How to prolong your hair colour

People who tint or dye their hair will probably be all too familiar with the woes of colour fade. After all, there’s no point investing time and money to achieve the perfect shade if it dulls and loses its freshness almost immediately. With that in mind, here are some fail-safe tips to maintain your colour for as long as possible. (And protect your hair in the process!) Use a sulphate-free shampoo Sulphates are detergents, which are often used in shampoos to lift away dirt and debris – but the downside is that they can also dry the hair out and lift away colour pigments because of how harsh they are. Shampoos that are free from sulphates are gentler on the hair and scalp and less likely to strip your strands of moisture – or your colour along with it. MONPURE’s Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo contains zero sulphates, instead using coconut-derived cleansing agents that are of 100% natural origin, together with hydrating aloe vera and strengthening vegan silk peptides. These peptides create a breathable ‘second skin’ on both the scalp and hair, protecting (by more than 35%) against the effects of pollution, irritants and bacteria, all of which are known to compromise your colour. Watch your shower temperature Too-hot water opens up your hair cuticles, which causes moisture and colour pigment to leak out – not ideal! Ideally wash your hair in water that’s room-temperature, following with our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, which contains nourishing argan oil to lock in moisture and protect your colour. Keep it under your hat! If you’re a keen swimmer or sun worshipper, these can wreak havoc on your coloured hair. Chlorine and UV exposure are both harsh aggressors, which can fade hair colour, so make sure you wear a swimming cap or sun hat whenever you can. Go easy on the styling tools Once you’ve got a fresh new colour, it might be tempting to style it to the max. But the intense heat from hair dryers and straighteners can open up the hair cuticle and fast-forward colour fade. Mask up regularly Using a mask a few times a week can pay dividends when it comes to hair colour. MONPURE’s Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask ‘feeds’ your hair follicles with camellia tea oil (brimming with vitamins), which works wonders for your hair’s condition (and subsequent colour). Plus it ensures regrowth is stronger and more likely to withstand colour treatments.  Click here to explore and learn more about the MONPURE range and how it can improve your scalp and hair.

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This one product can help prevent scalp ageing

You might be familiar with anti-ageing for the skin on your face – but what about your scalp? Our scalps are just as vulnerable as the skin on our face, but rather than just lines and dullness, an ageing scalp can also have a knock-on effect on our hair. The result is dull, thinning strands and an increased risk of hair loss, which affects 40% of women and 70% of men in their lifetime.  This was one of the key issues MONPURE was created to treat, that the scalp should be treated with as much care as the skin on our face – with the same ingredients that will keep the skin cells youthful and energised.  Dr. Sue Ann Chan, MONPURE’s resident dermatologist comments: “I advise my patients to care for their scalp in the same way as they care for the skin on their face. Too often the scalp gets neglected which can lead to hair loss and also a dull appearance in the hair in general.”   With that in mind – we’ve poured all of our expertise into one serum that will treat the scalp in the same way a supercharged facial serum would care for the skin on the face. Our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum was created to tackle hair thinning and hair loss – which go hand-in-hand with scalp ageing.  Devoid of common irritants and strong chemicals (which can aggravate the scalp and make matters worse), the results-driven formula is brimming with potent botanicals, many of which have been scientifically proven to help with hair loss. One of its star ingredients is a special pumpkin seed extract. While it might sound like something you’d drizzle on a salad, it can actually work wonders when it comes to combating hair loss. Our resident dermatologist Dr. Sue Ann Chan explains how it works. “Pumpkin seed extract is becoming more widely used in helping to treat hair loss,” she says. “Testosterone in our body produces a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which in excess may cause hair loss in certain individuals. This chemical is released by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which pumpkin seed extract helps to block. That’s what makes it effective in preventing hair loss, which is why it’s the star ingredient in MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum.” It also features a gentle form of retinol (suitable for use in pregnancy) called retinyl palmitate. A popular ingredient with a proven track record in anti-ageing, your scalp loves it as much as your face does, helping to speed up cell turnover, regulating sebum production and boosting collagen (the ‘building blocks’ of your skin). Together with lactic acid, it helps decongest and exfoliate hair follicles. The result? Your scalp-skin is healthier, creating the best environment for thicker, fuller hair to grow through. All you need to do is massage a few drops into your scalp every day – ideally after you’ve just washed your hair, to help rejuvenate your scalp and boost your hair follicles. After a few weeks of use, you should start to see a real difference in hair thickness and growth. (Plus the uplifting scent of lemongrass and rosemary will boost your mood in the bargain.) Discover this clever concoction for yourself – shop Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum.

