The MONPURE Guide to finding your curly hair type

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

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Why stress causes an itchy scalp

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

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How to treat seborrheic dermatitis

According to our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan, “If you have itchy, red scalp-skin, accompanied by scaly patches and dandruff, you could have seborrheic dermatitis – a common skin condition that mainly affects your scalp.” While its name may not be familiar, this condition is more common than you may think. According to the British Association of Dermatologists, it’s thought to affect about 4% of the adult population. Stress is often a key trigger, which can result in changes in our skin microbiome, causing an imbalance in the natural bacteria that resides on our scalp. When this happens, our scalp produces too much sebum, which dandruff-causing yeast feeds on. Cue itching, flaking and all the other associated symptoms that add up to seborrheic dermatitis. “The best shampoo to treat serious seborrheic dermatitis should be a tar-based shampoo,” advises Dr Sue Ann Chan. “Usually with coconut oil and salicylic acid to help dissolve the dead skin build-up”  However if you wear your hair in braids or don’t tend to wash it everyday, there is one solution that can ease your scalp irritation in the interim: our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. Its star ingredient is witch hazel, which because of its anti-inflammatory properties, can help soothe the scalp conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, together with pro vitamin B5 and allantoin to imbue the scalp with moisture and hydrate any rough patches. Run a warm flannel along your partings (part your hair in sections if its not braided) and then apply a few drops of the serum afterwards and massage in. Used sparingly (a little goes a long way), the lightweight yet hardworking formula won’t weigh hair down. Click here to discover this clever serum’s benefits for yourself. 

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How we’re helping to give back to those affected by COVID

  Given the year we’ve had, today’s National Smile Day might raise a few eyebrows among many of us. However if we are to take anything from this current crisis, it’s the kindness and resilience people have shown one another, from communities banding together, to the outpouring of love and support for our NHS staff and key workers who are working tirelessly to keep the country together. And having more time to explore our local parks and green spaces has made many of us realise how important getting out in nature is during this difficult time. So it’s in this spirit that MONPURE is proud to announce its partnership with the 11 Foundation, a charity set up by Carly Cole and her husband Joe to bring more outdoor spaces to hospitals to help ease the burden of COVID-19. This Wednesday, the first garden was unveiled at The Queens Medical Centre hospital in Nottingham, created by award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson, the recipient of four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as well as the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show’s People’s Choice award in 2017.  Attendees included Carly and Joe Cole, Jo Thompson and movie star Amy Jackson. After the event, we also managed to visit the QMC Mental Health ward and shared some MONPURE love with the hardworking NHS staff on the ward. The aim of the garden is to help staff, patients and visitors feel connected to nature and boost their morale, improve mental health and help process trauma as a result. It’s been well established that spending time outdoors can help reduce stress, fatigue, depression and anxiety, and in the grip of the current crisis this has never been timelier. As part of their support for the charity, we are donating a percentage of our profits to help build more hospital gardens, so more NHS workers and patients can have access to an outdoor space. Keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for more news and updates on this very special partnership. For more information on the 11 Foundation, please visit:  http://www.11foundation.co.uk Instagram @11foundationUK

Why vegan silk peptides are so good for your scalp and hair

  We’re very proud of all of our pioneering ingredients here at MONPURE – a testament to our clean, 100% vegan and cruelty-free ethos. But there is one we particularly wanted to shine a light on – our vegan silk peptides, which star in our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening Essence-Conditioner.   Silkgel is a pioneering new vegan alternative to regular silk peptides, providing a “second skin” effect to the scalp and hair follicles.    We chose this ingredient over regular silk peptides, not just because we are 100% vegan, but also because traditional methods of silk production are not sustainable by today’s standards. The bugs used to produce regular silk require a lot of feeding! Hence 150kg of raw materials (like mulberry leaves favoured by silkworms) are needed to produce just 1kg of silk. Produced via a process of fermenting plant starch, our vegan silk peptides have been clinically proven to not only repair fragile or damaged hair strands, but also protect the hair and scalp from harmful pollutants as well as bacterial adhesion. They are non-occlusive, which means they allow the hair and scalp to breathe, rather than weighing it down in the way their synthetic counterparts like silicones do. They have also been scientifically proven to remove 71% of PM2.5 carbon particles (pollution) from the hair and scalp after a simple water rinsing. They also work to protect (by more than 35%) against the effects of pollution, irritants and bacteria, all of which are known to compromise the hair’s condition, as well as fade coloured hair. This isn’t an ingredient you’ll find in many contemporary shampoos, so we’re very proud to have incorporated this hero ingredient into our formulas. Your scalp and hair will definitely notice a difference. Discover this incredible ingredient for yourself – shop our Shampoo + Conditioner Bundle.

