try … Get moving during the day Not only does it work wonders for your mental health, just ten minutes of daily exercise can hugely benefit the quality of sleep you’re getting. Especially if you go to a local park, where the combination of aerobic activity and being in nature can significantly reduce stress levels. Plus, exercise causes our body temperature to rise slightly, and later drop which triggers ‘sleep mode’.  Make ‘bedtime’ a thing Working from home can mean our sleep schedule is slightly erratic. But thanks to our circadian rhythm, your brain has a specific time of day when it’s ‘bedtime’, by making sure sleep happens at a specific time each night. Sticking to a regular sleep schedule will ensure your brain knows when it’s time to switch off and you can fall asleep without a hitch.  Can’t sleep? Get out of bed! Lying in bed, stressing about being awake will mean you’ll just continue to stay awake. Get out of bed (quietly!), remove yourself from the thing that’s causing you stress (i.e. your bed) and distract yourself with something like reading or listening to a podcast through your headphones. Soon your mind will become weary and you’ll feel ready to try again. Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary! Make sure your bedroom is a place your brain associates with sleep and relaxation. This means clearing out all clutter, work files and laptops. (FYI try not to work from your laptop in bed!) Adding some scented candles or houseplants can work wonders in making your bedroom more relaxing.  Avoid screen time a few hours before bed While it’s really tempting to crash out in front of the TV, or chat on WhatsApp in the evening, choose a relaxing activity that doesn’t involve staring at a screen (the blue light is like caffeine for your brain). Instead of a Netflix binge, why not treat yourself to our new Gift Sets? Our Ultimate Scalp and Hair Health Gift Set includes everything you need to grow beautiful, healthy hair and ensure your scalp is calm and hydrated. The relaxing scents of essential oils will help soothe the mind and restore equilibrium. Take time to mindfully apply each product, noting how your scalp feels as you massage each one in. Expect to feel supremely relaxed, as any whirring thoughts subside as your brain prepares to go into ‘sleep mode’.   Try our Ultimate Scalp & Hair Health Gift Set for an extra relaxing treat before bed. Pre-Order now.

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Introducing MONPURE’s Christmas Gift Sets

Who would have seen Christmas coming around the corner already? Given current events, Christmas shopping might be the last thing on your mind. But there’s no need to agonise over choosing the perfect present for your loved ones this year. MONPURE has just launched three stunning limited edition Christmas gift sets containing everything your scalp and hair needs to unwind, de-stress and stay happy and hydrated. The perfect present for any loved ones who are feeling a bit frazzled this December.  What’s even better is that these gifts don’t just benefit the recipient, but support an incredibly important cause in the process. With every gift set sold, MONPURE will donate 15% of profits to The Little Princess Trust. You can also make an additional donation to the trust when you checkout your basket.   This is a wonderful, inspiring charity who give Hair and Hope to children and young people who have experienced hair loss due to illness, by providing wigs and funding vital research into childhood cancers. (Click here to read more about the incredible work they’re doing.) So which box to chose? “This is one of those gifts you'll want to keep for yourself.” - Hello Magazine   The Ultimate Scalp & Hair Health Gift Set - £265 Treat your scalp and hair to the ultimate MONPURE experience. This complete collection includes everything you need to grow beautiful, healthy hair and ensure your scalp is calm and hydrated as well as being itch- and flake-free. This gift set introduces two fabulous accessories: a jade comb to stimulate the scalp, together with three beautiful silk scrunchies to keep your style in place while being gentle on your strands. The Gift of Strong & Thick Hair - £160 Stimulate your scalp and create the perfect environment for stronger, thicker hair to grow through with MONPURE’s root boosting gift set. This quartet of products works in tandem to help reduce hair loss, and ‘fatten up’ lacklustre locks from the very get-go of the growth stage! Winter Healing & Hydration Gift Set - £125 From drizzling rain and gales outside, to moisture-zapping central heating indoors, the harsh, winter months can take their toll on your scalp and hair. This can often result in dry, itchy scalp-skin and frizzy, weather-beaten strands. This gift set cocoons and moisturises both with a special selection of MONPURE products, brimming with strengthening, nourishing ingredients to protect it from the elements. These limited-edition boxes have been exclusively designed by renowned artist Shira Barzilai (aka @Koketit, koketit.com) paying tribute to the collaboration between MONPURE London and The Little Princess Trust.   “One continuous line, free from thought, free from judgement, tangled and loose. The little princess owns this power. She is brave. She knows her own strength. This line artwork is an ode to her.” - Koketit Click here to find out more and pre-order your gift box now, while stocks last...

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MONPURE is partnering with The Little Princess Trust

Here at MONPURE, we have always been committed to highlighting the emotional impact of hair loss – something that has up until now been overlooked. As a result, MONPURE is proud to announce its partnership with The Little Princess Trust. A charity very close to our hearts, it provides free wigs made from real hair to children and young people aged 24 and under who have lost their hair through cancer or other illness.   The charity was founded in 2006 by Wendy and Simon Tarplee, after their daughter Hannah was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour in 2004, which led to her losing her hair. After Hannah tragically passed away in 2005, her parents decided to set up The Little Princess Trust to help other children and young women in Hannah’s situation, after seeing the positive impact wearing a wig made to her life. As well as providing free real hair wigs, the charity are also supporting research into less aggressive and toxic cancer treatments, as well as researching the causes of paediatric cancer, in the hope that one day, such a charity will no longer be needed. MONPURE are very honoured to be supporting The Little Princess Trust – more details of this exciting collaboration to be revealed soon. In the meantime, you can also make an additional donation at checkout with any MONPURE purchase, with every penny going to the charity. During these stressful times, we believe kindness is what counts – and through this partnership, we can hopefully bring smiles to any children facing challenges so that they are able to enjoy the holiday season. Click here to stock up on your MONPURE favourites and make an additional donation at checkout.

