The Hormone-Hair Connection

Are Hormones Causing Your Hair Loss? If your scalp is in need of daily washing, your hair is beginning to thin or you’re even noticing a sudden boost in hair fullness, you could point the finger at the hormones that are circulating in your body. The relationship between hair and hormones starts as we are born and continues through every stage of life. From hair-loss-causing androgens such as DHT to hair-boosting oestrogen, hormones play one of the most vital roles in our hair and scalp health. The hair growth cycle and the hair follicle structure are directly affected by the hormones that travel through our bloodstreams. But what exactly are hormones? Hormones are released and regulated by the body’s endocrine system that is made up of specific organs, glands and tissues.  Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream to coordinate various functions. Fluctuations in sex hormones (hormones that play a role in sexual development and reproduction), stress hormones and thyroid hormones all have various effects on the hair and scalp, and are often the culprits of sudden disruptions in the health of this delicate microbiome.  The Hormone-Hair Connection DHT (dihydrotestosterone) Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is a male sex hormone (A.K.A androgen) that is a more potent form of testosterone. DHT is produced from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which converts a certain percentage of the body’s testosterone into DHT to contribute toward certain functions, including maintaining body hair and muscle mass.  When it comes to the hair on our head, however, DHT has the opposite effect. When DHT is flowing through the bloodstream, it can link to receptors on the hair follicles in the scalp, causing them to shrink and become less capable of supporting a healthy head of hair. Specifically, DHT affects the hair by shortening the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle, while also lengthening the time between the telogen (resting) and new anagen (growth) phase. DHT is primarily responsible for follicular miniaturisation, in which the hair follicle shrinks, producing a shorter and thinner hair shaft.  During follicular miniaturisation, hair follicles that were once producing healthy hairs start to generate thinner hairs with more fragile shafts. As women reach menopausal age, oestrogen and progesterone decrease, while the presence of DHT increases in comparison. As a result, many women will experience increased shedding, delayed new hair growth and finer, thinner hair. Over time, hair becomes more brittle, fragile and thin, as well as more sparse in density.  Along with hair thinning, DHT also significantly affects the health of the scalp. DHT directly triggers the sebaceous glands that exist at the base of the hair follicle, causing them to overproduce sebum. In fact, research suggests that DHT is the principal androgen that mediaties sebum production.   Overproduction of sebum leads to follicle blockages, inflammation and build-up, which in turn, can lead to increased hair thinning or shedding. Sebum is a carrier of DHT, so a build-up of sebum also exacerbates the amount of DHT on the scalp, contributing to further thinning and hormonal fluctuations on the scalp-skin. Get to the root of hormonal hair thinning with the Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum. This daily serum blocks the production of DHT, inhibiting hair thinning at the source. This hair growth elixir works to minimise thinning, stimulate the growth of new follicles and cultivate a healthy hair-growth environment. For women with fine or thinning hair, it boosts fine locks to their optimum potential and is certainly a key component of any thin and fine-haired regime. The Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, inspired by K-beauty regimes, resembles a skincare essence with its lightweight texture. It is perfect for fine or thinning hair types, as it is meant to be enjoyed by both the scalp and lengths, without any worry of greasy consequences. The conditioner, coupled with the Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo, fortified with vegan silk peptides, is scientifically proven to repair, protect and rebuild frail and fragile strands, which is often an unfortunate reality for those experiencing hair thinning or finer hair with age. Oestrogen Oestrogen is one of the key female sex hormones that is made within the ovaries, and works to power the menstrual cycle and the development of secondary sexual characteristics. In terms of the hair and scalp, research has shown that oestrogen aids hair growth by extending the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle. Oestrogen also moderates the production and metabolism of androgen hormones, which are the hormonal culprits of hair thinning conditions. Circulating oestrogen will therefore accelerate hair growth and contribute to softer, thicker and healthier hair growth. This is why many women notice increased hair thickness during pregnancy when oestrogen is at an all-time high, as well as the dreaded postpartum hair loss after giving birth. During pregnancy, heightened oestrogen levels prolong the anagen (growth) phase, leading to less shedding and thicker strands.  After delivery the sudden decline in oestrogen leads many women to experience increased amounts of hair loss - as all the hairs that remained in the prolonged anagen (growth) phase transition into the catagen phase. At the time, hair loss appears abundant but only represents the elimination of the additional hairs that had been maintained in the anagen phase during pregnancy when oestrogen was soaring. Luckily, postpartum hair loss as a result of oestrogen decline is very common and only temporary. Most women start regaining their normal hair growth by their child’s first birthday, but many find that their hair growth bounces back even sooner than that. Oestrogen also promotes water retention and plumpness in the skin. Therefore, when it declines during menopause or postpartum, the scalp can become dryer, more irritated or inflamed. The decrease in oestrogen during menopause can lead to increased sensitivity to dryness which can aggravate scalps that are already prone to conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Overall, dryer skin, a compromised skin-barrier on the scalp and a reduction in moisture retention can lead to flaking, itching and irritation on the scalp, all of which can exacerbate hair loss or hair thinning. In the face of a dry or irritated scalp caused by fluctuating formones, the Clarifying Scalp Scrub works to lift and exfoliate dead skin cells, flakes and debris while improving scalp health. The Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum is the perfect antidote to dry, inflamed or itchy scalps, working to alleviate redness, soothe the scalp and retain moisture like a sponge. Progesterone Alongside oestrogen, progesterone is one of the most important female sex hormones involved in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy, and is released by the ovaries. Progesterone levels directly affect the hair and scalp in a variety of ways. Progesterone is a natural hair loss inhibitor as it decreases the conversion of testosterone to DHT by blocking the activity of the enzyme called 5-alpha reductase.  Therefore, lowered progesterone during menopause, postpartum or among those with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), allows hair-loss-triggering DHT to be produced rapidly and freely, bringing out further hair thinning and shedding. In women with PCOS, for example, a lack of regular ovulation leads to low progesterone levels and elevated androgen levels. As progesterone is a natural androgen blocker and protects the hair follicle from the effects of DHT, women with PCOS cannot effectively inhibit the effects of the heightened androgens and can experience hormonal hair thinning. Cortisol Produced in the adrenal glands, cortisol is your body’s in-built alarm system and is your system’s primary stress hormone. Stress is the body’s natural defence against threat or danger, which causes the blood stream to flood with cortisol that activates the body’s fight-or-flight mechanism. Cortisol also helps limit other bodily functions that aren’t essential to survival. Once the threat passes, hormones return to their usual levels. However, if you are under constant stress, long-term exposure to stress hormones can wreak havoc on many of the body’s processes, including the hair growth cycle. Research has shown that increased cortisol levels, produced by periods of stress, inhibit hair regrowth. For example, exposure to stress hormones over many weeks reduces hair growth as hair follicles remain in an extended telogen (resting) phase and do not transition into the next anagen (growth) phase. Cortisol also prevents the dermal papilla (a cluster of specialised cells that reside at the base of the hair follicle) from secreting a key molecule that activates hair follicle stem cells. Studies have shown that inhibiting cortisol production leads to more rapid hair regrowth and that hair follicle regeneration doesn’t slow with age. Instead, hair follicle stem cells continue to enter the anagen (growth) phase and regenerate hair follicles throughout the lifespan. The primary form of cortisol-induced hair loss is called Telogen Effluvium, and refers to a sudden onset of hair loss that is usually triggered by stress, trauma or serious illness. It results in an excessive amount of hair loss in which up to 70% of anagen hairs can abruptly shift into the telogen phase (versus the normal 15% that elicits shedding before a new anagen phase). This form of stress-related hair loss is mostly ‘reversible’ and temporary, and hair should return to its pre-effluvium density if you manage your stress and bring it under control. It can take less than 6 months for the shedding to stop, while new hair growth can begin in a matter of months. Thyroid Hormones Thyroid hormones control the body’s metabolism, the process in which your body converts food into energy. The two primary hormones released by the thyroid gland are called thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). When these hormones are disrupted due to thyroid conditions, the development of the hair follicle can come disrupted. Hypothyroidism refers to an underactive thyroid, while hyperthyroidism refers to an overactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism is associated with telogen effluvium, along with the appearance of dry, brittle and dull hair strands. Hyperthyroidism can lead to thinning of the hair shaft diameter as well as brittle, greasy hair. People with overactive thyroids can also experience a loss of tensile strength in their hair, as well as premature greying. The good news is that hair loss and a decline in hair health by thyroid conditions is usually temporary. With treatment, hair growth may be noticeable within several months. Targeting DHT: The Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum MONPURE’s innovative Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum targets hair thinning at the source by inhibiting the production of DHT. The hair growth booster’s star ingredient, pumpkin seed extract, has been scientifically proven to block the activity of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme which produces DHT from testosterone. As DHT is the primary cause of hormonal hair thinning, inhibiting this process targets the condition as the source. Pumpkin seed extract also stimulates follicles and delivers nutrients to the scalp. Recent research has demonstrated that topical pumpkin seed oil improved hair growth by 40% over the course of 24 weeks.  The Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum initially targets the catagen (transition) and telogen (resting) phases of the hair growth cycle, working to minimise excess shedding. Then, it boosts the growth of new follicles leaving the telogen phase and entering into a new cycle of the anagen phase. The hair growth elixir also contains follicle-feeding ingredients such as rosemary oil, castor oil and coffee arabica extract, as well as exfoliating retinol and lactic acid that work to improve cell turnover, decongest follicles and prime the scalp for optimal absorption of the serum’s other hair-growth-boosting ingredients.

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5 Easy Steps to Minimise Hair Breakage

How To Break Up with Hair Breakage A common frustration many of us share is that our hair simply is not growing, or in many cases, our hair is still growing but it is breaking just as fast. Breakage is often the culprit of impeded hair growth - meaning you will struggle to retain growth without targeting your breakage first. Hair breakage occurs when hair strands snap, split or become ragged due to impaired cuticle health.  Structurally, the hair cuticle (the outer layer of the hair strand) is made up of overlapping ‘scales’ which seal the underlying layers of the strand. In healthy, undamaged hair, the cuticle layer remains intact, however, breakage occurs when these overlapping scales are damaged or lifted. Protecting your hair from breakage and minimising physical aggressors that wreak havoc on your strands are integral steps in protecting your length and maximising your hair growth journey. Physical stressors that form part of our everyday lives - including daily wear and tear, rough brushing wet strands or friction-causing fabrics - lead to excess breakage and damage. Ultimately, having breakage-prone and fragile hair can make achieving long and full hair growth nearly impossible. Here are 5 failsale lifestyle changes you can make to minimise breakage by eliminating physical stressors… 1. Avoid too-tight hairstyles While we all love the convenience and style of a slick-back ponytail or tight braids, these hairstyles are playing a role in damaging your hair. If your hair is pulled back too tightly, it can begin breaking away from its roots, which may result in hair weakness, splitting and follicle damage. Too-tight styles can also cause tensile stress, which occurs when there is a constant and recurring tugging on hair follicles.  Regular tensile stress can ultimately lead to more serious hair loss conditions, namely, traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss caused by repeatedly pulling on the hair and trauma to the hair follicles, which usually develops from often wearing tight ponytails, buns or braids. If caught early, traction alopecia is reversible and broken hair can regrow. 2. Silk scrunchies over elastic hair ties An easy step to combat hair breakage is to swap out elastic hair ties for silk scrunchies. Using elastic hair ties can cause tension on the root of the hair, as well as friction around the base of the ponytail - leaving your hair dented, frayed, snagged and broken. Prevent hair breakage in style with the Style & Protect Scrunchie Trio. This collection of exquisite scrunchies is created with 100% high-grade mulberry silk that is extremely soft on delicate strands, holding your styles in place minus the snags. The natural properties of mulberry silk help prevent tangles in the hair, unlike elastic hair ties that pull and tug on the hair over time. MONPURE London’s  mulberry silk scrunchies are also more naturally hydrating than elastic hair ties, as they tend to absorb 30% less moisture than traditional hair ties. Using mulberry silk scrunchies will keep your hair more hydrated and healthy over time, while also reducing frizz, friction and creases. 3. Be gentle on wet hair Did you know that your hair is most vulnerable when wet? The actual structure of the hair changes when wet, meaning that treating your post-showered strands with care is essential to preserve the health of your hair. The hair’s cortex (middle layer) is made up of keratin fibres and temporary hydrogen-based bonds that create the hair’s texture. When water touches the hair, these bonds break, causing the hair to unfold from their natural shape and elongate. As a result, wet hair also stretches more easily than dry hair, deforming the cuticle, causing it to lift and crack.  Hair fibres swell when wet, with our hair’s diameter increasing by as much as 10 to 20%, depending on its texture. So while wet hair is malleable and fragile, it is also a welcoming ground for nourishing and strengthening products that can easily absorb into the strands - which lovingly soak up a lot more active ingredients than usual. Introducing fortifying, protective and hair-healthy ingredients into your hair wash routine not only helps cultivate strength in your strands, it also aids in preventing future damage by reinforcing the hair from the root. Vulnerable wet hair calls for a loading up of a lightweight, nourishing conditioner to replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, while sealing the outer cuticle. The Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, inspired by K-beauty regimes with its lightweight consistency, nourishes, strengthens and repairs follicles, increases smoothness and boosts elasticity to prevent split ends.   4. Opt for softer fabrics A simple switch you can make to prevent unwanted breakage, tangles and damage is replacing the rough fabrics on your pillowcases and towels with softer, silkier alternatives.  It’s called bed hair for a reason, but it doesn’t need to be that way. The knotty, frizzy and tangled mess that we often notice after a night’s sleep is mostly a result of your cotton pillowcase. We recommend switching out your cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase for a number of reasons.  Firstly, tossing and turning throughout the night causes friction, twisting and tangles in your hair, which leaves your hair prone to breakage and damage. Secondly, cotton pillow cases can tug at the hair, causing breakage, split ends and frizz. Finally, cotton pillowcases absorb a significant amount more natural oils and moisture from your hair than silk pillowcases. These natural oils are essential for scalp and hair health, and robbing your hair of them can leave your hair dull and brittle. Sleeping with a silk pillowcase will cut down on all the tangles, dehydration and breakage, while also preserving the benefits of powerful products, ingredients and oils you have treated your locks to. Opting for softer fabrics also extends to our post-shower routine. We recommend using a microfiber towel to gently dry your hair after washing or rinsing. Alongside its fast-drying powers, microfiber is gentler on the strands than regular towels. The coarse texture of regular cotton or terry cloth towels causes the hair shaft to be roughed up during the drying process. Wringing your hair out or rubbing it too hard can worsen this even further, leading to exacerbated split ends, a lifted cuticle and weakened hair. In addition to using gentle microfiber towels to dry your hair, how to go about drying your hair is crucial.  Instead of rigorously wringing, dragging or rubbing your hair, it’s best to blot and squeeze gently to absorb the excess moisture. 5. Brush up on your brushing technique You can protect your hair from breakage and damage with a gentle brushing technique. Brushing your hair is extremely important and beneficial for scalp and hair health. When you brush your hair, you evenly distribute the natural oils from your scalp, produced by the sebaceous glands, from scalp to ends - resulting in healthier hair. A daily brush also boosts blood circulation to the follicles, supplying essential nutrients and oxygen to the scalp and follicles that stimulate healthy hair growth.  When brushing your hair, you should always begin by slowly and gently brushing the ends and working your way up to avoid breakage. Brushing your hair from the root will inevitably cause breakage. When it comes to detangling wet hair, your technique and type of brush are also key to keeping your hair healthy. Using a brush with flexible bristles or a wide-tooth comb are gentler on strands and detangle the hair without pulling. The Heal and Energise Jade Comb detangles wet hair with less friction and more mood-boosting benefits. MONPURE’s Solutions: Protect, Repair, Strengthen Fragile Hair MONPURE’s results-driven range features a range of pioneering ingredients and solutions that are scientifically proven to not only shield and protect against breakage and damage, but also repair affected hair follicles and rebuild the structural integrity and condition of the hair. MONPURE’s vegan keratin is an essential ingredient to reinforce damaged hair’s structural integrity. Keratin is the protein naturally found in hair, forming the building-blocks of its structure. Its repairing abilities smooth down the overlapping layers of the vulnerable cuticle and strengthen the bonds between follicles. This vegan alternative protects, strengthens and repairs fragile strands, as well as boosting shine, smoothness and elasticity. Discover vegan keratin in the Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo. MONPURE’s pioneering ingredient, vegan silk peptides, are revolutionary in their ability to protect and repair damaged hair. As a vegan alternative to silk peptides, vegan silk peptides fortify hair from the root. It delivers a physical and breathable barrier to the hair and scalp, protecting against external aggressors, while repairing thermal damage by 72%. The application of vegan silk peptides yields scientifically-proven results, and fosters a stronger, healthier and more resilient scalp and hair environment, while improving the hair’s smoothness and shine, leaving it silky to the touch. The Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening Essence-Conditioner are formulated with a high percentage of the groundbreaking ingredient.  The Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo works to fortify the structure of fragile hair strands, prevent breakage and rebuild damaged follicles. The Strengthening Essence-Conditioner boosts elasticity, repairs weathered follicles and increases smoothness and shine without weighing down fine hair.