The skin acids that work for your scalp

  Navigating the world of skin acids can be extremely confusing, especially when you’re bombarded with numerous ingredient names (many of which sound very similar!). We’ve put together a guide on some of the more well known acids, so you can have a better idea of whether they will work for you. Azelaic acid A common ingredient used topically to treat acne and rosacea, it works to kill bacteria, reduce inflammation as well as treat hyperpigmentation. Glycolic acid A popular alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), it dissolves the bonds that bind dead skin cells together, speeding up cell turnover and exfoliating the skin’s surface. It’s a fairly strong ingredient that can cause sun sensitivity, so make sure to only use at night and limit use to twice or three times a week to begin with. Hyaluronic acid Hyaluronic Acid (also known as HA) is naturally found in the skin and is responsible for keeping cells hydrated. Soaking up moisture like a magnet, it keeps skin plumped and glowing, diminishing fine lines and dullness. It works well for all skin types and is good for keeping skin hydrated throughout the day. Lactic acid Lactic acid is part of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family, exfoliating the skin at cellular level and stimulating the production of new collagen. Lactic acid tends to be gentler than other AHAs, making it good for sensitive skin. (NB. Despite the name, lactic acid is actually a vegan ingredient – it derives from sugar starch, not milk.) Retinol Also known as Vitamin A, retinol works to resurface the scalp-skin and speed up cell turnover, as well as facilitating the absorption of other ingredients. It’s also used to treat acne due to its exfoliating properties, as well as repairing the skin from pollution and sun damage. People with sensitive skin should use with caution, as it can sometimes cause irritation. Salicylic acid A beta hydroxy acid (BHA), it exfoliates the skin at cellular level, working to dissolve any gunk and dead skin cells that get trapped in pores and cause breakouts and inhibit hair growth.  Ever heard of the ‘double serum’ trend? It’s the latest K-beauty craze that works for your scalp. Read more here.

The MONPURE Guide to finding your curly hair type

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

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Why stress causes an itchy scalp

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

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How to treat seborrheic dermatitis

According to our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan, “If you have itchy, red scalp-skin, accompanied by scaly patches and dandruff, you could have seborrheic dermatitis – a common skin condition that mainly affects your scalp.” While its name may not be familiar, this condition is more common than you may think. According to the British Association of Dermatologists, it’s thought to affect about 4% of the adult population. Stress is often a key trigger, which can result in changes in our skin microbiome, causing an imbalance in the natural bacteria that resides on our scalp. When this happens, our scalp produces too much sebum, which dandruff-causing yeast feeds on. Cue itching, flaking and all the other associated symptoms that add up to seborrheic dermatitis. “The best shampoo to treat serious seborrheic dermatitis should be a tar-based shampoo,” advises Dr Sue Ann Chan. “Usually with coconut oil and salicylic acid to help dissolve the dead skin build-up”  However if you wear your hair in braids or don’t tend to wash it everyday, there is one solution that can ease your scalp irritation in the interim: our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. Its star ingredient is witch hazel, which because of its anti-inflammatory properties, can help soothe the scalp conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis, together with pro vitamin B5 and allantoin to imbue the scalp with moisture and hydrate any rough patches. Run a warm flannel along your partings (part your hair in sections if its not braided) and then apply a few drops of the serum afterwards and massage in. Used sparingly (a little goes a long way), the lightweight yet hardworking formula won’t weigh hair down. Click here to discover this clever serum’s benefits for yourself. 

