Say hello to Nancy! Nancy one’s a stunning jewelry company where she does classy, timeless jewelry & accessories based in LA. Nancy Mughannam is also a social media creator focused on fashion, beauty & travel!
In this series, we’d be featuring some of our #ByErimFamily and ambassadors who would love to share their haircare, beard care tips & tricks, the do’s & don’t to their daily hair and beard routine.
1. What are some of your tips & tricks?
Don’t over wash your hair! I always try to wash my hair once a week. When you over wash, it actually strips your hair from its natural oils and leaves it dry. I also like to braid my hair at night, this actually helps your hair from breaking and tangling when you go to bed!
2. Do you have any advise you’d like to share?
It’s important to eat healthy. Eating healthy is as important to healthy hair as using good hair products. You have to feed your insides with the goodness as much as you’d do your hair from the outside. I try not to skip a meal, especially breakfast. I eat a healthy diet of protein, carbs and fat such as eggs, grilled chicken, fish, avocados, steamed rice, sweet potatoes etc. Ooh, I also take 1 tablespoon of olive oil on an empty stomach before breakfast! Olive oil has great anti-inflammatory benefits and improves your overall digestion.
3. How do you incorporate ByErim into your routine?
It’s not new but I love using ByErim oil as a must do weekly hair treatment. I usually put it in my hair in the morning, go to the gym, run my errands and then at the end of the day I would wash my hair. I have been doing this for over a year and my hair feels amazing!
4. What are some of your favorite hairstyles?
As much as I love to leave my hair down, my favorite hairstyle is a high bun. It’s a great way to style your hair if it a little dirty plus high buns gives your face an instant lift!
5. What’s your hair routine like?
it’s pretty simple actually! I have a ByErim treatment in the morning, head to the gym, run all my errands for the day and then come back home to wash off the oil and style it!
Excited to try out some of Nancy’s tips and tricks and cannot wait to get your hands on the ByErim oil?! You’re at the right place! The ByErim formula is enriched with incredible ingredients that are vegan, cruelty free, all natural and packed with so many benefits.
Ingredients like Almond, Amla, Argan, Coconut oil have numerous benefits and work together to bring out the strongest, shiniest & healthier looking hair. Combine this with our luxury hairbrush and you’re good to go!
As Erim Kaur, our founder states, “there’s no better way to improve hair shine than slathering on some oil (ByErim Oil of course!)
Aman is the CEO of UK’s first No.1 App Agency, Digiruu. He basically created our fabulous ByErim app and you’d probably find him quite familiar with his “how to oil your beard” videos you’d find on our website & Instagram!
In this series, we’d be featuring some of our #ByErimFamily and ambassadors who would love to share their haircare, beard care tips & tricks, the do’s & don’t to their daily hair and beard routine.
- HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
So fun fact! I never got into self-care with my beard, hair and skin until I was 29. Shocking right? It was Covid, I was a little bored and after speaking with a few people, it suddenly dawned on me that I was approaching 30 and some anti-aging stuff became a little appealing to me.
After a whole bunch of research, internet searching and YouTube videos, I figured out what was the ideal skincare, hair and beard routine for younger looking, vibrant skin. Fast forward a few months from that moment, and still to this day I get complimented a bunch for my skin, hair and beard!
- WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR TIPS & TRICKS?
First of all, hair. I have really thick “Punjabi” hair. It can be really difficult to manage - bless my barber who has to tame it each and every time I see him. It’s so thick it won’t necessarily grow down beyond my shoulders if I was to grow it for months (as seen in Covid!). Instead, it kind of bundles up on top of itself like a mushroom! I’m telling you this because what this means is, there are some products I can use for my hair and there are some I can’t. My hair needs to be treated according to the hair type I have. So first tip, figure out what hair type you have. Check out this really good article from the ByErim team on hair types, and deduce what type you have before treating it with any products or embarking on a routine: https://www.byerim.com/blogs/
- GOT ANY ADVICE YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE?
One of my other favourite pieces of advice to share is for your beard: get a beard brush! All you’ll need is a boar bristle beard brush. This beard brush isn’t like most other brushes. After oiling your beard (see my routine below), the boar bristles help to exfoliate your skin underneath your beard (yes that needs care too). It’s important you do this to prevent “beard dandruff” because you definitely don’t want that. It also helps to clean your beard, keeps skin healthy under your beard and also stimulates the area for healthy beard growth in areas that you may find you didn’t have much growth before. Plus this helps to evenly distribute ByErim oil and massage the skin for blood flow and healthy growth.
AMAN’S SKIN AND BEARDCARE ROUTINE
- Face Wash - Damp skin, cold water, pat dry with clean towel
- Moisturise - Apply little dabs on your face, use a circular motion to massage into skin - don’t ignore the skin under your beard the oil helps to access an occlusive and this basically locks in all the benefits into the beard as well your hair!
- Eye cream - Use for skin under eyes only and apply with the ring finger as it’s a delicate area
- SPF - Same as moisturising where you use little dabs on your face and apply a circular motion to apply on skin especially in the morning
- Beard - ByErim Hair Oil - 1-2 pumps (see the How To) for a video on how to use
- BYERIM Beard Brush - Exfoliate with beard brush to distribute oils and massage skin
WHAT’S SOMETHING NEW YOU’VE TRIED RECENTLY?
