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KRYSIA

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Krysia is a Hairstylist with over 20 years of experience in the Hair Industry. She received her full Cosmetology License in 1998 after graduating from The Artistic Academy of Hair Design in New Jersey. In 2001, Krysia took her love of hair and headed out west to Boulder, Colorado where she became passionate about a more holistic approach to haircare and opened her own salon. She brings that experience, along with working in earth-friendly salons in Atlanta and Cleveland, to her role as Head of Salon Sales for Plaine Products.

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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

LEANNA ASKS: Are there any shampoo/conditioner products for someone with dandruff? Let me know! Thanks!
Hello Leanna,
Thanks for your question!
Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner are gently clarifying for dry scalp. Rosemary Essential Oil has anti-inflammatory properties, improves circulation, and is soothing for itchy scalp. Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo is a wonderful toxin-free option for those who want to balance scalp health and prevent buildup. The main ingredient in Plaine Products Shampoo is Aloe Vera Extract. Aloe contains 75 nutrients, including 8-essential amino acids as well as vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C and E. Aloe helps soothe and hydrate while gently clarifying and bringing balance to the scalp and hair. Depending on your hair type, I would suggest shampooing every 2-4 days to prevent dry scalp.

You can also try a gentle scalp massage once a week with some refined coconut oil or Plaine Products Beauty Oil to improve circulation and add hydration.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Best regards,
Krysia

Thank you so much! That is going to be my next purchase! Have a great day!!!
KATE ASKS: Hi Krysia! I've got extremely hard water at my apartment, and I've been having a really hard time finding a natural shampoo that will lather and leave my hair feeling clean. How do these products perform with hard water? I don't want to invest in another system just to be disappointed again. Thanks so much, have a great day! Kate
Hello Kate,
Thanks for your question!
Hard water is full of minerals (most commonly chlorine, calcium, magnesium, iron, and copper) which can build up and harden inside your hair. This can result in hair being brittle, dry, lacking luster, feeling as if it has a “film” and can even affect your hair color.
For this reason, it’s important to use a clarifying shampoo to break down the residue these minerals leave on the outer surface of the hair. Clarifying Shampoos are purifying shampoos used to deep cleanse or detox the hair and scalp. They are helpful for removing build-up from products, chemicals such as chlorine, and mineral deposits from hard-water. These shampoos can be very beneficial to refresh and rejuvenate the hair, prevent bacterial growth on the scalp, restore the natural PH balance of your hair, and prevent blonde hair from turning brassy.

Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo is gently clarifying for scalp and hair. Rosemary Essential Oil may be used to improve both hair thickness and hair growth, and is thought to improve cellular generation. It has anti-inflammatory properties, improves circulation, and is soothing for itchy scalp. It is safe enough for everyday use, but you may want to try shampooing every 2-4 days to avoid dryness-depending on your hair type and porosity. Perhaps you could try the 2.5 oz. travel size to test on your hair and see how it reacts.

If your hair is not excessively dry, processed, or colored, you could try adding an apple-cider-vinegar rinse into your routine once a week to restore balance to your scalp and rinse away minerals. Mix 5 parts of water to 1 part ACV into a spray bottle. Spray scalp liberally and run through hair ends. Let sit for 3-5 minutes. (It should never burn-if so, it needs to be more diluted.) Rinse hair and scalp clean with cool water. Follow up with a light conditioner such as Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Conditioner, and rinse.

Another option is installing a filter in your showerhead to help remove some of those minerals.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.

Have a great day,
Krysia
HI!

Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly, and with so much information. That is definitely appreciated (and unheard of these days).

I didn’t think about a filter for the shower head, I’m not sure I even knew they existed. I’ve seen the actual shower heads that have those stones in them that are supposed to filter, but I’ve always been leery of things like that. Usually if it sounds too good to be true, it is. I found what looks like a good filter online and bought it.

I also got trials of the Rosemary Mint, so hopefully the combination of the 2 works.

Thanks again, have a great night!