Learn more

How we’re helping to give back to those affected by COVID

  Given the year we’ve had, today’s National Smile Day might raise a few eyebrows among many of us. However if we are to take anything from this current crisis, it’s the kindness and resilience people have shown one another, from communities banding together, to the outpouring of love and support for our NHS staff and key workers who are working tirelessly to keep the country together. And having more time to explore our local parks and green spaces has made many of us realise how important getting out in nature is during this difficult time. So it’s in this spirit that MONPURE is proud to announce its partnership with the 11 Foundation, a charity set up by Carly Cole and her husband Joe to bring more outdoor spaces to hospitals to help ease the burden of COVID-19. This Wednesday, the first garden was unveiled at The Queens Medical Centre hospital in Nottingham, created by award-winning garden designer Jo Thompson, the recipient of four Gold and five Silver Gilt medals from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show as well as the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show’s People’s Choice award in 2017.  Attendees included Carly and Joe Cole, Jo Thompson and movie star Amy Jackson. After the event, we also managed to visit the QMC Mental Health ward and shared some MONPURE love with the hardworking NHS staff on the ward. The aim of the garden is to help staff, patients and visitors feel connected to nature and boost their morale, improve mental health and help process trauma as a result. It’s been well established that spending time outdoors can help reduce stress, fatigue, depression and anxiety, and in the grip of the current crisis this has never been timelier. As part of their support for the charity, we are donating a percentage of our profits to help build more hospital gardens, so more NHS workers and patients can have access to an outdoor space. Keep an eye on our blog and social media channels for more news and updates on this very special partnership. For more information on the 11 Foundation, please visit:  http://www.11foundation.co.uk Instagram @11foundationUK

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Why vegan silk peptides are so good for your scalp and hair

  We’re very proud of all of our pioneering ingredients here at MONPURE – a testament to our clean, 100% vegan and cruelty-free ethos. But there is one we particularly wanted to shine a light on – our vegan silk peptides, which star in our Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening Essence-Conditioner.   Silkgel is a pioneering new vegan alternative to regular silk peptides, providing a “second skin” effect to the scalp and hair follicles.    We chose this ingredient over regular silk peptides, not just because we are 100% vegan, but also because traditional methods of silk production are not sustainable by today’s standards. The bugs used to produce regular silk require a lot of feeding! Hence 150kg of raw materials (like mulberry leaves favoured by silkworms) are needed to produce just 1kg of silk. Produced via a process of fermenting plant starch, our vegan silk peptides have been clinically proven to not only repair fragile or damaged hair strands, but also protect the hair and scalp from harmful pollutants as well as bacterial adhesion. They are non-occlusive, which means they allow the hair and scalp to breathe, rather than weighing it down in the way their synthetic counterparts like silicones do. They have also been scientifically proven to remove 71% of PM2.5 carbon particles (pollution) from the hair and scalp after a simple water rinsing. They also work to protect (by more than 35%) against the effects of pollution, irritants and bacteria, all of which are known to compromise the hair’s condition, as well as fade coloured hair. This isn’t an ingredient you’ll find in many contemporary shampoos, so we’re very proud to have incorporated this hero ingredient into our formulas. Your scalp and hair will definitely notice a difference. Discover this incredible ingredient for yourself – shop our Shampoo + Conditioner Bundle.

Learn more

The skin acids that work for your scalp

  Navigating the world of skin acids can be extremely confusing, especially when you’re bombarded with numerous ingredient names (many of which sound very similar!). We’ve put together a guide on some of the more well known acids, so you can have a better idea of whether they will work for you. Azelaic acid A common ingredient used topically to treat acne and rosacea, it works to kill bacteria, reduce inflammation as well as treat hyperpigmentation. Glycolic acid A popular alpha hydroxy acid (AHA), it dissolves the bonds that bind dead skin cells together, speeding up cell turnover and exfoliating the skin’s surface. It’s a fairly strong ingredient that can cause sun sensitivity, so make sure to only use at night and limit use to twice or three times a week to begin with. Hyaluronic acid Hyaluronic Acid (also known as HA) is naturally found in the skin and is responsible for keeping cells hydrated. Soaking up moisture like a magnet, it keeps skin plumped and glowing, diminishing fine lines and dullness. It works well for all skin types and is good for keeping skin hydrated throughout the day. Lactic acid Lactic acid is part of the alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) family, exfoliating the skin at cellular level and stimulating the production of new collagen. Lactic acid tends to be gentler than other AHAs, making it good for sensitive skin. (NB. Despite the name, lactic acid is actually a vegan ingredient – it derives from sugar starch, not milk.) Retinol Also known as Vitamin A, retinol works to resurface the scalp-skin and speed up cell turnover, as well as facilitating the absorption of other ingredients. It’s also used to treat acne due to its exfoliating properties, as well as repairing the skin from pollution and sun damage. People with sensitive skin should use with caution, as it can sometimes cause irritation. Salicylic acid A beta hydroxy acid (BHA), it exfoliates the skin at cellular level, working to dissolve any gunk and dead skin cells that get trapped in pores and cause breakouts and inhibit hair growth.  Ever heard of the ‘double serum’ trend? It’s the latest K-beauty craze that works for your scalp. Read more here.