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How to Stimulate Hair Growth: 7 Expert-Approved Tips

Achieving thicker, stronger and longer hair growth requires a little revamp of your hair and scalp regime, as well a handful of healthy lifestyle practices that will boost your hair’s chances for success. However, it is important to approach your hair growth journey with well-managed expectations, with the understanding that healthy hair growth requires patience and consistency, as it forms part of the broader hair growth cycle. Did you know that your hair grows underneath the skin for a full two weeks before it emerges on the scalp? And that the average hair’s growth rate is around 1cm per month? This is why care and attention during the hair’s incubatory period is essential to healthy hair growth. The solution? As with any hair health journey, the cultivation of longer and fuller locks starts at the scalp.  Although hair growth requires patience, there’s plenty you can do to help encourage the process and ensure you’re doing everything you can to maximise your hair growth environment. Whether that’s introducing scalp massages, targeting hormonal hair thinning, opting for a silk pillowcase or dialling down the heat, there are a number of failsafe hair growth secrets that can promote the fullest and longest hair growth ever. Here are 7 expert-approved tips to stimulate healthy hair growth…   1. Treat Your Scalp Like Your Face Taking care of the scalp is at the heart of every hair growth routine. Just like our skin, our scalp can accumulate bacteria, are affected by hormonal fluctuations, pollution, UV radiation, harsh chemicals, oxidative stress and more. It contains hair follicles that are surrounded by blood vessels and nerves and work to regulate hair growth by delivering hormones, nutrients and oxygen that impact the hair’s health and structure. These hair follicles can become clogged, build up with sweat, become inflamed, irritated and directly impact hair growth. Introducing a holistic scalpcare regime as the foundation of healthy hair will significantly impact the rate of hair growth and the health of the hair fibre. When you give your scalp the love and care it deserves, you are ensuring that blood and nutrients can easily target the hair follicle, helping minimise shedding and thinning. At MONPURE, scalp health is at the core of everything we do. We understand that as the hair’s incubator, the dermatological condition of the scalp should be treated as an extension of the skin on our face, and that skincare doesn't end at the hairline. Look out for familiar skincare ingredients like Retinol, Lactic Acid (AHAs) and Salicylic Acid (BHAs) that are relatively untapped treasures in haircare. Considering that the scalp is much oilier and thicker than the skin on our face, it is a breeding ground for microbes, and needs to be nourished and balanced to maintain healthy and growing hair. Alongside these gold-standard staples, look out for powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients, such as Camellia Tea Oil, Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel Water. Discover skincare staple ingredients in… The Great Lengths Regime  2. Target the Hair Growth Cycle It is normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs per day, which is about 0.001% of our total hair. However, when you notice that amount doubling or even tripling, that is your telltale sign that your hair growth cycle is too short. Various biological and environmental imbalances can disrupt this state of affairs, including stress, hormones, genetics and diet. When combating hair thinning or shedding, it is important to get down to the source and minimise hair loss by targeting the hair growth cycle itself. MONPURE’s best-selling Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum contains natural solutions to hair loss and thinning. Formulated on scientific grounds, this invigorating hair growth elixir works like fertiliser to a flower-bed. It initially works to minimise excess shedding and also boosts the growth of new hair follicles leaving the telogen (shedding) phase and entering into a new cycle of the anagen (growth) phase, which usually takes around 6 months.  The product’s star ingredient, Pumpkin Seed Extract, has been scientifically proven to block the 5-alpha reductase enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into DHT, the hair-loss-causing androgen that shrinks the follicle’s growth phase and prolongs its shedding phase. It also contains Coffee Arabica Extract, proven to offset the effects of DHT through shaft elongation and thickening. What’s more, it’s packed with antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that deliver nutrients and ward off dandruff. It is formulated with Rosemary Oil, which promotes cell turnover, boosts circulation and delivers nutrients and oxygen to the follicles. The serum is also formulated with skincare-staples Retinol and Lactic Acid, that gently decongest clogged hair follicles, promote healthy cell renewal and enhance the absorption of other ingredients and nutrients.   3. Eat a Balanced Diet It’s important to remember that healthy hair growth and retention are supported by a healthy diet. If your diet is missing vital nutrients and vitamins, your hair’s appearance and health will reflect that. When your body is starved of the healthy nutrients it needs to grow healthy hair, or you are experiencing a period of intense stress, your body will shut down processes like hair growth to redirect sparse nutrients and energy to the organs that need them more. If you want to optimise your grocery list for hair growth, look for foods rich in protein, iron, Vitamin B12, omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. An iron deficiency is often responsible for hair fallout before it reaches its maximum length, so consider upping your intake with some red meat, beetroot and dark leafy greens.  4. Dial Down the Heat One of the easiest lifestyle habits to change to help your hair grow healthier and minimise breakage is to dial down and heat and ditch your reliance on hot styling tools. A dependence on styling with hot tools can wreak havoc on the health of your hair if not done with caution and using protective measures. Heat opens the cuticle layer of the hair strand, allowing the hair to dry into the shape and formation created when blow-drying, curling or straightening your hair. This process works by breaking down the hydrogen bonds in the hair, allowing heat to restructure and restyle the hair pattern. Hot styling tools can damage the hair by making it dry and brittle, leading to breakage and shorter hair length. Research has shown that regular heat styling significantly decreases the moisture content of the hair. If you're trying to maximise hair growth, we recommend air-drying your hair when possible and using heat protectant to shield your strands.  MONPURE’s star ingredient, Vegan Silk Peptides, deliver protective properties that regenerate the structure of thermally damaged hair fibres. The application of vegan silk peptides results in 72% thermal damage repair. Discover Vegan Silk Peptides in… Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo Strengthening Essence-Conditioner Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum 5. Minimise Breakage Having breakage-prone hair can make achieving your hair growth goals nearly impossible, so there are a few habits you can implement to mitigate against physical aggressors. Avoid too-tight hairstyles that cause friction and pulling. Swap out elastic hair ties for silk scrunchies. Elastic hair ties can cause tension on the root of the hair, leading to breakage down the hair shaft and split ends. The Style & Protect Scrunchie Trio, created with 100% high-grade mulberry silk are exquisite accessories that are extremely soft on delicate strands, holding your styles in place minus the snags. Protect your hair with a gentle brushing technique. You should always begin brushing from the tips and working your way up. Starting from the root is a recipe for unnecessary damage. Be mindful that your hair is most vulnerable when wet, so be gentle on freshly-washed locks. When hair is wet, its keratin proteins form weaker hydrogen bonds. Wet hair also stretches more easily, deforming the cuticle and causing it to lift and crack. Load up on a lightweight, nourishing conditioner to replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, while sealing the outer cuticle. The Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, inspired by K-beauty regimes, resembles a skincare essence with its lightweight consistency - allowing you to confidently replenish moisture and nourishment back into the scalp without fear of a weighed-down or greasy aftermath. Wash out your conditioner with cold water. Cold water lays down the cuticle more smoothly, ultimately preventing moisture loss, snags and heat damage. 6. Scalp Massages Just like good quality soil is essential for a healthy flower-bed, a healthy scalp is the foundation of healthy hair growth. Research suggests that scalp massages are extremely beneficial in reducing stress, blood pressure and tension. Scalp massages also increase blood circulation to the scalp and follicles, enhancing the strength of the roots and allowing nutrients to permeate the follicles and stimulate hair growth.  The two most common scalp massage methods are called ‘effleurage’, which are circular stroking movements, and ‘petrissage’, which is a gentle kneading technique on the scalp. Investing in a scalp massager or combing technique into your routine not only works to stimulate hair growth, but also forms a calming and relaxing ritual that soothes tension. Introduce the Heal and Energise Jade Comb into your hair growth regime with an ancient Chinese technique called ‘combing therapy’. Just like the stone Gua Sha and rollers we use on our faces to boost circulation, improve lymphatic drainage and tighten the skin, jade combs can do wonders for the scalp. Using the comb in tandem with the quenching and calming Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, or hair-growth-boosting Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum will stimulate follicles, relieve scalp tension, promote blood circulation, encourage hair growth and boost your overall mood. Read more about how to give yourself a scalp massage here.    7. Sleep With a Silk Pillowcase Waking up with matted and tangled hair certainly doesn’t do you any good on your healthy hair growth journey, and your cotton pillowcase may be the culprit. We recommend switching to a silk pillowcase. The soft silk can boost the hair’s moisture retention from products and oils and reduces friction that could cause tangles and breakage. While this step won’t necessarily speed up your hair growth journey, it cuts down on tangles, breakage and damage, while also preserving all of your hard work in growing your hair.  Healthy hair growth requires a good measure of patience, care and consistency. However, implementing these lifestyle changes, with a strong emphasis on scalp health, is your one way ticket to the fullest, longest and healthiest hair growth yet.

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Menopause and Hair: The Science and Treatment

 Menopause is a time of extreme hormonal changes in a woman’s life, usually occuring between the late 40s and 50s. While we are all familiar with the most common symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flushes, mood swings and insomnia, many people do not realise that menopause affects our hair too. The onset of menopause and its hormonal changes are usually accompanied by hair thinning and a weakening of the scalp’s protective barriers. For many women, hair is intrinsically linked to self-esteem. So, what are the treatment options available that may help alleviate this physiological and psychological adjustment? What is Menopause?  Menopause is a natural biological process that all women experience at some point in their adulthood. According to our resident general practitioner, Dr. Simmy Kaur, menopause refers to the lack of a period for a course of 12 months, that usually occurs around the age of 51. The scientific community considers going through menopause before the age of 45 as ‘early menopause’.  During this time, the body undergoes numerous physical changes in response to fluctuating hormones. As women age, their ovaries gradually produce fewer follicles, which are essentially responsible for producing the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. This subsequent reduction in hormones accounts for various symptoms, from hot flushes to hair thinning.   How Menopause Affects the Hair New research suggests that over 52% of women will experience some form of hair loss by the age of 50, and by the age of 60, approximately 80% will undergo changes in their hair density. Research suggests that hair thinning during menopause is a direct result of hormonal fluctuations, specifically a declining production of oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones support the growth of hair strands in the following ways: Oestrogen aids hair growth by extending the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle. Progesterone decreases the conversion of testosterone to DHT by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme called 5-alpha reductase.  A decrease in oestrogen and progesterone levels also leads to an imbalanced ratio of a group of male hormones called androgens in the body. So, what happens when these hormonal balancing scales are tipped? Androgens are primary regulators of the normal hair growth cycle. Sebaceous glands attached at the base of the follicles, the hair follicles themselves and skin cells express androgen hormones and the enzyme 5-alpha reductase that converts testosterone to its more potent form, DHT. Androgen hormones affect the hair strands by: Shortening the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle. Lengthening the time between the telogen (resting) and new anagen (growth) phase. Shrinking the hair follicle (follicular miniaturisation), producing a shorter and thinner hair shaft.  During follicular miniaturisation, hair follicles that were once producing healthy hairs start to generate thinner hairs with more fragile shafts. As women reach menopausal age, many will experience increased shedding, delayed new hair growth and finer, thinner hair. Over time, hair becomes more brittle, fragile and thin. As well as more sparse in density. In women, gradual thinning usually begins at the part line and sides, followed by increasing diffuse hair thinning radiating down from the top of the head. For women going through menopause, the cause of hair thinning is almost always linked to these hormonal fluctuations. However, there are other factors that can influence their hair and scalp during menopause, including high stress levels, nutrient deficiencies or thyroid conditions. Read more about the causes of hair loss and thinning here.  How Menopause Affects the Scalp  For many women, menopause also affects the health of their skin and scalp, leading to increased scalp irritation, dryness, eczema and dandruff. Due to the hormonal fluctuations that occur during menopause, the scalp skin becomes thinner, weakening the skin’s natural protective barriers. This can provide the perfect environment for the overproduction of the dandruff-producing yeast called Malassezia on the scalp. The decrease in oestrogen and progesterone levels and increased sensitivity to dryness during menopause can often aggravate scalps that are already prone to conditions such as psoriasis and dry scalp. Overall, dryer skin, a compromised skin-barrier on the scalp and a reduction in moisture retention can lead to flaking, itching and irritation on the scalp, all of which can exacerbate the hair thinning that is symptomatic of menopause.  The Psychological Impact of Menopausal Hair Thinning  According to MONPURE’s resident general practitioner, an aspect of hair thinning that should be emphasised is its psychological impact. In fact, research has found that 60% of women who experience hair thinning also report having low self-esteem. Many women report a significant effect on their mental health, including feelings of anxiety, hindrances to self-esteem and even depression. Dr. Kaur offers viable actions women can take pre-menopause to quell its associated symptoms, highlighting that although menopause is a natural occurrence that comes with age, a healthy lifestyle in terms of diet, exercise, sleep and stress-reduction are integral buffers to the onset of acute menopausal symptoms. Treating Menopausal Hair Thinning According to expert Dr. Kaur, the MONPURE range is brimming with products that cultivate the best possible environment for a thriving scalp, even under fluctuating conditions, as they are expertly formulated with scientific grounding and clean, active ingredients.  She particularly sings the praises of the best-selling Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum, in which pumpkin seed extract works to inhibit the 5-alpha reductase enzyme activity that converts testosterone to DHT, a known hair-loss culprit. Skincare acids retinol and lactic acid work together to exfoliate the scalp for improved absorption of other hair boosting and nourishing ingredients, as well as decongesting follicles to ensure bouncier and healthier hair. Rosemary oil and coffee extract stimulate hair growth by delivering nutrients and boosting circulation. Dr. Kaur also spotlights the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, which is infused with the hero ingredient Camellia Tea Oil that delivers a hit of nourishment to the hair and scalp, ultimately optimising the scalp and hair-growth environment, while leaving your mane silky to the touch. Echoing our ethos here at MONPURE, Dr. Simmy also reiterates that the scalp should be treated as an extension of the skin, and should thus be considered and nurtured accordingly. In terms of treating scalp irritation that may arise during menopause, she recommends the Clarifying Scalp Scrub, which supports the scalp’s microbiome and keeps it flake-free, refreshed and hydrated. It uses biodegradable jojoba beads to gently slough away build-up, sebum and flakes from the surface of the scalp while also polishing and refining the scalp’s texture. Argan oil and shea butter work to regulate moisture on the scalp and regenerate the surface to boost overall scalp health. Hormonal hair thinning is an experience many women will face as they undergo menopause, which can significantly affect their self-esteem and sense of identity. Alongside implementing healthy lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise, sleep and stress-reduction, the MONPURE range offers scientifically-grounded solutions that target hair thinning at the source. By focusing on the scalp and cultivating the hair growth environment, the products deliver the fullest and healthiest hair possible, even under fluctuating conditions. Have a question for our team of experts? Email us at experts@monpure.com.

