Why you should use serum on your scalp

“Skincare shouldn’t just stop at the hairline” is a mantra in the MONPURE offices and for good reason. So many of the ingredients that we’re familiar with in our facial serums, also do fantastic things for the skin on our scalp. Hence scalp serums should become a regular part of your skincare routine. For a start, our scalps age in the same way as the skin on our face, and an ageing scalp equals dull, thinning hair and an increase in shedding – which can spiral into hair loss if we’re not careful. And as with the skin on your face, the condition of your scalp tends to fluctuate, depending on the time of the month, the weather or the amount of time left between washing. Sometimes it can be more dry and flaky, other times more greasy and irritated.  If you’re experiencing itching or dry, flaky scalp-skin (which the cold weather isn’t helping) our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum is the perfect antidote, containing a cocktail of scalp-quenching ingredients such as aloe vera and vitamin E, together with redness-reducing witch hazel to leave the scalp happy and hydrated. It can also help calm symptoms of redness, acne, eczema, sun damage and general stress on the scalp. Otherwise, if you’re dealing with hair loss or thinning, you might want to start using our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum every night before bed. It contains a special pumpkin seed extract, which our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan is a big fan of. “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.” It also contains castor oil to ‘feed’ the scalp and stimulate blood flow which works to boost hair growth, while retinol and lactic acid exfoliate to sweep away any dead skin and debris that can block the pores and inhibit hair growth. You will probably start to see a reduction in hair loss and increased thickness within a few weeks of using it. Gently massage in a few drops of either serum into your roots morning and night to soothe stressed scalp-skin and deliver a good dose of moisture in the process – over time you will see an improvement in scalp health too. Used sparingly (a little goes a long way), each one’s lightweight yet hardworking formula won’t weigh the hair down either. Click here to shop Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum and Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum and learn more about the wonderful things they can do for your scalp.  

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The MONPURE Scalp-Skincare Diaries

With the increasing drop in temperatures, many of you might have seen a change in your scalp’s condition (increased dryness, flaky skin and itching etc.) So now is no better time to start establishing some good scalpcare habits, to improve your scalp’s condition and enjoy stronger, healthier hair in the long run.  Several of our own team members and friends at MONPURE are adopting some scalpcare habits already – and keeping a diary of any changes they notice in their scalp and hair’s condition. Stay tuned to see how they get on! "I have very dry and dehydrated skin naturally, so my scalp is the same. Because of this, I notice that it overproduces oil and makes my hair get greasy really quickly! It’s also quite sensitive, so I find that using formulas with more aggressive ingredients can leave it feeling itchy, flaky and uncomfortable." "I’ve heard that going sulphate-free is the way when it comes to combating a dry scalp, so I’ll be switching to the Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening Essence-Conditioner. I’m very excited to see how the latter will play out, as normally we’re only told to condition the ends of our hair (whereas you can also use this one on the scalp!) I’m also a massive fan of the Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum – the fact that it can help exfoliate away flakes while hydrating your scalp skin just sounds right up my street." "I’m hoping that by the end of my journey, my scalp will feel a lot more balanced, healthy and strong. I’m also hoping to see a lot less flakes and I’m also curious to see if my hair stays fresher for longer with the new routine!" "Long before joining MONPURE, I took skincare and scalpcare matters into my own hands! As a child, my parents would often find me in the bath with an egg, jar of honey or yoghurt concoction in a bid to eradicate the eczema on my face and scalp! (I also had a plum-sized patch of hair loss at the nape of my neck.) My parents would tentatively kiss me goodnight in bed whilst I lay on my back with my face covered with a full centimetre of aqueous cream to soothe the red, scaly skin on my face." "Growing up, I flirted with the idea of scalp treatments’ but I never recognised the importance of ‘scalpcare’ per se, nor did I understand how to care for the delicate skin on my scalp, nor the positive impact this could have on my hair health. Take scalp scrubbing. While I’m fully aware of the benefits of a freshly scrubbed face followed by a slick of moisturiser (the same goes for my legs when summer) why then do I not treat my scalp in the same way?" "So my regular skincare-scalpcare routine will now include a weekly session with the Clarifying Scalp Scrub, as well as a daily dose of the Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum – a duo which I hope will eradicate and prevent the appearance of any unwanted itchy, flaky, dry scalp-skin!" "As I work in a hospital I have to wash my hair every day, using a shampoo and conditioner, which over time can dry out both my hair and scalp. So on the days I’m not working, I’m going to give my hair and scalp a break from washing (as over-washing can strip both of their natural oils). In addition to this, I’m going to be using the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask a few times per week as I really enjoy how clean it makes my scalp and hair feel, and how relaxing it is to use. And with a healthy scalp comes healthier hair, so over time I’m hoping it’ll help prevent split ends too!" "I’ve recently started experiencing scalp issues, particularly dryness, tenderness and itchiness. I attribute these problems to my increase in wearing wigs and hair extensions with more regularity since lockdown, which could potentially be aggravating my scalp."  "I must admit, I don’t pay my scalp the attention it deserves, as I don’t typically suffer from any scalp issues. I know that scalp care is the foundation of healthy hair so I would like to change this and start implementing an effective scalp routine." "I intend to apply Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum to my scalp during the evenings as part of my night time hair routine, and I’ll apply Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask on wash day, after shampooing my hair, and prior to conditioning. These two products seem like the best options for combating the scalp issues I am currently experiencing. I’m hoping for a ‘scalp reset’ by the end of this trial. I’d love for my scalp to be soothed, nourished and flake free!" "Before joining MONPURE I never used to think about scalpcare. And yet, once you are prompted to think about it, you wonder how you had been so blind to think of hair as being a separate entity to the scalp – you tend to just associate it with issues like irritation and dandruff, as opposed to being the source of healthy hair." "I currently live in a city with the absolute worst water, which is giving me dry, flaky scalp-skin. So the Clarifying Scalp Scrub is going to be a must! And I’m also keeping the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask to hand, so I can grab it at the first sight of dandruff! The Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum is also going to be a good support to help nourish my scalp. I’m currently expecting, so I think I will apply it every other day for now, and every day when I will be post-natal."  "Hopefully this combo will help me maintain a healthy scalp and luscious hair, despite the fluctuations in hormones!" "I hate to say it, but despite being a total beauty junkie from the age of 11 – scalpcare just wasn’t on the radar for me. I had scalp issues for sure (itching and dandruff being the main culprits) but as my thick, mop of hair completely covered it, I tended to ignore it (or use a popular ‘2-in-1’ anti-dandruff shampoo which left my hair looking like straw in the process!) I was slightly clueless and alarmed at the lack of knowledge and products designed to boost scalp health (and therefore hair health!). So I assumed (wrongly) that caring for the scalp just wasn’t that important." "Since joining MONPURE I’ve definitely become more attentive to my long-neglected noggin’! As my hair is fairly thick, curly and textured (I’d say 2b), I definitely don’t wash it every day. However my scalp is prone to dryness and itching so it needs a little extra loving when I do wash it. So I’ll be giving it a boost by applying the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask before I get in the shower. I’m hoping it will boost my scalp condition and reduce itching and flaking in the long run (with vitamin-rich camellia tea oil), plus the ‘zing’ I feel when applying it feels incredible, like getting a mini scalp massage in a jar!" "I’m also going to be applying the Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum to areas like around the hairline at the temples (where I’ve noticed slight hair thinning) and the nape of my neck where the hair tends to break off easily. Stay tuned…" Want to adopt a scalp-skincare regime for yourself? Shop our range here. And don’t forget to let us know how you get on.