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How to protect your hair and scalp during sport

With Wimbledon sadly not taking place this year, many of us might still be inspired to hit the tennis courts. But while you’re working up a sweat perfecting your backhand, you might end up with an itchy, irritated scalp and greasy roots for your troubles. Not everyone wants to wash their hair every time they exercise, so here are a few ways to help maintain a happy scalp and strands. Use a sweat-absorbing headband Not only will a headband make you look the part à la Serena Williams or Martina Hingis in your tennis whites, but it helps mop up excess sweat from your scalp and around your hairline so you don’t end your match with your hair looking drenched. Apply a toning scalp serum If you don’t have time to wash your hair after your tennis session or spin class, applying a few drops of MONPURE Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum through your roots and massaging in can work wonders when it comes to controlling scalp sweat. This is because it contains witch hazel, a natural toner, which works to tighten pores and dry out the oil sweat produces. Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, £96 (50ml) Have a damp towel on hand to keep cool The more heat your body generates, the more sweat it produces (resulting in a stressed scalp and sweat-drenched hair). So the next time you exercise, make sure you have a cool damp towel nearby to dab your face with in-between sets, to stop your body from overheating. Use a sulphate-free shampoo A common ingredient in many shampoos, sulphates are a cleansing agent, which can be very drying when used too frequently. So if you’re washing your hair every day after your morning workout, you can end up with frizzy hair and a dry, flaky scalp. MONPURE’s Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo is perfect for daily use, as it contains zero sulphates. Instead it uses natural aloe vera to cleanse and hydrate the scalp and strands – without leaving them parched and stripped – together with vegan silk peptides to strengthen and protect. Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo, £36 (200ml) Mask up after you cool down While exercise is great for boosting endorphins and helping to maintain good mental health, intense forms of cardio (such as tennis) can raise the body’s cortisol levels, leaving it stressed and agitated – not least your scalp. If your scalp-skin is particularly red and irritable after a workout, it might need some extra TLC before you wash your hair as normal. MONPURE’s Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask is designed to control any discomfort with calming aloe vera and vitamin-rich camellia tea oil, while the peppermint and lavender scent help relax both your scalp and mind (the tingle is the best bit!). Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, £63 (120g)

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Our favourite London hotspots

MONPURE has its roots in the capital and was established by a collective of London-based beauty experts, scientists and dermatologists. Proud to be a ‘London brand’, the dynamic character and rich history of the city inspires us and is at the heart of everything we do. With that in mind, we’ve chosen a few of our favourite spots in our hometown for any city-dwellers or day-trippers looking for things to see and do in The Big Smoke.  Exmouth Market One of the few solely pedestrianized streets in London, these cobbled roads are home to some great bars, eateries, coffee shops and boutiques selling all manner of interesting knick knacks. It’s achingly ‘hipster’ so it’s a good chance to people watch too. Plus London’s annual Tweed Run (where everyone dresses up in tweeds and cycles around the city) starts and finishes there every year. (Nearest tubes: Farringdon and Angel.) Piccadilly Yes it might seem like a tourist trap that should be avoided at all costs, but if you get off the tube at Green Park instead of Piccadilly Circus it’s a far more pleasant experience. From Fortnum & Mason’s afternoon tea, to legendary breakfast at The Wolsley the area is where you can find many of the city’s beloved hang outs. The Royal Academy is also a must-see – their summer exhibition is a key social event where new artists display their work, attracting all manner of art lovers, socialites and serious collectors hoping to snap up a future classic. Old Street towards Shoreditch Bar flies and night owls will want to head to this popular haunt, where you can try some of the best – and most Instagrammable - cocktails in London. Their ‘secret’ speakeasy-style bars such as Nightjar, Found and Callooh Callay have all the cool kids queuing around the block, while if you wander down to Shoreditch you can try all manner of street food on Brick Lane and dance till dawn with various celebrities’ offspring at The Ace Hotel. Borough Market/Southbank A tourist hotspot and for good reason – so we suggest you avoid going on a Saturday, and opt for the Thursday or Friday afternoon markets instead. This legendary farmers’ market takes place under Southwark’s historic Victorian arches, where you can sample as many artisan breads, cheeses and cured meats as your heart desires. Behind the market is the Southbank where you can enjoy gorgeous views of The Thames, catch a play at Shakespeare’s Globe or get an arty fix at The Tate Modern. Brockwell Park/Brixton London has so many beautiful green spaces and this sprawling 84-acre park is one of them. Home to many of the city’s famous concerts, festivals and circuses as well as the famous Lambeth Country Show, you can spend a day flying kites, sunbathing or taking a dip in the famous outdoor pool (built in 1937). Heading north, Brixton is considered South London’s music capital, birthplace of David Bowie and the inspiration for the song “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant. Brixton Academy is also an iconic concert venue, where the likes of The Clash, The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Bob Dylan have all played.  Kew Gardens This place is a bit further afield from the city centre, but definitely worth the trip if you have the time. Established in 1759 it holds the most varied botanical collection on earth (as well as the world's largest collection of orchids). The 18th Century Chinese Pagoda and Victorian Palm House are both must-sees. It’s especially magical around Christmas time, where the whole place gets illuminated and transformed into a festive wonderland, complete with light show. *** One of the reasons we created MONPURE was for people who love city life – but want to safeguard their scalp and hair from high pollution levels. Our products are brimming with strengthening, nourishing ingredients to shield your scalp-skin and strands from environmental aggressors. Discover the MONPURE range here.

What does retinol do for hair loss?