MONPURE wins ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’ in ELLE UK, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping

MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum took home the gold for the ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’ according to ELLE UK, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeep for their roundup of the 10 Best Hair Growth Serums to Revive Damaged Strands. Voted in first place, our best-selling serum was shown to help thinning strands look and feel thicker and denser, all while helping to create a better environment for healthy hair to grow. How They Tested for ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’ The panel of 285 beauty testers as well as in-house experts from ELLE, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping tried the 19 hair growth serums for a period of eight weeks to discover which product left them with longer, thicker hair. The testers and experts reported signs of hair thickening, strengthening or regrowth, as well as signs of improvements in scalp health. Additionally, the beauty experts used a Hair Matrix machine in their laboratories to analyse the hair follicles and assess how much progress each serum made when it came to hair growth. The rigorous testing for the ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’ ensures that their line-up of favourite products (with MONPURE reigning supreme) actually delivers results. WINNER: Best Hair Growth Serum MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum took first place and won ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’. According to ELLE, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping, “In first place is this offering from vegan brand, MONPURE. For starters, it sped up growth and reduced breakages for nearly everyone. If that wasn't enough, our testers enjoyed healthier heads of hair after the trial, with everyone noticing fewer flakes.” “It soothed any scalp irritation and many testers reported newfound smoothness and hydration. Our entire panel spotted fewer pesky split-ends and many saw added volume and mirror-like shine.” What’s Inside the ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’ The winning Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum contains natural solutions to hair loss and thinning. Formulated on scientific grounds, this invigorating hair growth elixir works like fertiliser to a flower-bed. It initially works to minimise excess shedding and also boosts the growth of new hair follicles leaving the telogen (shedding) phase and entering into a new cycle of the anagen (growth) phase, which usually takes around 6 months.  The product’s star ingredient, Pumpkin Seed Extract, has been scientifically proven to block the 5-alpha reductase enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into DHT, the hair-loss-causing androgen that shrinks the follicle’s growth phase and prolongs its shedding phase. It also contains Coffee Arabica Extract, proven to offset the effects of DHT through shaft elongation and thickening. What’s more, it’s packed with antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that deliver nutrients and ward off dandruff. It is formulated with Rosemary Oil, which promotes cell turnover, boosts circulation and delivers nutrients and oxygen to the follicles. The serum is also formulated with skincare-staples Retinol and Lactic Acid, that gently decongest clogged hair follicles, promote healthy cell renewal and enhance the absorption of other ingredients and nutrients. MONPURE’s Awards at Major Beauty Destinations ELLE UK, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping are some of the world's leading and most esteemed beauty destinations, sharing the latest in beauty products, trends, expert guides and advice on maximising your beauty routine, including your hair and scalp regime. From pioneering hair innovations to the greatest in skincare, these renowned publications inspire their readers for all of their beauty needs. These prestigious awards are such incredible and meaningful achievements that are added to MONPURE’s impressive record of other notable awards. The Follicle Boost Hair Density has already won 4 other prestigious industry awards, so to add ELLE, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping to our roster makes us extremely proud of the work that we do. We are extremely honoured to receive recognition for our scalp and hair solutions. Our awards and accolades mean so much to us, as their rigorous and expert-driven testing illustrates the effectiveness of MONPURE in maximising scalp and hair health. This recognition, especially from such renowned beauty experts and tastemakers, only inspires us to continue empowering women with the knowledge and understanding of their scalp and hair concerns during different phases of their life.

Stress and Hair Loss: What You Can Do to Stop It

If you’re noticing more hair in your hair brush, pillow or shower than usual, your stress levels may be to blame. Stress compromises the health of your body in a variety of ways, the retention of your hair being one of them. Although stress is considered an accepted part of modern-day life, pressure from work, relationships or family traumas take a serious toll on our emotional, psychological and physical well-being and can manifest in all sorts of ways, including hair loss. What is Stress? Stress is the body’s natural defence against threat or danger, which causes the blood stream to flood with hormones that activate the body’s fight-or-flight mechanism. The body produces large quantities of a hormone called cortisol, that prepares the body for potentially dangerous or harmful situations.  Cortisol also helps limit other bodily functions that aren’t essential to survival. Once the threat passes, hormones return to their usual levels. However, if you are under constant stress, long-term exposure to stress hormones can wreak havoc on many of the body’s processes, including the hair growth cycle. Stress Impairs the Hair Growth Cycle There are around 100,000 hair follicles on the adult scalp. Each hair follicle is constantly and independently cycling between three stages of growth. Hair loss is a normal part of our hair growth cycle. We lose between 50 and 100 hairs every day, without cause for concern. In the anagen (growth) phase, hair strands are active and push through the scalp. During this phase, the hair is attached to the follicle and is continuously nourished by surrounding blood vessels. Normally, more than 80% of our hairs are in the anagen phase. In the catagen (transitional) phase, hair ceases to grow and the follicle at the base of the hair strand shrinks. Approximately 3% of our hairs are in the catagen phase at a time. In the telogen (resting) phase, hair falls out and the process begins again. Research indicates that increased cortisol levels, produced by periods of stress, inhibits hair regrowth. A prominent study from Harvard University in 2021 illustrating the link between stress and hair loss found that: Exposure to stress hormones over many weeks reduces hair growth as hair follicles remain in an extended telogen (resting) phase. Cortisol prevents the dermal papilla (a cluster of specialised cells that reside at the base of the hair follicle) from secreting a key molecule that activates hair follicle stem cells. Inhibiting the production of cortisol leads to rapid cycles of hair regrowth in mice. Hair follicle regeneration doesn’t slow as they grow older. Instead, hair follicle stem cells continue to enter the anagen (growth) phase and regenerate hair follicles throughout the lifespan. Types of Stress-Related Hair Loss Telogen Effluvium Telogen Effluvium refers to a sudden onset of hair loss that is usually triggered by stress, trauma or serious illness. It results in an excessive amount of hair loss in which up to 70% of anagen hairs can abruptly shift into the telogen phase (versus the normal 15% that elicits shedding before a new anagen phase). Hair loss usually occurs 2-4 months after the eliciting incident. However, it does resolve itself over time. As opposed to gradual and regressing hair thinning, stress-induced hair is ‘reversible’, in that the shed hair can regrow with time. In this case, hair loss is experienced diffusely throughout the scalp. The good news about this form of stress-induced hair loss is that it is temporary, and hair should return to its pre-effluvium density if you manage your stress and bring it under control. It can take less than 6 months for the shedding to stop, while new hair growth can begin in a matter of months. Trichotillomania Trichotillomania is a compulsive hair pulling disorder that is usually accompanied by a number of emotional states, including stress and anxiety. People with this disorder experience an irresistible urge to pull out hair from their scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body as a way to soothe negative or uncomfortable feelings. Trichotillomania is generally triggered by periods of intense stress and usually manifests in unusually shaped bald patches on the scalp.  Constant hair pulling from the scalp can result in patches of hair loss, as well as scarring and infected hair follicles. It can also lead to scarring alopecia, where the pulled-out hair doesn’t always grow back. Hair pulling and subsequent hair loss can be very distressing for the person suffering it, and can interfere with their day to day lives and self-esteem. Read Hattie’s Trichotillomania story here. Alopecia Areata Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, leading to patchy hair loss. Although the exact cause remains unclear, this autoimmune response may be triggered by periods of stress, among other factors. How Does Stress Affect the Scalp? Not only does stress affect our hair follicles directly, it also plays a part in the condition of our scalp, and in turn, the retention of our hair. According to our resident dermatologist, Dr. Sue Ann Chan, "Stress raises levels of androgens (male hormones) in our body. This causes our scalp to become oilier, which dandruff-causing yeast love to feed on (hence the itching)." Treat your Stressed-Out Scalp The MONPURE range is formulated to improve scalp and hair health holistically, working to create the best possible environment for hair to thrive. Our solutions work to improve the condition of the scalp after bouts of stress, provide a sensory experience that relieves tension and stimulate follicular activity to optimise hair retention. The scalp is a delicate microbiome and incubator that requires balance and nourishment to support the health of hair follicles. Introducing a gentle scalp scrub into your routine removes build-up, excess oils and dead skin cells that leave a residue on the scalp, and ultimately clog follicles and impede healthy hair growth. A scalp scrub also works to hydrate and moisturise dry, itchy skin and buffs away any flakes that may have been exacerbated by bouts of stress and anxiety. The Clarifying Scalp Scrub, starring biodegradable jojoba beads, argan oil and shea butter, is the perfect gentle exfoliant to improve scalp health and prime the scalp for much needed nutrients and ingredients that will allow hair to prosper. During a stressful period, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing scalp massage to ease the tension. Introducing a weekly treatment, like the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, will work to improve scalp health by delivering an intense hit of nourishment and essential vitamins to the scalp and follicles that stimulate healthy hair growth. Leave it on for 15 minutes before your hair wash routine so that the aloe vera can go to work calming any stress-induced inflammation, while exfoliating lactic acid speeds up cell turnover for new growth and camellia tea oil delivers your follicles the nutrients they need. To top off your stress-reducing regime, look no further than the Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. If you are experiencing a dry, itchy or flaky scalp as a result of stress, this calming antidote contains a unique blend of anti-inflammatory and hydrating ingredients such as aloe vera, witch hazel water, salicylic acid, Pro Vitamin B5 and allantoin. Inhaling the wonderful aromas of sweet orange, grapefruit and sandalwood is a perfect way to indulge in some much-needed self-care during times of stress. In the face of stress-induced hair loss, the bestselling Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum is the perfect targeted solution to promote thicker, fuller hair with consistent use. Formulated with DHT-blocking pumpkin seed extract, stimulating rosemary oil, castor oil and coffee extract, as well as cell-renewing retinol and lactic acid, this solution is effective in promoting healthy hair regrowth and the optimal scalp condition to support it. MONPURE EXPERT TIP: Maximise the effects of your favourite MONPURE serum by introducing the Heal and Energise Jade Comb into your hair growth regime, with an ancient Chinese technique called ‘combing therapy’. Combing works to de-stress the scalp by stimulating the body’s meridian channels, regulating mood, improving blood circulation and promoting positive energy.