Something new I’m trying now: A once-weekly hair mask. My hair is super shiny and soft afterwards, and hair masks with natural ingredients has been proven to help exfoliate the scalp and retain moisture in your hair without a whole bunch of unnecessary chemicals and additives. Hope this helps!
Excited to embark on your personal hair & beard care journey and confused on where to begin? ByErim’s Luxury hair & beard oil is a great place to start! Ingredients like Almond, Amla, Argan, Coconut oil have numerous benefits and work together to bring out the strongest, shiniest & healthier looking hair. Combine this with our luxury hairbrush and you’re good to go!
Quoting our CEO, Erim Kaur, “Natural oils are a must when repairing damaged hair & beard, it’s good to nourish them with healthy properties that work together to rebuild your hair and beard health”.
Every single beard is unique to each individual's personality & preference. However, through the trial and error of understanding your beard and what needs to be done, you’re bound to make a few mistakes! But that’s alright! A few mistakes shouldn’t completely put you off your beard game. We’ve got you covered on what to avoid!
If you haven’t seen our Instagram series on Ayurveda, be sure to check that out after! We cover the ancient system, each individual dosha and its work can be seen within ByErim…
Let’s get into this article!
So…What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient system of healing that has more to do with preventive health than healing health (Hopkins Medicine). This ultimately means that the system works proactively to stop the deterioration of ones health over working on repairing what has been damaged. At the core of the Ayurvedic system is a principle of balance whereby it is essential for the three doshas to work together (WebMD).
Within this system there are three doshas. These doshas are based on the five Ayurvedic elements from space (Akasha), air (Vayu), fire (Tejas), water (Jala) and earth (Prithvi). The three doshas are:
Vata contains two elements, air and space (ether), and is typically considered to be described as cold, light, dry, rough, flowing and spacious! When relating to hair characteristics, Vata-dominant have thin, straight hair with higher porosity and can also be slightly rough and curly.
As a Vata-dominant person, according to Ayurveda, a regular routine should be followed to manage stress. Calming activities, like yoga for example, would help maintain and regulate a warm body temperature, as well as, avoid cold weather. There are many ways you can protect your hair from harsh temperatures! For instance, wearing a hat, oiling treatments for moisture as a barrier of protection and wearing loose styles to prevent unnecessary pulling.
An imbalance in Vata dosha can cause excessive dryness, flaky dandruff, frizzy and brittle hair. It may also cause hair thinning and split ends.
Pitta dosha is based on the elements of fire and water and can be associated with a tenacious personality! Summer is known as the pitta season for its hot and sunny days. Pitta hair tends to be slightly wavy with medium thickness and hair density, alongside medium strength and length.
Being Pitta-dominant entails the possibilities of greasy hair, an excess produce of sebum that can lead to build-up and clogged hair follicles. An imbalance in pitta dosha often leads to excess heat in the hair follicles which may be damaging and cause hair thinning, as well as, early greying.
The final dosha, Kapha, is fashioned on earth and water. Its characteristics can be labelled as steady, stable, heavy, slow, cold and soft, in relation to a season, it would be known as Spring, as many parts of the world slowly exit hibernation.
The hair characteristics of a Kapha-dominant person consists of thick, smooth, lustrous, well-hydrated, straight and strong. An imbalance in the Kapha dosha can result in excess oil secretion that blocks the follicles of your scalp, similarly to Pitta dosha, which can lead to wet and sticky flakes.
How have we implemented this within our formula and foundations?
The three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha - are the essential when understanding your hair type and how important the principle of balance becomes to proactively maintain your healthy hair.
With Vata dosha, an imbalance causes dry, flaky, brittle and frizzy hair. This is why our blend of sweet almond oil and castor oil is a must! Sweet almost oil easily penetrates the hair due to its smaller molecular size, which means it works hard to create a sealant on the cuticles and locking in all the nutrients from all oils in our formula and providing maximum moisturisation and hydration. Meanwhile, castor oil is rich in protein which is crucial for hair strength and growth, thus preventing breaking and damage.
Moving on, a disruption in Pitta dosha can lead to heat damage, thinning and early greying. To repair your hair with pitta dosha, our blend of coconut oil and amla oil is essential! Coconut oil contains countless antibacterial properties to help remove sebum build-up from your hair follicles, in addition, its full of vitamins and fatty acids to help nourish the scalp, penetrate the cuticle of the hair and improve the shine and lustre of your hair. Who wouldn’t want that?! When combined with amla oil, the high vitamin C content works to prevent premature greying and aids to your overall hair growth.
Finally, when experiencing Kapha dosha it of balance the excess oil secretion leads to build-up, blockage and wet, sticky flakes. For this, we have the perfect balance of argan oil and coconut oil infused with essential oils! With the benefits of coconut oil above, argan oil is essential as its high level of vitamin E, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories work collectively to improve follicle health. By boosting the cells in your scalp and cleansing the build-up of sebum this is the ultimate blend. When infused with essential oils, lavender provides a soothing feeling to the scalp, rosemary stimulates hair follicles and bergamot is a natural stimulant to help release the power of each oil… it truly works together to become the perfect oil for you.
Erim Kaur, our founder, states “Our perfectly blended and balanced formula has been created to benefit each and every hair type!”
