Hair Care FAQ
The pH of our shampoos is between 5.5 and 6.5.
Do you know of any hair colouring products that have the least amount of chemicals?
Henna is a great natural hair colouring agent. Everything else on the shelves I’m aware of contains chemicals to be avoided.
Do any of your products get rid of head lice?
We do not make anything specifically for getting rid of head lice, but try the Buzz Free Zone as a head lice preventative. Just spray it on their hair in the mornings.
Do your shampoos strip synthetic hair colours and dyes?
Some people have reported hair dye being stripped from using the Lemon Myrtle Shampoo. But others have claimed that they use both our shampoos on dyed hair without any stripping of colour. We, therefore, cannot say categorically whether it will strip colour from the hair. We believe it is dependant on the hair dye used.
Which shampoo is best for dyed hair?
I would suggest the best one for dyed hair is the Desert Flower Shampoo because it is more nourishing and gentler with the Yucca extract has the plant oil which coats and nourishes the hair.
I’ve just started using Miessence hair care, but it is not lathering. Why?
The shampoo probably won’t foam for you until you eliminate the plastic coating on your hair from past hair care products. This can be done by either:
- Time: using our products until it happens (slow).
- Detoxing your hair with a few baths of 1 cup sea salt, 1 cup apple cider vinegar 2 cups bicarb soda (hop in the bath and swish your hair around in it).
- Making a paste of bicarb soda and our shampoo and washing your hair with it a few times.
- Making a paste of clay (one of our masks – or just clay from the health food store) with our shampoo and washing your hair with that a few times.
While your hair is detoxing, it may feel dry and knotty. This is normal, as the hair is eliminating the silicone derivatives (dimethicone, cylcomethicone, any chemical with …’cone’ in it) from your hair. Once they have been dissolved, you will find our shampoo foams and you hair is silky and soft.
I’ve just started using the shampoo and I’m noticed more hair loss than usual. Why is this?
Our products are loosening the sebum plugs that house the hair follicles in the scalp, which may have been blocked / clogged by previous product usage (especially those containing mineral oils). This means that, for a little while, you will notice more hair than usual falling out. The hair that grows back will be healthier and stronger.
Whilst my hair is detoxifying, it’s really dry and wiry, what can I do?
Pre-treat your hair at night before washing. Massage organic coconut oil into the hair before you go to bed and wash out the next morning. Be sure not to use so much that the pillow cases end up messy!
What is the amber essence oil that is found in the Protect Hair Repair?
Amber oil is a rare, precious and highly sought-after scent, treasured for its warm, musky and deeply sensual properties. Amber Essence Oil is handcrafted by extracting the oils from amber resins from Styrax tree resin blended from the wood and resin of various trees and other plants which is then added to a synergy of pure essential oils and plant oil.
I heard there are possible health concerns with carrageenan, which is used in the Hair Gel, should I be concerned?
Food-grade carrageenan is a purified extract from red seaweed (Chondrus crispus). It is used as a thickener and stabilizer in a wide range of food and cosmetic products. There is some confusion about carrageenan which has cast an unfortunate light on the ingredient. Recently, several websites have labelled carrageenan as dangerous, saying it can cause cancer in humans. These studies, however, have not used the type of carrageenan used in foods, they used Poligeenan. While Poligeenan has shown unfavourable health effects in studies, food-grade carrageenan has no known toxicity or carcinogenicity and is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the US Food & Drug Administration.
Poligeenan is a chemically degraded derivative of carrageenan which is used for industrial (non-food) purposes. Degraded carrageenan (Poligeenan) is not approved for use in food products and does not posses the thickening or stabilizing properties of carrageenan, it was improperly named “degraded carrageenan” and for a short time the word “carrageenan” was used ambiguously and might refer to either food-grade or degraded carrageenan.
Due to this confusion, the US Adopted Names Council determined that “poligeenan” was a more accurate and descriptive name for the chemically degraded form of carrageenan. Unfortunately, because the two ingredients were referred to by one common name for a short time, many people have been left with the mistaken impression that the negative health effects shown for poligeenan are true of food-grade carrageenan. Food-grade carrageenan is an entirely safe and appropriate ingredient for toothpaste.
The safety of carrageenan for use in foods has recently been assessed by the European Commission’s Scientific Committee on Food; in the UK, by the Food Advisory Committee and by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT); by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA); and by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). All have concluded that the levels of carrageenan found in foods do not pose any hazard to health.
Can I use the Liquid Hand Soap as a shampoo?
Absolutely! However, the issue with soap is that when it is used in hard water, precipitation occurs. The calcium and magnesium ions, which give the hardness to water, form insoluble salts that settle on whatever is being washed (i.e the hair). Build up can be reduced with use of the Clarifying Hair Rinse, but, eventually, it will build up and weigh the hair down and the hair will look a little limp and lank.