You have probably heard about retinol being the skincare ‘it’ ingredient for issues like wrinkles and acne – but less people are aware of the benefits it can bring to your scalp.  Firstly what is retinol? Retinol remains a minefield to navigate, as there are so many types, percentages and ways to use it. But when it comes to delivering visible anti-ageing benefits, its proven track record is off the charts – making it one of the most sought-after ingredients in skincare. In a nutshell: it increases skin cell turnover to make skin more plumped and firm, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. It also smooths and resurfaces, which is why it’s a popular treatment for acne and pigmentation scarring. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A – of which there are many different types called retinoids. These retinoids vary in strength, so you have to be careful which one you choose. The strongest is retinoic acid (otherwise known as Retin-A or Tretinoin), which is often used in prescriptions for acne. It’s the strongest because we naturally have retinoic acid in our skin so it gets absorbed and goes to work immediately. All other retinoids need to be converted before our skin cells can absorb them – on the plus side it means they’re less likely to irritate our skin. The next strongest are retinaldehyde, retinol and then retinol esters (such as retinyl palmitate) are on the more gentle end of the spectrum. Using retinol for hair loss Recent research has shown that retinoids can work to combat hair loss, helping to decongest hair follicles, as well improving the absorption of other ingredients aimed at boosting hair growth. The retinyl palmitate in MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum is a gentle retinoid that works to clear the scalp of dead skin and debris, so that the serum’s other active ingredients such as pumpkin seed extract can be absorbed better and stimulate the scalp more effectively. The result? Healthier hair growth – and thicker, fuller hair at that! Retinyl palmitate also strengthens the scalp by improving cell turnover, boosting collagen production to create the best conditions for hair to grow. At the same time, it can be used on sensitive scalps without irritation (we use a concentration of 0.5%). How quickly will I see results? Like with any skincare product, regular application is key. If you use retinol safely and continuously within a topical, results-driven formulation, you should start to see an improvement in the condition of your scalp and the quality of hair growth within a few weeks. There have been plenty of studies in skin care but very few in scalp care. We have conducted our own user trials, which brought the following results: After using our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum containing retinyl palmitate: 76% of people agreed that after continued use, their hair felt thicker 74% of people agreed that after continued use, hair growth was boosted 82.7% of people agreed that after continued use, it had a positive effect on the health and condition of their hair 84% of people agreed that the product had a positive effect on the health and condition of their scalp Want to try it for yourself? Shop now.

Where do MONPURE ingredients come from?

Everything in MONPURE’s results-driven range stars nourishing botanicals and potent active ingredients sustainably sourced from all over Europe. But many of their indigenous roots are actually further afield. While we continue to scour the globe for the latest scalp and haircare wonder-plants, here are some that we’re particularly proud of. From North America … Jojoba Beads Jojoba is a North American plant (pronounced “hohoba”) from which a liquid wax can be extracted and turned into beads that can be used to gently buff away dead skin cells and product build-up on the scalp. Far less abrasive than salt scrubs, and better for the environment than micro-beads (which are now illegal anyway). You can find them in our Clarifying Scalp Scrub. Witch Hazel A natural toner and anti-inflammatory, witch hazel is a flowering plant with powerful healing properties. Ideal for treating irritated scalps, it’s historically been used in skincare remedies for ailments such as rashes, insect bites, bruises and minor burns - and is renowned for calming sensitive skin. As well as being indigenous to North America, there are also species in Japan and China. It stars in our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. From Africa … Shea Butter A nut extract from the African shea tree, this is a hugely popular ingredient in skincare, as it gets swiftly absorbed into the skin without leaving any greasy residue. It’s also renowned for repairing damaged skin, making it perfect for treating scalp discomfort. Reap its benefits in our Clarifying Scalp Scrub. Argan Oil This highly sought-after haircare ingredient is produced from Argan trees in Morocco and is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamin E to boost elasticity and shine. What makes it particularly great for hair is that its consistency is lighter than other plant-based oils, so doesn’t leave it feeling greasy or heavy. Treat your scalp and hair to its moisturising prowess via our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner. From the Arabian Peninsula...  Aloe Vera You might already be familiar with this ingredient as a popular after-sun or sunburn remedy. It’s a succulent plant that grows in arid landscapes around the world and is full of what’s known as polysaccharides which are famous for their hydrating and anti-inflammatory powers (so it’s a hero for issues like irritation, itching and dryness). Not only does it hydrate and calm, it also makes a great cleanser, which is why it’s the hero ingredient in our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo. Find out how these incredible ingredients can benefit your scalp and hair. Shop our range here.