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Why scalp scrubbing is one of the best resolutions you can make

Head of Content Viola Levy explains why scalp scrubbing is so important to boost growth and health of your hair (it can benefit your mental health too). You may not be feeling like making any resolutions at the moment – especially where your beauty routine is concerned. Resolutions are tricky to keep at the best of times, but when things are particularly stressful it’s even more of a challenge.  But there is an important reason why just a few little resolutions can make a big difference – and it’s not just because of the outcome. When our anxiety levels are high and morale is at an all-time low, establishing small habits can not only give us something to work towards but can also help us feel grounded. Sticking to these habits is a form of self-care, we’re showing up for ourselves each day or each week which can have a positive cumulative effect on our mental health over time.  It can be something as small as taking 10 minutes to meditate each morning, or half an hour reading a book, or learning a new language via zoom once a week. Or you could embark on a scalp-skincare regime – which can be as little as scrubbing your scalp a few times a week, which will not only lift your mood but even boost your hair growth in the long-term. Scrubbing up is an underrated joy – take it from me. Buffing away those little granules of goodness over your skin can wake you up out of your morning grump and give scaly limbs a new lease of life. Any good scrub worth its salt (whether it contains actual salt or not) should have a heavenly scent, with beads that invigorate the skin without being scratchy (some scrubs I’ve tried are like rubbing shards of glass on one’s skin, I kid you not…) So why scrub away at your scalp, you ask? Isn’t a good old shampoo n’ rinse enough? Well, as mentioned in previous posts, it’s high time we stopped neglecting our scalps and gave them some long-awaited loving. Look after it and you’ll be rewarded with less itching, dandruff and irritation – not to mention thicker, fuller hair for your troubles. When it comes to neglecting our scalps, the majority of us have a lot to atone for. And using a scalp scrub is the first step on the road to recovery. And as with the skin on your face, your scalp has its fair share of dirt and debris. But with your hair covering it, it’s less noticeable and something we tend to overlook. However, left to its own devices, all this gunk can easily build up – causing scalp irritation, itchy, flaky skin and stunted hair growth to name but a few.  Similar to facial and body scrubs, scalp versions like MONPURE’s Clarifying Scalp Scrub work in the same way. Wet your hair and gently massage the scrub into your scalp to exfoliate away any clutter that might be clogging those hair follicles. Instead of microbeads, this contains biodegradable jojoba beads, conditioning shea butter and nourishing argan oil extract. Anyone who’s been on the receiving end of a scalp massage will tell you, rubbing this stuff in is a sheer unadulterated joy, and – like most things in life – something that shouldn’t be rushed if you want to enjoy it.  De-stressing and slowing down are not things that come easily to me, but this has certainly flipped my regular hair-washing routine from a hurried 10-minutes in the shower to an enjoyable ritual worth lingering over. If you’re not sure how to get that scrub through your hair so it reaches your scalp, here’s a technique I’ve found that works quite well: take a tiny amount on your fingertips and rapidly tousle it through your strands, working quickly until you find your scalp so it can work its magic (you don’t want the majority of it to get lost in your hair on the way). And if you’re worried about those tiny beads getting stuck in your strands, fret not. Take it from someone who has wild, frizzy locks that wouldn’t look out of place in a Victorian gothic novel – this stuff rinses out well (make sure you flip your head over under the shower to make doubly sure). I’ve been using it once a week with no rogue grains hidden in my scalp post-wash. One last thing, before you get scrub-happy, a word of caution comes from our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan: “Not all skin types are suitable for scrubbing – if you have any dermatological conditions, do consult your dermatologist before using scalp scrubs as these can sometimes irritate the skin if you have a pre-existing scalp condition such as scalp eczema or scalp lupus etc.” Click here to shop it now.

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Why 2021 is the year of scalpcare as skincare…