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How Meditation Can Boost Hair Growth

At MONPURE, we’re more than aware of the toll the global crisis is taking on everyone. We know that looking after our mental health is paramount at the moment not just for our general wellbeing and managing stress levels, but to also ensure our scalp and hair is in the strongest, healthiest condition it can be. As our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan notes, “As we all face our invisible enemy, stress is no doubt creeping into our daily lives. You could be a nurse working at the front line in hospitals; a teenager at school; a chef in a Michelin-star restaurant, an elderly person trying to buy groceries; or a gym bunnie missing weeks of working out! It affects all aspects of our daily lives.” “But stress whether acute or chronic doesn’t just affect our mental health; our skin is perhaps one of the main organs acutely affected by it.  The stress hormone called cortisol regulates the normal functioning of our hair follicles. When cortisol is present at high concentrations, it causes cells in the hair follicles to undergo apoptosis (i.e. die) prematurely by up to 40%, resulting in hair loss.” Meditation or relaxation rituals are a way of ‘checking in’ with your mental health, to help build your mindfulness muscle so that you don’t get stuck in negative thought patterns that can be damaging to both body and mind. And the less stressed you are, the better it is for you all round, benefitting not just your mental and physical health, but as we have seen, hair growth in the process. And when you can combine a relaxation ritual with your regular hair routine, then so much the better. Rather than lathering up for a  hurried 10 minutes in the shower, we created MONPURE for people to take time out to properly treat their scalp and hair – and feel less frazzled in the bargain.  As Minal Bhanshali, founder of scented candle range 7Over7 explains: “Start small with 5 – 10 minutes and then build up your practice.  The best way to start is by trying meditation after a yoga practice. Yoga postures were designed by the ancient yogis to enable the body to sit in a meditative state for long periods of time and to help channel the energy from the ground up. After yoga is therefore an ideal time, when the body and mind are more receptive to the benefits of meditation. I’d also recommend creating a space and a ritual to your practice to make it more meaningful; dim the lights, light a mood enhancing candle and ensure there is a good flow of fresh air in the room. Don’t forget to set an intention for your practice too.” If you’re new to meditation, there are many apps offering 10-minute daily coaching sessions, where meditation teachers can guide you through what you should be focusing on and how to time your breathing. Find a quiet comfortable space, plug in your headphones and you’re good to go! Make an effort to do this each morning and you will soon start to see a difference. Here are MONPURE, we’re happy to offer advice and support for anyone experiencing scalp and hair issues during this stressful time. Please email us on info@monpure.com or DM us on Instagram @monpurelondon

Our Scalpcare Ritual for ‘Stress Eczema’

  If eczema is currently the bane of your life, you’re not alone. Eczema is a condition that is notoriously difficult to treat, as there are so many factors at play. Trying to identify the specific cause is tricky, but stress is seen as a major one – with recent studies showing that psychological or physical stress are common triggers. Many people report flare-ups of ‘stress eczema’ (your humble author included), which can affect any part of the body, including the scalp.  So what is happening? Stress ramps up the production of certain hormones and releases pro-inflammatory chemicals that are known to compromise the scalp’s barrier function. This means that it is easier for moisture to escape, leading to significant scalp-skin dehydration, itching and other sensitivities.  Therefore, for National Stress Awareness Day, we've put together an eczema soothing scalpcare ritual to help you unwind and relax whilst treating any inflamed, itchy, red skin.  You will need: MONPURE’s Triple Hydration Hit Regime (comprising our Clarifying Scalp Scrub, Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask and Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum). Microfibre hair towel Scented candle (optional) A quiet place where you can relax (NB. Make sure to go easy on irritated skin – if the skin is broken or your eczema is particularly severe, always consult your GP or dermatologist in the first instance.)   Wet your hair, then scoop up a walnut-sized amount of the Clarifying Scalp Scrub and massage into the roots. Biodegradable jojoba beads will gently sweep away any dead skin and debris that can exacerbate symptoms, leaving it feeling smooth and reinvigorated. Leave on for 3 minutes then rinse thoroughly, drying off any excess water by patting the hair with a towel. Now it’s time to apply our Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask which works to soothe, hydrate and relieve scalp discomfort, with aloe vera and vitamin-rich camellia tea oil. For this next part, we’ve enlisted the help of 7Over7 founder and qualified yoga instructor Minal Bhanshali. “Use the texture of the mask to glide the fingertips in circular motions around the nape, the points on the back of the ears, the temples, the forehead and the crown of the head. Being aware of any tension and holding gentle pressure there will help you to relax more deeply. This gentle massage enables better sleep, a more alert mind when done during the day, a deep sense of wellbeing. It’s the ultimate form of self-care!” Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. While you’re waiting for it to work its magic (you’ll feel a tingle so you’ll know it’s working) you might want to try some stress busting exercises to calm any racing thoughts. Focused breathing is also a quick, easy technique for issues like stress and anxiety. Deeply inhale for six seconds as you fill your lungs with air, and then slowly breathe out for ten. If you can, do this with one hand on your heart, the other on your stomach. Repeat this, inhaling and exhaling ten times. Slowing down your breathing makes your body release more carbon dioxide, which then slows down your heart rate, making you automatically feel calmer. Once your 15 minutes is up, rinse your scalp and hair thoroughly. Finally, the pièce de resistance is our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. This serum intensely revives a thirsty scalp with Vitamin B5 and an ingredient called allantoin that works like a sponge to draw moisture into the skin and keep it there. Part your hair in several sections and apply using the dropper and leave to dry (do not rinse). You can enjoy this ritual once or twice a week, or whenever you’re feeling the pressure (and your scalp is paying the price!) Not only will your eczema-induced dry scalp be quenched, but your senses will be soothed with essential oils of lavender and sandalwood – ensure you breathe the aroma in  deeply to calm any racing thoughts, as well as a stressed scalp! Click here to shop our Triple Hydration Hit Regime and let us know how you get on by emailing info@monpure.com “Bought these three products and have used three times so far. I can already feel a difference in my scalp, which has been dry and scaly for over five years.”  Carol – MONPURE Customer  