Kate

CINDY ASKS: I’ve been using your shampoo and conditioner and although I love the reusable bottle program the shampoo and conditioner leaves my hair very tangled and difficult to comb through and dry. I’ve also purchased the spray on hair repair which helps slightly but not much. I’m using the citrus lavender scented shampoo/conditioner and thought I would check to see if there is any difference between it and the rosemary mint vanilla. Based on what I could find on the website there doesn’t appear to be but I thought I’d verify. Thank you
For colored/processed hair I would recommend Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, which is hydrating without weighing hair down. Some people feel that the Rosemary Mint Vanilla is more clarifying due to the rosemary. Start with a small amount of shampoo, lather, and add water instead of more product. Our shampoos are aloe based and concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way. Shampoo the hair focusing on the roots and leave in the conditioner for 5 minutes before rinsing.
Detangle gently using Plaine Products Hair Repair on damp hair, focusing on hair ends. Using a wide-toothed comb, start from hair ends and work your way up the hair shaft to prevent snags and breakage. If you feel you need extra hydration, Plaine Products Beauty Oil is a light-weight oil perfect for flyaways and to smooth split-ends.
All the best,
Krysia
CINDY SAYS: Thank you for the reply. I am currently using the Citrus Lavender line, but I will try using the method you suggested and adding some oil.
CECILE ASKS: I'm wondering if your products would work well on 4c hair?
KRYSIA: 4c hair is the tightest curl of all hair patterns. Hair dries out quickly and it can be difficult to maintain moisture more than other curl patterns. Hair is prone to tangles and matting if not properly cared for and regularly detangled. Hair can be fragile and prone to breakage.
With 4c curls, you need to shampoo regularly to keep your scalp and hair clean- but you can lengthen the time between washes to 2, 3, or even 4 weeks. It is important to avoid shampoos that contain sulfates and parabens. Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Shampoo will cleanse the scalp while hydrating hair ends. Wash your hair in sections to prevent tangles. Follow up with Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Conditioner. Leave it in the hair for five minutes before rinsing.
Detangling is important because the tight curl pattern of 4c hair can cause hairs to curl and coil around each other, causing tangles. Tangles lead to breakage and can stunt growth. Detangle gently using Plaine Products Hair Repair. Spray liberally, focusing on hair ends. Always use a wide-toothed comb on damp hair. Start from hair ends and work your way up the hair to prevent snags and breakage.
4C hair needs to be kept moisturized. It can tend to lack porosity and the coils of 4C curls can prevent the distribution of sebum-natural oil produced by your scalp, throughout hair ends. This allows your hair to dry out faster than other curl patterns, so it is important to keep your hair moisturized. Plaine Products Beauty Oil is a wonderfully balanced mixture of Primrose oil, Grape seed oil, Clary Sage Essential Oil, Jojoba Oil, Flaxseed Oil, and Hemp Seed Oil. Beauty Oil is light in texture, has a pleasant earthy scent, and has many beneficial uses. It can be used on the scalp for massage or to balance dryness or applied to hair ends for extra moisture and to control frizz.
LEAH ASKS: Can our hair repair be used in place of a heat protector before styling?
KRYSIA: Yes, I think the Hair Repair could be used as a heat protector before styling because it contains Shea Oil and Grapeseed Oil. Shea has natural thermal conductivity and Grape Seed Oil is commonly used as a heat protectant because of it’s high smoke point of 420 degrees. However, we always recommend trying a small test strand with the product and hot tool, as everyones hair texture and porosity is different.
DAWN ASKS: Can someone help me find the best combination for my hair? Shampoos tend to leave my hair as a birds nest mostly on top.
KRYSIA: Hello Dawn,
Thank you for your question!
I would be glad to help you find the best shampoo and conditioner for your hair type. If you can please explain your hair in a little more detail for me-
Does a bird nest mean it gets tangled easily? Is it fine/curly/straight? Colored or processed? Is your scalp dry or tend to be more oily?
I look forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks,
Krysia
My hair has color highlights but that was done almost 3 months ago. And yes it tends to tangle easy and is also fine and straight. I do have a decent amount though I have to wash it everyday otherwise it’s limp and dirty looking.
KRYSIA: Good morning Dawn,
Thanks for the info.
I also have fine, straight colored hair that tangles. I would recommend Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner, or if you prefer no fragrance, our Unscented line. These shampoos will gently cleanse the scalp while hydrating your fragile hair ends.
When shampooing, use a small amount of product and add water to create a rich lather. Focus on cleansing your roots and let the shampoo simply wash through the ends. After rinsing well, run the conditioner through the ends-not the roots, and leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing-when rinsing, gently run your fingers through the ends to comb out any tangles. Gently towel dry your hair-don’t scrub which can create breakage and further tangles.
If you require extra hydration and a detangler, I would also recommend Plaine Products Hair Repair. This is a gentle detangler that contains Green Tea and helps repair split ends. After gently towel drying your hair, spray Hair Repair focusing on hair ends. Using a wide-tooth comb, detangle from the bottom of the hair shaft up to avoid snags and breakage.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Best regards,
Krysia
DRSBAGBY ASKS: Hello! My husband and I have gray/silver hair. What products do you suggest? Thank you!
KRYSIA: Good afternoon,
Thank you for your question!
All of our Shampoos and Conditioners are aloe-based, toxin/paraben/sulfate-free and suitable for gray and silver hair.
If you prefer no fragrance, you can try our unscented line. If your hair needs hydration, the Citrus Lavender line cleanses scalp and hair while adding hydration. If you require a more clarifying shampoo, the Rosemary Mint Vanilla line will cleanse the scalp and hair while gently removing buildup and excess oil.
Gray hair lacks pigment and can tend to be dry. If you require a product to help add moisture and smooth ends, Plaine Products Beauty Oil is a light sage scented oil that will add hydration without being too heavy.
Gray hair can often yellow from environmental pollutants, chemicals in water or product ingredients. If your gray hair tends to yellow, a sulfate and paraben-free purple shampoo can be added into the rotation and used once a week. Purple shampoos contain violet pigment that help neutralize unwanted yellow brassy tones.
Please let me know if you have any other questions.
Best regards,
Krysia
JEN ASKS: I love your citrus lavender shampoo and conditioner. I have dyed fine brown thin hair, and have been experimenting with adding some red and purple dye. My stylist has recommended limiting the frequency that I wash, and was very insistent that I find a color safe shampoo. Are your products color safe? Would one of the other scents be better? Any tips on how to preserve my color with your products is appreciated. My hair just doesn’t feel as light and clean when I use her recommended product Revlon color extend as when I use yours. Thanks for the advice!
Hello Jen,
Thanks for your question!