With the arrival of January, many of us think about overhauling our skincare regimes. If you make just one resolution, it should be to start caring for your scalp as well as the skin on your face. With the stress of the last 12 months, you might have seen an increase in issues such as scalp irritation, flakiness and increased hair loss, all of which MONPURE was created to treat. The team behind MONPURE noticed that while many of us are passionate about skincare, we fail to devote the same attention to the skin on our scalp (even though it’s the most porous area on the body). Many of us know our retinols from our AHAs and Vitamin Es – and where and when to apply them on our face. But the fact that our scalps can hugely benefit from these wonderful ingredients too has passed a lot of us by – until now.   Our beauty-savvy cousins in China have already cottoned on to this philosophy – 47% of Chinese consumers believe a healthy scalp equates to healthy hair. And where Asia leads in beauty innovations, no doubt the rest of the world will follow. That’s why we’re getting ahead of the trend early – dedicating January to learning how to care for our scalps in the same way we care for the skin on our face. But don’t worry - this doesn’t involve a drastic time-consuming overhaul of your current hair and skincare regimes. Just a few small changes – like massaging in a scalp scrub or serum with each hair wash – will bring about a big difference in how your scalp looks and feels. Not to mention improve hair growth and strength in the long-term. So this month we’ll be giving you a little more insight into how our products work on a ‘skincare’ level, to boost scalp health and promote healthy hair growth. Even members of our team will be adopting some ‘scalpcare as skincare’ habits to show you just how easy it is! If you’re thinking of starting up a scalp-skincare regime (hint: you should) then MONPURE is the perfect place to begin. 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! Here are five ingredients that work wonders for your scalp as well as your face: Witch Hazel A natural toner and anti-inflammatory, it’s ideal for treating irritated scalps, as 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. (Find it in our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum) Pro Vitamin B5 Once it’s applied topically to the skin, it’s converted into ‘pantothenic acid’ – this is great if your scalp is dry and flaky, as it penetrates the lower layers of skin – rapidly absorbing moisture and locking it in. It also helps stimulate cells that boost skin barrier function, locking in moisture and further reducing irritation. It’s also used to treat wounds and irritation, encouraging skin cell regeneration so your scalp is left fortified and soothed. (Find it in our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner) Retinol Also known as Vitamin A, retinol works to resurface the skin and speed up cell turnover. Highly prized in facial skincare for its anti-ageing properties, it works to strengthen the scalp and encourage skin cells to divide more rapidly, speeding up the production of collagen and elastic fibers that deplete as we age. (Find it in our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum) 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 anti-inflammatory powers by inhibiting the effect of chemicals (enzymes) called cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzymes. These COX enzymes release chemicals called prostaglandins which are involved in the production of pain and inflammation at sites of injury or damage. So less prostaglandin, means less irritation, itching and redness. (Find it in our Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask) AHAs Short for ‘alpha hydroxy acid’, AHAs work to chemically exfoliate the skin on your scalp and stimulate the production of collagen, by kick-starting the skin’s healing mechanisms. They work by loosening the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, allowing them to shed more effectively and enabling newer, healthier cells to emerge. (Find them in our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum) Click here to discover more about the MONPURE range and the many wonderful things it can do for your scalp and hair.

How to use the “Curly Girl Method”

You may have heard of the Curly Girl Method (aka CGM), which focuses on caring for hair that’s curly or textured. This method will help you create gorgeously defined curls and waves and gives you the chance to switch up your hairstyle when you normally might leave it natural or straightened. People with curly and coily (e.g. 3c/4c hair) have been using this method for years, but now people with looser curls and waves are getting in on the action. (Click here to find your curl type.) To read all about the Curly Girl Method and how it works, we suggest leafing through Lorraine Massey’s book Curly Girl: The Handbook but there are also a few basic principles to bear in mind – and the best news? The MONPURE range is perfect for this!  The basic rules for following the Curly Girl Method (which can also help with a dry scalp too) is by cutting out harsh, drying ingredients from your hair care regime. This includes silicones, sulphates and ‘bad’ alcohols. And MONPURE products– like our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening Essence Conditioner – contain none of the above, and hence are completely compatible!  CGM advises you use products with gentle cleansing ingredients such as cocamidopropyl betaine, together with hydrating ingredients such as glycerin and aloe vera (found in both of the above products, together with our Clarifying Scalp Scrub). Our Strengthening Essence Conditioner does contain two alcohols: cetyl alcohol and cetearyl alcohol – however, these are ‘good’ alcohols for your hair. Because instead of making hair dry and brittle by dissolving its natural oils, they work as humectants, which draw moisture into the hair like a sponge, helping it to become smooth and preventing knots and tangles. The conditioner also contains panthenol, another hydrating ingredient, which is also prized by proponents of the Curly Girl Method. (Plus as a lightweight ‘essence’ you can use it directly on your scalp to quench any dryness and flaking.) More CGM tips for all you curly Monpurists? Never brush or comb hair when dry, and avoid heat styling (which can make hair brittle and damaged) and prioritise protein-rich and ultra moisturising products. Want to give CGM a go? Try our Shampoo & Conditioner bundle or our Winter Healing & Hydration Gift Set to cocoon and moisturise curls to the max.

How Much Hair Loss Is Normal?

We all notice a bit of hair fall when we wash it in the shower. But how much is too much? Beauty journalist Viola Levy investigates… With recent events contributing to an increase in hair loss, more of us might be monitoring the amount of hair that we find in the plughole or on our hairbrush during washing and styling. I myself have noticed that I lose about a handful of hair every time I wash it. But how much hair loss in the shower is normal and how much is a sign of actual hair loss? If you notice a bit of hair loss in the shower, it’s not necessarily anything to worry about. Washing the hair can dislodge strands that have already been shed by the scalp but have not fully fallen out. However, if you’re noticing a higher amount than normal it might be a good idea to consult a doctor just to make sure. “We lose on average around 50-100 strands a day,” notes MONPURE resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan. “So if you wash your hair everyday, you can expect to see a small handful, which might look like more if your hair is longer and thicker. But if you don’t shampoo every day, then this amount can be doubled or even tripled when you do wash it, which may lead you to wrongly thinking you are losing your hair.” she adds. “On the other hand, if you’re noticing that you’re losing vastly more hair than normal when you wash and brush it – complete with signs of thinning and bald patches on the scalp – then you might be experiencing hair loss,” she notes. “Hair loss has plenty of causes, which can include wearing too-tight hairstyles, hereditary factors and stress.” But sometimes even excessive hair loss can just be a phase and not a long-term problem. “For example, if you’ve just had a baby, then a larger amount of hair loss is expected,” Dr Chan explains. “As oestrogen levels return to normal, hair loss is just backdated shedding of hair that would have normally fallen out earlier. Everything should return to normal after three to six months, but the stress of pregnancy or a new baby sometimes can prolong or worsen hair loss.” “If you’re not sure if you’re experiencing hair loss or excessive hair shedding, a dermatologist can help differentiate between the two and determine what you may be experiencing.” If you’re not entirely sure that you’re losing your hair but want to protect your scalp and strands after washing, one way is by using a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair after you’ve rinsed off and towel dried. Unlike a regular brush or fine-tooth comb it’s less likely to drag and yank on your hair which can contribute to more falling out. Start from the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots. MONPURE’s Heal and Energise Jade Comb doesn’t just look exquisite on a dressing table but works to gently detangle hair after washing, as well as stimulating the scalp, helping to regulate mood, improve blood circulation and promote positive energy. (It’s made from pure jade stone, which is often used in crystal healing to relieve low moods.) Also when tying your hair, avoid regular hair bands which can snag the hair and put pressure on the hair follicle – leading to traction alopecia. Switch things up with silk hair ties such as MONPURE’s Style and Protect Silk Scrunchie Trio, each one made from 100% mulberry silk that is a lot more gentle on your delicate strands. Both are available as part of MONPURE’s Ultimate Scalp and Hair Health Gift Set, which contains their complete collection, designed to give your scalp and hair everything it needs to flourish, so that it can stay strong and help weather the storm of stress and hair loss.  The perfect Christmas gift or treat-to-self! If you’re worried about or experiencing hair loss, you can speak to your GP or dermatologist, otherwise organisations such as skinsupport.org.uk (which covers hair loss) together with alopecia.org.uk can be great sources of support and advice. You can also email our dedicated team of experts with any questions you may have at info@monpure.com.  