How to prolong your hair colour

People who tint or dye their hair will probably be all too familiar with the woes of colour fade. After all, there’s no point investing time and money to achieve the perfect shade if it dulls and loses its freshness almost immediately. With that in mind, here are some fail-safe tips to maintain your colour for as long as possible. (And protect your hair in the process!) Use a sulphate-free shampoo Sulphates are detergents, which are often used in shampoos to lift away dirt and debris – but the downside is that they can also dry the hair out and lift away colour pigments because of how harsh they are. Shampoos that are free from sulphates are gentler on the hair and scalp and less likely to strip your strands of moisture – or your colour along with it. MONPURE’s Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo contains zero sulphates, instead using coconut-derived cleansing agents that are of 100% natural origin, together with hydrating aloe vera and strengthening vegan silk peptides. These peptides create a breathable ‘second skin’ on both the scalp and hair, protecting (by more than 35%) against the effects of pollution, irritants and bacteria, all of which are known to compromise your colour. Watch your shower temperature Too-hot water opens up your hair cuticles, which causes moisture and colour pigment to leak out – not ideal! Ideally wash your hair in water that’s room-temperature, following with our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, which contains nourishing argan oil to lock in moisture and protect your colour. Keep it under your hat! If you’re a keen swimmer or sun worshipper, these can wreak havoc on your coloured hair. Chlorine and UV exposure are both harsh aggressors, which can fade hair colour, so make sure you wear a swimming cap or sun hat whenever you can. Go easy on the styling tools Once you’ve got a fresh new colour, it might be tempting to style it to the max. But the intense heat from hair dryers and straighteners can open up the hair cuticle and fast-forward colour fade. Mask up regularly Using a mask a few times a week can pay dividends when it comes to hair colour. MONPURE’s Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask ‘feeds’ your hair follicles with camellia tea oil (brimming with vitamins), which works wonders for your hair’s condition (and subsequent colour). Plus it ensures regrowth is stronger and more likely to withstand colour treatments.  Click here to explore and learn more about the MONPURE range and how it can improve your scalp and hair.

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This one product can help prevent scalp ageing

You might be familiar with anti-ageing for the skin on your face – but what about your scalp? Our scalps are just as vulnerable as the skin on our face, but rather than just lines and dullness, an ageing scalp can also have a knock-on effect on our hair. The result is dull, thinning strands and an increased risk of hair loss, which affects 40% of women and 70% of men in their lifetime.  This was one of the key issues MONPURE was created to treat, that the scalp should be treated with as much care as the skin on our face – with the same ingredients that will keep the skin cells youthful and energised.  Dr. Sue Ann Chan, MONPURE’s resident dermatologist comments: “I advise my patients to care for their scalp in the same way as they care for the skin on their face. Too often the scalp gets neglected which can lead to hair loss and also a dull appearance in the hair in general.”   With that in mind – we’ve poured all of our expertise into one serum that will treat the scalp in the same way a supercharged facial serum would care for the skin on the face. Our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum was created to tackle hair thinning and hair loss – which go hand-in-hand with scalp ageing.  Devoid of common irritants and strong chemicals (which can aggravate the scalp and make matters worse), the results-driven formula is brimming with potent botanicals, many of which have been scientifically proven to help with hair loss. One of its star ingredients is a special pumpkin seed extract. While it might sound like something you’d drizzle on a salad, it can actually work wonders when it comes to combating hair loss. Our resident dermatologist Dr. Sue Ann Chan explains how it works. “Pumpkin seed extract is becoming more widely used in helping to treat hair loss,” she says. “Testosterone in our body produces a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which in excess may cause hair loss in certain individuals. This chemical is released by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which pumpkin seed extract helps to block. That’s what makes it effective in preventing hair loss, which is why it’s the star ingredient in MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum.” It also features a gentle form of retinol (suitable for use in pregnancy) called retinyl palmitate. A popular ingredient with a proven track record in anti-ageing, your scalp loves it as much as your face does, helping to speed up cell turnover, regulating sebum production and boosting collagen (the ‘building blocks’ of your skin). Together with lactic acid, it helps decongest and exfoliate hair follicles. The result? Your scalp-skin is healthier, creating the best environment for thicker, fuller hair to grow through. All you need to do is massage a few drops into your scalp every day – ideally after you’ve just washed your hair, to help rejuvenate your scalp and boost your hair follicles. After a few weeks of use, you should start to see a real difference in hair thickness and growth. (Plus the uplifting scent of lemongrass and rosemary will boost your mood in the bargain.) Discover this clever concoction for yourself – shop Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum.

Find out more

How to protect your hair and scalp during sport

With Wimbledon sadly not taking place this year, many of us might still be inspired to hit the tennis courts. But while you’re working up a sweat perfecting your backhand, you might end up with an itchy, irritated scalp and greasy roots for your troubles. Not everyone wants to wash their hair every time they exercise, so here are a few ways to help maintain a happy scalp and strands. Use a sweat-absorbing headband Not only will a headband make you look the part à la Serena Williams or Martina Hingis in your tennis whites, but it helps mop up excess sweat from your scalp and around your hairline so you don’t end your match with your hair looking drenched. Apply a toning scalp serum If you don’t have time to wash your hair after your tennis session or spin class, applying a few drops of MONPURE Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum through your roots and massaging in can work wonders when it comes to controlling scalp sweat. This is because it contains witch hazel, a natural toner, which works to tighten pores and dry out the oil sweat produces. Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, £96 (50ml) Have a damp towel on hand to keep cool The more heat your body generates, the more sweat it produces (resulting in a stressed scalp and sweat-drenched hair). So the next time you exercise, make sure you have a cool damp towel nearby to dab your face with in-between sets, to stop your body from overheating. Use a sulphate-free shampoo A common ingredient in many shampoos, sulphates are a cleansing agent, which can be very drying when used too frequently. So if you’re washing your hair every day after your morning workout, you can end up with frizzy hair and a dry, flaky scalp. MONPURE’s Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo is perfect for daily use, as it contains zero sulphates. Instead it uses natural aloe vera to cleanse and hydrate the scalp and strands – without leaving them parched and stripped – together with vegan silk peptides to strengthen and protect. Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo, £36 (200ml) Mask up after you cool down While exercise is great for boosting endorphins and helping to maintain good mental health, intense forms of cardio (such as tennis) can raise the body’s cortisol levels, leaving it stressed and agitated – not least your scalp. If your scalp-skin is particularly red and irritable after a workout, it might need some extra TLC before you wash your hair as normal. MONPURE’s Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask is designed to control any discomfort with calming aloe vera and vitamin-rich camellia tea oil, while the peppermint and lavender scent help relax both your scalp and mind (the tingle is the best bit!). Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, £63 (120g)