Why MONPURE are proud to be vegan

  Did you know it’s World Vegan Day? Rather than just a passing lifestyle trend, the vegan movement is here to stay, and MONPURE aims to be at the forefront. We believe that animal products have no place in our beauty regimes, given there are so many viable alternatives. That’s why all MONPURE products are proudly vegan, containing zero animal derivatives. Being vegan is different from cruelty-free (MONPURE are both) as a product can be formulated without animal testing, but still contain animal-derived ingredients. Once the preserve of a small minority of strident activists, more and more of us are embracing veganism. And the benefits to the environment are hard to ignore. According to research, if the world went vegan, it could save 8 million human lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoided climate damages of $1.5 trillion. But veganism isn’t just about what’s on your plate but what’s in your bathroom cabinet too. Indeed, many skincare brands are starting to get on-board with vegan-friendly formulas. And there are multiple benefits to incorporating them into your routine. What makes a product vegan? A vegan beauty product doesn’t contain any animal by-products or animal-derived ingredients, such as beeswax and honey, silk protein and lanolin (an emollient derived from sheep’s wool). Other ingredients that might slip under the radar include biotin, cetyl alcohol, keratin, and gelatine.  Not only is vegan scalp and haircare better for the planet (not to mention the animals!), but vegan ingredients also tend to be kinder to the skin – which makes them ideal for sensitive scalps. Vegan formulas are also usually more alkaline too, making them great for calming inflammation and soothing stressed scalps – especially those affected by acne and eczema.  How do I know if a product is vegan? There’s no need to scrutinise ingredients lists, as most vegan beauty products usually have a ‘V’ logo on the packaging, making them easy to spot. (MONPURE is both PETA-certified vegan and Cruelty Free.) If you’re still unsure, visit peta.org where there is a list of non-vegan ingredients to look out for. Have you heard of Silkgel? One vegan ingredient MONPURE is particularly proud of is a vegan silk protein called Silkgel – a pioneering new vegan alternative to regular silk peptides, providing a “second skin” effect to the scalp and hair follicles. You can read more about it here. Got a question about one of our ingredients? Email our team at info@monpure.com and someone will get back to you shortly.  

How Insomnia Affects Your Scalp

Getting a decent night’s sleep is something that many of us struggle with and with the recent lockdown, evidence suggests more and more of us aren’t sleeping as well as we should. A survey by King’s College London found that almost two thirds of people (63%) said their sleep has been worse since the first lockdown.  We can especially sympathise with those of you who are having trouble sleeping. Sleep deprivation doesn’t just make us feel lethargic and irritable, it can also impact our physical health, being linked to issues such as low-immunity, depression and weight gain. But among its lesser-known repercussions are those it has on your skin (including your scalp-skin).  Here’s why – dermatologists agree that skin works according to the rhythm of your body clock (known as its ‘circadian rhythm’). This is our body’s own 24-hour clock that regulates our sleep – hence why we get jet-lagged when we fly to different time zones.  The processes that take place in our body occur at different times of the day, which includes when our skin repairs and regenerates.  So if we experience disruptions in our sleep (and consequently our skin’s regeneration cycle) it means that it can’t repair or turnover new cells as efficiently. The result? Scalp dryness, irritation and accelerated ageing (coupled with stress leads to an increased risk of hair loss and conditions like eczema and psoriasis).   So what can we do to improve our chances of sleeping better? Here are some good techniques to try … Get moving during the day Not only does it work wonders for your mental health, just ten minutes of daily exercise can hugely benefit the quality of sleep you’re getting. Especially if you go to a local park, where the combination of aerobic activity and being in nature can significantly reduce stress levels. Plus, exercise causes our body temperature to rise slightly, and later drop which triggers ‘sleep mode’.  Make ‘bedtime’ a thing Working from home can mean our sleep schedule is slightly erratic. But thanks to our circadian rhythm, your brain has a specific time of day when it’s ‘bedtime’, by making sure sleep happens at a specific time each night. Sticking to a regular sleep schedule will ensure your brain knows when it’s time to switch off and you can fall asleep without a hitch.  Can’t sleep? Get out of bed! Lying in bed, stressing about being awake will mean you’ll just continue to stay awake. Get out of bed (quietly!), remove yourself from the thing that’s causing you stress (i.e. your bed) and distract yourself with something like reading or listening to a podcast through your headphones. Soon your mind will become weary and you’ll feel ready to try again. Make your bedroom a sleep sanctuary! Make sure your bedroom is a place your brain associates with sleep and relaxation. This means clearing out all clutter, work files and laptops. (FYI try not to work from your laptop in bed!) Adding some scented candles or houseplants can work wonders in making your bedroom more relaxing.  Avoid screen time a few hours before bed While it’s really tempting to crash out in front of the TV, or chat on WhatsApp in the evening, choose a relaxing activity that doesn’t involve staring at a screen (the blue light is like caffeine for your brain). Instead of a Netflix binge, why not treat yourself to our new Gift Sets? Our Ultimate Scalp and Hair Health Gift Set includes everything you need to grow beautiful, healthy hair and ensure your scalp is calm and hydrated. The relaxing scents of essential oils will help soothe the mind and restore equilibrium. Take time to mindfully apply each product, noting how your scalp feels as you massage each one in. Expect to feel supremely relaxed, as any whirring thoughts subside as your brain prepares to go into ‘sleep mode’.   Try our Ultimate Scalp & Hair Health Gift Set for an extra relaxing treat before bed. Pre-Order now.