The Hormone-Hair Connection

Are Hormones Causing Your Hair Loss? If your scalp is in need of daily washing, your hair is beginning to thin or you’re even noticing a sudden boost in hair fullness, you could point the finger at the hormones that are circulating in your body. The relationship between hair and hormones starts as we are born and continues through every stage of life. From hair-loss-causing androgens such as DHT to hair-boosting oestrogen, hormones play one of the most vital roles in our hair and scalp health. The hair growth cycle and the hair follicle structure are directly affected by the hormones that travel through our bloodstreams. But what exactly are hormones? Hormones are released and regulated by the body’s endocrine system that is made up of specific organs, glands and tissues.  Hormones are the body’s chemical messengers that travel through the bloodstream to coordinate various functions. Fluctuations in sex hormones (hormones that play a role in sexual development and reproduction), stress hormones and thyroid hormones all have various effects on the hair and scalp, and are often the culprits of sudden disruptions in the health of this delicate microbiome.  The Hormone-Hair Connection DHT (dihydrotestosterone) Dihydrotestosterone or DHT is a male sex hormone (A.K.A androgen) that is a more potent form of testosterone. DHT is produced from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, which converts a certain percentage of the body’s testosterone into DHT to contribute toward certain functions, including maintaining body hair and muscle mass.  When it comes to the hair on our head, however, DHT has the opposite effect. When DHT is flowing through the bloodstream, it can link to receptors on the hair follicles in the scalp, causing them to shrink and become less capable of supporting a healthy head of hair. Specifically, DHT affects the hair by shortening the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle, while also lengthening the time between the telogen (resting) and new anagen (growth) phase. DHT is primarily responsible for follicular miniaturisation, in which the hair follicle shrinks, producing a shorter and thinner hair shaft.  During follicular miniaturisation, hair follicles that were once producing healthy hairs start to generate thinner hairs with more fragile shafts. As women reach menopausal age, oestrogen and progesterone decrease, while the presence of DHT increases in comparison. As a result, many women will experience increased shedding, delayed new hair growth and finer, thinner hair. Over time, hair becomes more brittle, fragile and thin, as well as more sparse in density.  Along with hair thinning, DHT also significantly affects the health of the scalp. DHT directly triggers the sebaceous glands that exist at the base of the hair follicle, causing them to overproduce sebum. In fact, research suggests that DHT is the principal androgen that mediaties sebum production.   Overproduction of sebum leads to follicle blockages, inflammation and build-up, which in turn, can lead to increased hair thinning or shedding. Sebum is a carrier of DHT, so a build-up of sebum also exacerbates the amount of DHT on the scalp, contributing to further thinning and hormonal fluctuations on the scalp-skin. Get to the root of hormonal hair thinning with the Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum. This daily serum blocks the production of DHT, inhibiting hair thinning at the source. This hair growth elixir works to minimise thinning, stimulate the growth of new follicles and cultivate a healthy hair-growth environment. For women with fine or thinning hair, it boosts fine locks to their optimum potential and is certainly a key component of any thin and fine-haired regime. The Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, inspired by K-beauty regimes, resembles a skincare essence with its lightweight texture. It is perfect for fine or thinning hair types, as it is meant to be enjoyed by both the scalp and lengths, without any worry of greasy consequences. The conditioner, coupled with the Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo, fortified with vegan silk peptides, is scientifically proven to repair, protect and rebuild frail and fragile strands, which is often an unfortunate reality for those experiencing hair thinning or finer hair with age. Oestrogen Oestrogen is one of the key female sex hormones that is made within the ovaries, and works to power the menstrual cycle and the development of secondary sexual characteristics. In terms of the hair and scalp, research has shown that oestrogen aids hair growth by extending the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle. Oestrogen also moderates the production and metabolism of androgen hormones, which are the hormonal culprits of hair thinning conditions. Circulating oestrogen will therefore accelerate hair growth and contribute to softer, thicker and healthier hair growth. This is why many women notice increased hair thickness during pregnancy when oestrogen is at an all-time high, as well as the dreaded postpartum hair loss after giving birth. During pregnancy, heightened oestrogen levels prolong the anagen (growth) phase, leading to less shedding and thicker strands.  After delivery the sudden decline in oestrogen leads many women to experience increased amounts of hair loss - as all the hairs that remained in the prolonged anagen (growth) phase transition into the catagen phase. At the time, hair loss appears abundant but only represents the elimination of the additional hairs that had been maintained in the anagen phase during pregnancy when oestrogen was soaring. Luckily, postpartum hair loss as a result of oestrogen decline is very common and only temporary. Most women start regaining their normal hair growth by their child’s first birthday, but many find that their hair growth bounces back even sooner than that. Oestrogen also promotes water retention and plumpness in the skin. Therefore, when it declines during menopause or postpartum, the scalp can become dryer, more irritated or inflamed. The decrease in oestrogen during menopause can lead to increased sensitivity to dryness which can aggravate scalps that are already prone to conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Overall, dryer skin, a compromised skin-barrier on the scalp and a reduction in moisture retention can lead to flaking, itching and irritation on the scalp, all of which can exacerbate hair loss or hair thinning. In the face of a dry or irritated scalp caused by fluctuating formones, the Clarifying Scalp Scrub works to lift and exfoliate dead skin cells, flakes and debris while improving scalp health. The Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum is the perfect antidote to dry, inflamed or itchy scalps, working to alleviate redness, soothe the scalp and retain moisture like a sponge. Progesterone Alongside oestrogen, progesterone is one of the most important female sex hormones involved in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy, and is released by the ovaries. Progesterone levels directly affect the hair and scalp in a variety of ways. Progesterone is a natural hair loss inhibitor as it decreases the conversion of testosterone to DHT by blocking the activity of the enzyme called 5-alpha reductase.  Therefore, lowered progesterone during menopause, postpartum or among those with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome), allows hair-loss-triggering DHT to be produced rapidly and freely, bringing out further hair thinning and shedding. In women with PCOS, for example, a lack of regular ovulation leads to low progesterone levels and elevated androgen levels. As progesterone is a natural androgen blocker and protects the hair follicle from the effects of DHT, women with PCOS cannot effectively inhibit the effects of the heightened androgens and can experience hormonal hair thinning. Cortisol Produced in the adrenal glands, cortisol is your body’s in-built alarm system and is your system’s primary stress hormone. Stress is the body’s natural defence against threat or danger, which causes the blood stream to flood with cortisol that activates the body’s fight-or-flight mechanism. Cortisol also helps limit other bodily functions that aren’t essential to survival. Once the threat passes, hormones return to their usual levels. However, if you are under constant stress, long-term exposure to stress hormones can wreak havoc on many of the body’s processes, including the hair growth cycle. Research has shown that increased cortisol levels, produced by periods of stress, inhibit hair regrowth. For example, exposure to stress hormones over many weeks reduces hair growth as hair follicles remain in an extended telogen (resting) phase and do not transition into the next anagen (growth) phase. Cortisol also prevents the dermal papilla (a cluster of specialised cells that reside at the base of the hair follicle) from secreting a key molecule that activates hair follicle stem cells. Studies have shown that inhibiting cortisol production leads to more rapid hair regrowth and that hair follicle regeneration doesn’t slow with age. Instead, hair follicle stem cells continue to enter the anagen (growth) phase and regenerate hair follicles throughout the lifespan. The primary form of cortisol-induced hair loss is called Telogen Effluvium, and refers to a sudden onset of hair loss that is usually triggered by stress, trauma or serious illness. It results in an excessive amount of hair loss in which up to 70% of anagen hairs can abruptly shift into the telogen phase (versus the normal 15% that elicits shedding before a new anagen phase). This form of stress-related hair loss is mostly ‘reversible’ and temporary, and hair should return to its pre-effluvium density if you manage your stress and bring it under control. It can take less than 6 months for the shedding to stop, while new hair growth can begin in a matter of months. Thyroid Hormones Thyroid hormones control the body’s metabolism, the process in which your body converts food into energy. The two primary hormones released by the thyroid gland are called thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). When these hormones are disrupted due to thyroid conditions, the development of the hair follicle can come disrupted. Hypothyroidism refers to an underactive thyroid, while hyperthyroidism refers to an overactive thyroid. Hypothyroidism is associated with telogen effluvium, along with the appearance of dry, brittle and dull hair strands. Hyperthyroidism can lead to thinning of the hair shaft diameter as well as brittle, greasy hair. People with overactive thyroids can also experience a loss of tensile strength in their hair, as well as premature greying. The good news is that hair loss and a decline in hair health by thyroid conditions is usually temporary. With treatment, hair growth may be noticeable within several months. Targeting DHT: The Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum MONPURE’s innovative Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum targets hair thinning at the source by inhibiting the production of DHT. The hair growth booster’s star ingredient, pumpkin seed extract, has been scientifically proven to block the activity of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme which produces DHT from testosterone. As DHT is the primary cause of hormonal hair thinning, inhibiting this process targets the condition as the source. Pumpkin seed extract also stimulates follicles and delivers nutrients to the scalp. Recent research has demonstrated that topical pumpkin seed oil improved hair growth by 40% over the course of 24 weeks.  The Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum initially targets the catagen (transition) and telogen (resting) phases of the hair growth cycle, working to minimise excess shedding. Then, it boosts the growth of new follicles leaving the telogen phase and entering into a new cycle of the anagen phase. The hair growth elixir also contains follicle-feeding ingredients such as rosemary oil, castor oil and coffee arabica extract, as well as exfoliating retinol and lactic acid that work to improve cell turnover, decongest follicles and prime the scalp for optimal absorption of the serum’s other hair-growth-boosting ingredients.

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5 Easy Steps to Minimise Hair Breakage

How To Break Up with Hair Breakage A common frustration many of us share is that our hair simply is not growing, or in many cases, our hair is still growing but it is breaking just as fast. Breakage is often the culprit of impeded hair growth - meaning you will struggle to retain growth without targeting your breakage first. Hair breakage occurs when hair strands snap, split or become ragged due to impaired cuticle health.  Structurally, the hair cuticle (the outer layer of the hair strand) is made up of overlapping ‘scales’ which seal the underlying layers of the strand. In healthy, undamaged hair, the cuticle layer remains intact, however, breakage occurs when these overlapping scales are damaged or lifted. Protecting your hair from breakage and minimising physical aggressors that wreak havoc on your strands are integral steps in protecting your length and maximising your hair growth journey. Physical stressors that form part of our everyday lives - including daily wear and tear, rough brushing wet strands or friction-causing fabrics - lead to excess breakage and damage. Ultimately, having breakage-prone and fragile hair can make achieving long and full hair growth nearly impossible. Here are 5 failsale lifestyle changes you can make to minimise breakage by eliminating physical stressors… 1. Avoid too-tight hairstyles While we all love the convenience and style of a slick-back ponytail or tight braids, these hairstyles are playing a role in damaging your hair. If your hair is pulled back too tightly, it can begin breaking away from its roots, which may result in hair weakness, splitting and follicle damage. Too-tight styles can also cause tensile stress, which occurs when there is a constant and recurring tugging on hair follicles.  Regular tensile stress can ultimately lead to more serious hair loss conditions, namely, traction alopecia. Traction alopecia is a form of hair loss caused by repeatedly pulling on the hair and trauma to the hair follicles, which usually develops from often wearing tight ponytails, buns or braids. If caught early, traction alopecia is reversible and broken hair can regrow. 2. Silk scrunchies over elastic hair ties An easy step to combat hair breakage is to swap out elastic hair ties for silk scrunchies. Using elastic hair ties can cause tension on the root of the hair, as well as friction around the base of the ponytail - leaving your hair dented, frayed, snagged and broken. Prevent hair breakage in style with the Style & Protect Scrunchie Trio. This collection of exquisite scrunchies is created with 100% high-grade mulberry silk that is extremely soft on delicate strands, holding your styles in place minus the snags. The natural properties of mulberry silk help prevent tangles in the hair, unlike elastic hair ties that pull and tug on the hair over time. MONPURE London’s  mulberry silk scrunchies are also more naturally hydrating than elastic hair ties, as they tend to absorb 30% less moisture than traditional hair ties. Using mulberry silk scrunchies will keep your hair more hydrated and healthy over time, while also reducing frizz, friction and creases. 3. Be gentle on wet hair Did you know that your hair is most vulnerable when wet? The actual structure of the hair changes when wet, meaning that treating your post-showered strands with care is essential to preserve the health of your hair. The hair’s cortex (middle layer) is made up of keratin fibres and temporary hydrogen-based bonds that create the hair’s texture. When water touches the hair, these bonds break, causing the hair to unfold from their natural shape and elongate. As a result, wet hair also stretches more easily than dry hair, deforming the cuticle, causing it to lift and crack.  Hair fibres swell when wet, with our hair’s diameter increasing by as much as 10 to 20%, depending on its texture. So while wet hair is malleable and fragile, it is also a welcoming ground for nourishing and strengthening products that can easily absorb into the strands - which lovingly soak up a lot more active ingredients than usual. Introducing fortifying, protective and hair-healthy ingredients into your hair wash routine not only helps cultivate strength in your strands, it also aids in preventing future damage by reinforcing the hair from the root. Vulnerable wet hair calls for a loading up of a lightweight, nourishing conditioner to replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, while sealing the outer cuticle. The Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, inspired by K-beauty regimes with its lightweight consistency, nourishes, strengthens and repairs follicles, increases smoothness and boosts elasticity to prevent split ends.   4. Opt for softer fabrics A simple switch you can make to prevent unwanted breakage, tangles and damage is replacing the rough fabrics on your pillowcases and towels with softer, silkier alternatives.  It’s called bed hair for a reason, but it doesn’t need to be that way. The knotty, frizzy and tangled mess that we often notice after a night’s sleep is mostly a result of your cotton pillowcase. We recommend switching out your cotton pillowcase for a silk pillowcase for a number of reasons.  Firstly, tossing and turning throughout the night causes friction, twisting and tangles in your hair, which leaves your hair prone to breakage and damage. Secondly, cotton pillow cases can tug at the hair, causing breakage, split ends and frizz. Finally, cotton pillowcases absorb a significant amount more natural oils and moisture from your hair than silk pillowcases. These natural oils are essential for scalp and hair health, and robbing your hair of them can leave your hair dull and brittle. Sleeping with a silk pillowcase will cut down on all the tangles, dehydration and breakage, while also preserving the benefits of powerful products, ingredients and oils you have treated your locks to. Opting for softer fabrics also extends to our post-shower routine. We recommend using a microfiber towel to gently dry your hair after washing or rinsing. Alongside its fast-drying powers, microfiber is gentler on the strands than regular towels. The coarse texture of regular cotton or terry cloth towels causes the hair shaft to be roughed up during the drying process. Wringing your hair out or rubbing it too hard can worsen this even further, leading to exacerbated split ends, a lifted cuticle and weakened hair. In addition to using gentle microfiber towels to dry your hair, how to go about drying your hair is crucial.  Instead of rigorously wringing, dragging or rubbing your hair, it’s best to blot and squeeze gently to absorb the excess moisture. 5. Brush up on your brushing technique You can protect your hair from breakage and damage with a gentle brushing technique. Brushing your hair is extremely important and beneficial for scalp and hair health. When you brush your hair, you evenly distribute the natural oils from your scalp, produced by the sebaceous glands, from scalp to ends - resulting in healthier hair. A daily brush also boosts blood circulation to the follicles, supplying essential nutrients and oxygen to the scalp and follicles that stimulate healthy hair growth.  When brushing your hair, you should always begin by slowly and gently brushing the ends and working your way up to avoid breakage. Brushing your hair from the root will inevitably cause breakage. When it comes to detangling wet hair, your technique and type of brush are also key to keeping your hair healthy. Using a brush with flexible bristles or a wide-tooth comb are gentler on strands and detangle the hair without pulling. The Heal and Energise Jade Comb detangles wet hair with less friction and more mood-boosting benefits. MONPURE’s Solutions: Protect, Repair, Strengthen Fragile Hair MONPURE’s results-driven range features a range of pioneering ingredients and solutions that are scientifically proven to not only shield and protect against breakage and damage, but also repair affected hair follicles and rebuild the structural integrity and condition of the hair. MONPURE’s vegan keratin is an essential ingredient to reinforce damaged hair’s structural integrity. Keratin is the protein naturally found in hair, forming the building-blocks of its structure. Its repairing abilities smooth down the overlapping layers of the vulnerable cuticle and strengthen the bonds between follicles. This vegan alternative protects, strengthens and repairs fragile strands, as well as boosting shine, smoothness and elasticity. Discover vegan keratin in the Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo. MONPURE’s pioneering ingredient, vegan silk peptides, are revolutionary in their ability to protect and repair damaged hair. As a vegan alternative to silk peptides, vegan silk peptides fortify hair from the root. It delivers a physical and breathable barrier to the hair and scalp, protecting against external aggressors, while repairing thermal damage by 72%. The application of vegan silk peptides yields scientifically-proven results, and fosters a stronger, healthier and more resilient scalp and hair environment, while improving the hair’s smoothness and shine, leaving it silky to the touch. The Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Strengthening Essence-Conditioner are formulated with a high percentage of the groundbreaking ingredient.  The Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo works to fortify the structure of fragile hair strands, prevent breakage and rebuild damaged follicles. The Strengthening Essence-Conditioner boosts elasticity, repairs weathered follicles and increases smoothness and shine without weighing down fine hair.