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Our favourite London hotspots

MONPURE has its roots in the capital and was established by a collective of London-based beauty experts, scientists and dermatologists. Proud to be a ‘London brand’, the dynamic character and rich history of the city inspires us and is at the heart of everything we do. With that in mind, we’ve chosen a few of our favourite spots in our hometown for any city-dwellers or day-trippers looking for things to see and do in The Big Smoke.  Exmouth Market One of the few solely pedestrianized streets in London, these cobbled roads are home to some great bars, eateries, coffee shops and boutiques selling all manner of interesting knick knacks. It’s achingly ‘hipster’ so it’s a good chance to people watch too. Plus London’s annual Tweed Run (where everyone dresses up in tweeds and cycles around the city) starts and finishes there every year. (Nearest tubes: Farringdon and Angel.) Piccadilly Yes it might seem like a tourist trap that should be avoided at all costs, but if you get off the tube at Green Park instead of Piccadilly Circus it’s a far more pleasant experience. From Fortnum & Mason’s afternoon tea, to legendary breakfast at The Wolsley the area is where you can find many of the city’s beloved hang outs. The Royal Academy is also a must-see – their summer exhibition is a key social event where new artists display their work, attracting all manner of art lovers, socialites and serious collectors hoping to snap up a future classic. Old Street towards Shoreditch Bar flies and night owls will want to head to this popular haunt, where you can try some of the best – and most Instagrammable - cocktails in London. Their ‘secret’ speakeasy-style bars such as Nightjar, Found and Callooh Callay have all the cool kids queuing around the block, while if you wander down to Shoreditch you can try all manner of street food on Brick Lane and dance till dawn with various celebrities’ offspring at The Ace Hotel. Borough Market/Southbank A tourist hotspot and for good reason – so we suggest you avoid going on a Saturday, and opt for the Thursday or Friday afternoon markets instead. This legendary farmers’ market takes place under Southwark’s historic Victorian arches, where you can sample as many artisan breads, cheeses and cured meats as your heart desires. Behind the market is the Southbank where you can enjoy gorgeous views of The Thames, catch a play at Shakespeare’s Globe or get an arty fix at The Tate Modern. Brockwell Park/Brixton London has so many beautiful green spaces and this sprawling 84-acre park is one of them. Home to many of the city’s famous concerts, festivals and circuses as well as the famous Lambeth Country Show, you can spend a day flying kites, sunbathing or taking a dip in the famous outdoor pool (built in 1937). Heading north, Brixton is considered South London’s music capital, birthplace of David Bowie and the inspiration for the song “Electric Avenue” by Eddy Grant. Brixton Academy is also an iconic concert venue, where the likes of The Clash, The Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails and Bob Dylan have all played.  Kew Gardens This place is a bit further afield from the city centre, but definitely worth the trip if you have the time. Established in 1759 it holds the most varied botanical collection on earth (as well as the world's largest collection of orchids). The 18th Century Chinese Pagoda and Victorian Palm House are both must-sees. It’s especially magical around Christmas time, where the whole place gets illuminated and transformed into a festive wonderland, complete with light show. *** One of the reasons we created MONPURE was for people who love city life – but want to safeguard their scalp and hair from high pollution levels. Our products are brimming with strengthening, nourishing ingredients to shield your scalp-skin and strands from environmental aggressors. Discover the MONPURE range here.

Find out more

What does retinol do for hair loss?