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Plastic – how to use less and recycle more

  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.  According to Zero Waste Week, the beauty industry produces more than 120 billion units of packaging each year, the plastic involved contributing to the eight million tonnes of plastic that get dumped into the oceans each year*, destroying biodiversity and marine life in the process. To highlight National Recycle Week – here are some ways to use less and recycle more plastic in your everyday life. 1. Buy reusable containers for things you use daily Whether it’s your daily shop, buying a cup of coffee or staying hydrated – all of those plastic bags and containers soon add up! Take a canvas bag to go shopping; buy a reusable water bottle; and next time you get a coffee – bring your own cup! 2. Recycle glass jars to store leftovers While it might be an easy option to store food in plastic containers covered in cling film, unwanted glass jars are a better way to keep leftovers – they’re airtight and can be reused a number of times. 3. Avoid excessive food packaging Opt for loose fruit and veg instead of buying pre-packaged alternatives. Instead of using those tear-off plastic bags, many supermarkets are happy for you to bring your own Tupperware to put loose items in. Learn how to cook some easy simple meals from scratch and try buying certain items in bulk (sugar, pasta, cereals) to save on packaging. 4. Stop using straws Plastic drinking straws are one of the biggest contributors to plastic waste – millions are thrown away each day. Going straw-free will instantly reduce the amount of plastic you use without affecting the quality of what you’re buying. If you really can’t sip an iced latte without one, opt for biodegradable alternatives. There are even companies that offer pasta straws, which are less likely to break down to mush, unlike paper versions. Shop brands that use post-consumer recycled plastic.  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.  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. This means that eventually, less plastic will end up in landfills, or in our oceans.  *** “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. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy – or cheap – to recycle post-consumer plastic. If you think about what its manufacture involves (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.  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. Our eco credentials were recently recognised by Harper’s BAZAAR who awarded us ‘Best Green Beauty Brand’; together with the Global Green Beauty Awards, who picked three of our products as this year's winners: “Best Sustainable Hair Product” (Gold) - Clarifying Scalp Scrub; "Best Vegan Hair Product" (Gold) - Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask; "Best Vegan Hair Product" (Bronze) - Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum. Click here to explore and learn more about the MONPURE range and how it can improve your scalp and hair. *plasticoceans.org

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How often should you wash your hair?