We are proud to announce that we are the official winners of the Best Hair Oil from the 2022 Hair Awards! A huge well done to all the nominees and a big thank you to you all, without you there would be no us.
We’re going to tell you all about our award winning Luxury Hair & Beard Oil and what exactly it is that makes us the best!
What is ByErim?
We are a luxury hair & beard care company that seeks to improve your hair health and beauty through our perfectly balanced formula of 8 pure oils. There was a reason we were voted the best and we’re about to share it with you…
Here’s what makes our Luxury ByErim Hair & Beard Oil the Best Hair Oil…
Let’s dive right in!
A) Admirable Amla Oil
Amla Oil is filled with antioxidants, nutrients and fatty acids, which all work together to strengthen and increase the health of your hair. Its deeply moisturising properties like Omega-3 and Omega-6 work together to help improve hair loss!
It also has antibacterial nature which helps prevent the growth of dandruff that is caused by an imbalance in the bacteria itself. Not to forget, due to the high vitamin C content, Amla oil helps to aid hair growth and prevents premature greying!
B) Attentive Argan Oil
There are countless benefits of Argan Oil, similar to Amla, it is rich in Omega-6 and Omega-9 which help to maintain a healthy scalp and activate hair cell growth (MPDI). Not only does it improve the health of your hair and scalp, but it also increases the elasticity and shine of the hair. This means that the hair is less prone to breakage and filled with nutrients (like vitamin E) to keep its healthy shine.
C) Capable Castor Oil
Castor Oil is rich in protein, an essential property that aids hair strength and growth. The protein and rich fatty acids protect the hair from breakage and damage caused by external factors like heating tools and tight hairstyles by lubricating the hair shaft and making it flexible (NBCI). At ByErim, we use cold-pressed castor oil as it is purer and more natural in form! The purer form allows for improvement in blood circulation when massaged into the scalp which is vital for hair growth!
D) Cherished Coconut Oil
Similar to Castor Oil, we use unrefined and cold-pressed coconut oil! This means our oil is minimally processed and not stripped of its nutrients when refined by filtration. Coconut oil is a favourite within the haircare community for its infamous moisturising and sealing qualities that help to reduce breakage and split ends.
We haven’t forgotten about beards! Coconut oil works similarly for the beard, as the oil conditions the beard itself providing an incredible sheen whilst softening the skin underneath, ensuring it remains clean and clear of blemishes.
E) Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet Almond Oil is one of the five base oils used within our formula. Due to its smaller molecular size compared to the other oils, it penetrates the hair easily and creates a sealant on the cuticles, locking all the goodness it provides into the scalp from all the other oils!
Fuelled with vitamins A, E and vitamin B-7 (also known as biotin), sweet almond oil works to strengthen the hair while reducing the appearing of frizz! As an added bonus, keeps the scalp clear of all bacterial and fungal infections. Overall, it is great for hair growth, shine, dryness and dandruff, and this is a single oil alone…
F) Essential Oils
Our final ingredients are three essential oils; lavender, rosemary and bergamot. Lavender oil soothes the scalp, while rosemary stimulates the hair follicles and lastly, bergamot is a natural stimulant that helps to release all the goodness of each oil! There isn’t much more you could want in an oil!
Are there additional benefits?
Well of course! We aren’t just the best for the oils themselves, but the technique behind it too. As a result of our well-balanced formula, our oil is non-greasy and non-sticky, meaning it washes out in a single was and can be used after styling. Being 100% natural and with the assistance of the essential oils, it smells amazing. If you didn’t already know, its also unisex and cruelty-free!
A message from our founder, Erim Kaur, “We’ve been dreaming of this moment since ByErim was founded, without you all we wouldn’t be here, so thank you!”
Ever wondered what exactly beard oil is and whether you should invest in some? This article is about to tell you all you need to know in under 5 minutes, continue reading to find out…
What is beard oil?
Beard oil has been circulating the haircare industry for quite some time now and there are many benefits to it! It is widely known to be a conditioner for the beard due to its moisturising properties, but there is more behind maintaining a healthy beard than simply conditioning (Healthline).
Why are natural oils a must…
Natural oils are a must for beards as not only do they have properties that condition and moisturise the beard, but there are fatty acids, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and many other qualities that can improve the health of your beard. When shopping for a beard oil you must consider our Luxury Hair & Beard Oil, its a perfectly balanced formula of 8 pure oils and its all your beard needs…
A) The Multitaskers
Amla and Argan Oil are renowned favourite in the haircare community, known for their rich moisturising properties, this is an essential base to any beard oil. While they are incredible moisturisers for your beard, they also work together by targeting a bunch of different factors that contribute to the growth of facial hair. Similar to how Argan oil attributes the growth of the hair on your head, it works wonders for the beard too!
B) The Deep Cleaners
While Amla and Argan Oil work on nourishing the beard, Castor and Coconut Oil provide a deep cleaning treatment, not only for your beard, but the skin underneath too. Castor oil contains antimicrobial properties which means it actively keeps both the beard and skin clean and clear of any dirt, dust or build-up of sebum (NBCI). An added benefit, Castor oil never fails to give a little extra volume and shine to your beard!