Why you should use serum on your scalp

“Skincare shouldn’t just stop at the hairline” is a mantra in the MONPURE offices and for good reason. So many of the ingredients that we’re familiar with in our facial serums, also do fantastic things for the skin on our scalp. Hence scalp serums should become a regular part of your skincare routine. For a start, our scalps age in the same way as the skin on our face, and an ageing scalp equals dull, thinning hair and an increase in shedding – which can spiral into hair loss if we’re not careful. And as with the skin on your face, the condition of your scalp tends to fluctuate, depending on the time of the month, the weather or the amount of time left between washing. Sometimes it can be more dry and flaky, other times more greasy and irritated.  If you’re experiencing itching or dry, flaky scalp-skin (which the cold weather isn’t helping) our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum is the perfect antidote, containing a cocktail of scalp-quenching ingredients such as aloe vera and vitamin E, together with redness-reducing witch hazel to leave the scalp happy and hydrated. It can also help calm symptoms of redness, acne, eczema, sun damage and general stress on the scalp. Otherwise, if you’re dealing with hair loss or thinning, you might want to start using our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum every night before bed. It contains a special pumpkin seed extract, which our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan is a big fan of. “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.” It also contains castor oil to ‘feed’ the scalp and stimulate blood flow which works to boost hair growth, while retinol and lactic acid exfoliate to sweep away any dead skin and debris that can block the pores and inhibit hair growth. You will probably start to see a reduction in hair loss and increased thickness within a few weeks of using it. Gently massage in a few drops of either serum into your roots morning and night to soothe stressed scalp-skin and deliver a good dose of moisture in the process – over time you will see an improvement in scalp health too. Used sparingly (a little goes a long way), each one’s lightweight yet hardworking formula won’t weigh the hair down either. Click here to shop Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum and Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum and learn more about the wonderful things they can do for your scalp.  

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The MONPURE Scalp-Skincare Diaries

With the increasing drop in temperatures, many of you might have seen a change in your scalp’s condition (increased dryness, flaky skin and itching etc.) So now is no better time to start establishing some good scalpcare habits, to improve your scalp’s condition and enjoy stronger, healthier hair in the long run.  Several of our own team members and friends at MONPURE are adopting some scalpcare habits already – and keeping a diary of any changes they notice in their scalp and hair’s condition. Stay tuned to see how they get on! "I have very dry and dehydrated skin naturally, so my scalp is the same. Because of this, I notice that it overproduces oil and makes my hair get greasy really quickly! It’s also quite sensitive, so I find that using formulas with more aggressive ingredients can leave it feeling itchy, flaky and uncomfortable." "I’ve heard that going sulphate-free is the way when it comes to combating a dry scalp, so I’ll be switching to the Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening Essence-Conditioner. I’m very excited to see how the latter will play out, as normally we’re only told to condition the ends of our hair (whereas you can also use this one on the scalp!) I’m also a massive fan of the Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum – the fact that it can help exfoliate away flakes while hydrating your scalp skin just sounds right up my street." "I’m hoping that by the end of my journey, my scalp will feel a lot more balanced, healthy and strong. I’m also hoping to see a lot less flakes and I’m also curious to see if my hair stays fresher for longer with the new routine!" "Long before joining MONPURE, I took skincare and scalpcare matters into my own hands! As a child, my parents would often find me in the bath with an egg, jar of honey or yoghurt concoction in a bid to eradicate the eczema on my face and scalp! (I also had a plum-sized patch of hair loss at the nape of my neck.) My parents would tentatively kiss me goodnight in bed whilst I lay on my back with my face covered with a full centimetre of aqueous cream to soothe the red, scaly skin on my face." "Growing up, I flirted with the idea of scalp treatments’ but I never recognised the importance of ‘scalpcare’ per se, nor did I understand how to care for the delicate skin on my scalp, nor the positive impact this could have on my hair health. Take scalp scrubbing. While I’m fully aware of the benefits of a freshly scrubbed face followed by a slick of moisturiser (the same goes for my legs when summer) why then do I not treat my scalp in the same way?" "So my regular skincare-scalpcare routine will now include a weekly session with the Clarifying Scalp Scrub, as well as a daily dose of the Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum – a duo which I hope will eradicate and prevent the appearance of any unwanted itchy, flaky, dry scalp-skin!" "As I work in a hospital I have to wash my hair every day, using a shampoo and conditioner, which over time can dry out both my hair and scalp. So on the days I’m not working, I’m going to give my hair and scalp a break from washing (as over-washing can strip both of their natural oils). In addition to this, I’m going to be using the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask a few times per week as I really enjoy how clean it makes my scalp and hair feel, and how relaxing it is to use. And with a healthy scalp comes healthier hair, so over time I’m hoping it’ll help prevent split ends too!" "I’ve recently started experiencing scalp issues, particularly dryness, tenderness and itchiness. I attribute these problems to my increase in wearing wigs and hair extensions with more regularity since lockdown, which could potentially be aggravating my scalp."  "I must admit, I don’t pay my scalp the attention it deserves, as I don’t typically suffer from any scalp issues. I know that scalp care is the foundation of healthy hair so I would like to change this and start implementing an effective scalp routine." "I intend to apply Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum to my scalp during the evenings as part of my night time hair routine, and I’ll apply Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask on wash day, after shampooing my hair, and prior to conditioning. These two products seem like the best options for combating the scalp issues I am currently experiencing. I’m hoping for a ‘scalp reset’ by the end of this trial. I’d love for my scalp to be soothed, nourished and flake free!" "Before joining MONPURE I never used to think about scalpcare. And yet, once you are prompted to think about it, you wonder how you had been so blind to think of hair as being a separate entity to the scalp – you tend to just associate it with issues like irritation and dandruff, as opposed to being the source of healthy hair." "I currently live in a city with the absolute worst water, which is giving me dry, flaky scalp-skin. So the Clarifying Scalp Scrub is going to be a must! And I’m also keeping the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask to hand, so I can grab it at the first sight of dandruff! The Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum is also going to be a good support to help nourish my scalp. I’m currently expecting, so I think I will apply it every other day for now, and every day when I will be post-natal."  "Hopefully this combo will help me maintain a healthy scalp and luscious hair, despite the fluctuations in hormones!" "I hate to say it, but despite being a total beauty junkie from the age of 11 – scalpcare just wasn’t on the radar for me. I had scalp issues for sure (itching and dandruff being the main culprits) but as my thick, mop of hair completely covered it, I tended to ignore it (or use a popular ‘2-in-1’ anti-dandruff shampoo which left my hair looking like straw in the process!) I was slightly clueless and alarmed at the lack of knowledge and products designed to boost scalp health (and therefore hair health!). So I assumed (wrongly) that caring for the scalp just wasn’t that important." "Since joining MONPURE I’ve definitely become more attentive to my long-neglected noggin’! As my hair is fairly thick, curly and textured (I’d say 2b), I definitely don’t wash it every day. However my scalp is prone to dryness and itching so it needs a little extra loving when I do wash it. So I’ll be giving it a boost by applying the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask before I get in the shower. I’m hoping it will boost my scalp condition and reduce itching and flaking in the long run (with vitamin-rich camellia tea oil), plus the ‘zing’ I feel when applying it feels incredible, like getting a mini scalp massage in a jar!" "I’m also going to be applying the Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum to areas like around the hairline at the temples (where I’ve noticed slight hair thinning) and the nape of my neck where the hair tends to break off easily. Stay tuned…" Want to adopt a scalp-skincare regime for yourself? Shop our range here. And don’t forget to let us know how you get on.