A question that’s so simple, yet puzzles many of us on a regular basis is how often we should be washing our hair. Some of us might be lathering up every morning as part of our daily routine, while others prefer to leave it a few days – or even a week.  So what’s the answer? It all depends on your hair type and length. Is it ok to wash your hair everyday? Opinion is divided on this, but too-frequent hair washing is generally considered to be drying and damaging, stripping the hair of its natural oils and fading colour if the hair is dyed. But, if your hair is shorter and more ‘virginal’ i.e. not dyed or treated, then it’s more likely to withstand the brunt of daily washing (although it’s still not ideal).  Can washing your hair everyday cause hair loss? While you might notice a few hairs fall out after washing it, this is completely normal and a natural part of your hair’s lifecycle. While washing your hair everyday won’t cause hair loss, make sure the water in your shower isn’t too hot, as this can irritate your scalp and affect any subsequent hair growth. (Also try not to use heated styling tools every time you wash your hair, as this can also put pressure on the scalp and make your hair more prone to breakage.) How do you know when to wash your hair? This comes down to your individual hair type and texture. If your hair is fine and/or gets greasy quite quickly then you might need to wash it every day. (However, washing your hair too frequently can cause the oil glands in your scalp to be over-stimulated, making your hair greasier as a result so it can become a vicious cycle.) Ditto if you use a lot of styling products, such as gel or hairspray, which might congest or irritate your scalp if they’re not washed out immediately.  Those who have coloured, processed or curly/coily hair (especially types 3c or 4c), might want to restrict washing to once or twice a week, as this hair type is very vulnerable to breakage. If you are going to wash your hair every day (for example, if you’re sweating it out on the treadmill each morning, or using a lot of styling products) then make sure to choose a shampoo which is sulphate-free, such as MONPURE’s Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo. Sulphates are chemical detergents that create a foamy lather – and while they’re effective at cleansing your hair, they can also strip it of moisture, leaving it dry and frizzy.  Should I wash my hair if my scalp is itching? If you notice your scalp itching in-between washes, this isn’t necessarily a sign that you should wash it more frequently – it could be that your scalp-skin is a little too dry.  While washing your hair can of course remove dead, flaky skin that’s causing the itching, it might not deal with the dryness in the long-term.  If you don’t want to wash your hair too frequently, applying a few drops of MONPURE Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum through your roots and massaging in can work wonders when it comes to calming an itchy scalp. This is because it contains Pro Vitamin B5 and allantoin, which works to hydrate the scalp-skin, while witch hazel – a natural astringent – can soothe any redness and irritation.  

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How to treat scalp eczema

If you’re dealing with eczema – particularly scalp eczema - rest assured that you’re not the only one; the most common form, atopic eczema, affects 1 in 5 children and 1 in 12 adults in the UK, while across the pond it affects an estimated 31.6 million people in the U.S.  A new report for National Eczema Week shows the significant impact it has on our lives. The Eczema Unmasked Report was carried out by the Eczema Society to show the emotional toll conditions like scalp eczema can take on people's self-esteem. Of the 1000 respondents of adults and parents of children with eczema, the survey found: But what exactly is scalp eczema? According to MONPURE Resident Dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan: “Eczema is a non-contagious dry skin condition, where the skin’s protective barrier is compromised, making it vulnerable to irritants and allergens. As a result the skin becomes inflamed. Eczema can affect any area of the body, including the scalp.” “Among the most frequent forms of eczema is atopic dermatitis, which manifests itself as itchy, sore and painful skin (51 million people in the UK suffer from an itchy scalp), together with dryness and discolouration, as well as rashes which can bleed when scratched. “Another common type of scalp eczema is known as seborrheic dermatitis, which shows up as scaly patches, red, inflamed, itchy skin, and flaking. As well as the physical symptoms, those affected may experience mental health issues such as sleeplessness, anxiety and depression. “However other scalp conditions are associated with symptoms that are very similar to eczema, (e.g. dryness and itching) such as psoriasis and fungal infections, so it’s important to get a firm diagnosis if you’re unsure. How can I prevent eczema on my scalp? “When it comes to treatment, topical steroids for the scalp can be prescribed, as well as emollient creams and oils. For mild forms of eczema, you might want to use a shampoo with zinc pyrithione, salicylic acid, and selenium sulphide. I would also recommend MONPURE’s Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, which contains hydrating aloe vera and anti-inflammatory witch hazel, to alleviate itching and redness.” To mark #NationalEczemaWeek, MONPURE are here to offer expert advice and support for anyone dealing with scalp eczema. Send your questions to our resident dermatologist at info@monpure.com

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The top foods that will boost your scalp and hair health