Coconut oil is very popular in the skincare world, which makes it understandable as to why it is now a great ingredient for beard oils! This one oil has two beneficial properties, as while the oil is conditioning the beard, providing it with the perfect shine, it also penetrates the skin underneath, giving it a smooth and softer feel.
C) The Constant Fighter
Sweet Almond Oil can do it all! From its fatty acids moisturising the beard, getting deep into the hair follicles and staying sealed there for days to strengthening it with components like magnesium and biotin, sweet almond oil has you covered.
Sweet Almond Oil also works alongside Amla and Coconut oil to say goodbye to flaky and dead skin! Fuelled with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory qualities, our oil protects the beard from external environmental damage and dandruff. By combatting dryness, dandruff and inflammation, our oil is truly the holy grain of beard oils, thus being awarded Best Hair Oil 2022!
This is why ByErim is perfect for you!
Our perfectly blended and balanced formula creates for the perfect beard oil, with 8 pure oils varying in molecular size and penetrating different shafts of the beard, there isn’t any aspect missing out. Its non-greasy formula means it can be used daily. From moisture, to health and overall protection, we got you covered!
Our CEO, Erim Kaur, states “Our Luxury Hair & Beard Oil is the perfect addition to your haircare routine, its essentially a two-for-one and who wouldn’t want that?!”
We can all relate to damaged hair, no matter the cause, so there is nothing to be ashamed of! Damaged hair can be most frequently be known for causing dry, brittle and coarse hair that’s prone to breakage. To that we say enough! It’s time to reinvent your hair and nurse it back to health, we got you…
What causes hair to damage?
Perhaps you’ve spent a little too much time with heating tools or bleached your hair for that perfect shade or your hair simply lacks moisture, all of these can contribute to damaged hair. Not only how you treat your hair can cause damage, but also external environmental factors. For example, sun exposure, the harsh winter weather, humidity and many more (Healthline).
Another key, yet often overlooked, factor is stress! How you feel and fuel your body can affect your hair more than you thought, Medical News Today mention how stress can cause damage to the hair (telogen effluvium – the medical term for stress induced hair loss).
There are also hidden factors that we can bet you didn’t know was damaging your hair! For example, tight and pulling hairstyles. While these might look cute in the moment, in reality, it can break the hair away from its roots with its constant tugging on hair follicles and cause follicle damage, splitting and tensile stress (Byrdie)!
How can we minimise damaged hair?
In most cases, no matter the cause of hair damage, our hair is left with a coarse, dry and brittle feel meaning its lacking in moisture and the hairs elasticity has reduced. To minimise the look and feel of this, it is important to add moisture back to the hair! This is why we look to natural oils for damaged hair…
Why natural oils are essential for damaged hair:
A) Fuelled with Rich and Fatty Acids!
Amla Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Caster Oil are known for being rich in fatty acids. These provide intense moisture to the cuticle, this is crucial when protecting your hair whilst using styling tools or entering harsh weathers. They are known to lubricate the hair shaft which increases the flexibility and elasticity of the hair, thus reducing the chance of further breakage (NCBI). It also improves blood circulation when massaged into the scalp, this is vital for hair growth and rejuvenation.
B) The Undefeated Trio…
Sweet Almond Oil, Argan Oil and Amla Oil work together to be the perfect match to protect your hair and nourish it back to health, leaving it soft and shiny (NCBI)! Amla oil is full of nutrients that help to protect and nourish your hair cuticle. Mixed with Sweet Almond Oil, this combination is like no other, the nutrients work hard together to strengthen your hair and keep all kinds of bad bacteria and fungal infections away from the scalp.
Meanwhile, Argan Oil’s Omega-6 and Omega-9 properties work to improve and maintain a healthy scalp. Omega-9 (linoleic acid) has also recently been known to activate hair cell growth (MPDI). It’s also famously known to increase hair elasticity and shine, which means reduced breakage and the formation of split ends by moisturising the hair.
C) The Stand Alone Fighter
Coconut oil is known to improve the condition of bleached hair. With over bleaching or incorrect use of bleach, the protein in your hair is broken apart leaving you with dry, brittle and broken hair. Filled with moisture, coconut oil will become your saviour as it seals the moisture into the hair follicle and prevents the loss of protein, as well as, helping with texture and shine!
D) Essential Oils for Damaged Hair
In line with industry regulations, the ByErim formula includes three essential oils (lavender, rosemary and bergamot) at 1%. Lavender oil is the most searched for essential oil in the UK and it is known for deeply conditions the hair and providing an overall soothing effect.
The benefits of ByErim for damaged hair
Blended and balanced to perfection our non-greasy, highly nourishing oil is all you need to restore your hair health. We recommend 1-2 weekly treatments, starting with 2 pumps (dependent on your hair length) on your roots. Following this, apply another pump to the length and ends of your hair, this is considered an all-over treatment! For extra moisture and nourishment, apply daily on ends.
As our oil is 100% natural, you can personalise how you use it dependent on your hair wash schedule and personal preference! We love an all-over treatment before working out and application on ends post-styling for that perfect non-greasy shine.
A quote from our CEO, Erim Kaur, “Natural oils are a must when repairing damaged hair, it’s good to nourish the hair with healthy properties that work together to rebuild your hair health”.
How much do you know about the importance of shiny hair and what treatments you should be doing to achieve this look? With the harsh winter months, a fair usage of heat tools and the possibility of naturally dry hair, this is the article for you! Let’s dive right in…
What makes hair shiny?