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Introducing MONPURE’s Christmas Gift Sets

Who would have seen Christmas coming around the corner already? Given current events, Christmas shopping might be the last thing on your mind. But there’s no need to agonise over choosing the perfect present for your loved ones this year. MONPURE has just launched three stunning limited edition Christmas gift sets containing everything your scalp and hair needs to unwind, de-stress and stay happy and hydrated. The perfect present for any loved ones who are feeling a bit frazzled this December.  What’s even better is that these gifts don’t just benefit the recipient, but support an incredibly important cause in the process. With every gift set sold, MONPURE will donate 15% of profits to The Little Princess Trust. You can also make an additional donation to the trust when you checkout your basket.   This is a wonderful, inspiring charity who give Hair and Hope to children and young people who have experienced hair loss due to illness, by providing wigs and funding vital research into childhood cancers. (Click here to read more about the incredible work they’re doing.) So which box to chose? “This is one of those gifts you'll want to keep for yourself.” - Hello Magazine   The Ultimate Scalp & Hair Health Gift Set - £265 Treat your scalp and hair to the ultimate MONPURE experience. This complete collection includes everything you need to grow beautiful, healthy hair and ensure your scalp is calm and hydrated as well as being itch- and flake-free. This gift set introduces two fabulous accessories: a jade comb to stimulate the scalp, together with three beautiful silk scrunchies to keep your style in place while being gentle on your strands. The Gift of Strong & Thick Hair - £160 Stimulate your scalp and create the perfect environment for stronger, thicker hair to grow through with MONPURE’s root boosting gift set. This quartet of products works in tandem to help reduce hair loss, and ‘fatten up’ lacklustre locks from the very get-go of the growth stage! Winter Healing & Hydration Gift Set - £125 From drizzling rain and gales outside, to moisture-zapping central heating indoors, the harsh, winter months can take their toll on your scalp and hair. This can often result in dry, itchy scalp-skin and frizzy, weather-beaten strands. This gift set cocoons and moisturises both with a special selection of MONPURE products, brimming with strengthening, nourishing ingredients to protect it from the elements. These limited-edition boxes have been exclusively designed by renowned artist Shira Barzilai (aka @Koketit, koketit.com) paying tribute to the collaboration between MONPURE London and The Little Princess Trust.   “One continuous line, free from thought, free from judgement, tangled and loose. The little princess owns this power. She is brave. She knows her own strength. This line artwork is an ode to her.” - Koketit Click here to find out more and pre-order your gift box now, while stocks last...

Find out more

MONPURE is partnering with The Little Princess Trust

Here at MONPURE, we have always been committed to highlighting the emotional impact of hair loss – something that has up until now been overlooked. As a result, MONPURE is proud to announce its partnership with The Little Princess Trust. A charity very close to our hearts, it provides free wigs made from real hair to children and young people aged 24 and under who have lost their hair through cancer or other illness.   The charity was founded in 2006 by Wendy and Simon Tarplee, after their daughter Hannah was diagnosed with a Wilms tumour in 2004, which led to her losing her hair. After Hannah tragically passed away in 2005, her parents decided to set up The Little Princess Trust to help other children and young women in Hannah’s situation, after seeing the positive impact wearing a wig made to her life. As well as providing free real hair wigs, the charity are also supporting research into less aggressive and toxic cancer treatments, as well as researching the causes of paediatric cancer, in the hope that one day, such a charity will no longer be needed. MONPURE are very honoured to be supporting The Little Princess Trust – more details of this exciting collaboration to be revealed soon. In the meantime, you can also make an additional donation at checkout with any MONPURE purchase, with every penny going to the charity. During these stressful times, we believe kindness is what counts – and through this partnership, we can hopefully bring smiles to any children facing challenges so that they are able to enjoy the holiday season. Click here to stock up on your MONPURE favourites and make an additional donation at checkout.

Find out more

How Meditation Can Boost Hair Growth

At MONPURE, we’re more than aware of the toll the global crisis is taking on everyone. We know that looking after our mental health is paramount at the moment not just for our general wellbeing and managing stress levels, but to also ensure our scalp and hair is in the strongest, healthiest condition it can be. As our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan notes, “As we all face our invisible enemy, stress is no doubt creeping into our daily lives. You could be a nurse working at the front line in hospitals; a teenager at school; a chef in a Michelin-star restaurant, an elderly person trying to buy groceries; or a gym bunnie missing weeks of working out! It affects all aspects of our daily lives.” “But stress whether acute or chronic doesn’t just affect our mental health; our skin is perhaps one of the main organs acutely affected by it.  The stress hormone called cortisol regulates the normal functioning of our hair follicles. When cortisol is present at high concentrations, it causes cells in the hair follicles to undergo apoptosis (i.e. die) prematurely by up to 40%, resulting in hair loss.” Meditation or relaxation rituals are a way of ‘checking in’ with your mental health, to help build your mindfulness muscle so that you don’t get stuck in negative thought patterns that can be damaging to both body and mind. And the less stressed you are, the better it is for you all round, benefitting not just your mental and physical health, but as we have seen, hair growth in the process. And when you can combine a relaxation ritual with your regular hair routine, then so much the better. Rather than lathering up for a  hurried 10 minutes in the shower, we created MONPURE for people to take time out to properly treat their scalp and hair – and feel less frazzled in the bargain.  As Minal Bhanshali, founder of scented candle range 7Over7 explains: “Start small with 5 – 10 minutes and then build up your practice.  The best way to start is by trying meditation after a yoga practice. Yoga postures were designed by the ancient yogis to enable the body to sit in a meditative state for long periods of time and to help channel the energy from the ground up. After yoga is therefore an ideal time, when the body and mind are more receptive to the benefits of meditation. I’d also recommend creating a space and a ritual to your practice to make it more meaningful; dim the lights, light a mood enhancing candle and ensure there is a good flow of fresh air in the room. Don’t forget to set an intention for your practice too.” If you’re new to meditation, there are many apps offering 10-minute daily coaching sessions, where meditation teachers can guide you through what you should be focusing on and how to time your breathing. Find a quiet comfortable space, plug in your headphones and you’re good to go! Make an effort to do this each morning and you will soon start to see a difference. Here are MONPURE, we’re happy to offer advice and support for anyone experiencing scalp and hair issues during this stressful time. Please email us on info@monpure.com or DM us on Instagram @monpurelondon