  An effective scalp-skincare regime is crucial to maintaining a healthy scalp and growing stronger, longer hair. But that’s not the full story – eating the right diet can also reap rewards where your scalp and hair are concerned. Here to explain further is today’s guest blogger, Nutritional Therapist and Author Eve Kalinik.  A former fashion PR, Eve moved over into the world of health and nutrition when she realised her busy, stressful lifestyle was having a severe impact on her health. Working in nutrition, her aim is to undo the common misconception that eating healthily is about rules and restriction, instead advocating a positive approach that is focused on eating more of the right foods. She works with both individuals and brands and writes for various publications; while August saw the publication of her first book: Happy Gut, Happy Mind – How to feel good from within, which offers insight into how our gut health and mental health are interlinked. Writing for The MONPURE Journal, she picks her top foods to ensure your scalp and hair are stronger and healthier than ever.   Our scalp and hair’s condition is dependent on many factors: products that we use topically, salon treatments, environmental factors (humidity frizz anyone?) and genetics. It is also very much affected by the foods we eat, since there are key nutrients that our scalp and our hair need in order to be healthy and well nourished. Here are some of the key food groups to include in your diet… PROTEIN Hair is structurally made up of protein in the form of keratin, so it is vital we get enough dietary protein to support growth and strength in the hair. This could be in the form of meat and poultry (ideally organic grass-fed/free range); fish, eggs, cheese or yogurt; and plant-based sources such as tofu, lentils or chickpeas. You’ll also find small amounts of protein in nuts and seeds too. You should be aiming for around the same amount in grams per your weight in kg per day. Visually, that equates to around a palm-sized amount at each meal, which can be spread across the day as you may find you have more protein in the evening versus breakfast for example. As long as you are hitting the daily quota that’s the main thing.  BIOTIN This helps to support the infrastructure of keratin (see above); low levels have actually been linked with hair loss. Biotin is readily available in many foods, such as egg yolks, almonds, walnuts and avocados to name just a few. A-C-E YOUR VITAMINS Vitamins A, C and E are essential for a healthy scalp and hair. Vitamin A helps to support cell replication, which is important for hair follicles – find this (in beta-carotene form) in sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, peppers and apricots; and in the preformed source in butter, cheese, eggs and salmon. Vitamin C has two-fold benefits for the hair, in that it helps us to absorb iron and it also supports the production of collagen that is necessary for all connective tissue in the body including hair follicles. Vitamin C-rich foods include broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, kale, parsley, strawberries and blackberries. While Vitamin E provides antioxidant effects that have a protective role for cells including hair follicles – nuts are seeds are excellent sources. OMEGA 3 This is important for every single cell membrane, including the hair follicles that keep the scalp and hair well hydrated. Omega 3 fatty acids are called essential, as we have to take them in through our diet. The highest sources of these include oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines. You can also find them in grass-fed meat. Plant-based sources include flax and chia seeds, as well as walnuts although the conversion rate from these is rather low – so if you aren’t following an exclusive plant-based diet, it would be ideal to get these from meat and fish, as mentioned above.  IRON Iron supports blood flow and oxygen to the hair follicles and low ferritin (iron stores) can result in slower hair growth, thinning and shedding. There are two forms of dietary iron: heme and non-heme – and our body absorbs the most amount of iron from heme sources. Heme iron foods can be found in red meat (ideally organic and grass-fed), sardines, mussels and clams; and in lower amounts in chicken, turkey and salmon. There is also a small amount in eggs. Non-heme iron foods would include lentils, beans, spinach and tofu. The best way to consume iron is with vitamin C rich foods (see above) as this can help with absorption, especially non-heme iron foods, so try to pair them up together where you can. Also try to avoid having tea or coffee with iron rich foods as this can impair absorption.  ZINC This is a key mineral that supports turnover of cells including hair follicles. It also has a key role in managing sebum (oil) production that keeps the hair and scalp well lubricated. Shellfish are the highest source, such as oysters, crab, mussels and clams although they may not always feature in our day-to-day meals! Red meat, sunflower and pumpkin seeds and whole grains can also be great sources.  