You have probably heard about retinol being the skincare ‘it’ ingredient for issues like wrinkles and acne – but less people are aware of the benefits it can bring to your scalp.  Firstly what is retinol? Retinol remains a minefield to navigate, as there are so many types, percentages and ways to use it. But when it comes to delivering visible anti-ageing benefits, its proven track record is off the charts – making it one of the most sought-after ingredients in skincare. In a nutshell: it increases skin cell turnover to make skin more plumped and firm, diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. It also smooths and resurfaces, which is why it’s a popular treatment for acne and pigmentation scarring. Retinol is a derivative of vitamin A – of which there are many different types called retinoids. These retinoids vary in strength, so you have to be careful which one you choose. The strongest is retinoic acid (otherwise known as Retin-A or Tretinoin), which is often used in prescriptions for acne. It’s the strongest because we naturally have retinoic acid in our skin so it gets absorbed and goes to work immediately. All other retinoids need to be converted before our skin cells can absorb them – on the plus side it means they’re less likely to irritate our skin. The next strongest are retinaldehyde, retinol and then retinol esters (such as retinyl palmitate) are on the more gentle end of the spectrum. Using retinol for hair loss Recent research has shown that retinoids can work to combat hair loss, helping to decongest hair follicles, as well improving the absorption of other ingredients aimed at boosting hair growth. The retinyl palmitate in MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum is a gentle retinoid that works to clear the scalp of dead skin and debris, so that the serum’s other active ingredients such as pumpkin seed extract can be absorbed better and stimulate the scalp more effectively. The result? Healthier hair growth – and thicker, fuller hair at that! Retinyl palmitate also strengthens the scalp by improving cell turnover, boosting collagen production to create the best conditions for hair to grow. At the same time, it can be used on sensitive scalps without irritation (we use a concentration of 0.5%). How quickly will I see results? Like with any skincare product, regular application is key. If you use retinol safely and continuously within a topical, results-driven formulation, you should start to see an improvement in the condition of your scalp and the quality of hair growth within a few weeks. There have been plenty of studies in skin care but very few in scalp care. We have conducted our own user trials, which brought the following results: After using our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum containing retinyl palmitate: 76% of people agreed that after continued use, their hair felt thicker 74% of people agreed that after continued use, hair growth was boosted 82.7% of people agreed that after continued use, it had a positive effect on the health and condition of their hair 84% of people agreed that the product had a positive effect on the health and condition of their scalp Want to try it for yourself? Shop now.

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Where do MONPURE ingredients come from?

Everything in MONPURE’s results-driven range stars nourishing botanicals and potent active ingredients sustainably sourced from all over Europe. But many of their indigenous roots are actually further afield. While we continue to scour the globe for the latest scalp and haircare wonder-plants, here are some that we’re particularly proud of. From North America … Jojoba Beads Jojoba is a North American plant (pronounced “hohoba”) from which a liquid wax can be extracted and turned into beads that can be used to gently buff away dead skin cells and product build-up on the scalp. Far less abrasive than salt scrubs, and better for the environment than micro-beads (which are now illegal anyway). You can find them in our Clarifying Scalp Scrub. Witch Hazel A natural toner and anti-inflammatory, witch hazel is a flowering plant with powerful healing properties. Ideal for treating irritated scalps, it’s historically been used in skincare remedies for ailments such as rashes, insect bites, bruises and minor burns - and is renowned for calming sensitive skin. As well as being indigenous to North America, there are also species in Japan and China. It stars in our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. From Africa … Shea Butter A nut extract from the African shea tree, this is a hugely popular ingredient in skincare, as it gets swiftly absorbed into the skin without leaving any greasy residue. It’s also renowned for repairing damaged skin, making it perfect for treating scalp discomfort. Reap its benefits in our Clarifying Scalp Scrub. Argan Oil This highly sought-after haircare ingredient is produced from Argan trees in Morocco and is packed with essential fatty acids and vitamin E to boost elasticity and shine. What makes it particularly great for hair is that its consistency is lighter than other plant-based oils, so doesn’t leave it feeling greasy or heavy. Treat your scalp and hair to its moisturising prowess via our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner. From the Arabian Peninsula...  Aloe Vera You might already be familiar with this ingredient as a popular after-sun or sunburn remedy. It’s a succulent plant that grows in arid landscapes around the world and is full of what’s known as polysaccharides which are famous for their hydrating and anti-inflammatory powers (so it’s a hero for issues like irritation, itching and dryness). Not only does it hydrate and calm, it also makes a great cleanser, which is why it’s the hero ingredient in our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo. Find out how these incredible ingredients can benefit your scalp and hair. Shop our range here.

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Itchy Scalp? This Is The One Mistake You’re Probably Making

Dealing with scalp discomfort can feel like an endless cycle. With issues like flaky skin, itchiness and redness you might feel like the more you’re treating it, the worse the problem becomes. But the one thing you may be overlooking is the type of products you’re using – especially if their formulas contain harsh, drying chemicals. These can actually irritate the scalp, causing inflammation and making the problem so much worse. You may feel that washing your hair every day is the only way to combat flaky, itchy scalp-skin. Yet if your shampoo contains harsh detergents such as SLS and sulphates, these can strip the skin – leaving it dry and prone to irritation. Not to mention silicones that can clog hair follicles. Cue redness, flakiness and the whole discomfort cycle starts up again. Toxic, synthetic chemicals and drastic measures are the antithesis of what MONPURE is about. That’s why all of our products are free from irritants such as parabens, sulphates and silicones. Our approach is more holistic, using gentle, natural ingredients (that are sustainably harvested) and tapping into the powers of potent botanicals, which are transformed into our results-driven formulas. Our product range is brimming with bioavailable ingredients that supremely nourish the scalp, soothing any redness and itchiness to create the best environment for healthy hair growth. We would recommend starting with our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo (£36, 200ml), which contains SilkGel, a special vegan silk peptide that has a ‘second skin’ effect on the scalp and hair, strengthening and protecting against pollution and irritants. The shampoo also contains aloe vera to cleanse as well as soothe without leaving the skin dry and parched. Our Clarifying Scalp Scrub (£63, 120g) is great for particularly itchy, flaky scalp-skin. Gently massaged in, it sweeps away dead skin and debris with biodegradable jojoba beads, while replenishing moisture levels with healing shea butter as well as nourishing argan oil. (As with all our products, make sure you don’t scrub too harshly – and definitely not with your nails – as this can cause further irritation.) And to soothe redness or irritation, our Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask (£63, 120g) is packed with skin calming ingredients especially designed for scalp irritation, soothing and nourishing with vitamin-rich camellia tea oil. Applying a serum to your scalp, post-wash, is as essential as a face serum to ensure your scalp stays happy and hydrated. Our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum (£96, 50ml) contains anti-inflammatory witch hazel and hydrating Pro Vitamin B5, as well as healing allantoin, an extract from the root of the comfrey plant, known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Start to treat your scalp with kindness and care and you will soon see a difference in the condition as well as reduced levels of discomfort. That’s why MONPURE was established – to make a difference. Shop the range now – your scalp and hair will thank you for it!