I’m glad you are loving the Citrus Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner. This is exactly what I would recommend for your hair type. All of our products are sulfate, paraben and toxin-free, therefore color safe. I would agree with not shampooing everyday to help preserve your color. Every other day or every 2 days would be best, depending on your oil levels. If your hair gets tangled easily or feels over-processed from the haircolor, another great product to try is our Hair Repair. It’s a light detangler and split end repair (with a fabulous Green Tea Fragrance).

Please let me know if you have any other questions,

Best regards,
Krysia

I so appreciate the help. Can I rinse my hair – like get it wet – daily? It doesn’t seem over processed. It does get tangled if wet so could I skip shampoo but condition daily or use the hair repair to help with that? I like to shower at the end of the day (I’m in healthcare) but also like my color so if I can ay least rinse my hair daily I’d be happiest. Thanks for the help! Jen

Hi Jen,
Absolutely, glad to help!
Yes, you can get your hair wet and rinse daily for sure, without using shampoo. A small bit of conditioner in the shower(focusing on hair ends) or Hair Repair on damp hair would be a great idea to help with the tangles.
Just let me know if you have any other questions.
Many thanks,
Krysia
GABY ASKS: Is this product good for curly/wavy hair? I’ve recently gotten into zero/low waste living and I am trying to find curly hair friendly alternatives to my favorite hair products. Write me back when you can. thanks!
Hello Gaby,
Thanks for your question!

Yes Plaine Products are good for curly/wavy hair! Our Shampoos, Conditioners, Hair Repair and Beauty Oil are all Curly Girl Method Approved.

Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Shampoo and conditioner will gently cleanse the scalp while hydrating hair ends.

If you require a more clarifying shampoo for scalp buildup and balance, try Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner. Our Conditioners are all gentle enough to be used for co-washing.

Plaine Products Hair Repair is a wonderful detangler for curly hair. Spray damp hair liberally, focusing on hair ends. Using a wide-tooth comb, start at the ends and work your way up the hair shaft to prevent snags and breakage.