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How to grow your hair

How can I grow my hair? Many of us aspire to thicker, longer locks. But while extensions can be an attractive short-term solution, they can put stress on the hair follicles and cause traction alopecia over time. So how do you make your own hair longer and stronger? Here are a few basic steps to follow. Care for your scalp At MONPURE we often say caring for the scalp is like gardening – nourish the soil and what grows out of it will flourish. While if it’s dry and neglected, the hair won’t grow through properly. Massage your scalp daily using our Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum, which has special pumpkin seed extract and castor oil to enhance healthy hair growth. We’d also recommend using our Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask once a week to ‘feed’ hair follicles with vitamin-rich camellia tea oil and hydrating aloe vera. Trim hair regularly This might seem counterintuitive, but if you find your hair is constantly snapping off after a certain length, chances are your split ends are the guilty culprits. This is where the ends of the hair become ‘torn’ and split apart, which can damage the rest of your hair if you don’t get them snipped off. Get regular trims at the salon or, if get a hairdresser to teach you how to do this yourself. (Always use proper hair scissors that are ultra sharp, regular scissors can cause the hair follicle to ‘puff’ out and lead to even more split ends.) Avoid bleach and harsh chemicals Have you noticed bleaching your hair can leave it looking frizzy? Using products with bleach and ammonia can really damage your hair’s condition making split ends a more likely occurrence. Bolster fragile hair strands with strengthening products, such as MONPURE’s Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening Essence-Conditioner. Both contain vegan silk peptides that create a breathable ‘second skin’ on both the scalp and hair, protecting it (by more than 35%). Limit heat tools and tight hairstyles According to our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan: “When it comes to boosting hair growth, I would advise to avoid common causes of hair ‘wear and tear’. For example, limit use of ceramic straighteners or hairdryers on a high setting. It’s also best to avoid pulling your hair back in tight braids or ponytails.” If you have to use heated styling tools, try using a lower heat setting and always prep hair beforehand with a heat protector spray. Take care when it comes to towelling and brushing your hair Hair strands are extremely fragile – especially when they’re wet. Rough drying with a towel and brushing too vigorously can cause a lot of damage – resulting in frizz and split ends. Which if you’re trying to grow your hair out, is not ideal. Swap your cotton towel for a less abrasive microfiber version and pat your hair dry gently. Once fully dry, brush from the ends of the hair upwards to loosen tangles. Use a satin scarf or pillowcase at night You might notice bits of snapped off hair when you wake up in the morning. The friction from cotton pillowcases can aggravate hair cuticles and cause breakage.  Tie hair in a satin scarf or use a satin pillowcase to protect those delicate strands while you sleep. Take the right supplements Food supplements can give hair growth an extra boost. According to our resident dermatologist Dr Sue Ann Chan, “As well as topical treatments, a healthy scalp can be maintained by ensuring sufficient nutrients in our diet (including Iron, Zinc, Vitamin B, Selenium, and Vitamin C). Plus minimising physical and emotional stress is also key in preventing major scalp issues such as hair loss.” To kick-start your healthy hair growth habits, try our Great Lengths Regime, which now comes with a built-in saving of 25%.  And for anything else, please email our team with your questions at info@monpure.com

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'Double-serum' – the K-Beauty trend that works for your scalp

You may by now be already acquainted with our hardworking scalp serums: Follicle Boost Density Serum and Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum (the latter winning a Global Green Beauty Award 2020!), beloved by beauty editors and experts alike. But if you’re torn between bolstering hair growth and quenching a dry scalp, you no longer have to choose between one or the other – not if, like us, you’re inspired by the latest K-Beauty trend: ‘double serum’... So what is it exactly? Well, instead of layering your skincare products on top of each other, you use them together to create a bespoke treatment depending on what your skin needs that particular day. Clever stuff. And as with the skin on your face, the condition of your scalp tends to fluctuate, depending on the time of the month, weather or the amount of time left between washing. Sometimes it can be more dry and flaky, other times more greasy and irritated. So why not use both serums at once to create a bespoke cocktail according to how your scalp feels? While we wouldn’t advise using both formulas on the same area (given the amount of strong, active ingredients each one has), you might want to mix-and-match, applying different serums to different parts of the scalp. For example, if you have hair loss, such as traction alopecia, at the crown or sides of the head, you might want to add some Follicle Boost to just these areas, while if you’re experiencing itching at the top or back of the head (e.g. after being in contact with your pillow all night) Hydrate and Soothe might work well for those. The idea is to create a customised ‘scalp facial’ to suit the needs of a particular area of your scalp, rather than applying a single serum all over. (It means you can make both serums last a little longer too!) Give it a try and let us know your thoughts by tagging us @monpurelondon Interested in K-Beauty? Read: The Korean Skincare Bible by Lilin Yang, Leah Ganse and Sara Jimenez (author) Follow: @sarah_glow @thebeautywolf @fiddysnails Listen to: The Snailcast (via Apple Podcasts or Google Play) 

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