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How to Stimulate Hair Growth: 7 Expert-Approved Tips

Achieving thicker, stronger and longer hair growth requires a little revamp of your hair and scalp regime, as well a handful of healthy lifestyle practices that will boost your hair’s chances for success. However, it is important to approach your hair growth journey with well-managed expectations, with the understanding that healthy hair growth requires patience and consistency, as it forms part of the broader hair growth cycle. Did you know that your hair grows underneath the skin for a full two weeks before it emerges on the scalp? And that the average hair’s growth rate is around 1cm per month? This is why care and attention during the hair’s incubatory period is essential to healthy hair growth. The solution? As with any hair health journey, the cultivation of longer and fuller locks starts at the scalp.  Although hair growth requires patience, there’s plenty you can do to help encourage the process and ensure you’re doing everything you can to maximise your hair growth environment. Whether that’s introducing scalp massages, targeting hormonal hair thinning, opting for a silk pillowcase or dialling down the heat, there are a number of failsafe hair growth secrets that can promote the fullest and longest hair growth ever. Here are 7 expert-approved tips to stimulate healthy hair growth…   1. Treat Your Scalp Like Your Face Taking care of the scalp is at the heart of every hair growth routine. Just like our skin, our scalp can accumulate bacteria, are affected by hormonal fluctuations, pollution, UV radiation, harsh chemicals, oxidative stress and more. It contains hair follicles that are surrounded by blood vessels and nerves and work to regulate hair growth by delivering hormones, nutrients and oxygen that impact the hair’s health and structure. These hair follicles can become clogged, build up with sweat, become inflamed, irritated and directly impact hair growth. Introducing a holistic scalpcare regime as the foundation of healthy hair will significantly impact the rate of hair growth and the health of the hair fibre. When you give your scalp the love and care it deserves, you are ensuring that blood and nutrients can easily target the hair follicle, helping minimise shedding and thinning. At MONPURE, scalp health is at the core of everything we do. We understand that as the hair’s incubator, the dermatological condition of the scalp should be treated as an extension of the skin on our face, and that skincare doesn't end at the hairline. Look out for familiar skincare ingredients like Retinol, Lactic Acid (AHAs) and Salicylic Acid (BHAs) that are relatively untapped treasures in haircare. Considering that the scalp is much oilier and thicker than the skin on our face, it is a breeding ground for microbes, and needs to be nourished and balanced to maintain healthy and growing hair. Alongside these gold-standard staples, look out for powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients, such as Camellia Tea Oil, Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel Water. Discover skincare staple ingredients in… The Great Lengths Regime  2. Target the Hair Growth Cycle It is normal to lose about 50 to 100 hairs per day, which is about 0.001% of our total hair. However, when you notice that amount doubling or even tripling, that is your telltale sign that your hair growth cycle is too short. Various biological and environmental imbalances can disrupt this state of affairs, including stress, hormones, genetics and diet. When combating hair thinning or shedding, it is important to get down to the source and minimise hair loss by targeting the hair growth cycle itself. MONPURE’s best-selling Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum contains natural solutions to hair loss and thinning. Formulated on scientific grounds, this invigorating hair growth elixir works like fertiliser to a flower-bed. It initially works to minimise excess shedding and also boosts the growth of new hair follicles leaving the telogen (shedding) phase and entering into a new cycle of the anagen (growth) phase, which usually takes around 6 months.  The product’s star ingredient, Pumpkin Seed Extract, has been scientifically proven to block the 5-alpha reductase enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into DHT, the hair-loss-causing androgen that shrinks the follicle’s growth phase and prolongs its shedding phase. It also contains Coffee Arabica Extract, proven to offset the effects of DHT through shaft elongation and thickening. What’s more, it’s packed with antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that deliver nutrients and ward off dandruff. It is formulated with Rosemary Oil, which promotes cell turnover, boosts circulation and delivers nutrients and oxygen to the follicles. The serum is also formulated with skincare-staples Retinol and Lactic Acid, that gently decongest clogged hair follicles, promote healthy cell renewal and enhance the absorption of other ingredients and nutrients.   3. Eat a Balanced Diet It’s important to remember that healthy hair growth and retention are supported by a healthy diet. If your diet is missing vital nutrients and vitamins, your hair’s appearance and health will reflect that. When your body is starved of the healthy nutrients it needs to grow healthy hair, or you are experiencing a period of intense stress, your body will shut down processes like hair growth to redirect sparse nutrients and energy to the organs that need them more. If you want to optimise your grocery list for hair growth, look for foods rich in protein, iron, Vitamin B12, omega 3 fatty acids and Vitamin E. An iron deficiency is often responsible for hair fallout before it reaches its maximum length, so consider upping your intake with some red meat, beetroot and dark leafy greens.  4. Dial Down the Heat One of the easiest lifestyle habits to change to help your hair grow healthier and minimise breakage is to dial down and heat and ditch your reliance on hot styling tools. A dependence on styling with hot tools can wreak havoc on the health of your hair if not done with caution and using protective measures. Heat opens the cuticle layer of the hair strand, allowing the hair to dry into the shape and formation created when blow-drying, curling or straightening your hair. This process works by breaking down the hydrogen bonds in the hair, allowing heat to restructure and restyle the hair pattern. Hot styling tools can damage the hair by making it dry and brittle, leading to breakage and shorter hair length. Research has shown that regular heat styling significantly decreases the moisture content of the hair. If you're trying to maximise hair growth, we recommend air-drying your hair when possible and using heat protectant to shield your strands.  MONPURE’s star ingredient, Vegan Silk Peptides, deliver protective properties that regenerate the structure of thermally damaged hair fibres. The application of vegan silk peptides results in 72% thermal damage repair. Discover Vegan Silk Peptides in… Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo Strengthening Essence-Conditioner Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum 5. Minimise Breakage Having breakage-prone hair can make achieving your hair growth goals nearly impossible, so there are a few habits you can implement to mitigate against physical aggressors. Avoid too-tight hairstyles that cause friction and pulling. Swap out elastic hair ties for silk scrunchies. Elastic hair ties can cause tension on the root of the hair, leading to breakage down the hair shaft and split ends. The Style & Protect Scrunchie Trio, created with 100% high-grade mulberry silk are exquisite accessories that are extremely soft on delicate strands, holding your styles in place minus the snags. Protect your hair with a gentle brushing technique. You should always begin brushing from the tips and working your way up. Starting from the root is a recipe for unnecessary damage. Be mindful that your hair is most vulnerable when wet, so be gentle on freshly-washed locks. When hair is wet, its keratin proteins form weaker hydrogen bonds. Wet hair also stretches more easily, deforming the cuticle and causing it to lift and crack. Load up on a lightweight, nourishing conditioner to replace the lipids and proteins inside the hair shaft, while sealing the outer cuticle. The Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, inspired by K-beauty regimes, resembles a skincare essence with its lightweight consistency - allowing you to confidently replenish moisture and nourishment back into the scalp without fear of a weighed-down or greasy aftermath. Wash out your conditioner with cold water. Cold water lays down the cuticle more smoothly, ultimately preventing moisture loss, snags and heat damage. 6. Scalp Massages Just like good quality soil is essential for a healthy flower-bed, a healthy scalp is the foundation of healthy hair growth. Research suggests that scalp massages are extremely beneficial in reducing stress, blood pressure and tension. Scalp massages also increase blood circulation to the scalp and follicles, enhancing the strength of the roots and allowing nutrients to permeate the follicles and stimulate hair growth.  The two most common scalp massage methods are called ‘effleurage’, which are circular stroking movements, and ‘petrissage’, which is a gentle kneading technique on the scalp. Investing in a scalp massager or combing technique into your routine not only works to stimulate hair growth, but also forms a calming and relaxing ritual that soothes tension. Introduce the Heal and Energise Jade Comb into your hair growth regime with an ancient Chinese technique called ‘combing therapy’. Just like the stone Gua Sha and rollers we use on our faces to boost circulation, improve lymphatic drainage and tighten the skin, jade combs can do wonders for the scalp. Using the comb in tandem with the quenching and calming Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum, or hair-growth-boosting Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum will stimulate follicles, relieve scalp tension, promote blood circulation, encourage hair growth and boost your overall mood. Read more about how to give yourself a scalp massage here.    7. Sleep With a Silk Pillowcase Waking up with matted and tangled hair certainly doesn’t do you any good on your healthy hair growth journey, and your cotton pillowcase may be the culprit. We recommend switching to a silk pillowcase. The soft silk can boost the hair’s moisture retention from products and oils and reduces friction that could cause tangles and breakage. While this step won’t necessarily speed up your hair growth journey, it cuts down on tangles, breakage and damage, while also preserving all of your hard work in growing your hair.  Healthy hair growth requires a good measure of patience, care and consistency. However, implementing these lifestyle changes, with a strong emphasis on scalp health, is your one way ticket to the fullest, longest and healthiest hair growth yet.

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Menopause and Hair: The Science and Treatment

 Menopause is a time of extreme hormonal changes in a woman’s life, usually occuring between the late 40s and 50s. While we are all familiar with the most common symptoms associated with menopause, such as hot flushes, mood swings and insomnia, many people do not realise that menopause affects our hair too. The onset of menopause and its hormonal changes are usually accompanied by hair thinning and a weakening of the scalp’s protective barriers. For many women, hair is intrinsically linked to self-esteem. So, what are the treatment options available that may help alleviate this physiological and psychological adjustment? What is Menopause?  Menopause is a natural biological process that all women experience at some point in their adulthood. According to our resident general practitioner, Dr. Simmy Kaur, menopause refers to the lack of a period for a course of 12 months, that usually occurs around the age of 51. The scientific community considers going through menopause before the age of 45 as ‘early menopause’.  During this time, the body undergoes numerous physical changes in response to fluctuating hormones. As women age, their ovaries gradually produce fewer follicles, which are essentially responsible for producing the hormones oestrogen and progesterone. This subsequent reduction in hormones accounts for various symptoms, from hot flushes to hair thinning.   How Menopause Affects the Hair New research suggests that over 52% of women will experience some form of hair loss by the age of 50, and by the age of 60, approximately 80% will undergo changes in their hair density. Research suggests that hair thinning during menopause is a direct result of hormonal fluctuations, specifically a declining production of oestrogen and progesterone. These hormones support the growth of hair strands in the following ways: Oestrogen aids hair growth by extending the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle. Progesterone decreases the conversion of testosterone to DHT by inhibiting the activity of the enzyme called 5-alpha reductase.  A decrease in oestrogen and progesterone levels also leads to an imbalanced ratio of a group of male hormones called androgens in the body. So, what happens when these hormonal balancing scales are tipped? Androgens are primary regulators of the normal hair growth cycle. Sebaceous glands attached at the base of the follicles, the hair follicles themselves and skin cells express androgen hormones and the enzyme 5-alpha reductase that converts testosterone to its more potent form, DHT. Androgen hormones affect the hair strands by: Shortening the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle. Lengthening the time between the telogen (resting) and new anagen (growth) phase. Shrinking the hair follicle (follicular miniaturisation), producing a shorter and thinner hair shaft.  During follicular miniaturisation, hair follicles that were once producing healthy hairs start to generate thinner hairs with more fragile shafts. As women reach menopausal age, many will experience increased shedding, delayed new hair growth and finer, thinner hair. Over time, hair becomes more brittle, fragile and thin. As well as more sparse in density. In women, gradual thinning usually begins at the part line and sides, followed by increasing diffuse hair thinning radiating down from the top of the head. For women going through menopause, the cause of hair thinning is almost always linked to these hormonal fluctuations. However, there are other factors that can influence their hair and scalp during menopause, including high stress levels, nutrient deficiencies or thyroid conditions. Read more about the causes of hair loss and thinning here.  How Menopause Affects the Scalp  For many women, menopause also affects the health of their skin and scalp, leading to increased scalp irritation, dryness, eczema and dandruff. Due to the hormonal fluctuations that occur during menopause, the scalp skin becomes thinner, weakening the skin’s natural protective barriers. This can provide the perfect environment for the overproduction of the dandruff-producing yeast called Malassezia on the scalp. The decrease in oestrogen and progesterone levels and increased sensitivity to dryness during menopause can often aggravate scalps that are already prone to conditions such as psoriasis and dry scalp. Overall, dryer skin, a compromised skin-barrier on the scalp and a reduction in moisture retention can lead to flaking, itching and irritation on the scalp, all of which can exacerbate the hair thinning that is symptomatic of menopause.  The Psychological Impact of Menopausal Hair Thinning  According to MONPURE’s resident general practitioner, an aspect of hair thinning that should be emphasised is its psychological impact. In fact, research has found that 60% of women who experience hair thinning also report having low self-esteem. Many women report a significant effect on their mental health, including feelings of anxiety, hindrances to self-esteem and even depression. Dr. Kaur offers viable actions women can take pre-menopause to quell its associated symptoms, highlighting that although menopause is a natural occurrence that comes with age, a healthy lifestyle in terms of diet, exercise, sleep and stress-reduction are integral buffers to the onset of acute menopausal symptoms. Treating Menopausal Hair Thinning According to expert Dr. Kaur, the MONPURE range is brimming with products that cultivate the best possible environment for a thriving scalp, even under fluctuating conditions, as they are expertly formulated with scientific grounding and clean, active ingredients.  She particularly sings the praises of the best-selling Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum, in which pumpkin seed extract works to inhibit the 5-alpha reductase enzyme activity that converts testosterone to DHT, a known hair-loss culprit. Skincare acids retinol and lactic acid work together to exfoliate the scalp for improved absorption of other hair boosting and nourishing ingredients, as well as decongesting follicles to ensure bouncier and healthier hair. Rosemary oil and coffee extract stimulate hair growth by delivering nutrients and boosting circulation. Dr. Kaur also spotlights the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, which is infused with the hero ingredient Camellia Tea Oil that delivers a hit of nourishment to the hair and scalp, ultimately optimising the scalp and hair-growth environment, while leaving your mane silky to the touch. Echoing our ethos here at MONPURE, Dr. Simmy also reiterates that the scalp should be treated as an extension of the skin, and should thus be considered and nurtured accordingly. In terms of treating scalp irritation that may arise during menopause, she recommends the Clarifying Scalp Scrub, which supports the scalp’s microbiome and keeps it flake-free, refreshed and hydrated. It uses biodegradable jojoba beads to gently slough away build-up, sebum and flakes from the surface of the scalp while also polishing and refining the scalp’s texture. Argan oil and shea butter work to regulate moisture on the scalp and regenerate the surface to boost overall scalp health. Hormonal hair thinning is an experience many women will face as they undergo menopause, which can significantly affect their self-esteem and sense of identity. Alongside implementing healthy lifestyle changes, including diet, exercise, sleep and stress-reduction, the MONPURE range offers scientifically-grounded solutions that target hair thinning at the source. By focusing on the scalp and cultivating the hair growth environment, the products deliver the fullest and healthiest hair possible, even under fluctuating conditions. Have a question for our team of experts? Email us at experts@monpure.com.