Plaine Products Beauty Oil is perfect for scalp massage to improve circulation and add hydration, or can be used to tame frizz and define curls and coils.
If you’d like to check out my curly hair blog post, you can find it here:
https://www.plaineproducts.com/all-about-curly-hair-types/

Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Have a great day,
Krysia
STEPHANIE ASKS: Hi! I use a clarifying shampoo every once and a while on my hair and I need a deep conditioner after. Is there anything I can add to your conditioner to make it into a deep conditioner? Thanks!
Hello Stephanie,
Thanks for your question!
You can add a drop of Plaine Products Beauty Oil to Conditioner for extra hydration. Combine it well and just make sure you rinse it out of your hair thoroughly until the water runs clean. Another option is to use the Beauty Oil after showering, when your hair is about 95% dry. Rub a small amount of Beauty Oil in your palms until warm, then run through your hair ends for extra hydration and to tame frizz and flyaways. Air or blow dry as usual.
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
IVONNE ASKS: Would this conditioner be moisturizing enough for wavy hair?
Hello Ivonne,
Thanks for your question!
Yes, Plaine Products conditioner is moisturizing enough for curly hair and is Curly Girl Approved.
Try leaving it on for 5 minutes before rinsing. If you need a deeper conditioner, you could add a drop of Plaine Products Beauty Oil to the conditioner and mix well.
If you’d like to check out my curly hair blog post, here’s the link-www.plaineproducts.com/all-about-curly-hair-types
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
HEATHER ASKS: I have thin type 1/2 hair that tends to get very dry on the ends and oilier in my scalp, I've also experienced a level of hair thinning in my scalp and I’d really love a product that helps with those issues as well as being a sustainable option. Is Plaine Shampoo volumizing/good for damaged/sensitive hair types?
Hello Heather,
Thanks for your question!
I would suggest Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo and Citrus Lavender Conditioner for your type 1/2 thin hair.
Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo is a gentle clarifying shampoo that will stimulate the scalp and encourage hair growth. Rosemary Essential Oil has been shown to improve both hair thickness and hair growth, and is thought to improve cellular generation. Pump a small amount in your hand and add water before applying to your wet scalp. Wash your hair gently in sections to prevent tangles-concentrating on your roots. When rinsing, don’t scrub hair ends-but instead rinse your roots thoroughly and let the product wash down the hair ends. Follow up with a small amount of Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Conditioner only on hair ends-avoiding the scalp. Citrus Lavender Conditioner is hydrating without weighing down fine hair. If your ends are very dry, you can leave it in the hair for five minutes before rinsing.
Another one of our products I would recommend for damaged fine hair is Plaine Products Hair Repair. You can use a spray or 2 on hair ends in addition to or in place of a conditioner-as a leave-in, or as a detangler to help mend split ends.
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
ERICA ASKS: Hi I have almost curly hair - wavy I try to treat it like curly hair rather than straight hair - it seems to be going well - I hate to switch products again but I’m so sick of throwing out bottles - what would you recommend for almost curly hair?!
Hello Erica,
Thanks for your question!
It sounds like you may have type 2 hair.
Type 2A: Slightly “S” waved hair that tends to be fine in density.
Type 2B: The wave is usually loosely “S” shaped like Type 2a, but the hair sticks closer to the head. Waves may be slightly frizzier on the crown of the head and do not hold curl definition.
Type 2C: The coarsest of the wavy hair patterns, these waves start to form more curls.
Plaine Products Shampoos, Conditioners, Hair Repair and Beauty Oil are all Curly Girl Method Approved.
With any curl type, you need to shampoo regularly to keep your scalp and hair clean-but you can lengthen the time between washes from 1 to 4 weeks, depending on curl type. It is important to avoid shampoos that contain sulfates and parabens that can rob hair of vital nutrients. Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner will gently cleanse the scalp while hydrating hair ends. If you require a more clarifying shampoo for scalp buildup and balance, try Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner. Our Conditioners are all gentle enough to be used for co-washing. For Type 2 curls, you want to use lighter styling products that won’t weigh your hair down. A dab of mousse, light gel or defining cream work well for soft waves. To enhance your texture and define your loose waves, try a sea salt spray or Plaine Products Hair Repair on damp hair.
If you would like to check out my blog post on hair types, curls, and how Plaine Products can benefit each hair type, the link is here:
www.plaineproducts.com/all-about-curly-hair-types
Our 2.5 oz. travel size shampoo and conditioners are the perfect way to try our products and see if they work for you!
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
TRACY ASKS: Are these products for African Americans as well
Hello Tracy,
Thanks for your question!
Plaine Products can benefit all hair types. All of our products are vegan, sulfate, paraben and toxin-free and our Shampoos, Conditioners, Hair Repair and Beauty Oil are all Curly Girl Method Approved. If you would like to check out my blog post on hair types, curls, and how Plaine Products can benefit each hair type, the link is here:
https://www.plaineproducts.com/all-about-curly-hair-types/
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
JEN ASKS: Hi! What you do suggest for fashion colored hair when products like Overtone are used to dye it pink, blue or purple? The color always washes out a bit and that's not a problem, but I do want something that protects the color as much as possible and offers good hydration. I wash my hair every 2 weeks or so since it's not oily and it saves color. Thank you!
Hello Jen,
Thanks for your question!
All Plaine Products Shampoos and Conditioners are sulfate and paraben free, therefore making them color safe. For your hair, I would suggest Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner. It is light in texture, yet hydrating enough for colored hair. You can leave on the conditioner for 5 minutes before rinsing as a deep conditioning treatment. Good call on only washing every 2 weeks to preserve the color. Also you could try using cooler water instead of hot, as this will help close the cuticle and preserve the color. Wearing a hat or hair covering in the sun will help your color last longer as well.
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
SHANNON ASKS: If I where to use your shampoo and conditioner what would you suggest for someone who has fine (62 in diameter), slightly oily scalp, long (mid back and still wanting to continue growing), wavy hair. I’m 37 years old and do have some grays on my sides and bangs.
Hello Shannon,
Thanks for your question!
Due to your tendency to have an oily scalp, I would recommend Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner. It is gently clarifying due to the Rosemary and Mint, yet gentle enough for everyday or every-other day use. When shampooing, use a small amount of shampoo, add water to create a lather and concentrate on the scalp. Since your hair is long and fine, concentrate the conditioner on your hair ends (avoiding the scalp). Another great product for fine, long hair is Plaine Products Hair Repair. It is a gentle detangler and helps repair split ends. Bonus-the Green Tea smells great too!
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
AMBER ASKS: I have fine wavy hair that tends to get oily fast with shampoos designed for all hair types. In the past I used a volumizing or clarifying shampoo every other day and my hair did great with that. I switched to Plaine Products about 6 month ago and while I love the product and lack of waste, I find my hair gets pretty oily after just one day. I've tried leaving the shampoo on for a little longer, but the difference is only minor. Any suggestions to help with this? Thanks!
Hello Amber,
Thanks for your question!
Which Plaine Products Shampoo are you currently using?