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What is post-consumer recycled plastic – and why is it so important?

As today is #plasticfreebeautyday we wanted to highlight why we have chosen to use post-consumer recycled plastic for our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening-Essence Conditioner bottles. Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo (200ml, £36) and Strengthening-Essence Conditioner  (200ml, £36)  Plastic waste is one of the biggest global threats to the environment today, caused by the linear, single-use packaging models that companies (not least beauty companies) have been using for far too long. MONPURE want to be part of the current movement towards “closing the loop” on waste, using plastic that’s not just recyclable but is itself made from post-consumer recycled materials. To explain why this is so vital, lets take a look at the different types of plastic there are:  Virgin plastic is a type of plastic that is brand new i.e. it has not been made from recycled materials. In many cases, this type of plastic can be recycled. However this isn’t an ideal scenario, given that in the UK alone, more than half – or 51 million tonnes – of recyclable waste ends up in landfill or is destroyed. Post-process recycled plastic uses recycled plastic, but not from the bottles and packets that consumers throw away. Instead it comes from moulding factories who have scraps of plastic left over, which then get recycled into new objects. There are also rumours of corporations who boast “recycled plastic” packaging, but who first make virgin plastic bottles for the sole purpose of “recycling” them (sad but true!) – so they’re not as eco-conscious as you might think. Post-consumer recycled plastic 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.  Unfortunately, it’s not always easy – or cheap – to recycle post-consumer plastic. If you think about the processes involved (collecting, washing, disinfecting, sorting, re-processing, and redistributing it) it’s not the most straightforward of processes. There are also issues such as irregularities in colour and the grade of plastic used. However, MONPURE remain committed to our pledge to help turn the tide on plastic waste. We believe that if we have to use plastic, post-consumer recycled plastic – that is also recyclable – is the best way forward for our planet. “But I put all my plastic into the recycle bin – isn’t that enough?” When it comes to plastics getting put in the right bins and picked up, there is an important difference in the ‘recovery rate’ and ‘recycling rate’. Recovery rate means the amount of plastic that gets picked up from bins like the ones you probably use at home. It then gets sorted for recycling – and the amount that eventually gets sent to a recycling facility is the recycling rate. The rest gets sent to either a landfill or ‘energy from waste’ facility. So if you use a post-consumer recycled plastic product, as we at MONPURE do, you can rest assured that you’re not potentially adding to the amount of waste plastic that’s already in circulation. Our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening-Essence Conditioner bottles are 100% post-consumer recycled plastic – we designed, modelled and tested many different versions until we were happy with the end result.  But we’re not stopping there. As our brand grows, we have further goals to help dismantle the culture of disposable plastic and encourage consumers to be more mindful, so that our beautiful planet is preserved for future generations. Click here to read about the many other ways we’re making a difference.

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What scalp ageing means for your hair

Hair loss affects 40% of women and 70% of men in their lifetime. It was one of the key issues MONPURE was created to treat. Yet the one key thing about hair loss that many people tend to forget is that the scalp condition plays a key role. Scalp ageing.   What does scalp ageing mean for our hair? While many of us are so pre-occupied with ageing on our face, few of us pay attention to the fact that the scalp ages at the same rate. It also suffers a great deal of stress on a daily basis; from too-tight hairstyles, to washing with water that’s too hot, together with stress, hormones and styling products. An ageing scalp doesn’t just mean an increase in dryness and irritation – it can affect hair growth too. Dr. Sue Ann Chan, MONPURE’s resident dermatologist comments: “I advise my patients to care for their scalp in the same way as they care for the skin on their face. Too often the scalp gets neglected which can lead to hair loss and also a dull appearance in the hair in general.”   A healthy, calm and hydrated scalp is also a key factor in how long hair stays in its ‘anagen phase’ (growth phase) and how quickly it enters the ‘telogen phase’ (shedding phase). Hair doesn’t begin to grow when you see it begin to emerge from the scalp – it actually ‘incubates’ underneath the scalp skin for two weeks before we even start to see it appear. Traditional studies fail to recognise how interlinked our hair and scalp are, which is why conventional haircare up to now has focused on treating the hair itself. But for so long, we’ve overlooked how the ageing of our scalp – which affects its health and condition – is the blueprint for any subsequent hair growth, especially if you’re looking to get thicker, fuller hair. MONPURE was created to bridge the gap between skincare and haircare, to treat scalp ageing and any subsequent hair loss. We believe the scalp should be at the heart of any hair regime, which is why our products were created to treat both the scalp and hair.  For example, our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo contains scalp-loving ingredients, such as calming and soothing aloe vera and strengthening vegan silk peptides, while our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum contains a special pumpkin seed extract. It blocks a chemical called dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is produced by testosterone and in excess may cause hair loss in certain individuals. Our Clarifying Scalp Scrub works in the same was as a face scrub, buffing away any flaky skin, while our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum should be used morning and night as part of your skincare routine, replenishing dry, itchy scalps with some much-needed moisture. Discover the MONPURE range here.

