We all know that eating well, getting plenty of rest and taking moderate exercise are the keys to vibrantly healthy skin and hair. But have you taken a look at the ingredients in your shampoo recently? It’s not a pretty picture. Chemical ingredients such as silicone and sodium lauryl sulphate undermine and destroy our hair’s natural ability to shine. They literally strip the hair shaft of all natural oils and then coat it in plastic-like materials. Not healthy at all!
Drawing on my experience as an A-List colourist at my father Daniel Galvin’s salon for many years, I wanted to make a difference in my industry. And, as the mother of three small children, their health, and my passion for the environment, informed my choices.
So I started my own haircare company to create a truly healthy range of products. I banished all “Nasties” first – absolutely no silicone, sodium lauryl sulphate or propylene glycol, parabens and synthetic polymers.
Instead, I sought out the finest chemists to help me create special formulas containing ethical and environmentally friendly natural and naturally derived ingredients.
One of my favourite finds is Ximenia Oil, also known as Seaside Plum. This is a rich, natural oil that works like a serum, moisturising and smoothing the hair, leaving it soft and silky but still manageable. Another vital ingredient I use in my shampoos is Inulin, a natural derivative of chicory. Inulin, is a prebiotic, which protects the scalp’s ecosystem, stimulating its defense barrier by preventing colonization of harmful flora. Dry, flaky patches are reduced and soothed, a healthy scalp then promotes glossy hair growth.
Starting my own business was exhilarating – and sometimes scary – but I feel great about the products I’ve created. Take a look at the labels on your shampoo and consider what you’re putting on your hair. There are other options. As I always say, “Healthy Scalp, Healthy Hair”. Be kind to your hair – and yourself - today.