How can you determine your hair health and what makes it shiny? Hair shine is prevalent when there is a smooth surface without ridges or holes that light can then bounce off and reflect more evenly.
One of the most influential components for having a healthy shine to your hair is moisture! Moisture is the key to unlocking the perfect shine and breaking away from the dry, dull and weighted hair that can be caused by a number of biological and environmental factors (RealSimple).
The core benefit of shiny, silky smooth hair is that it reflects your hair health (Healthline), and who wouldn’t want healthier hair?!
Here’s what’s stopping you from getting the healthy hair you deserve…
If you didn’t know, there are a number of things that are preventing you from either achieving or keeping that natural hair shine. Here are a few we’ve put together to help you figure out the cause and how you can limit its affects:
Heat-styling tools: This is one of the more obvious ways of stripping your hair of its natural shine.
Daily shampoo washes: Regular washes means you are constantly washing away the natural oils produced by your scalp that provides and preserves shine.
Harsh chemicals, dyes and treatments: These treatments often damage your hair follicles and scalp, meaning the natural oils produced by the skin (sebum) struggles to travel down the hair and maintain a natural shine. Thus, often resulting in dull and dry hair.
The best treatments for shiny hair: How can you achieve this?
A) Amla Oil for shiny hair
Amla oil contains rich nutrients which help to protect your hair cuticle, this is essential when using heat-styling tools or harsh treatments. It also contains fatty acids which are deeply moisturising! This, we know, is a must for a healthy shine and with its rich levels of Vitamin C, minerals and antioxidants, its likely to naturally rebuild your hair health (Healthline).
B) Sweet Almond Oil for shiny hair
Known for its intensely moisturising properties and rich antioxidants, sweet almond oil works hard to create and protect a natural hair shine. Not only does this oil add a healthy moisture and shine to the hair but it contains biotin, which strengthens the hair.
C) Coconut Oil for shiny hair
Working harder and faster is coconut oil as penetrates deeper and quicker into the hair shaft than most oils. It is a perfect for treatment to increase hair shine as it helps to reduce the loss of protein.
D) Argan Oil for shiny hair
Argan oil is famously known to increase hair elasticity and shine, which means reduced breakage and the formation of split ends by moisturising the hair. With the help of antioxidants, Argan oil works to control water loss and improve hydration.
E) Caster Oil for shiny hair
According to Elle and infamous Trichologist, Philip Kingsley, castor oil works hard to trap moisture which smooths the cuticle of the hair (Elle). When perfectly combined with the oils above, natural oils are truly the key to unlocking a healthier, long-lasting shine.
F) Brushing Daily
Who would have thought? Brushing your hair daily helps to naturally distribute moisture and increase hair shine (The Healthy)!
How to treat hair for a healthier shine with ByErim
Already perfectly blended and balanced, you’ve got all you need in a single bottle to improve your hair health and shine. Our oil works that much harder to provide a healthier shine, with the oils differing weight and molecular size, it is able to penetrate the scalp, hair cuticles and follicles at a different level. This means that the oils are working together to maximise their benefits, while being independent in weight to work differently layers of your hair.
We recommend 1-2 weekly treatments, starting with 2 pumps (dependent on your hair length) on your roots. Following this, apply another pump to the length and ends of your hair, this is considered an all-over treatment! For extra moisture and nourishment, apply daily on ends.
As our oil is 100% natural, you can personalise how you use it dependent on your hair wash schedule and personal preference! We love an all-over treatment before working out and application on ends post-styling for that perfect non-greasy shine.
As Erim Kaur states, “there’s no better way to improve hair shine than slathering on some oil (ByErim Oil of course)!
What does hair porosity mean?
Porosity… an intimidating word that many of us have heard of, but probably not too sure what it means? Don’t sweat it, we’re here to change that! Hair porosity refers to how capable your hair is at keeping and absorbing moisture (Healthline). The level of your porosity is in control of how well water, oils and products can pass in and out of the outer layer of your hair, aka the cuticle. Keep on reading to find out your hair porosity level and how to best take care of it!
a) What are the different types of hair porosity?
In the world of hair care, it is super important to get to know our hair better. The three different levels of hair porosity are as follows: low, medium and high. Wondering which one you are? Let’s dive in!
High porosity hair
Highly porous hair easily absorbs water, oils and products; we know what you’re thinking, this sounds ideal, right? Although it can absorb well, it also struggles to lock in the moisture that our hair needs. This occurs when the cuticles of our hair are too spaced apart (Healthline).
a) What are the characteristics of high porosity hair?
Because of its tendencies to repel products, high porosity hair can absorb products quickly, look frizzy, dry, prone to breakage and hard to style due to lack of hydration (Vogue).
b) How to care for high porosity hair with oils?
Natural oils are a godsend for our scalp and hair alike with so many to choose from! When you have high porosity hair, it is vital to use moisture-rich/heavy products such as coconut oil, which has high levels of Vitamin E, hence being a saviour for bringing your hair back to life (Curly Nikki). It also works to add shine and lustre to the hair (who doesn’t love that?).
Castor oil, which comes from the castor bean plant, does wonders for sealing your strands - the best friend that knows how to hold it together. It has antifungal and antibacterial properties, as well as omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids.
