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  • 5 Steps to Beautiful Hair

    BathTowelWe’ve all heard the hair care mantra: lather, rinse, repeat. But the right techniques—and products—can make the difference between having a good hair day and hiding your hair in a scrunchie and baseball cap.

    Here are 5 easy steps to get the best results for your hair (and some Pharmaca favorites to try)

    1. Cleanse

    Beautiful hair starts with knowing how often your hair and scalp need cleansing.

    Fine, limp hair tends to absorb oils from your scalp more noticeably and may need daily shampooing. Look for balancing shampoos that gently cleanse with clarifying ingredients like citrus, mint or tea. (John Masters Spearmint and Meadowsweet Scalp Stimulating Shampoo)

    Dry or color-treated hair needs shampooing only every two or three days to keep it from being stripped of natural oils or color processes. Look for moisturizing shampoos with nurturing botanical oils like avocado or argan. (Andalou Naturals Moisture Rich Shampoo)

    Naturally curly hair may be shampooed just a few times a week with products that coat hair strands to avoid breakage, minimize frizz and enhance shine. Shampoos with natural softeners like coconut oil or smoothing keratin proteins work best. (Giovanni 2chic Ultra-Sleek Shampoo)

    And to prolong a blowout or touch up your hair after the gym, dry shampoo a terrific on-the-go option. (Klorane Dry Shampoo or Acure Dry Shampoo)

    2. Condition

    Conditioners restore hair and infuse it with targeted ingredients that make it soft and manageable. But don’t overdo it; apply the conditioner to the bottom half of your hair first, then comb it through.

    Fine hair benefits from added volume, so look for products with body-building plant proteins like barley or soy. (Mineral Fusion Volumizing Conditioner)

    Dry or color-treated hair needs protection from the sun’s color-fading UV rays and natural botanicals like avocado oil to moisturize. (ShiKai Color Reflect Intensive Repair Conditioner)

    Curly hair looks best with shiny, defined curls so a leave-in conditioner that tames frizzy strands is the right choice. (John Masters Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner)

    3. Towel Dry

    Wet hair is fragile and can be easily damaged with excessive rubbing or twisting. Friction from cotton towels can cause split ends, breakage and even thinning. And because wet hair takes longer to dry, it’s exposed to more damaging heat from your blow dryer.

    To combat this, look for towels created especially for drying hair—they can wick excess water away without friction or tugging, and ultimately, dry hair much more quickly. The Aquis Essential Hair Towel or Turban, made with ultrafine microfibers, cuts drying time in half and can prevent hair damage. Plus, they’re super light-weight and ideal for travel or camping.

    4. Treat

    Occasionally, your hair may need extra help with targeted treatments. Need moisture? Get deep hydration with rich cocoa butter. Try Alba Botanica Hawaiian Deep Conditioning Minute Mask or John Masters Argan Oil.

    Thinning Hair? Chinese herbs and fruit stem cells work directly on hair follicles to encourage growth in Peter Lamas Chinese Herbs Regenerating Scalp Serum.

    Itchy scalp? Dr. Hauschka Strengthening Hair Treatment calms irritation with neem and chamomile.

    5. Style

    Finishing touches will give your style staying power. For extreme control, or in high humidity, rub a small amount of Max Alchemy MGA Scalp Rescue Sculpting Gel in your hands and work throughout your hair.

    And for more pliable hold and texture, MOP Orange Peel Molding Cream is an ideal choice for shaping your hair while adding a bit of shine.

    <p class=”italic”>Questions about hair care? Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner to find out how to keep your tresses healthy, manageable and beautiful. </p>

  • Hair Care: What's Hot Now

    We're celebrating the new year by stocking our shelves with some exciting new hair care lines. We think you'll love them-from the latest in dry shampoo to conditioners infused with argan oil. And, of course, they're all natural, so you and your hair can rest easy.

    Acure Organics Hair Care
    Acure is a family-owned and operated company that's focused on Fair Trade, natural and organic personal care products. Their clinically driven, results-oriented line of hair care offers visible results without animal testing, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, synthetic fragrances, harmful preservatives or artificial colors.

    Try out Acure's Pure Mint + Echinacea Stem Cell Shampoo and Conditioner, ideal for creating volume and thickness. They not only smell minty and delicious, they're packed with echinacea stem cells that promote cellular regeneration at the root level. We also love that they include quinoa protein to support cell structure and babassu oil, which offers lightweight moisture to the hair and scalp.

    Klorane Hair Care

    Klorane, a French company that has long been making plant-based hair care for all different hair types, has now pioneered and perfected the dry shampoo. Their Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk is ideal for any time your hair needs a little freshening, whether it's after the gym, before a night out or even just to extend a salon do for a few days.

    The key to dry shampoo is its ability to absorb oil and dirt from the hair's roots. Klorane does this with a gentle combination of oat milk (to soothe and naturally balance the scalp and hair) as well as corn and rice starches that offer powerful cleansing action. After applying to hair roots and allowing to dry for 2 minutes, simply brush thoroughly until the powder is removed. No water needed!

    Look for those same great ingredients in Klorane's conventional Shampoo and Conditioner with Oat Milk. All products are also free of sulfates, parabens, sodium chloride and silicone.

    Andalou Naturals
    They've got a full line of face and body care, too, but we think Andalou Naturals has some of the most effective hair care around. Not only do they offer shampoo and conditioner, their hair sprays, styling gels and creams are excellent at holding that do in place.

    You'll also find some amazingly innovative ingredients in Andalou's hair care. We love their Moisture Rich Sweet Orange & Argan Shampoo and Conditioner, which combines deeply hydrating argan and sweet orange oils to revitalize hair follicles for renewed luster and shine. Add in some fruit stem cell cultures that help protect the skin on your scalp's DNA from environmental stress and aging, as well as organic aloe vera to ensure delivery of all these fantastic actives, and you've got one potent hair regimen.

    We're always on the cutting edge of the latest in natural healthy and beauty. Stop by a Pharmaca store to see what's new!

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