Find out more

Our Scalpcare Ritual for ‘Stress Eczema’

  If eczema is currently the bane of your life, you’re not alone. Eczema is a condition that is notoriously difficult to treat, as there are so many factors at play. Trying to identify the specific cause is tricky, but stress is seen as a major one – with recent studies showing that psychological or physical stress are common triggers. Many people report flare-ups of ‘stress eczema’ (your humble author included), which can affect any part of the body, including the scalp.  So what is happening? Stress ramps up the production of certain hormones and releases pro-inflammatory chemicals that are known to compromise the scalp’s barrier function. This means that it is easier for moisture to escape, leading to significant scalp-skin dehydration, itching and other sensitivities.  Therefore, for National Stress Awareness Day, we've put together an eczema soothing scalpcare ritual to help you unwind and relax whilst treating any inflamed, itchy, red skin.  You will need: MONPURE’s Triple Hydration Hit Regime (comprising our Clarifying Scalp Scrub, Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask and Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum). Microfibre hair towel Scented candle (optional) A quiet place where you can relax (NB. Make sure to go easy on irritated skin – if the skin is broken or your eczema is particularly severe, always consult your GP or dermatologist in the first instance.)   Wet your hair, then scoop up a walnut-sized amount of the Clarifying Scalp Scrub and massage into the roots. Biodegradable jojoba beads will gently sweep away any dead skin and debris that can exacerbate symptoms, leaving it feeling smooth and reinvigorated. Leave on for 3 minutes then rinse thoroughly, drying off any excess water by patting the hair with a towel. Now it’s time to apply our Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask which works to soothe, hydrate and relieve scalp discomfort, with aloe vera and vitamin-rich camellia tea oil. For this next part, we’ve enlisted the help of 7Over7 founder and qualified yoga instructor Minal Bhanshali. “Use the texture of the mask to glide the fingertips in circular motions around the nape, the points on the back of the ears, the temples, the forehead and the crown of the head. Being aware of any tension and holding gentle pressure there will help you to relax more deeply. This gentle massage enables better sleep, a more alert mind when done during the day, a deep sense of wellbeing. It’s the ultimate form of self-care!” Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. While you’re waiting for it to work its magic (you’ll feel a tingle so you’ll know it’s working) you might want to try some stress busting exercises to calm any racing thoughts. Focused breathing is also a quick, easy technique for issues like stress and anxiety. Deeply inhale for six seconds as you fill your lungs with air, and then slowly breathe out for ten. If you can, do this with one hand on your heart, the other on your stomach. Repeat this, inhaling and exhaling ten times. Slowing down your breathing makes your body release more carbon dioxide, which then slows down your heart rate, making you automatically feel calmer. Once your 15 minutes is up, rinse your scalp and hair thoroughly. Finally, the pièce de resistance is our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. This serum intensely revives a thirsty scalp with Vitamin B5 and an ingredient called allantoin that works like a sponge to draw moisture into the skin and keep it there. Part your hair in several sections and apply using the dropper and leave to dry (do not rinse). You can enjoy this ritual once or twice a week, or whenever you’re feeling the pressure (and your scalp is paying the price!) Not only will your eczema-induced dry scalp be quenched, but your senses will be soothed with essential oils of lavender and sandalwood – ensure you breathe the aroma in  deeply to calm any racing thoughts, as well as a stressed scalp! Click here to shop our Triple Hydration Hit Regime and let us know how you get on by emailing info@monpure.com “Bought these three products and have used three times so far. I can already feel a difference in my scalp, which has been dry and scaly for over five years.”  Carol – MONPURE Customer  

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Why MONPURE are proud to be vegan