The Rosemary Mint Vanilla is more clarifying than the Citrus Lavender line due to the Rosemary and Mint. Concentrating on the scalp and not ends, and leaving the shampoo on for a little longer is a great idea. Also, finishing with a small amount of conditioner only on hair ends will help. You could even skip the conditioner and try a very light leave-in or Plaine Products Hair Repair on hair ends.

Another thing to mention is that while it might seem counterintuitive, washing your hair everyday can actually cause hair to become even more oily. This is due to the scalp becoming so dry that the sebaceous glands produce an excess amount of oil. I would recommend washing every other day for balance.
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
NATASHA ASKS: Hi, I have curly hair and I started using Plaine rosemary shampoo and conditioner. I really like it because of how soft and hydrated it makes my hair feel. However, it leaves my hair flatter and less voluminous than I want it. I was wondering how I can maintain my volume with these products? Thank you.
Hello Natasha,
Thanks for your question!
I’m glad the Rosemary Mint Vanilla Line keeps your hair soft and hydrated.
Do you think it is perhaps just the conditioner weighing your hair down? The Shampoo is our most clarifying-which means it helps balance oil on the scalp and hair due to the Rosemary/Mint, so I wouldn’t think it’s the shampoo weighing down your roots…unless you are using too much product? Add water to a small amount of shampoo, work up a lather, and concentrate only on the roots, letting it gently run over the ends as you rinse. Start with a pea sized amount of conditioner and (avoiding the roots completely) run through the ends and rinse. You could also try substituting the conditioner for a lighter leave-in spray such as our Hair Repair. This Green-tea scented detangler adds moisture while repairing split ends.
Here is the link to my curly hair blog-there are some tips for specific curl types. https://www.plaineproducts.com/all-about-curly-hair-types/
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
Hi, I will try this and let you know. I think I have been using too much conditioner in an attempt to keep the softness. Will my hair still be soft with very little/no conditioner? Thanks.
I think using just a tiny bit of conditioner on the ends is a good place to start. Perhaps only condition every other wash day? It might just be that you need to experiment a bit to find what works with your hair and balance the softness with the volume you desire!
Please keep me posted,
Krysia
KACIE ASKS: Hi, I have been using Plaine for a while but am going to start the curly girl method. I see that the conditioner clearly states sulfate and silicone free but I was wondering if it is also free from wax, alcohol, and parabens. Would like to know this about both the conditioner and the hair repair product.
Hello Kacie,
Thanks for your question!
All of our products are wax, alcohol, sulfate and paraben-free.
You can see a complete ingredient list here: https://www.plaineproducts.com/vegan-products/

Our Shampoos, Conditioners, Hair Repair and Beauty Oil are all Curly Girl Method Approved.

Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner will gently cleanse the scalp while hydrating hair ends.
If you require a more clarifying shampoo for scalp buildup and balance, try Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo and Conditioner. Our Conditioners are all gentle enough to be used for co-washing.

Plaine Products Hair Repair is a wonderful detangler for curly hair, and can help mend and smooth split ends. Spray damp hair liberally, focusing on hair ends. Using a wide-tooth comb, start at the ends and work your way up the hair shaft to prevent snags and breakage.

Plaine Products Beauty Oil is perfect for scalp massage to improve circulation and add hydration, or can be used to tame frizz and define curls and coils.
If you’d like to check out my curly hair blog post, you can find it here:
https://www.plaineproducts.com/all-about-curly-hair-types/

Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
Thank you so so much! This was such a detailed and helpful answer!
AUTUMN ASKS: My hair is quite thick and builds up grease really quickly. It's also mostly straight, and sometimes a bit wavy. I've been using an OGX shampoo on it every day, and it gets less greasy when it's washed daily. But I'm thinking of switching to a Plaine Products shampoo, and I was curious if you had a recommendation for how often the unscented shampoo and conditioner should be used on my hair type.
Hello Autumn,
Thanks for your question!
Plaine Products Unscented Shampoo and Conditioner are gentle enough to be used daily without drying.
However, for oily hair I usually recommend the Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo as it tends to be more clarifying due to the Rosemary and Mint. Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo is gently clarifying for scalp and hair. Rosemary Essential Oil may be used to improve both hair thickness and hair growth, and is thought to improve cellular generation. It has anti-inflammatory properties, improves circulation, and is soothing for itchy scalp. Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo is a wonderful toxin-free option for those who want to balance scalp health and prevent buildup.
This could be used daily, every other day or every 2 days on oily hair. If your hair tends to be oily, always focus on your roots with the shampoo and only put conditioner on your ends.
Our 2.5 travel size bottles are perfect for sampling our Shampoos and Conditioners to see if they are a good fit for your needs.
The link to order them is here:
https://www.plaineproducts.com/product/travel-shampoo
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
DEANNA ASKS: Would you still recommend the citrus lavender hair products for color-treated hair? Or is the new unscented line even better for that? I have blonde highlights in light brown hair, and I might add purple dye to my hair at some point. My hair is thick and dense, straight, and average oily/dryness (dryer right after color treatment, of course). Thanks!
Hello Deanna,
Thanks for your question!
You can safely use either the Citrus Lavender or the Unscented Line for colored hair, as they are both sulfate and paraben-free.
Lavender Oil is one of the most effective oils for hair health. It can speed up hair growth and generate cell growth. It may help with pattern baldness and alopecia. It has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, which means it can prevent bacteria and fungus growth. For this reason, it can improve itchy scalp, dandruff and is healthy for overall scalp health.
If you are sensitive to fragrance, or prefer none at all, the Unscented line may be for you.
Whichever you choose, I would recommend shampooing every other day, or even 2-3 times a week if possible, to prolong the life of your color-especially after you add the fashion color. Also, try finishing with a cool rinse after you condition. This will close the hair cuticle, which also helps hair color last. Remember to cover your hair in the sun this summer which can fade hair color also!
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
DOMINIKA ASKS: Hi, I use the Curly Girl method which means I use only liquid conditioner to wash my hair (co-washing). Will your conditioner work for this? Thanks!
Hello Dominika,
Thanks for your question!
Plaine Products Shampoos, Conditioners, Hair Repair and Beauty Oil are all Curly Girl Method Approved.
All of our vegan products are sulfate, paraben and toxin-free.
While we do not have a liquid conditioner specifically for co-washing, some find that our Rosemary Mint Vanilla works nicely as a co-wash.