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MONPURE wins ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’ in ELLE UK, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping

MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum took home the gold for the ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’ according to ELLE UK, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeep for their roundup of the 10 Best Hair Growth Serums to Revive Damaged Strands. Voted in first place, our best-selling serum was shown to help thinning strands look and feel thicker and denser, all while helping to create a better environment for healthy hair to grow. How They Tested for ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’ The panel of 285 beauty testers as well as in-house experts from ELLE, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping tried the 19 hair growth serums for a period of eight weeks to discover which product left them with longer, thicker hair. The testers and experts reported signs of hair thickening, strengthening or regrowth, as well as signs of improvements in scalp health. Additionally, the beauty experts used a Hair Matrix machine in their laboratories to analyse the hair follicles and assess how much progress each serum made when it came to hair growth. The rigorous testing for the ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’ ensures that their line-up of favourite products (with MONPURE reigning supreme) actually delivers results. WINNER: Best Hair Growth Serum MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum took first place and won ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’. According to ELLE, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping, “In first place is this offering from vegan brand, MONPURE. For starters, it sped up growth and reduced breakages for nearly everyone. If that wasn't enough, our testers enjoyed healthier heads of hair after the trial, with everyone noticing fewer flakes.” “It soothed any scalp irritation and many testers reported newfound smoothness and hydration. Our entire panel spotted fewer pesky split-ends and many saw added volume and mirror-like shine.” What’s Inside the ‘Best Hair Growth Serum’ The winning Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum contains natural solutions to hair loss and thinning. Formulated on scientific grounds, this invigorating hair growth elixir works like fertiliser to a flower-bed. It initially works to minimise excess shedding and also boosts the growth of new hair follicles leaving the telogen (shedding) phase and entering into a new cycle of the anagen (growth) phase, which usually takes around 6 months.  The product’s star ingredient, Pumpkin Seed Extract, has been scientifically proven to block the 5-alpha reductase enzyme responsible for converting testosterone into DHT, the hair-loss-causing androgen that shrinks the follicle’s growth phase and prolongs its shedding phase. It also contains Coffee Arabica Extract, proven to offset the effects of DHT through shaft elongation and thickening. What’s more, it’s packed with antioxidants and antimicrobial properties that deliver nutrients and ward off dandruff. It is formulated with Rosemary Oil, which promotes cell turnover, boosts circulation and delivers nutrients and oxygen to the follicles. The serum is also formulated with skincare-staples Retinol and Lactic Acid, that gently decongest clogged hair follicles, promote healthy cell renewal and enhance the absorption of other ingredients and nutrients. MONPURE’s Awards at Major Beauty Destinations ELLE UK, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping are some of the world's leading and most esteemed beauty destinations, sharing the latest in beauty products, trends, expert guides and advice on maximising your beauty routine, including your hair and scalp regime. From pioneering hair innovations to the greatest in skincare, these renowned publications inspire their readers for all of their beauty needs. These prestigious awards are such incredible and meaningful achievements that are added to MONPURE’s impressive record of other notable awards. The Follicle Boost Hair Density has already won 4 other prestigious industry awards, so to add ELLE, Harper's Bazaar and Good Housekeeping to our roster makes us extremely proud of the work that we do. We are extremely honoured to receive recognition for our scalp and hair solutions. Our awards and accolades mean so much to us, as their rigorous and expert-driven testing illustrates the effectiveness of MONPURE in maximising scalp and hair health. This recognition, especially from such renowned beauty experts and tastemakers, only inspires us to continue empowering women with the knowledge and understanding of their scalp and hair concerns during different phases of their life.

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Stress and Hair Loss: What You Can Do to Stop It

If you’re noticing more hair in your hair brush, pillow or shower than usual, your stress levels may be to blame. Stress compromises the health of your body in a variety of ways, the retention of your hair being one of them. Although stress is considered an accepted part of modern-day life, pressure from work, relationships or family traumas take a serious toll on our emotional, psychological and physical well-being and can manifest in all sorts of ways, including hair loss. What is Stress? Stress is the body’s natural defence against threat or danger, which causes the blood stream to flood with hormones that activate the body’s fight-or-flight mechanism. The body produces large quantities of a hormone called cortisol, that prepares the body for potentially dangerous or harmful situations.  Cortisol also helps limit other bodily functions that aren’t essential to survival. Once the threat passes, hormones return to their usual levels. However, if you are under constant stress, long-term exposure to stress hormones can wreak havoc on many of the body’s processes, including the hair growth cycle. Stress Impairs the Hair Growth Cycle There are around 100,000 hair follicles on the adult scalp. Each hair follicle is constantly and independently cycling between three stages of growth. Hair loss is a normal part of our hair growth cycle. We lose between 50 and 100 hairs every day, without cause for concern. In the anagen (growth) phase, hair strands are active and push through the scalp. During this phase, the hair is attached to the follicle and is continuously nourished by surrounding blood vessels. Normally, more than 80% of our hairs are in the anagen phase. In the catagen (transitional) phase, hair ceases to grow and the follicle at the base of the hair strand shrinks. Approximately 3% of our hairs are in the catagen phase at a time. In the telogen (resting) phase, hair falls out and the process begins again. Research indicates that increased cortisol levels, produced by periods of stress, inhibits hair regrowth. A prominent study from Harvard University in 2021 illustrating the link between stress and hair loss found that: Exposure to stress hormones over many weeks reduces hair growth as hair follicles remain in an extended telogen (resting) phase. Cortisol prevents the dermal papilla (a cluster of specialised cells that reside at the base of the hair follicle) from secreting a key molecule that activates hair follicle stem cells. Inhibiting the production of cortisol leads to rapid cycles of hair regrowth in mice. Hair follicle regeneration doesn’t slow as they grow older. Instead, hair follicle stem cells continue to enter the anagen (growth) phase and regenerate hair follicles throughout the lifespan. Types of Stress-Related Hair Loss Telogen Effluvium Telogen Effluvium refers to a sudden onset of hair loss that is usually triggered by stress, trauma or serious illness. It results in an excessive amount of hair loss in which up to 70% of anagen hairs can abruptly shift into the telogen phase (versus the normal 15% that elicits shedding before a new anagen phase). Hair loss usually occurs 2-4 months after the eliciting incident. However, it does resolve itself over time. As opposed to gradual and regressing hair thinning, stress-induced hair is ‘reversible’, in that the shed hair can regrow with time. In this case, hair loss is experienced diffusely throughout the scalp. The good news about this form of stress-induced hair loss is that it is temporary, and hair should return to its pre-effluvium density if you manage your stress and bring it under control. It can take less than 6 months for the shedding to stop, while new hair growth can begin in a matter of months. Trichotillomania Trichotillomania is a compulsive hair pulling disorder that is usually accompanied by a number of emotional states, including stress and anxiety. People with this disorder experience an irresistible urge to pull out hair from their scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body as a way to soothe negative or uncomfortable feelings. Trichotillomania is generally triggered by periods of intense stress and usually manifests in unusually shaped bald patches on the scalp.  Constant hair pulling from the scalp can result in patches of hair loss, as well as scarring and infected hair follicles. It can also lead to scarring alopecia, where the pulled-out hair doesn’t always grow back. Hair pulling and subsequent hair loss can be very distressing for the person suffering it, and can interfere with their day to day lives and self-esteem. Read Hattie’s Trichotillomania story here. Alopecia Areata Alopecia Areata is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s immune system attacks the hair follicles, leading to patchy hair loss. Although the exact cause remains unclear, this autoimmune response may be triggered by periods of stress, among other factors. How Does Stress Affect the Scalp? Not only does stress affect our hair follicles directly, it also plays a part in the condition of our scalp, and in turn, the retention of our hair. According to our resident dermatologist, Dr. Sue Ann Chan, "Stress raises levels of androgens (male hormones) in our body. This causes our scalp to become oilier, which dandruff-causing yeast love to feed on (hence the itching)." Treat your Stressed-Out Scalp The MONPURE range is formulated to improve scalp and hair health holistically, working to create the best possible environment for hair to thrive. Our solutions work to improve the condition of the scalp after bouts of stress, provide a sensory experience that relieves tension and stimulate follicular activity to optimise hair retention. The scalp is a delicate microbiome and incubator that requires balance and nourishment to support the health of hair follicles. Introducing a gentle scalp scrub into your routine removes build-up, excess oils and dead skin cells that leave a residue on the scalp, and ultimately clog follicles and impede healthy hair growth. A scalp scrub also works to hydrate and moisturise dry, itchy skin and buffs away any flakes that may have been exacerbated by bouts of stress and anxiety. The Clarifying Scalp Scrub, starring biodegradable jojoba beads, argan oil and shea butter, is the perfect gentle exfoliant to improve scalp health and prime the scalp for much needed nutrients and ingredients that will allow hair to prosper. During a stressful period, there’s nothing quite like a relaxing scalp massage to ease the tension. Introducing a weekly treatment, like the Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, will work to improve scalp health by delivering an intense hit of nourishment and essential vitamins to the scalp and follicles that stimulate healthy hair growth. Leave it on for 15 minutes before your hair wash routine so that the aloe vera can go to work calming any stress-induced inflammation, while exfoliating lactic acid speeds up cell turnover for new growth and camellia tea oil delivers your follicles the nutrients they need. To top off your stress-reducing regime, look no further than the Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. If you are experiencing a dry, itchy or flaky scalp as a result of stress, this calming antidote contains a unique blend of anti-inflammatory and hydrating ingredients such as aloe vera, witch hazel water, salicylic acid, Pro Vitamin B5 and allantoin. Inhaling the wonderful aromas of sweet orange, grapefruit and sandalwood is a perfect way to indulge in some much-needed self-care during times of stress. In the face of stress-induced hair loss, the bestselling Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum is the perfect targeted solution to promote thicker, fuller hair with consistent use. Formulated with DHT-blocking pumpkin seed extract, stimulating rosemary oil, castor oil and coffee extract, as well as cell-renewing retinol and lactic acid, this solution is effective in promoting healthy hair regrowth and the optimal scalp condition to support it. MONPURE EXPERT TIP: Maximise the effects of your favourite MONPURE serum by introducing the Heal and Energise Jade Comb into your hair growth regime, with an ancient Chinese technique called ‘combing therapy’. Combing works to de-stress the scalp by stimulating the body’s meridian channels, regulating mood, improving blood circulation and promoting positive energy.

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Wimbledon 2022: British Heritage and Iconic Hairstyles

As a luxury British brand, Monpure London is thrilled to be celebrating Wimbledon - the oldest tennis tournament in the world, in which thousands of fans, including British celebrities, flock to centre court to watch the iconic matches unfold.  Since the first Wimbledon championship 125 years ago held in 1877, the tournament has been hosted by the All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon in London and takes place over two weeks in June and July. It’s undeniable that Wimbledon is somewhat of a microcosm of British tradition, from the orderly queuing, traditional all-white tennis looks on the court and the patronage of Britain’s royal family. In fact, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has taken on the prestigious role as President of the All England Club. Even the strawberries and cream and Pimm’s and lemonade reign supreme as traditionally British symbols. Being quintessentially British, MONPURE is excited to shine a light on exciting moments in our country’s legacy, history and culture, Wimbledon being no different. For well over a century, the tournament’s famed grass courts have set the stage for some of the most astonishing moments of athleticism and grace in sporting history. Trusted by British Tennis Royalty MONPURE is proudly supported by Judy Murray OBE, renowned tennis coach, ambassador, female mentor and mother of  British Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. Judy Murray is a loyal fan of the MONPURE range, and joined us for a video deep-dive on professional tips and tricks into treating and styling fine hair.  “Because I swim everyday and obviously I’m sporty, I wash my hair most days. I think what I’ve learned from using MONPURE is that if you have a haircare routine in the same way you have a skincare routine, you get incredible results and it is absolutely worth investing in the products, but also investing in the time to get maximum results.” - Judy Murray OBE Watch the full video on YouTube, where Judy Murray OBE, is treated to the perfect scalp routine.   Iconic Female Tennis Players Through the Ages Amidst all the action and sharpest serves, MONPURE will be seeking out some of the best on and off-court hairstyles to protect guests and stars from the summertime heat. We are also taking a stroll down memory lane to shine a spotlight on some of the most iconic female tennis players and their hairstyles over the ages. The greatest stars of the sport have certainly developed their own signature styles as they dash across the tennis court. Players are as recognizable for their braids, ponytails and accessories as they are for their serves and topspins. From Billie Jean King’s classic 60s bouffant to Serena Williams voluminous curls, here is the MONPURE tribute to the best tennis hairstyles over the decades. Billie Jean King By 1968, the American champ had won her third consecutive Wimbledon title, all while sporting her signature 60s bouffant ‘do. King fulfilled her lifelong dream to give women's tennis the prominence it deserved by forming the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) in 1973. Virginia Wade Taking home the gold in 1977, Wade is the last female Briton to win a singles title at Wimbledon. Alongside her national legacy, Wade sported dark, layered tresses on and off the court. Steffi Graff The record-breaking German star reigned supreme in the late 1980s, with her layered, golden locks and her gazelle-like footwork on the court. Maria Sharapova The 17 year old Russian from Siberia won the Wimbledon Women’s Singles Championship in 2004. The star was revered for her powerful reverse forehand, as well as her wispy blur of long blond hair. Serena Williams Serena’s 22 career Grand Slam singles titles are no less than history-in-the-making. Her voluminous, bouncy, curly ponytail at the 2015 Wimbledon finals is one of many of her fabulous on-court styles. CiCi Bellis By 2017, Bellis’ became the youngest match-winner at the US Open since 1996, always sporting her signature bubbled style adorned with colourful accessories. Heather Watson The British player has reached the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career. Her dark brown tresses are pulled back into a perfect pony tail which whips behind her on court. The MONPURE Solution to a Sporty Scalp With the 2022 Wimbledon Championship commencing this week, there’s no better time to remember the importance of treating your scalp with care when perfecting your backhand or getting active, especially during the summer months. If you’ve been rallying against a sweaty scalp, which can lead to itchiness, greasy roots and clogged follicles, the Clarifying Scalp Scrub is the perfect antidote to get your scalp back on match point. Along with ridding the scalp of nasty build-up and sweat, exfoliation also primes the scalp for the absorption of other active ingredients that support scalp and hair health.