  Did you know it’s World Vegan Day? Rather than just a passing lifestyle trend, the vegan movement is here to stay, and MONPURE aims to be at the forefront. We believe that animal products have no place in our beauty regimes, given there are so many viable alternatives. That’s why all MONPURE products are proudly vegan, containing zero animal derivatives. Being vegan is different from cruelty-free (MONPURE are both) as a product can be formulated without animal testing, but still contain animal-derived ingredients. Once the preserve of a small minority of strident activists, more and more of us are embracing veganism. And the benefits to the environment are hard to ignore. According to research, if the world went vegan, it could save 8 million human lives by 2050, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two thirds and lead to healthcare-related savings and avoided climate damages of $1.5 trillion. But veganism isn’t just about what’s on your plate but what’s in your bathroom cabinet too. Indeed, many skincare brands are starting to get on-board with vegan-friendly formulas. And there are multiple benefits to incorporating them into your routine. What makes a product vegan? A vegan beauty product doesn’t contain any animal by-products or animal-derived ingredients, such as beeswax and honey, silk protein and lanolin (an emollient derived from sheep’s wool). Other ingredients that might slip under the radar include biotin, cetyl alcohol, keratin, and gelatine.  Not only is vegan scalp and haircare better for the planet (not to mention the animals!), but vegan ingredients also tend to be kinder to the skin – which makes them ideal for sensitive scalps. Vegan formulas are also usually more alkaline too, making them great for calming inflammation and soothing stressed scalps – especially those affected by acne and eczema.  How do I know if a product is vegan? There’s no need to scrutinise ingredients lists, as most vegan beauty products usually have a ‘V’ logo on the packaging, making them easy to spot. (MONPURE is both PETA-certified vegan and Cruelty Free.) If you’re still unsure, visit peta.org where there is a list of non-vegan ingredients to look out for. Have you heard of Silkgel? One vegan ingredient MONPURE is particularly proud of is a vegan silk protein called Silkgel – a pioneering new vegan alternative to regular silk peptides, providing a “second skin” effect to the scalp and hair follicles. You can read more about it here. Got a question about one of our ingredients? Email our team at info@monpure.com and someone will get back to you shortly.  

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Why Pumpkin Seed Extract Works For Hair Loss

As Halloween draws near, our thoughts might turn to carving pumpkins and displaying all manner of pumpkin themed paraphernalia in our windows! But want to know what fascinates us at MONPURE most of all? Pumpkin seeds. (Yes, the ones which normally get scooped out and thrown on the compost!)  As you may know, MONPURE is all about treating scalp and hair issues with gentle, plant-based ingredients as opposed to using harsh synthetic chemicals (which can cause irritation and sometimes even make things worse). And pumpkin seed extract is one such gentle ingredient, which is actually brilliant for treating and preventing hair loss – which is why we’ve made it the star of our award-winning Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum. Hair loss is something that affects many of us (40% of women will have some form of it in their lifetime), which can take its toll on our emotional health – especially if it’s noticeable. As our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan advises, early intervention is key. “If you’re concerned about hair loss, it would be advisable to seek advice from a dermatologist to obtain appropriate diagnosis and medical treatment for your scalp, preferably at an earlier stage before it becomes advanced,” she says.  “Maintaining a good scalp care regime, with targeted products such as those created by the scientists behind MONPURE, is so crucial to preventing these issues,” she adds. A common type of hair loss is female pattern hair loss – which is one of the issues our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum was created to help treat.   “This is a genetic type of hair loss which can be encountered by women who are in their 30s and older, but most frequently occurs with menopause,” Dr Sue Ann explains. “It happens when the hair’s growth phase slows down and the hair follicles shrink. It usually takes the form of diffuse thinning, starting from the crown of the head, but unlike male pattern hair loss, it doesn’t result in complete baldness.”  So where does pumpkin seed extract come into play? Well, one of the androgens responsible for female pattern hair loss is Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a byproduct of testosterone (which increases as women get older). While DHT results in an increase in hair growth elsewhere on the body, it contributes to hair loss on the scalp, shrinking the hair follicle’s anagen (growth) phase and prolonging the telogen (shedding) phase. 5-alpha reductase is the enzyme responsible for converting 10% of testosterone into DHT – which pumpkin seed extract has been scientifically proven to help block, which is why it makes a real difference when it comes to preventing and treating hair loss.  (A recent study of pumpkin seed oil supplements in Korea showed an increase in hair growth by 40% over the course of 24 weeks.) If you’re keen to discover how pumpkin seed extract works wonders for your hair, try our award-winning Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum for yourself. It also contains other follicle-feeding ingredients such as rosemary leaf and coffee extracts – while exfoliating retinol and lactic acid work to improve cell turnover and remove dead skin and debris that often inhibit hair growth.  MONPURE are here to answer any scalp and hair questions or queries you may have. Drop us a line at info@monpure.com or DM us on Instagram @monpurelondon  

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5 ways witch hazel can benefit your scalp and hair

When it comes to natural ways to care for your scalp and hair, witch hazel comes with a whole heap of benefits – particularly if your scalp is oily, itchy or prone to dandruff. Witch hazel is a type of shrub native to North America, Japan and China. Most of its extracts come from tannins found within its leaves and bark, which then get processed and formulated into topical treatments for your skin and scalp. It’s a hero ingredient in our beloved scalp SOS product Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, and for good reason. Here are five ways witch hazel can benefit your scalp and hair.   1. It treats greasy roots in-between washes     Witch hazel acts a bit like a dry shampoo, keeping your scalp healthy and preventing it from getting too greasy on non-wash days. This is because it’s an astringent – which means it works to tighten pores and dry out the oil that scalp-sweat produces. This makes it a great option for those who don’t wash their hair everyday (especially if you play a lot of sport or work out regularly). It’s a great scalp refresher if you wear braids too.   2. It calms irritation     Witch hazel is a natural anti-inflammatory, which means it’s ideal for treating irritated and inflamed scalp-skin. It’s historically been used in skincare remedies for ailments like rashes, insect bites, bruises and minor burns - and is renowned for calming sensitive skin.   3. It helps combat conditions like seborrheic dermatitis Seborrheic dermatitis is a common skin condition that mainly affects your scalp. It is brought on by inflammation, which causes the scalp to produce too much sebum, which dandruff-causing yeast feeds on. Cue itching, flaking and all of the other symptoms associated with dandruff. Luckily witch hazel is perfect for treating the most common symptoms, working to prevent flaky skin and flare ups by soothing inflammation and regulating sebum levels.   4. It fights scalp acne     Suffering with breakouts on the scalp? Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, astringent powers, witch hazel can calm and soothe any angry, red spots, while the acidic pH balance stops acne-causing bacteria from spreading.   5. It can possibly help with hair loss      Many people have reported that witch hazel has helped with their hair loss. That’s because it works to increase blood circulation in the scalp, delivering vital nutrients to the hair follicles, which can stimulate healthy growth. It also reduces inflammation (see above), another major cause of hair loss. MONPURE are here to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your scalp and hair. Email us on info@monpure.com or send us a DM on Instagram

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What is sustainable beauty?