Medium porosity hair
Medium porosity hair, which is typically known as normal, masters both qualities of high and low. Medium porosity hair enables moisture to pass in and out without any difficulty (Cosmopolitan); similarly to a sponge!
a) What are the characteristics of medium porosity hair?
Typically, medium porosity hair tends to look healthy and shiny, but can be affected by frizz (e.g., due to rainy weather). Hairstyling comes easily to this type of hair and can be held together for a long amount of time.
b) How to care for medium porosity hair with oils?
Due to its ability to steadily absorb and keep moisture, it is best to use lightweight oils such as the worldwide favourite, argan oil! This oil has been known to help in increasing shine and reducing frizz because of its high levels of vitamin E. Adding to this, argan oil is also known to have oleic and linoleic acid (which can help to manage the water intake of your hair).
Low porosity hair
In complete opposition to high porosity hair, the cuticles of low porous hair are a tight-knit squad that repels water/products, making it extremely hard for moisture to reach the hair shaft.
a) What are the characteristics of low porosity hair?
Usually, products and water sit on the hair instead of being absorbed. This can mean that it takes extra long for water to penetrate low porous hair during your routine wash, and also takes a while for it to air-dry!
b) How to care for low porosity hair with oils?
Low porosity hair and lightweight oils that can be easily absorbed into the hair go hand in hand. For example, the consistency of sweet almond oil makes it easy to absorb into the scalp (Healthline). Sweet almond oil is filled with vitamins such as B-7, commonly known as biotin, which helps to keep the hair healthy and strong!
Argan oil (the jack of all oil trades) is also great for low porous hair. Not only does it contain Vitamin E, but it is full of fatty acids such as oleic and linoleic, which are known to help moisturise and condition the hair.
How to accurately test your hair porosity
The most common way to test your porosity is by doing the hair water test, and the good news is that it can be done from the comfort of your home!
The hair water test
Begin by washing your hair with shampoo and rinse through thoroughly to eliminate any product build-up. Once your hair has dried, take a strand and drop it into a glass of water. If it floats to the top then it indicates low porosity, the middle of the glass is medium (normal), and the bottom is high porosity.
Can you have low and high porosity hair?
According to Naturally Curly, a fourth level could exist for you: multiple porosities. This can change for many reasons throughout your life, let’s find out why:
Can you change your hair porosity?
For a lot of us, porosity can increase over time while still remaining within the same range. We may begin with a certain level of porosity which can alter over time due to various factors such as genetics, how often we use harsh products, bleaching, over washing, etc.
Luckily for us all, the ByErim Luxury Hair & Beard Oil exists, meaning you can avoid going to the trouble of sourcing and mixing oils completely. The golden formula has been 15 years in the making and combines the likes of Amla, Argan, Castor, Coconut, Sweet Almond and essential oils (Lavender, Rosemary, Bergamot) at the absolute perfect balance – ideal for ALL hair types and porosities!
Are you suffering from dry hair? We feel your pain; this is a common enemy shared amongst many worldwide. Symptoms can include brittle, dull and frizzy looking hair, which can break easily (WebMD).
When considering your hair care routine, steps can be taken to prevent and control dry hair with nature’s very own gift to us: all-natural oils! It is pivotal to note that although oils cannot cure dryness as a result of health conditions, they can still help to manage it. Keep reading to learn more about the causes and solutions to help conquer this hair dilemma!
a) What are the causes of dry hair?
Dry hair can be caused by external lifestyle or environmental factors such as the weather, frequent swimming, overusing chemicals/harsh products (e.g, bleaching), excessive washing etc. The outer layer of our hair, aka the cuticle, works to protect our hair from damage and retain moisture (helping to keep our hair soft and smooth). The factors mentioned above can cause damage to these cuticles, resulting in dryness over time (Women’s Health Mag).
Unfortunately, genetic or health conditions also play a massive part in the health of your hair and can creep up on you when you least expect it! Conditions such as eating disorders and hypothyroidism have cited dryness as a common side-effect due to lack of nutrients or hormone imbalances. If you have any concerns of underlying or undiagnosed problems, be sure to speak to a doctor to be on the safe side - you are not alone!
The award-winning ByErim Luxury Hair & Beard Oil contains eight pure nourishing ingredients perfectly blended to help tackle dry hair; let’s work through each one together.
b) Argan oil for dry hair
The much loved Argan oil (aka the popular kid in the class) is known for its magical ingredients, including many antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins (Healthline). This is perfect as a moisturising and shine-boosting oil that works to hydrate your hair - the holy grail for your strands! The two antioxidants found in argan oil, Vitamin E and polyphenols, help manage water loss (hence increasing hydration) and neutralise free radicals (unstable atoms that can damage our hair, skin and immune system)! (Cosmopolitan)
c) Amla oil for dry hair
Where would hair health be without amla oil? Amla oil has been used in ayurvedic practices (a traditional system of medicine) and comes from the Indian gooseberry. Amla oil is high in Vitamin C and antioxidants, which help deeply penetrate and condition flaky scalps and dry hair (Very Well Health).