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The MONPURE Summer Scalp and Haircare Guide

Rejoice, summer is finally here! Sure, we are undoubtedly turning to our sun dresses, sunglasses and sunblock to equip us against the rising temperatures, but where do our hair and scalp fit into our updated regime? Many of us tend to overlook the necessity of caring for our scalp and hair during the heat of summer. However, these sweltering temperatures are bound to wreak some havoc on our hair and scalp. Whether it be sunburn, exposure to the elements, increased sweat production or dry and brittle strands, it is clear that our scalp and hair need a little extra care and attention during the summer months. What is gospel at MONPURE is the notion that a healthy scalp equates to healthy hair (and thicker, fuller hair at that), and consistent scalpcare cultivates the healthiest possible environment for our hair to grow and prosper. What’s more, studies have shown that the scalp ages just as fast as our facial skin, which can be exacerbated by increased sun exposure. With that in mind, here are MONPURE’s tips to summer-proofing your hair and scalp. Why do you need to take care of your hair and scalp in summer? Sweat Build-Up The sweatiness of summer only worsens the usual measure of dirt, debris and oil build-up found on your scalp. Unwanted sweat and build-up can clog the hair follicles, leading to irritation or even the inhibition of hair growth entirely. Studies have illustrated that when sweat mixes with bacteria and dirt present on the scalp, it can lead to fungal infections, clogged pores and inflammation - all of which can harm the hair follicle, impede hair growth and minimise hair retention.  Additionally, the lactic acid found in sweat mixes with the keratin protein found in the hair, which functions to strip away the hair’s protective barriers, leading to brittle, dry and damaged hair. So, what’s the solution? MONPURE EXPERT TIP: Add sweat-control to your formula While facial exfoliation is a mainstay in our skincare routines, exfoliating the scalp is often overlooked. Imbued with the summery scent of sweet orange and rosemary, MONPURE’s Clarifying Scalp Scrub should form the heart of this summer’s regime. Biodegradable jojoba beads gently lift away any lingering debris, dry skin or oil, while nourishing properties of shea butter and argan oil boost shine and moisture from root to tip. As a physical exfoliator, scalp scrubs cultivate a healthy scalp microbiome. Along with ridding the scalp of nasty build-up and sweat, exfoliation also primes the scalp for the absorption of other active ingredients that support scalp and hair health. UV Radiation Some experts believe that environmental aggressors like UV radiation and pollution produce a process called oxidative stress. This refers to an imbalance between unstable free radicals and antioxidants in the body, which can damage the body’s cells and structures. As you may be aware, there are different kinds of UV rays. Both UVA and UVB sunlight radiation can be harmful to the hair and scalp. Research has shown that UVB can result in structural damage, while UVA can result in chemical damage. Due to its longer wavelength, UVA radiation is capable of penetrating deep into the cuticle and cortex layers of the hair’s structure, which can destroy colour pigment leading to colour fade. Because melanin provides photoprotection, blonde and grey hair, which are low in melanin, are susceptible to more damage. Alongside burning the scalp itself, UVB radiation can result in the breakdown of what are known as disulfide bonds, which are fundamental to the hair’s structural integrity. Disulfide bonds are the chemical bonds that hold together the hair’s protein structures. This damage can result in the loss of tensile strength, increase the hair’s porosity and create irregularities on the hair’s surface. Overall, prolonged exposure to UV rays can deteriorate a fatty acid found on the surface of hair cuticles called 18-methyleicosanoic acid, which acts as a hydrophobic barrier (repels water) that provides hair with softness and shine. It also diminishes the essential amino acids cysteine, tryptophan and tyrosine, which strengthen hair and contribute to healthy hair growth. These chemical changes manifest in brittle hair, loss of shine, surface friction, poor manageability, as well as loss of colour and tensile strength. MONPURE EXPERT TIP: Protect from the elements MONPURE’s innovative vegan silk proteins are a vegan alternative to silk peptides that deliver a physical and breathable protection against environmental aggressors. In fact, vegan silk peptides improve carbon particle removal up to 26%. In the face of harmful UV rays, the significant protective properties of this ingredient also improves hair colour protection by 35%. MONPURE products are formulated with a potent percentage of vegan silk peptides. Regularly using products with this ample dosage of vegan silk peptides will provide robust protection against environmental aggressors, while rebuilding existing damage. Learn more about vegan silk peptides here. Introducing a topical scalp care product that is teeming with antioxidants is also an effective way to arm your scalp against environmental aggressors and their hazardous effects. According to some experts, antioxidants are substances that neutralise free radicals, and are the first line of defence against oxidative stress caused by environmental aggressors like UV rays.MONPURE’s Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask’s hero ingredient, camellia tea oil, delivers an instant infusion of antioxidants and vitamins that work to neutralise the oxidative stress produced by the elements and UV radiation. Chlorine and Saltwater Chlorine and salt water can be harsh on our delicate strands, causing them to be brittle, dry and lacklustre. This is only aggravated by the damage inflicted by the summer sun. Chlorine is chemical-ridden, and works to eat away at the hair’s protective cuticle layer, making the hair tangled and exposing the delicate cortex layer. Excessive chlorine exposure can also degenerate the amino acids in our hair’s structure, which diminishes its natural tensile strength and significantly depletes its hydration. Chlorine also works to dissolve the lipids that coat the hair shaft, providing shine, moisture and manageability. Hair that is depleted of these essential lipids is more prone to breakage in the form of split ends and frizz. Chlorine also strips the natural melanin from the hair, which is why summer pool days often end with green ‘pool hair’ strands. The result? Dry, brittle looking hair that is more prone to damage and future breakage. What’s more, chlorine exposure can also exacerbate scalp redness, itchiness and tightness on the scalp. Salt water can also be damaging to your locks. The hair’s water content is what allows it to be elastic, stretchy and moisturised. Elasticity refers to the hair’s ability to stretch and return to its original shape. Healthy hair has a high level of elasticity, allowing it to hold bounce, body and curl formation. Sea water has a high salt content (i.e., osmotic), allowing it to draw water out of the hair, leaving it parched, dry and brittle. Too much exposure to salt water can lead to hair becoming dehydrated and dry if too much moisture is lost through evaporation and osmosis, even more so if that moisture is never replenished.  MONPURE EXPERT TIP: Quell dryness through ‘essence’ conditioning Amplify hydration and battle breakage with our Strengthening Essence-Conditioner, which departs from traditional wisdom surrounding conditioning, and encourages scalp, root and hair-length nourishment with its lightweight texture. Performing a dual role of protecting against environmental pollutants as well as bestowing a restorative, protective layer to the hair shaft and scalp, its vegan silk peptides are unparalleled defenders against the sun and chlorine’s damaging effects. The accompanying moisturising double-act of argan oil and Pro Vitamin B5 leave the hair and scalp supremely nourished throughout the summer months. Scalp Sunburn Enjoying the sun is certainly part and parcel of the summer experience, however, with sun exposure comes the potential of sun damage and sunburn. What’s more, some of the most commonly forgotten areas to protect are the scalp and hairline. Sun damage refers to a form of radiation burn caused by overexposure to UV rays, which leads to direct DNA and cell damage. The damage to these cells leads to the production of certain kinds of proteins and enzymes, which in turn cause blood vessel dilation and inflammation — that’s why your skin gets sore and red when you burn. The heat of sunburnt skin can be attributed to increased blood flow to the affected area. Your scalp may also peel as your sunburn heals as this is your body’s way of ridding itself of damaged cells that could potentially cause further harm. MONPURE EXPERT TIP: Deliver a soothing sunburn solution If your scalp is feeling the heat or is slightly sunburnt, gently applying a few drops of our Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum through your roots can remedy the pain, inflammation and redness from a day out in the sun. The formulation of redness-reducing witch hazel water, cell regenerating allantoin, soothing aloe vera and moisture-locking Pro Vitamin B5 will do well to subdue any harm precipitated by the sun.

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Scalp Acne: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

All About Scalp Acne Did you know that acne, which affects 85% of women in their lifetimes, extends beyond the face and can affect the scalp? As a scalp and hair health brand, MONPURE is here to arm you with the science and treatment solutions for all of your scalp woes, including scalp acne. As the scalp is the hair’s incubator and the environment for healthy hair growth, it is important that we target and treat the scalp as the foundation for hair health. June is Acne Awareness Month, and we want to shed light on the often overlooked and less common form of acne that affects many people - scalp acne. Although acne is less common on the scalp, it can be equally as troublesome and can contribute to a host of issues that impede scalp and hair health. What is Scalp Acne? Scalp acne refers to breakouts and pimples that develop on the scalp or hairline. It arises when hair follicles become clogged or congested with excess sebum (oil) or dead skin cells. This congestion leads to inflammation in the hair follicle, and the formation of bumps, whiteheads or blackheads on the scalp. Sebum is the natural oily, waxy substance that is secreted by the sebaceous glands that are connected to hair follicles via follicular ducts. While sebum forms part of an essential moisturising and protective layer on the scalp, excess sebum production can result in an oily scalp, scalp acne and a variety of other scalp conditions. A person is also more likely to develop scalp acne if they do not wash their hair frequently enough, if they allow product to build up on the scalp or if they use products containing harsh ingredients, such as chemical-ridden shampoos, conditioners and styling products. This particular kind of scalp acne breakout is called acne cosmetica, which develops from contact with irritating products on the skin. Scalp acne can also develop as a result of various strains of acne-loving bacteria or fungi, such as the yeasts from the Malassezia family, staphylococcus epidermidis and the propionibacterium acnes.  Hormonal fluctuations also contribute to scalp acne. Androgen hormones cause the sebaceous glands to produce and secrete excess sebum, which can end up clogging the hair follicles and developing into scalp acne.  Types of Scalp Acne Scalp acne can manifest itself in different ways and in varying degrees: Mild: Development of whiteheads or blackheads on the scalp, which arise as a result of clogged pores or follicles. Moderate: A high number of inflamed pimples called papules that are visible on the surface of the scalp. Moderate scalp acne may even result in pustules, which are large pimples that contain a yellowish pus. Severe: This form of acne manifests in many papules and pustules and can even develop nodules and cysts, which can be very painful and sensitive to the touch.  What shouldn't you do if you get scalp acne? No matter the temptation, try your best to avoid popping, squeezing or picking a pimple or breakout on the scalp. In many cases, the pressure from squeezing scalp acne can cause the inflammation and infection to be pushed deeper into the scalp, prolonging the course of the breakout. Squeezing and popping, however satisfying, can lead to scabs and scarring - which ultimately impedes scalp health, and in turn, the health of the hair that grows from it. Treating Scalp Acne The first step to curbing your scalp acne is switching out your heavy, sulphate and silicone-based hair products for lightweight, high-performance natural ingredients. These harsh and heavy formulas may be contributing to hair follicle congestion and build-up, resulting in scalp breakouts.  The key solution to scalp acne is introducing scalp exfoliation into your routine. Not only does exfoliation sweep away the build-up and dead skin cells that are clogging your follicles, boost cellular renewal and soften the scalp-skin; exfoliation allows other ingredients and treatments to deeply penetrate into the scalp and work more effectively. Scalp acne can be treated with both physical and chemical exfoliation, with each method having its own incredible benefits… Physical Exfoliation Just like the skin, a healthy scalp microbiome requires a symbiosis of healthy bacteria and yeast, but can go awry when thrown off balance. Natural scalp scrubs cultivate a healthy scalp microbiome. Along with ridding the scalp of nasty build-up, exfoliation also primes the scalp for the absorption of other active ingredients that support scalp and hair health. Physical exfoliation refers to the manual process of dislodging and unclogging debris, sebum and build-up from the follicles with the use of small beads. MONPURE’s Clarifying Scalp Scrub is a kind, moisturising physical exfoliant that is perfect for alleviating scalp acne.  It uses biodegradable jojoba beads to gently slough away build-up, sebum and residue from the surface of the scalp while also polishing and refining the scalp’s texture. Argan oil and shea butter work to regulate moisture on the scalp and regenerate the surface to boost overall scalp health. MONPURE Expert Tip: Use the Clarifying Scalp Scrub as a weekly treatment to break down the oil and product build-up that shampoo misses. This will allow you to extend your hair wash cycle while also ensuring your scalp remains balanced, clean and healthy. Chemical Exfoliation Chemical exfoliation refers to the process of using acids or enzymes to loosen up the dead skin cells, sebum and build-up that contribute to scalp acne on a cellular level. Three of the gold-standard, acne-busting chemical exfoliants are retinol, lactic acid (AHAs) and salicylic acid (BHAs), all of which can be found in MONPURE’s results-driven range. As a derivative of Vitamin A, retinoids such as retinyl palmitate aid in decongesting follicles, rebalancing the scalp and regulating sebum production. Lactic acid, which is a alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) exfoliates the surface of the scalp, decongests hair follicles and holds antibacterial properties to ward off the microbes that lead to scalp acne. Retinol and lactic acid can be found in MONPURE’s Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum. Salicylic acid is a hero ingredient for acne-prone skin. This beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is oil soluble, meaning it can deeply penetrate the scalp and break down the bonds between dead skin cells. Salicylic acid is also keratolytic, meaning it aids in exfoliation and soothes inflammation. Salicylic acid can be found in MONPURE’s Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum. MONPURE Expert Tip: based on your scalp and hair concern, use your favourite MONPURE serum as a daily, targeting spot treatments to boost scalp health, alleviate inflammation, promote healthy hair growth and fight against bothersome scalp acne. Scalp acne is definitely a bothersome and uncomfortable experience that affects many people, however, it can be effectively treated and prevented with powerful, natural ingredients that rebalance and maintain the health of the scalp. Opting for physical or chemical exfoliation solutions is the perfect way to ensure your scalp stays happy and healthy.

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Platinum Jubilee: A Haircare Regime Fit for Royalty

A Haircare Regime Fit for Royalty As a quintessentially luxury British brand, MONPURE London is delighted to be celebrating Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee this weekend, which marks The Queen’s 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom. This is the first time any British monarch will be celebrating a Platinum jubilee, and as a result, the Jubilee bank holiday weekend will culminate in a display of British ceremonial splendour like we have never seen before. MONPURE’s results-driven range is certainly fit for a queen, a duchess or a princess - and is perfectly designed to enhance the timeless beauty exuded by Britain’s own royal family. Since her coronation, Queen Elizabeth II has epitomised classic and timeless style.  The unmatched elegance of the British monarchy provides the perfect inspiration for a luxury routine revamp. From Kate Middleton’s signature bouncy blowout, to Princess Diana’s voluminous pixie cut and Queen Elizabeth II’s elegant coiff, you can seek inspiration from the royals of  every generation for your celebratory tresses. Discover a few of the most iconic hair moments sported by the royal family over the decades of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign… The Most Iconic Royal Hairstyles Over the Decades  Queen Elizabeth II The Queen’s coronation on 2 June 1953 at Westminster Abbey in London. The beginning of Her Majesty’s signature style - a carefully curled bouffant adorned with The Imperial State Crown. This exquisite royal accessory contains 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls and 4 rubies. Princess Margaret The Countess of Snowdon and outright fashion icon presenting a Tony Award in New York, 20 April 1969, sporting a classic 60s voluminous wrapped ponytail. Princess Anne 21 year old Princess Anne, the Queen’s daughter, adorned the cover of the September Issue of British Vogue in 1971. Her fashionable 60s and 70s beehive updo style set the stage for her signature style to come. Princess Diana The Princess of Wales’ golden locks paved the way for the biggest hair trends of the '80s and '90s. Known as The Lady Diana Haircut, this style shown in 1985 speaks to the princess’ youthful, winged hair with a cascade of chin-grazing layers. Sophie, Countess of Sussex On her wedding day in June 1999, where she tied the knot with Prince Edward St George's Chapel at Windsor, the countess was spotted with a feathery, blonde pixie cut and fringe - topped with the diamond Anthemion tiara, a piece customised from the Queen’s very own private collection. Sophie has fine and glass-like hair, perfect for MONPURE!  Kate Middleton As she posed for the press to announce her engagement to Prince William in 2010, Kate Middleton introduced us to her perfectly blow-dried, bouncy and glossy hair. The Duchess of Cambridge has since reigned supreme with her effortless and shiny blowout that is an inspiration to brunettes everywhere.  Princess Charlotte Adorable daughter to William and Kate, Princess Charlotte showed off a beautiful half-up twist in her long brunette locks to celebrate her 7th birthday in May 2022. We can’t wait to see how her gorgeous locks evolve in the future. The MONPURE Guide: Haircare Fit for a Royal For a royal event like the Platinum Jubilee, you want to ensure your hair and scalp are treated to the most luxurious and opulent hair experience ever. Let’s discover how to achieve regal, glossy and signature royal styles for women of every age with MONPURE’s luxury hair and scalp health range.  Prepare your Scalp for the Big Event Ensure your scalp is happy and healthy with the Clarifying Scalp Scrub. Formulated with luxuriously gentle jojoba beads, shea butter and argan oil, this creamy scalp scrub creates the ultimate spa-like experience to buff away the build-up, dead skin cells and excess impurities that shampoo misses.  It rejuvenates the scalp-skin and unclogs your hair follicles to prepare it for royal-inspired styles. Using a scalp scrub cultivates a healthy dermatological condition of the scalp and positively impacts the natural growth and retention of your hair. Enjoy Thick, Shiny Tresses Nothing screams royalty quite like voluminous and shiny strands. The Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask, formulated with aloe vera, camellia tea oil and vegan silk peptides, is a luxurious scalp treatment and feeds the follicles with the essential vitamins and nutrients they need for thick and healthy hair growth.  It’s packed with rich antioxidants that counteract the effects of UV radiation, which is especially important during the summertime Jubilee celebrations. It’s hydrating, stimulating and soothing ingredients ensure your hair will be thicker and shinier than ever - just in time for a royal affair. Keep your Styling Safe The bouncy, coiffed and cascading curls synonymous with the British monarchy are seamlessly mastered with the use of a hair dryer and a classic set of rollers. However, royal-inspired heat styling needs some robust protection to safeguard your healthy strands against unwanted damage.  MONPURE’s Shampoo + Conditioner duo, formulated with pioneering vegan silk peptides, repairs thermal damage by 72%, and creates a breathable protective barrier on both the hair and scalp. The luxury, lightweight formulas ensure that your hair and scalp are supremely nourished and protected without being weighed down, allowing your elegant styles to reach new heights. Amp Up the Volume Enhancing your hair volume is an essential step to create a style worthy of royalty. The Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum, formulated with pumpkin seed extract, retinol and AHAs, actively promotes thicker, fuller and healthier hair with every use. It stimulates the follicles, improves cell turnover, minimises thinning and cultivates hair density at the source. This award-winning, luxury formula fortifies hair from the root to ensure your flawless, royal-inspired style is perfectly prepped for celebration. To all of our British Monpurists, we hope you enjoy the festivities and the celebratory long weekend ahead.