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Why a daily ‘scalp skincare’ regime should be common practise

Skincare has come a long way in recent years. Thanks to our beauty-savvy cousins in South Korea (together with the rise of the ‘skintellectual’ movement and single-ingredient skincare) we’ve gotten into the habit of applying a number of serums and moisturisers on a daily basis. Many of us know our retinols from our AHAs and Vitamin Es, and when and where to apply them.  So why does all this knowledge and effort stop when it comes to the hairline? As the top of our head is covered by hair (for many of us) it’s the equivalent of ‘sweeping under the rug’ any concern or care for that part of our skin. Even though it ages just as fast as the skin on our face, and is prone to all manner of inflammation, dryness and itchiness. But a quick rinse with shampoo is all it tends to get by way of attention. That precise issue was what MONPURE’s Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum was meticulously developed to address. So that dry, irritated scalps can feel as hydrated and happy as the rest of your face. (It’s also completely vegan and over 90% natural.) Plus the super lightweight formula won’t weigh hair down or make it feel greasy or sticky. A few drops are all you need, applied to a clean scalp either straight after washing your hair, or just when it feels dry or irritated. Massage it in once a day, straight after your facial serum as part of your regular skin/scalpcare regime. Packing a serious hydrating punch is Pro Vitamin B5, which draws in moisture like a magnet and speeds up skin cell regeneration helping to repair and protect from environmental damage. Among its other main ingredients are witch hazel – this is the ingredient that irritated, itchy scalps will love as it’s a natural anti-inflammatory, toning the scalp and calming redness.  And one you may be less familiar with – allantoin. A skin-healing superhero, it’s particularly good for sensitive skin, helping to relieve any discomfort while adding a good glug of moisture in the bargain. If you’re thinking of starting up a scalp-skincare regime (hint: you should) then this is the perfect product to start with. After all … and yes, we’ve said this so many times, but for the benefit of the people in the back row… skincare should not stop at your hairline!

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Why sleep is so important for your scalp

Getting a decent night’s sleep is something that many of us struggle with. For some of us it’s a life-long problem. For others it can be due to changes in the weather, life events or increased stress levels. 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 getting a decent forty winks? Here are some suggestions … Get moving during the day 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 Many things, like 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. Otherwise you could experience insomnia (or even mild ‘jetlag’ the next day!) 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! Take it from your humble author – as someone who has struggled with insomnia since childhood, getting up and doing something else to distract your mind is the one fail-safe trick that always helps (just make sure you’re not disturbing anyone else’s sleep in the process!). 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. 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 enjoy a relaxing scalp ritual with our Clarifying Scalp Scrub and Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask?) 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 you should NOT be working from your laptop in bed!) Adding some scented candles (we love 7over7’s gorgeous range) or houseplants can work wonders in making your bedroom more relaxing. (My jasmine plant and dragon tree have proven pleasant roommates since they moved in!) Try our Rewind and Restore Regime for an extra relaxing treat before bed. Shop now.

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How to turn your bathroom into a sanctuary

If jetting off on a spa weekend seems like a long way off, there are several ways you can create at-home treatments to recreate the experience in your own bathroom. It shouldn’t just be a functional space – there are ways to spruce it up, so your MONPURE scalp and haircare regimes can be carried out with the appropriate pomp and ceremony too! Here’s what some of our favourite interior gurus on the internet have to say about it… Bring the living room into the bathroom “Cosy it up. Maybe sling a chair in there, skim a rug across the floor, a plant, some sort of table.  I say this a lot but when you treat practical spaces like kitchens and bathrooms like living rooms and make them more decorative, it totally changes the vibe of them and cosies them up!” – Interior designer Abigail Ahern Less is more “While I'd initially purchased shelves for my bathroom, I discovered as soon as I held them up to the wall that they'd only make the room look smaller and more cluttered. Instead, I put the shelves in the hallway, and kept the walls clear of all hooks except for those that already came built-in. It helps keep the room clear and more open.” Leslie Stephens - cupcakes and cashmere Add a bit of greenery “For me no space is complete without a few natural elements, so once I added some plants to bring the space to life, arranging them on top of the cabinet to keep the floor space free. The differently shaped pots create a sculptural focal point and the foliage provides colour, depth and textural interest.” Helen Powell - designhunter.co.uk Now your bathroom is looking ship-shape, why not get on board with one of MONPURE’s regimes? Our Triple-Hydration Hit is just what your stressed scalp is looking for. Shop now.  

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