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Why scalp scrubbing is one of the best resolutions you can make

Head of Content Viola Levy explains why scalp scrubbing is so important to boost growth and health of your hair (it can benefit your mental health too). You may not be feeling like making any resolutions at the moment – especially where your beauty routine is concerned. Resolutions are tricky to keep at the best of times, but when things are particularly stressful it’s even more of a challenge.  But there is an important reason why just a few little resolutions can make a big difference – and it’s not just because of the outcome. When our anxiety levels are high and morale is at an all-time low, establishing small habits can not only give us something to work towards but can also help us feel grounded. Sticking to these habits is a form of self-care, we’re showing up for ourselves each day or each week which can have a positive cumulative effect on our mental health over time.  It can be something as small as taking 10 minutes to meditate each morning, or half an hour reading a book, or learning a new language via zoom once a week. Or you could embark on a scalp-skincare regime – which can be as little as scrubbing your scalp a few times a week, which will not only lift your mood but even boost your hair growth in the long-term. Scrubbing up is an underrated joy – take it from me. Buffing away those little granules of goodness over your skin can wake you up out of your morning grump and give scaly limbs a new lease of life. Any good scrub worth its salt (whether it contains actual salt or not) should have a heavenly scent, with beads that invigorate the skin without being scratchy (some scrubs I’ve tried are like rubbing shards of glass on one’s skin, I kid you not…) So why scrub away at your scalp, you ask? Isn’t a good old shampoo n’ rinse enough? Well, as mentioned in previous posts, it’s high time we stopped neglecting our scalps and gave them some long-awaited loving. Look after it and you’ll be rewarded with less itching, dandruff and irritation – not to mention thicker, fuller hair for your troubles. When it comes to neglecting our scalps, the majority of us have a lot to atone for. And using a scalp scrub is the first step on the road to recovery. And as with the skin on your face, your scalp has its fair share of dirt and debris. But with your hair covering it, it’s less noticeable and something we tend to overlook. However, left to its own devices, all this gunk can easily build up – causing scalp irritation, itchy, flaky skin and stunted hair growth to name but a few.  Similar to facial and body scrubs, scalp versions like MONPURE’s Clarifying Scalp Scrub work in the same way. Wet your hair and gently massage the scrub into your scalp to exfoliate away any clutter that might be clogging those hair follicles. Instead of microbeads, this contains biodegradable jojoba beads, conditioning shea butter and nourishing argan oil extract. Anyone who’s been on the receiving end of a scalp massage will tell you, rubbing this stuff in is a sheer unadulterated joy, and – like most things in life – something that shouldn’t be rushed if you want to enjoy it.  De-stressing and slowing down are not things that come easily to me, but this has certainly flipped my regular hair-washing routine from a hurried 10-minutes in the shower to an enjoyable ritual worth lingering over. If you’re not sure how to get that scrub through your hair so it reaches your scalp, here’s a technique I’ve found that works quite well: take a tiny amount on your fingertips and rapidly tousle it through your strands, working quickly until you find your scalp so it can work its magic (you don’t want the majority of it to get lost in your hair on the way). And if you’re worried about those tiny beads getting stuck in your strands, fret not. Take it from someone who has wild, frizzy locks that wouldn’t look out of place in a Victorian gothic novel – this stuff rinses out well (make sure you flip your head over under the shower to make doubly sure). I’ve been using it once a week with no rogue grains hidden in my scalp post-wash. One last thing, before you get scrub-happy, a word of caution comes from our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan: “Not all skin types are suitable for scrubbing – if you have any dermatological conditions, do consult your dermatologist before using scalp scrubs as these can sometimes irritate the skin if you have a pre-existing scalp condition such as scalp eczema or scalp lupus etc.” Click here to shop it now.