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5 Practices to Soothe Scalp Irritation

5 Practices to Soothe Scalp Irritation Dealing with an irritated scalp can feel like an endless cycle, marked by bouts of redness, flaking and an itchy scalp. While the causes of irritated scalp conditions can include hormonal fluctuations, autoimmune conditions, hot showers, harsh chemicals, product-build and nutritional deficiencies (to name just a few), there are a few lifestyle practices you can adopt to begin soothing your scalp irritation. 1. Avoid Harsh Chemicals One of the main causes of an itchy or irritated scalp is the use of chemical-laden hair products, including products containing sulphates and silicones. Products formulated with these harsh ingredients only provide a ‘quick-fix’ and short term texture improvements to the hair, however, over time they irritate the scalp and weaken the hair growth environment. Although sulphates are used to create the foamy lather we are familiar with in many shampoos and shower gels, they actually strip the scalp of its natural oils and contribute towards dryness, itchiness and flakes on the scalp.  Silicones create an impenetrable, glossy barrier around the hair that only masks the true condition of the strands. Using products formulated with silicones causes an accumulation of build-up and residue, which ultimately prevents moisture from penetrating the hair and scalp, leading to itchiness and irritation. MONPURE’s products are completely free from any sulphates or silicones. Swap out your products containing harsh chemicals for some gentle, yet high-performance alternatives. The Shampoo + Conditioner duo is formulated with a pioneering ingredient called vegan silk peptides, an incredible alternative to silicones - which are plastic sealants rather than permeable proteins. They create a breathable, protective barrier on the hair and scalp, protecting them against external aggressors such as pollution, sea or chlorinated water, irritants and bacterial adhesion. Learn more about the wonders of vegan silk peptides here. Discover vegan silk peptides in… Shampoo + Conditioner Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask 2. Turn Down the Temperature Turning down the temperature of your showers is an easy way to begin soothing your scalp irritation. Heat strips the scalp of its protective lipids, and can also break the protein bonds which make up the hair’s outer cuticle. Hot showers also cause a spike in the body’s inflammatory response: its mast cell levels. Mast cells are involved in hypersensitivity, inflammatory and allergic reactions in the body. These cells release a chemical called histamine that causes swelling and itching on the scalp skin.  Hot water also dries out the scalp, leading to itching, flaking, excess sebum production and congested follicles. Easing up the shower temperature and enjoying lukewarm water is one failsafe way to alleviate unwanted scalp irritation.   3. Introduce Exfoliation Did you know that exfoliating the scalp is just as important as exfoliating the skin? The scalp is a delicate microbiome and incubator that requires balance and nourishment. Exfoliating the scalp skin is one of the cornerstones of scalp health. Neglecting to exfoliate the scalp and go beyond shampoo can lead to clogged follicles, as well as itchy and flaky skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells, build-up and flakes from the surface of the scalp.  A gentle scalp scrub, like MONPURE’s Clarifying Scalp Scrub, works to simultaneously hydrate and moisturise dry, itchy skin, while also buffing away flakes and dead skin cells without irritation. Additionally, exfoliation maintains and rebalances the scalp’s microbiome, which is essential for mitigating against inflammation and soothing irritation. A healthy scalp microbiome requires a symbiosis of healthy bacteria and yeast, but can go awry when thrown off balance.   4. Decode your Diet Did you know that certain foods are considered inflammatory and tend to exacerbate inflammation on a cellular level? A few examples of inflammatory food include sugar-rich foods, refined carbohydrates, artificial trans fats, processed meats and excessive alcohol consumption. Removing or minimising the consumption of inflammatory foods can help minimise scalp inflammation, and it is an integral step in reducing damage to your scalp and hair. Instead, soothe your scalp irritation from within and introduce anti-inflammatory foods. These foods deliver essential nutrients to the scalp and follicles to keep them healthy and maintain overall balance on the scalp. A few anti-inflammatory foods to consider… Salmon Salmon is rich in long-chain omega 3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation on the scalp and boost overall cell health. Legumes Introducing legumes such as lentils and kidney beans delivers ample protein and nutrients to the scalp that alleviate inflammation. Legumes are rich in zinc, iron and biotin, all of which are essential in cultivating a healthy scalp microbiome and hair grown environment.  Berries Berries contain antioxidants called anthocyanins that hold powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Research has shown that people who consume berries every day have higher immune system functioning and lower levels of inflammatory markers. Avocado Avocados are packed with magnesium, fibre, potassium and healthy fats. Avocado has also been linked to reduced inflammation in newly forming skin cells. 5. Opt for Anti-Inflammatory Ingredients An essential step for healing an itchy or irritated scalp is opting for certain anti-inflammatory hero ingredients that deliver your scalp everything it needs to stay calm, hydrated and healthy and combat any future flare-ups. Discover MONPURE’s anti-inflammatory heroes… Aloe vera Rich in polysaccharides, aloe vera is famed for its anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties. The succulent plant has a long history of medicinal uses, dating back as far as ancient Egypt.  Aloe vera is an antipruritic - a substance that relieves itching. Essentially, aloe vera’s polysaccharides inhibit the effects of enzymes called cyclo-oxygenase (COX) enzymes. COX enzymes release chemicals called prostaglandins that are involved in the production of inflammation and pain in sites of damage or irritation. Therefore, lower levels of prostaglandins equates to reduced scalp irritation.  A study conducted in the Journal of Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics found that aloe vera inhibited the production of prostaglandins by 30%. Discover aloe vera in… Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo Strengthening Essence-Conditioner Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask Pro Vitamin B5 Also known as a pantothenic acid, this deeply penetrating moisturising agent is perfect for dry, flaky and irritated scalps. It promotes skin cell regeneration, wound healing and works as a hydrating anti-inflammatory for aggravated scalps. Research demonstrates that when Pro Vitamin B5 is applied topically, it penetrates deep into the lower layers of the scalp-skin, providing long-lasting moisture.  Discover Pro Vitamin B5 in… Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo Strengthening Essence-Conditioner Argan oil Brimming with essential fatty acids and Vitamin E renowned for their moisturising and antioxidant properties, argan oil regulates moisture on the scalp and regenerates the surface of the skin.  A study conducted by the Indian Journal of Dermatology found that Vitamin E reduced symptoms of itchiness, redness and inflammation. It also discovered that the strong combination of antioxidants and Vitamin E found within argan oil can be used to help accelerate wound healing. Discover argan oil in… Clarifying Scalp Scrub Strengthening Essence-Conditioner Witch Hazel Water As a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory, witch hazel water tightens pores, sloughs away excess sebum and regulates its production. This powerful plant extract is widely celebrated for its ability to ease inflammation and calm sensitive skin. Witch hazel has been shown to suppress a process called erythema, a reddening of the skin, by 27%. A study from the Journal of Skin Pharmacology and Applied Skin Physiology found that witch hazel effectively reduced inflammation and can be used in the treatment of conditions such as scalp acne, psoriasis or eczema. Discover witch hazel water in… Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum Allantoin This root extract holds moisturising, soothing, protectant and anti-irritant properties that are perfect for soothing an inflamed and irritated scalp. As an emollient and astringent, it accelerates wound healing, as well as cleanses and softens the scalp. A study investigating the effectiveness of allantoin found that it led to boosted skin hydration and a reduction in erythema (A.K.A skin reddening). The study concluded that allantoin is an effective ingredient in the treatment of skin irritation. Discover allantoin in… Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum

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Scalp Seborrheic Dermatitis: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

All About Scalp Seborrheic Dermatitis According to MONPURE’s resident dermatologist Dr. Sue Ann Chan, “If you have an itchy, red scalp, accompanied by scaly patches and dandruff, you could have seborrheic dermatitis – a common skin condition that mainly affects your scalp.” Seborrheic dermatitis is a condition that is almost as difficult to pronounce as it is to deal with. However, MONPURE is here to get to the bottom of this tongue-twister scalp condition, and unpack the science, causes, symptoms and treatment of seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp. Seborrheic dermatitis is a chronic, common and non-contagious scalp condition that is marked by red, scaly patches of dandruff. The word ‘seborrheic’ refers to the sebaceous glands, the small oil-producing glands attached to the hair follicles, while the word ‘derm’ refers to the skin. Specifically, it speaks to the areas of the body that produce the most sebum, which includes the scalp. Prevalence of Seborrheic Dermatitis It is estimated that seborrheic dermatitis is more common among men than women, and is most common among infants younger than 3 months, as well as adults aged 30 to 60. According to the British Association of Dermatologists, seborrheic dermatitis affects about 4% of the adult population in the UK. People born with oily skin and naturally high sebum production are more prone to developing seborrheic dermatitis. But, what are the causes of this condition? Causes of Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Scalp Yeast Overgrowth Research suggests that although there is no singular known cause of seborrheic dermatitis, there are a cluster of factors that appear to contribute towards the condition. One factor is an overgrowth of the yeast Malassezia. Although Malassezia naturally occurs on the scalp in a healthy and balanced scalp microbiome, the overproduction of sebum gives this type of yeast the ‘perfect environment’ to flourish and grow, causing a disruption in the scalp’s intricate microbiome. The reason Malassezia thrives on an oily scalp is because the yeast species actually depends on lipids to survive, due to the fact it is unable to synthesise its own fatty acids. This overgrowth ultimately leads to build-up on the scalp, resulting in itching, irritation and even flaking in severe cases. Hormone Levels The fact that men are more susceptible to seborrheic dermatitis than women gives us some insight into the hormonal contribution to the condition. Research points to a relationship between seborrheic dermatitis and androgen (male) hormones. For women, during particular periods in their lives, such as puberty, menopause and even PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome), they undergo higher androgen sensitivity, in which they produce excessive androgens, such as testosterone and DHT, and diminished oestrogen. Increased androgen sensitivity causes the sebaceous glands to produce and secrete excess sebum, ultimately leading to an oily scalp.  This hormonal fluctuation provides the perfect opportunity for the Malassezia yeast to colonise and wreak havoc on the scalp - leading to seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp. Family History and Compromised Immune Systems A family history of dermatitis also plays a role in the development of seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp, as well as the presence of immunocompromised and neurological diseases including Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, HIV and depression. In fact, research has shown that incidences of seborrheic dermatitis among people with compromised immune systems may be as high as 85%. There are also a number of factors that aggravate seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp, including stress, fatigue, infrequent shampooing as well as dry air during the winter months.  Symptoms of Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Scalp Dandruff: itchy white flakes of skin on the scalp Itching Dry scalp Red scales on the scalp Crusty yellow scales in infants (A.K.A cradle cap) Inflamed hair follicles Hair loss in severe cases  How to Treat Seborrheic Dermatitis on the Scalp There are a number of powerful natural remedies and ingredients that help alleviate the symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp. Although conventional chemical treatments can be effective, they can be harsh on the scalp and may result in unwanted side effects. Effective over-the-counter treatments include dandruff shampoos that contain selenium, zinc pyrithione or coal tar. Natural solutions can be used alongside medical treatments to help you find relief more quickly, or avoid the irritating side effects they may produce. Discover MONPURE’s wonderful ingredients that alleviate symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp… Aloe Vera This succulent plant is full of polysaccharides, which are famed for their powerful hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties. It works to reduce transepidermal water loss, locking in moisture to dry scalps and soothing inflammation and irritation. Aloe vera’s anti-inflammatory properties work to alleviate redness and itching during flare-ups of seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp. Research conducted by the Indian Journal of Dermatology found that patients with seborrheic dermatitis who were treated with aloe vera improved by 43% more than patients in the placebo group. Discover aloe vera in… Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo Strengthening Essence-Conditioner Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask Salicylic Acid This famed beta hydroxy acid (BHA) is an effective treatment for seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp. It is oil-soluble, allowing it to deeply penetrate the follicles and scalp and decongest the excess sebum that leads to seborrheic dermatitis. Salicylic acid is also a keratolytic, meaning it breaks down the outer layers of the scalp-skin and decreases the thickness of plaques that build up in cases of seborrheic dermatitis. In a study conducted to assess the effects of the BHA for treating seborrheic dermatitis, researchers discovered that the keratolytic and anti-inflammatory action of salicylic acid reduced symptoms on the scalp by 53%. Discover salicylic acid in… Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum Witch Hazel Water Witch hazel water is a natural toner, astringent and anti-inflammatory that is ideal for treating itchy and irritated scalps. It removes and regulates the production of the excess sebum that contributes to flare-ups of seborrheic dermatitis on the scalp, while also working to soothe sensitive skin and accelerate wound healing. Discover witch hazel water in… Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum MONPURE’s Hydrate and Soothe Scalp Serum is the perfect natural antidote for itchy and inflamed scalp conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis. Starring anti-inflammatory witch hazel water, aloe vera and exfoliating salicylic acid, this serum is the ideal spot treatment to quell and combat flare-ups while delivering abundant moisture to the scalp, allowing it to self-repair.

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