We know the word ‘sustainable’ gets thrown around a lot at the moment, to the point where it might raise a few eyebrows. Rather than just pay lip service, MONPURE are all about caring for our beautiful planet as much as we do your scalp and hair, it’s important to us that we stay true to our sustainable ethos at every step of this journey. With the digital world moving at lightning speed; there has been an ever-increasing demand for the next shiny new thing to shout about on social media. As a consequence, companies are obliged to constantly churn out ‘newness’ at pocket money price points. We’ve seen this most blatantly with the rise of ‘fast fashion’ but ‘fast beauty’ is another big culprit. Alongside the fact that 8 million garments a year end up in a landfill, more than 120 billion units of packaging are produced every year by the global cosmetics industry, contributing to loss of 18 million acres of forest annually. This new sustainable beauty movement is precisely what we at MONPURE want to be at the forefront of. Championing sustainable hair products, hopefully where we lead, other beauty brands will follow. But what qualifies as sustainable? What is sustainable beauty? As well as prioritising natural, sustainably sourced ingredients wherever possible, we are 100% vegan and cruelty free, no mean feat in the world of haircare where animal-derived ingredients are usually the norm. One of the ingredients we use that we’re particularly proud of is Silkgel - a pioneering new vegan alternative to regular silk peptides. It’s produced via a process of fermenting plant starch that has been clinically proven to not only repair fragile or damaged hair strands, but also protect the hair and scalp from pollution and bacteria. We’re equally conscientious when it comes to our packaging, which features 100% post-consumer recycled plastic (which is also 100% recyclable). This is a type of plastic that has been reprocessed from other products that have been used and thrown away by consumers. A lot of the time, plastic objects that get discarded and recycled will get made into the same object (so an old shampoo bottle will be recycled to make a new one) thus closing the waste loop. This means that eventually, less plastic will end up in landfills, or in our oceans.  Plus, our shipping boxes and product packaging are printed using soy ink and our ecommerce orders use 100% biodegradable and compostable packing chips. But MONPURE’s commitment to ‘slow beauty’ and sustainability doesn’t just stop at their own offices. We have also handpicked our suppliers for having the highest ethical standards; many are involved in environmental and social initiatives themselves. For example, our warehouse in Wales has won a prestigious social enterprise award, while our manufacturer employs over 250 people with learning disabilities We are also proud to announce that we’re a pending B-Corp, an incredibly important certification for a company to have. B Corps are legally bound to put the planet and people before profit margins. So as a consumer, you can rest assured that every step of the production process – from ingredients to suppliers, to packaging and shipping, has this in mind. Keep an eye out on our Instagram @monpurelondon for more updates on the exciting sustainability initiatives we have going on. And for any questions or suggestions, email us on info@monpure.com

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How healthy is your scalp?

  We often take our scalp for granted, with many symptoms like itchiness, dryness, redness and hair loss seen as normal. But if our hair is looking a little lacklustre and snapping off at the ends, it could be an underlying issue with our scalp that’s to blame. Healthy hair starts with the scalp after all! So how healthy is your scalp? If you have a regular scalpcare routine, using MONPURE’s Clarifying Scalp Scrub, Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask and Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, you’re halfway there. And to help you further, we’ve highlighted a few of the most common signs of poor scalp health and how to treat them. Signs of an Unhealthy Scalp Among the common signs of poor scalp health is constant itchy, oiliness, frequent flaky skin or a sudden increase in hair loss. If you feel like you’re unable to skip washing your hair every day without your scalp becoming itchy and greasy, then this could be another sign of poor scalp health. It can mean your sebaceous glands are overactive, a condition known as seborrheic dermatitis, thought to affect about 4% of the adult population. One way to ease its symptoms is with our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. Its star ingredient is witch hazel, which thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, can help calm the scalp’s sebaceous glands and regulate moisture levels with pro vitamin B5 and allantoin. Other common symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis include itchy, red scalp-skin, accompanied by scaly patches and dandruff (oily, large flakes of skin). Itching and redness could also be symptoms of scalp eczema or psoriasis, which can lead to hair loss if not treated. If symptoms are serious, you should use a tar-based shampoo, usually with coconut oil and salicylic acid to help dissolve the dead skin build-up. If you notice your hair looking limp and thin, with stunted growth, this could be due to the products you’re using. If you apply lots of styling products (such as gel, dry shampoo and hairspray) and not cleansing your scalp properly, then these can clog the hair follicles and irritate the scalp-skin – which can lead to hair thinning and hair loss in extreme cases. That’s why it’s important to cleanse it regularly with a mild, plant-based shampoo such as our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo.  It’s also a good idea to avoid hair products containing silicones that can also clog hair follicles and weigh the hair down. Dealing with a dry, flaky scalp? This looks very similar to dandruff, but the skin flakes are smaller and usually accompanied by dry patches of skin elsewhere on your body. Your shampoo is possibly to blame. Many contain harsh formulas such as sulphates that can leave the scalp and hair stripped of moisture. Showering with too-hot water and over-washing can also lead to scalp dryness. Regularly exfoliating your scalp with our Clarifying Scalp Scrub can remove the dead skin flakes as well as replenish moisture levels with argan oil and shea butter. If your scalp often feels tight and sore, it could be a sign of stress due to wearing too-tight hairstyles, braids and extensions. As well as feeling uncomfortable, it can put too much pressure on the hair follicles and lead to traction alopecia in extreme cases, which is when the roots are damaged leading to scarring and hair loss. If you’ve noticed hair thinning and loss, you can revive flagging hair follicles with our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum, which contains pumpkin seed extract and castor oil to ‘feed’ the scalp with everything it needs to help stimulate healthy hair growth. Do you have a question on scalp health? Feel free to drop us a line at info@monpure.com and our team of dermatologists will be happy to get back to you.