d) Coconut oil for dry hair
Coconut oil (the second ayurvedic oil in this list) is packed full of the rich essentials our hair craves, such as omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E - the dynamic duo for scalp health (Healthline). Moreover, due to its moisturising properties, coconut oil’s superpower is to add shine back to the hair! According to a 2003 study, coconut oil reduced protein loss in chemically treated and UV exposed hair (NCBI).
e) Castor oil for dry hair
According to Google trends, more than 40% of the public have rave reviews about castor oil, claiming it has strengthened their hair (Elle). Castor oil contains ricinoleic acids (promotes healthier hair) and omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids. Together, these acids help to lock in moisture and smoothen down the cuticles, resulting in glossier looking hair!
f) Sweet almond for dry hair
This final ayurvedic oil in the ByErim ingredient list is known for its health and healing properties! Almond oil is considered an emollient, a protective layer that helps soften and nourish the hair (NHS). In addition, its generous levels of omega-9 fatty acids (Healthline), Vitamin E and proteins work overtime to strengthen your hair hence increasing shine; we’re so here for this!
g) Essential oils for dry hair
According to industry regulations, the ByErim formula includes three essential oils (lavender, rosemary and bergamot) at 1%. Lavender oil is the most searched for essential oil in the UK (Holland and Barrett). This essential oil deeply conditions the hair, helps fight dandruff and provides an overall soothing effect.
h) How to treat dry hair with ByErim
As the formula has perfectly balanced all of the eight nourishing oils above, you can simply apply and go! We suggest using two pumps (depending on the length of your hair) to your roots, ends or all over (this treatment is our favourite). As ByErim is 100% natural, how you use it ultimately depends on your hair wash schedule and personal preference.
While adding ByErim to your hair care routine can help prevent dryness and increase overall hair health, it is essential to combine this with lifestyle changes such as using the right shampoo (stay tuned for the ByErim shampoo & conditioner) and making sure to eat healthier wherever you can. Join 60,000 people worldwide in beginning your ByErim journey today!
Why does our hair thin over time?
The dreaded nightmare that is hair thinning can creep up on us when we least expect it; don’t worry, you’re not alone! There are many reasons, such as genetics (which can sometimes pre-determine the fate of our hair), age, our health, and so on (NHS), that can impact the thickness of our hair.
For example, hormonal changes in the body, such as menopause or thyroid disease, have listed hair thinning as a common side effect. In addition to this, iron deficiencies, eating disorders, diabetes, and even stress can cause hair thinning at differing levels (WebMD).
a) Why is healthy hair the secret to thicker hair?
When combined with the lifestyle choices that are best for us (speak to your GP if you ever have any concerns), the other key to healthier hair can lie within a good hair care routine. When we help our hair reach its optimal level, it can promote thicker and more luscious strands - sign us up!
All-natural oils are always the guest of honour at our healthy hair care party. While hair oils can’t directly cause hair growth, they are great for supporting healthier hair through moisturisation and the stimulation of our hair follicles. For example, the Luxury ByErim Hair & Beard Oil formula combines eight highly nourishing oils that contribute to healthier and thicker hair. Keep reading to find out more about each special ingredient…
b) Amla oil for hair growth
According to scientists, amla oil is great for improving the look of your hair and promoting hair growth (yes, please!). It is rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and minerals, which, in ayurveda (traditional medicinal practises), is believed to naturally build your hair health (Healthline).
c) Sweet almond oil for hair growth
Sweet almond oil has the whole package of vitamin E, minerals, omega fatty acids, and vitamin B7 (which we know as biotin). Biotin assists in thickening your hair as it promotes follicle regrowth (Byrdie). Overall, sweet almond oil is known to make your hair stronger and less prone to split ends, meaning that the process of excessively losing damaged hair is reduced (Healthline).
d) Coconut oil for hair growth
What is the big deal about coconut oil? Many have considered it an all-rounder with an endless list of health benefits for your hair! Coconut oil has vitamins and fatty acids that not only nourish the hair but also aids in the removal of sebum (oil produced by the skin) build-up from hair follicles, which can quicken the hair growth process (Marie Claire).
e) Argan oil for hair growth
Referred to as ‘liquid gold’ (Healthline), it is impossible to mention all-natural oils without talking about argan oil. This is because Argan oil contains vitamin E, which according to a study, was found to help in improving hair growth stimulation (NCBI). Not only this, but the combination of antioxidants and fatty acids in argan oil help to nourish the hair and protect against heat damage, which can amount to less hair shedding.
f) Castor oil for hair growth
Castor oil includes ricinoleic acid (which helps increase the scalp's blood flow), encouraging growth. Moreover, castor oil also contains antimicrobial properties that fight off nasty intruders (infections and bacteria) away from the scalp, making it the perfect condition for new growth (Harper’s Bazaar).
g) Essential oils for hair growth
Not only does lavender and rosemary oil smell amazing, but they are also known for their incredible health benefits. For example, lavender oil (which contains antibacterial properties) and rosemary oil (which has the power to enhance cellular generation) both help to improve your scalp health and contribute to thicker strands (Healthline).
Are you impressed by the above and wondering where to start? The all-natural and vegan ByErim formula of 8 perfectly blended oils sits in the home of over 60,000 people worldwide. Check out our homepage reviews to see how ByErim has helped in the overall hair health and thickness of thousands - we can’t wait for you to begin your journey today!