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Why 2021 is the year of scalpcare as skincare…

With the arrival of January, many of us think about overhauling our skincare regimes. If you make just one resolution, it should be to start caring for your scalp as well as the skin on your face. With the stress of the last 12 months, you might have seen an increase in issues such as scalp irritation, flakiness and increased hair loss, all of which MONPURE was created to treat. The team behind MONPURE noticed that while many of us are passionate about skincare, we fail to devote the same attention to the skin on our scalp (even though it’s the most porous area on the body). Many of us know our retinols from our AHAs and Vitamin Es – and where and when to apply them on our face. But the fact that our scalps can hugely benefit from these wonderful ingredients too has passed a lot of us by – until now.   Our beauty-savvy cousins in China have already cottoned on to this philosophy – 47% of Chinese consumers believe a healthy scalp equates to healthy hair. And where Asia leads in beauty innovations, no doubt the rest of the world will follow. That’s why we’re getting ahead of the trend early – dedicating January to learning how to care for our scalps in the same way we care for the skin on our face. But don’t worry - this doesn’t involve a drastic time-consuming overhaul of your current hair and skincare regimes. Just a few small changes – like massaging in a scalp scrub or serum with each hair wash – will bring about a big difference in how your scalp looks and feels. Not to mention improve hair growth and strength in the long-term. So this month we’ll be giving you a little more insight into how our products work on a ‘skincare’ level, to boost scalp health and promote healthy hair growth. Even members of our team will be adopting some ‘scalpcare as skincare’ habits to show you just how easy it is! If you’re thinking of starting up a scalp-skincare regime (hint: you should) then MONPURE is the perfect place to begin. 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! Here are five ingredients that work wonders for your scalp as well as your face: Witch Hazel A natural toner and anti-inflammatory, it’s ideal for treating irritated scalps, as 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. (Find it in our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum) Pro Vitamin B5 Once it’s applied topically to the skin, it’s converted into ‘pantothenic acid’ – this is great if your scalp is dry and flaky, as it penetrates the lower layers of skin – rapidly absorbing moisture and locking it in. It also helps stimulate cells that boost skin barrier function, locking in moisture and further reducing irritation. It’s also used to treat wounds and irritation, encouraging skin cell regeneration so your scalp is left fortified and soothed. (Find it in our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner) Retinol Also known as Vitamin A, retinol works to resurface the skin and speed up cell turnover. Highly prized in facial skincare for its anti-ageing properties, it works to strengthen the scalp and encourage skin cells to divide more rapidly, speeding up the production of collagen and elastic fibers that deplete as we age. (Find it in our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum) 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 anti-inflammatory powers by inhibiting the effect of chemicals (enzymes) called cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzymes. These COX enzymes release chemicals called prostaglandins which are involved in the production of pain and inflammation at sites of injury or damage. So less prostaglandin, means less irritation, itching and redness. (Find it in our Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask) AHAs Short for ‘alpha hydroxy acid’, AHAs work to chemically exfoliate the skin on your scalp and stimulate the production of collagen, by kick-starting the skin’s healing mechanisms. They work by loosening the bonds that hold dead skin cells together, allowing them to shed more effectively and enabling newer, healthier cells to emerge. (Find them in our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum) Click here to discover more about the MONPURE range and the many wonderful things it can do for your scalp and hair.

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How to use the “Curly Girl Method”

You may have heard of the Curly Girl Method (aka CGM), which focuses on caring for hair that’s curly or textured. This method will help you create gorgeously defined curls and waves and gives you the chance to switch up your hairstyle when you normally might leave it natural or straightened. People with curly and coily (e.g. 3c/4c hair) have been using this method for years, but now people with looser curls and waves are getting in on the action. (Click here to find your curl type.) To read all about the Curly Girl Method and how it works, we suggest leafing through Lorraine Massey’s book Curly Girl: The Handbook but there are also a few basic principles to bear in mind – and the best news? The MONPURE range is perfect for this!  The basic rules for following the Curly Girl Method (which can also help with a dry scalp too) is by cutting out harsh, drying ingredients from your hair care regime. This includes silicones, sulphates and ‘bad’ alcohols. And MONPURE products– like our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening Essence Conditioner – contain none of the above, and hence are completely compatible!  CGM advises you use products with gentle cleansing ingredients such as cocamidopropyl betaine, together with hydrating ingredients such as glycerin and aloe vera (found in both of the above products, together with our Clarifying Scalp Scrub). Our Strengthening Essence Conditioner does contain two alcohols: cetyl alcohol and cetearyl alcohol – however, these are ‘good’ alcohols for your hair. Because instead of making hair dry and brittle by dissolving its natural oils, they work as humectants, which draw moisture into the hair like a sponge, helping it to become smooth and preventing knots and tangles. The conditioner also contains panthenol, another hydrating ingredient, which is also prized by proponents of the Curly Girl Method. (Plus as a lightweight ‘essence’ you can use it directly on your scalp to quench any dryness and flaking.) More CGM tips for all you curly Monpurists? Never brush or comb hair when dry, and avoid heat styling (which can make hair brittle and damaged) and prioritise protein-rich and ultra moisturising products. Want to give CGM a go? Try our Shampoo & Conditioner bundle or our Winter Healing & Hydration Gift Set to cocoon and moisturise curls to the max.

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How Much Hair Loss Is Normal?