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The MONPURE Guide to finding your curly hair type

  For ages those with curly hair have been lumped together in one haircare category. But obviously curls come in many guises and at MONPURE we’re all about celebrating every curly hair type (because we’re a collective of haircare nerds when all’s said and done). Recently curls have been classified into Types 1-4. If your hair isn’t poker straight (i.e. Type 1), then you should get to know your curl type and curl pattern, so you can have a better idea of how to treat and care for them.  But there’s more – each of these hair types have subcategories A-C depending on how densely packed your curls are (and how thick your hair is).   So what are the three basic curl patterns? Type 2 – Wavy   This is the type of hair that’s not strictly ‘curly’, but not straight. The hair tends to fall in ‘S’ shapes, that can fall very loosely (2A) to more defined beach waves (2B) or hair that looks like it’s been crimped (2C) but doesn’t spiral around itself the way traditional curls do. Type 2 hair can benefit from products that won’t weigh it down or disrupt its natural wave pattern. Our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner contains zero silicones with a light milky texture that imbues hair with moisture without leaving it feeling heavy or greasy. 2C types can be most prone to frizz, so keep both your scalp and hair nourished with our Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, containing conditioning camellia tea oil and aloe vera. Type 3 – Curly   This is the classic curl that falls into a neat spiral shape, which can be fine, medium or coarse. Curls can range from large (3A), to medium (3B) to tightly wound (3B). If you’re Type 3, go easy on the brushing or blow drying (unless using a diffuser) as it can make hair look ‘fluffy’ or frizzy. Type 3 hair – especially 3b and 3c – can be prone to breakage, so look for a mild shampoo that doesn’t contain harsh sulphates that will dry the hair out. Our Strengthening Silk-Protein Shampoo stars vegan silk peptides that create a breathable ‘second skin’ effect over the scalp and hair, and instead of sulphates uses a coconut-derived cleansing agent that’s 100% natural origin.   Type 4 – Coily    This curl pattern tends to be the most voluminous, where the hair is usually ‘E’ shaped (4A); in zig-zag shaped kinks (4B) or tight coils that are almost imperceptible to the naked eye (4C).  Type 4 hair can be extremely fragile (especially 4C) and requires regular nourishment with hair butters, oils and leave-in conditioners to keep its hydration levels topped up. You might not want to wash and dry it every day – but your scalp still might need more frequent care. To keep your scalp-skin hydrated and reduce itching in-between washing, try our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, which contains toning witch hazel and hydrating aloe vera to relieve any irritation and dryness (it can also help combat sweat after a workout!). If your scalp and hair have been feeling stressed of late, try our Rewind and Restore Regime with a built-in saving of 25%.  

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Why stress causes an itchy scalp

  To mark World Mental Health Day we wanted to shine a light on COVID stress – and its effect on the scalp.  According to the ONS (Office of National Statistics), 69% of adults in the UK claim that the COVID-19 pandemic is (unsurprisingly) having a negative effect on their life, with 63% worrying about the future and 56% feeling stressed or anxious.  If you've been feeling the pressure yourself, you might have noticed your scalp becoming itchy (which roughly 75% of people suffer from). And there's a medical reason for this, according to MONPURE resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan. “Stress whether acute or chronic doesn’t just affect our mental health; our skin is one of the main organs acutely affected by it. Where the scalp-skin is concerned, stress can cause our underlying skin conditions to become worse or even trigger a severe flare up. These include inflammatory skin conditions such as atopic eczema, psoriasis and seborrhoeic dermatitis (which leads to dandruff) – the latter being the most common cause of an itchy scalp." Can stress affect your scalp? So how does stress play a part in our scalp condition? "Stress raises levels of androgens (male hormones) in our body,” Dr Chan explains. “This causes our scalp to become oilier, which dandruff-causing yeast love to feed on (hence the itching)." If you’re looking for ways to ease your stress levels, there are plenty of relaxation apps you can download to help guide you, especially if going to a therapist or meditation class isn’t possible at the moment.  As well as guided meditation apps (Headspace; 10% Happier), others can offer breathing exercises (MyLife) and sleep coaching (Slumber; Sleep Cycle) if you’re finding it difficult to nod off. How do I stop my scalp from itching when I'm anxious? When it comes to your scalp, regular exfoliation with MONPURE's Clarifying Scalp Scrub can help ease the symptoms of itchiness, with jojoba beads to get rid of excess debris, sweeping away dead, flaky skin and reinvigorating the skin underneath. While the scrub exfoliates manually, our Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask contains resurfacing lactic acid to exfoliate on a more microscopic level, together with argan oil to deliver a hefty hit of hydration.  But the real jewel in the crown where scalp itching is concerned (especially if you don’t have time to wash your hair everyday) is our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum which intensely soothes itching with witch hazel and allantoin (a comfrey root extract) that are both renowned for their ability to calm irritation. MONPURE are here to support and advise customers who are experiencing scalp issues during this stressful time.  Just drop us an email info@monpure.com – otherwise message us on Instagram @monpurelondon

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