With over 7 billion searches on ‘what is my hair type?’, it can be easy to get overwhelmed and lost in the pages and pages of results. But, from identifying your hair type to learning how to care for it, we’ve got you covered with this ultimate and straightforward guide!
How to tell what type of hair you have
There are four sections of hair types, which are known as straight (1), wavy (2), curly (3) and coily (4). If you’re already scratching your head wondering which one best describes you, worry not - each section has four subsections (a,b,c) with their unique characteristics.
The shape of your hair follicle controls how curly your hair can be and is determined by your genetics (Healthline). Therefore, it is essential to know your hair type to find out exactly what products it needs and should avoid at all costs!
Find your hair type
Take a look below to find out what hair type best suits you:
Type 1 hair: explained
Type 1, aka straight hair, does not have a natural curl pattern (Healthline).
a) 1a hair type
If this is you, 1a hair tends to be the straightest of the straight hair type while also being the thinnest yet shiniest (Cosmopolitan). As straight hair is a flat surface, it is easier for light to bounce off its edges, increasing the appearance of shine (Glamour).
b) 1b hair type
While 1b hair isn’t relatively as straight as 1a types, it is still relatively straight! The main difference is a few bendy strands here and there, and 1b hair can be prone to greasiness overall.
c) 1c hair type
Unlike 1b hair, which can be thinner, 1c hair is typically thicker, rougher, and has a few more visible waves. In addition, due to the higher possibility of coarseness with 1c hair, those who often do chemical or heat treatments can fall into this subsection.
d) How to care for type 1 hair
The enemy here is heavy products, e.g., serums, thick conditioners and hair butter. Type 1 hair can typically become greasy, as it is effortless for our natural oils to travel down our hair shaft, hence why lighter products have the green light! Moreover, avoid over-washing your hair as this can result in the overproduction of sebum (oils created by our skin).
Type 2 hair: wavy hair
Usually, type 2 hair has an ‘S’ pattern that ranges from the crown of our head to eye level (Allure), consisting of a mix between loose waves and straight hair (Naturally Curly) and a fairly dry texture.
a) 2a hair type
Your hair is fairly straight from up to eye level, creating looser waves as it moves downwards.
b) 2b hair type
Similarly to 2a hair, the hair becomes wavy after eye length; however, it has more of an ‘S’ defining shape.
c) 2c hair type
The waviest of this subsection! Compared to the 2b type, 2c hair tends to become from a higher point of our head, typically the crown moving downwards. As a result, this hair type can be thicker in density and more likely to be a victim to frizz.
d) How to care for type 2 hair
All in all, due to having thin and frizzy tendencies (caused by dryness), it would be recommended to use moisturising products which can add back some hydration to type 2 hair. It would also be wise to invest in some curl-enhancing/defining creams, which can help to make your hair more voluminous.
Type 3 hair: curly hair
Unlike type 2 hair, which has a less definitive shape, type 3 hair can range from lighter curls to a more defined (tight) curl - a combination of textures is expected. Another distinguishing factor of type 3 hair from type 2 is its volume and height occurring from the roots (Byrdie).
a) 3a hair type
In contrast to 2c hair, which can have more waves than light curls, 3a hair instead has more light curls than waves. This hair type is also bouncier and easily affected by mother nature; yes, we’re talking about rain and wind!
b) 3b hair type
As 3b curls are tighter than 3a, the circumference is smaller and similar to a marker. This hair type is also known to be frizzier due to dryness.
c) 3c hair type
The 3c curls are a tight squad that are closely packed together, being the most voluminous of the three and the dryest. The circumference is smaller than 3b curls, decreasing to the size of a pencil.
d) How to care for type 3 hair
To help conquer the dryness that type 3 hair can face, nourishing oils that can help seal your hair's moisture are the way to go (the ByErim Luxury Hair & Beard Oil has a formula of 8 all-natural oils). Adding to this, when curly hair is wet, it is even more likely to break, so comb through your hair with your fingers instead, and avoid brushing until dry to reduce damage.
Type 4 hair: coily hair
Coily hair, also known as afro-textured hair (Allure), can range from tight curls to a zig-zag pattern (Z-shape).
a) 4a hair type
This hair type has the smallest coils with a mix of 3c curls, which can fit around a crochet needle.
b) 4b hair type
While 4a hair follows an S-shape, 4b hair is a lot denser with a zig-zag (Z-shape) pattern. Adding to this, type 4b can be of a drier hair texture than 4a.
c) 4c hair type
4c hair is a dramatically tighter Z-shape than 4b hair, but also a lot more fragile and shrinkage. Having said this, 4c hair is known to be versatile in terms of hairstyles, as it can hold them well.
d) How to care for type 4 hair
The tighter your curl pattern is, the harder it is for our natural oils to travel down our hair shaft. Because of this, type 4 hair is said to be the driest and most brittle of all 4. Therefore, in opposition to type 1 hair, type 4 hair needs as much moisture as it can get - queue hydration-rich products such as coconut oil, hair butter and leave-in conditioner.
Not only are the luxury ByErim hair care products rich in culture and backed by science, but they also reflect our core value of diversity. The hair & beard oil (perfectly mixes eight pure oils such as amla, argan & coconut) and hairbrush (made from bamboo wood & flexible/dense bristles) are designed for every single hair type. Today is the day to begin your journey!
Hair type images by: Cosmopolitan