We all notice a bit of hair fall when we wash it in the shower. But how much is too much? Beauty journalist Viola Levy investigates… With recent events contributing to an increase in hair loss, more of us might be monitoring the amount of hair that we find in the plughole or on our hairbrush during washing and styling. I myself have noticed that I lose about a handful of hair every time I wash it. But how much hair loss in the shower is normal and how much is a sign of actual hair loss? If you notice a bit of hair loss in the shower, it’s not necessarily anything to worry about. Washing the hair can dislodge strands that have already been shed by the scalp but have not fully fallen out. However, if you’re noticing a higher amount than normal it might be a good idea to consult a doctor just to make sure. “We lose on average around 50-100 strands a day,” notes MONPURE resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan. “So if you wash your hair everyday, you can expect to see a small handful, which might look like more if your hair is longer and thicker. But if you don’t shampoo every day, then this amount can be doubled or even tripled when you do wash it, which may lead you to wrongly thinking you are losing your hair.” she adds. “On the other hand, if you’re noticing that you’re losing vastly more hair than normal when you wash and brush it – complete with signs of thinning and bald patches on the scalp – then you might be experiencing hair loss,” she notes. “Hair loss has plenty of causes, which can include wearing too-tight hairstyles, hereditary factors and stress.” But sometimes even excessive hair loss can just be a phase and not a long-term problem. “For example, if you’ve just had a baby, then a larger amount of hair loss is expected,” Dr Chan explains. “As oestrogen levels return to normal, hair loss is just backdated shedding of hair that would have normally fallen out earlier. Everything should return to normal after three to six months, but the stress of pregnancy or a new baby sometimes can prolong or worsen hair loss.” “If you’re not sure if you’re experiencing hair loss or excessive hair shedding, a dermatologist can help differentiate between the two and determine what you may be experiencing.” If you’re not entirely sure that you’re losing your hair but want to protect your scalp and strands after washing, one way is by using a wide-tooth comb to detangle your hair after you’ve rinsed off and towel dried. Unlike a regular brush or fine-tooth comb it’s less likely to drag and yank on your hair which can contribute to more falling out. Start from the ends of the hair and work your way up to the roots. MONPURE’s Heal and Energise Jade Comb doesn’t just look exquisite on a dressing table but works to gently detangle hair after washing, as well as stimulating the scalp, helping to regulate mood, improve blood circulation and promote positive energy. (It’s made from pure jade stone, which is often used in crystal healing to relieve low moods.) Also when tying your hair, avoid regular hair bands which can snag the hair and put pressure on the hair follicle – leading to traction alopecia. Switch things up with silk hair ties such as MONPURE’s Style and Protect Silk Scrunchie Trio, each one made from 100% mulberry silk that is a lot more gentle on your delicate strands. Both are available as part of MONPURE’s Ultimate Scalp and Hair Health Gift Set, which contains their complete collection, designed to give your scalp and hair everything it needs to flourish, so that it can stay strong and help weather the storm of stress and hair loss.  The perfect Christmas gift or treat-to-self! If you’re worried about or experiencing hair loss, you can speak to your GP or dermatologist, otherwise organisations such as skinsupport.org.uk (which covers hair loss) together with alopecia.org.uk can be great sources of support and advice. You can also email our dedicated team of experts with any questions you may have at info@monpure.com.  

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How our hair affects our confidence

  Are you having a good or bad hair day? It may sound like a superficial question but in fact our hair and confidence are more closely intertwined than we’d like to think. Several years ago, Yale University decided to study the psychology of bad hair days – and found that our self-esteem was highly affected by them, with subjects reporting feeling less smart, less capable, more embarrassed and less sociable. Most of us are already aware of the effect our appearance can have on our self-esteem. But psychologically, hair is particularly poignant when it comes to how we feel about ourselves.  For instance, when babies are born we usually heap praise and focus on how much hair they have, while in adults (particularly women) we have long associated long flowing locks with sensuality and fertility. What’s more, our hair frames the face and is considered by psychologists to be the most important in terms of first impressions. Speaking to Red Magazine, psychologist Elaine Slater noted that our hair is one of the features most often recalled after a social interaction. In the article, she also comments. “Many associate confidence with feeling in control, and hair is one way that most of us can be in charge in terms of the vast number of ways in which we can alter it. Hair can give us the external appearance of being well managed and in control.” The rise of the digital world hasn’t helped matters much. Recent research commissioned by Simone Thomas Wellness has revealed that three quarters of adults blame social media and dating apps for damaging their self-esteem, while 57% attribute them to feeling more worried about losing their hair. The study also reported six in 10 women stating that hair loss or thinning hair plays a huge role in negatively affecting their self-esteem - while 59% of adults claimed they would rather have a full head of hair than one million followers on social media.   If you’re currently feeling low about your hair or hair loss, there are ways you can get help. Following people going through their own hair loss journeys on social media can be a way to feel less alone, and discover supportive online communities of people in similar situations. Elsewhere, organisations such as skinsupport.org.uk (which covers hair loss) together with alopecia.org.uk can be great sources of support and advice. You can also speak to your GP if your hair is negatively affecting your mental health. They may even be able to refer you to a psychodermatologist – this is a medically qualified doctor who focuses on both the physical and psychological impact of skin and scalp conditions such as hair loss.  Here at MONPURE we know how much our hair means to us and the emotional impact losing it can have. If you have any questions or advice around hair loss and its emotional impact, feel free to email our team of experts at info@monpure.com  Click here to discover our Christmas Gift Sets with a percentage of profits going to The Little Princess Trust – who donate real hair wigs to young people who have lost their own hair due to illness, such as cancer treatments.

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Does the cold weather cause hair loss?

Now temperatures have plummeted, most of us are avoiding venturing outside as much as possible, coupled with cranking up the central heating indoors and piling on the layers. But what is all this doing to our hair? Does a change in the weather really affect hair growth?   While many other mammals grow thick fur coats in the winter, which they shed in the summer (anyone who’s ever owned a cat will know this all too well), the received wisdom is that for us humans, the opposite is true – making us unique as a species (having opposable thumbs is quite nifty too!). But while many people think that the colder weather makes us lose our hair – this is technically a myth.  A six-year study found that actually we shed the least amount of hair in winter. So we’re similar to many of our furry friends in that respect – in fact, during the winter our bodies go into a similar ‘hibernation’ mode, producing more melatonin (the sleep hormone), which also regulates hair production. But don’t get too smug. The above information accepted, there are indirect ways that we can lose more hair in the winter, which goes hand-in-hand with the changes in lifestyle it entails. For example if we happen to feel lower during the winter months – coupled with the stress of Christmas and tax season in January – the increase in ‘stress hormone’ cortisol can have a knock-on effect when it comes to hair loss. (Read more about it here.)  Plus the cold, harsh weather and moisture-zapping central heating can result in a dry scalp – which can lead to irritation and flakiness, both of which are big factors in hair loss. Winter hats can also cause friction on the hair and scalp, causing the hair shaft to break or uproot altogether. One solution to keeping both your scalp and hair happy and hydrated during the colder months is with MONPURE’s Winter Healing & Hydration Gift Set. This trio of products work to replenish parched, dry scalp-skin and keep frizzy, brittle strands nourished and soft. Our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Essence-Conditioner are ultra gentle (with zero sulphates), both starring vegan silk peptides that work to fortify fragile strands and repair any damage and dehydration in the process. The aromatic scent is also very ‘wintery’ too – and will fill your bathroom with a pleasant herbal fug.     The jewel in the crown is our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum that will calm and quench dry, red scalp-skin without feeling heavy or greasy, thanks to anti-inflammatory witch hazel and aloe vera. And our Style and Protect Scrunchie Trio is made from 100% pure silk, which is so, so much gentler on your hair than your traditional ‘rip-it-out-by-the-root’ hair bands. It also makes the perfect gift (or treat-to-self). Plus 15% of profits go directly to The Little Princess Trust, a charity giving hair and hope to children suffering from hair loss due to illness such as cancer treatment. Click here to find out more and shop.  You may have noticed the gift set’s jazzy packaging – it’s a limited edition design by artist Shira Barzilay. Read our Q&A with her here.

