Winter Hair Care Tips from Salonsolids

Mimi's is thrilled to be a stockist for Seattle-made brand, salonsolids. We've learned so much about hair care without harsh or harmful ingredients from salonsolids founder, Sarah McCoy. We had a chance to ask her about Winter hair care and wanted to share her tips.

MZWM: How did salonsolids come about?

Sarah: Salonsolids came to be when as a stylist I couldn't find ANY hair care products that were free of the unhealthy chemicals and plastics. Solid shampoo and conditioner bars use ethoxylated surfactants (a toxin and carcinogen often found in products with PPG, PEG, Polysorbate, laureth or steareth listed in the ingredients). Salonsolids contains only plants that use sustainable green chemistry principals. No solvents or petrochemicals are used at any stage of the manufacturing process. It's innovative solid to liquid concept also creates an eco-friendly liquid product for those that prefer it, and is more user friendly for customers with long hair. Refilling just makes sense! Ethically, practically, and aesthetically. As a stylist I recognized that having a specialist care for your individual hair care needs is of great value and having someone you can trust in this noisy world is vital. Why consultations are always available to Salonsolids customers.

MZWM: What are the common mistakes people make in caring for their hair?

S: I believe a very common mistake made when caring for hair is using too many products and too often. We've been programmed to think we need a different product for everything which is to get you to consume more products. Salonsolids encourages simplifying your routine and therefore how much you need to buy (discouraging consumerism). There's also the mistaken belief we need to wash daily. Lather, repeat?? That we even need a lather at all to be clean is just not true. Reusing one jar/bottle, using products in multiple ways, and wash less with Salonsolids.

MZWM: How do you come up with all of your great scents for your products?

S: Scents are chosen due to being beneficial for the head.:) Salonsolids chooses essential oils that are therapeutic to the scalp (important since it is directly absorbed into the follicles), nourish and give shine to the hair, and support your mental health (scent is so personal). Unscented is offered also as it seems to be hard to come by in professional quality hair products. Synthetic fragrance is one of the most toxic ingredients in personal care products. Once you make the change away from synthetic fragrances there's no going back. Breathe and be well.

Q: What is important to remember for winter hair care?

S: Something good to keep in mind for winter hair is it's a good idea to have your conditioner or a weightless serum on hand to keep away the static that fine hair is particularly susceptible to. Adding something light to dry hair that will seal in moisture is important. An example of a good light oil is jojoba. It most naturally resembles the sebum our body produces. Try adding it to your salonsolids styler to eliminate frizz and static.

Also, for hydrated hair, don't forget to stay hydrated! In the winter when our bodies are cooler we may not be thinking about drinking as much water. Salonsolids recommends drinking at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces a day. So if you're 128 lbs you should be drinking 64 oz of distilled water(preferred method of purifying).

MZWM:  Is there anything you can do with hathead, after the hat comes off?! (Asking for a friend.)

S: The best friend of winter hair is for sure is a cute hat!  A couple tips for avoiding hat hair.

~Twist the bang/crown area of your hair with a little styler and bobby pin it. That way when you take your hat off it won't be pasted to your head and will still have a bit of volume. This is especially important if your hair is still damp at all when you put your hat on, but is always helpful.

~Keep a dry shampoo on hand to apply to crown area roots. Salonsolids carries one that will not create static like some. Mist lightly with water if hair needs a little moisture and reshaping.

We love the patented shampoo, conditioner and styler granules from salonsolids. You simply mix the granules with water at home, and voila! One small jar of granules creates at least 8 ounces of product. The price includes a deposit on the glass jar.  Just bring the jar back empty, and you receive an in store credit at Mimi's. Salonsolids will sterilize and reuse the jar - for a closed loop process. The granules come in both unscented and a variety of essential oil scents, including seasonal limited editions. Sarah changes up the special scents seasonally so we're always looking forward to what she'll come up with next. Vanilla sandalwood, anyone?