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Q&A Shira Barzilay

By now you may be familiar with our fabulous Christmas gift sets. Well here’s a little bit more about the artist behind the stunning box designs. We’re very excited to be partnering with artist Shira Barzilay aka KOKETIT. She’s become known for her signature style: linear yet hyper-feminised which pays tribute to the female form.   We’re very excited to announce that Shira will be taking over the MONPURE Instagram account as of next week! Expect lots of colourful artworks and plenty of creative inspiration. Plus, tune in to our special Instagram Live session with Shira on Monday December 7th at 8pm GMT over at @monpurelondon where we chat more to this very talented lady.  We recently caught up with Shira to chat more about the collaboration and her career thus far… What made you decide to partner with MONPURE? Haircare is very important to me. So when I discovered MONPURE – and how it puts a huge emphasis on hair and scalpcare in a totally organic way – it was pretty much a case of “Where do I sign up?” To top it off, they are a sustainable brand so I know I can use their products with a clear conscience. What does "hair" mean to you? My hair has been a struggle my entire life. As a former curly girl, my hair was always out of control and had a life of its own. The term ‘good hair day’ was something I wished for in my daily life! I started getting regular blow dries and my wish to have manageable hair came true - yet all that heat styling over the years caused my hair to severely become thin. I was desperately searching for treatment to cure my hair loss.  Do you feel our emotional link to hair isn't spoken about as much as it should be? I know that for me, hair equals confidence. When I'm loving my hair I feel good about myself. I think that a lot of people are emotionally linked in that sense. We treat it as though it's gold and cry when it's cut too short! We forget that hair usually grows back. I find it so endearing.  What other artists/creatives inspire you? Right now I'm loving the work of Helga Stenzel. Most of the artwork I am exposed to is through Instagram. I'm also a huge devotee of Albert Madaula and Kit Agar. How did you develop your linear style? I have been drawing Koketit ever since I can remember. It was a constant subject in my life, and all throughout my professional career as a fashion illustrator. I had naturally progressed from having a more figurative take on a Koketit face, to a more abstract one. I began eliminating elements of the drawing until I was left with just the line and saw that the truth laid bare. Everything else seemed un-necessary. It was an eilminative process of finding my voice. The lines expressed me best than anything else I tried to embellish.  When creating, do you have a preconceived notion of what the end result is going to be, or do you just let your pen/brush take you where it wants? I never think about what I'm going to create. I just allow it to come intuitively. There is no thought process involved. As an artist, what do you find are the most respectively challenging and rewarding aspects of your work? There are so many rewarding aspects of my work. So many. First of all - the work itself is rewarding – particularly the process of learning and creating and discovering. It's really about the journey. I continue to be amazed at how wonderful I feel after every drawing session. It's almost like a rush of adrenalin. I am lucky enough to have an audience to share my passions with - and that’s hugely rewarding to get to experience my art through other's eyes and perspectives and hear about their inspirations. It's such an honour to be able to move people emotionally. That is what I care about most as an artist. If people just nod and say ‘oh that's pretty’ - it's worthless. I also think that marketing my art can be quite challenging. I love doing things organically and it can feel a bit forced when I’m supposed to promote myself.  What have been the highlights of your career thus far? There have been so many that it's hard to choose. Every episode of my life has been defined by the different directions that I took as a creative – and each had their own highlights. I went from being a young fashion design student to a working fashion illustrator, to a blogger, a temporary tattoo designer – which all led me to this point in time as a full-time artist and owner of my own brand, KOKETIT.  And last but not least, what's your favourite product in the MONPURE range? My favourite product is the Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum. It smells amazing and I can feel the extra volume it gives my hair. Discover the beautiful KOKETIT designs on our Christmas gift sets here.  

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How Stress Affects Hair Loss

While small amounts of stress can actually be a good thing (many of us relish a challenge and thrive on the adrenaline rush!), in large doses it can start to take its toll. It affects our moods, our sleep, our relationships, productivity and – in the case of chronic stress – our mental health. And when it comes to scalp discomfort and hair loss, stress is a huge factor, as MONPURE resident dermatologist, Dr Sue Ann Chan explains.  “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. Where the scalp 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, seborrhoeic dermatitis (which leads to dandruff), psoriasis, scalp lupus and also alopecia.” Hence a little bit of self-care – and scalpcare – can go a long way when it comes to managing stress and warding off issues like hair loss.  When it comes to scalp health, MONPURE have adopted a holistic approach that goes beyond topical treatment. Hence why we have created our beautiful new range of accessories – or as we like to call them, ‘objects of desire’ – that elevate everyday objects to stunning levels of craftsmanship, and make a stressful day that little bit more bearable. Perfect as stocking fillers, or just as an exquisite treat-to-self. Collect them all…   Heal and Energise Jade Comb - £39 Designed to work in tandem with the rest of MONPURE’s range, our elegant Heal and Energise Jade Comb helps to relieve tension in the scalp, stimulate hair follicles and gently detangle hair. Inspired by traditional Chinese health rituals, combing the scalp stimulates meridian channels that run throughout the body, helping to regulate mood, improve blood circulation and promote positive energy. Pure Silk Face Mask - £20 Carry a little bit of MONPURE luxury with you throughout the day; upgrade your disposable face mask for MONPURE’s oh-so-covetable alternative. Made from 100% mulberry silk that won’t irritate sensitive skin, it features adjustable elastic ear loops and nose wire, so it will sit comfortably – and not awkwardly – on your face.  Style and Protect Silk Scrunchie Trio - £23.50 Taking the humble hair tie to stylish new heights, this trio of Scrunchies has been specially created using the highest grade 100% mulberry silk. Extremely soft on your delicate strands, while keeping your style in place, they’re destined to become a treasured part of your haircare regime.  Click here to discover our stunning new accessories for yourself.

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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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