Co-washing, or conditioner washing is a method of cleansing the hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. Because you are still scrubbing the scalp with a cleanser, you are still removing dirt and residue. This method is particularly beneficial for curly hair because it keeps hair hydrated without stripping the natural oils. Co-washing leaves hair shiny and smooth, and tends to be gentler on textured hair. Completely saturate the hair. Use a gentle conditioner such as Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Conditioner, massage into the scalp, and distribute evenly through hair ends. Rinse well until the water runs clear. This method can be used as often as 2 to 3 times a week. If you are going to use the co-washing method, it is important to include a clarifying shampoo such as Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo into your rotation. Removing buildup is important for scalp and hair health-especially for those with oily hair types and heavy product users.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
MARY ASKS: Hi! So I love Plaine Products and am currently using the citrus lavender shampoo and conditioner. Sadly after using the shampoo for a little bit, my scalp has started to get really dry and itchy. Do you have any suggestions to combat this?
Hello Mary,
Thanks for your question!
All of our products are toxin, paraben, sulfate, and silicone-free. These are usually the ingredients in products that will cause dryness, irritation, itchiness and flaking. Is there perhaps something else in the ingredients that you are sensitive to? Do you have sensitivity to essential oils/lavender? We also carry an unscented line. Here is a link to a complete ingredient list:
www.plaineproducts.com/vegan-products/
My other thought is perhaps you are shampooing too often? Depending on your hair type, and if your scalp tends to be dry, you can probably wash every other day, or even 3 times a week. Add water to a small amount of shampoo, work up a lather, and concentrate only on the roots, letting it gently run over the ends as you rinse. Start with a pea sized amount of conditioner and (avoiding the roots completely) run through the ends and rinse.
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
TIF ASKS: I am looking for a conditioner to use daily. I don't use shampoo, so clean my hair with water and conditioner. My hair is blonde/grey, fine, curly, and thin. I want no residue, but moisturizing to allow my curls to separate and not frizz. My daughter has long, brown, thick hair with some highlights. She shampoos several days a week an conditions daily. She needs detangling, moisturizing. She also likes shine and softness. (who doesn't 🙂 Do you recommend your conditioner for both of us? I want to switch my conditioner to a move eco friendly option.
Hello Tif,
Thanks for your question!
Plaine Products Shampoos, Conditioners, Hair Repair and Beauty Oil are all Curly Girl Method Approved.
All of our vegan products are sulfate, paraben and toxin-free.
While we do not have a liquid conditioner specifically for co-washing, some find that our Rosemary Mint Vanilla works nicely as a co-wash.
Co-washing, or conditioner washing is a method of cleansing the hair with conditioner instead of shampoo. Because you are still scrubbing the scalp with a cleanser, you are still removing dirt and residue. This method is particularly beneficial for curly hair because it keeps hair hydrated without stripping the natural oils. Co-washing leaves hair shiny and smooth, and tends to be gentler on textured hair. Completely saturate the hair. Use a gentle conditioner such as Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Conditioner, massage into the scalp, and distribute evenly through hair ends. Rinse well until the water runs clear. This method can be used as often as 2 to 3 times a week. If you are going to use the co-washing method, it is important to include a clarifying shampoo such as Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo into your rotation. Removing buildup is important for scalp and hair health-especially for those with oily hair types and heavy product users.
Here is the link to my curly hair blog-there are some tips for specific curl types. www.plaineproducts.com/all-about-curly-hair-types/

For your daughter’s hair, I would recommend Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner. They are hydrating without weighing hair down. She can leave the conditioner on for a 5 minute deep conditioning treatment before rinsing. Plaine Products Hair Repair is a light, Green-tea scented detangler that adds moisture while repairing split ends.
Our 2.5 oz travel size shampoos and conditioners are a great way to try our products and see if they are a good fit for you.

Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
DANIELLE ASKS: Hi I am prone to dry scalp and occasionally some flakes. It's not itchy and anything. I just noticed it happens when switching products or maybe not washing properly. Is there a way to wash with this shampoo to combat this issue? I always have a shower head filter for our hard water.
Hello Danielle,
Thanks for your question!
Are you currently using Plaine Products Shampoo? Here are some tips for using Plaine Products:

  • Wet your hair thoroughly before applying Plaine Products Shampoo. This makes it easier to apply the shampoo and distribute it through your hair.
  • Start with a small amount of shampoo. People expect sulfate free shampoo to lather like normal shampoo and when it doesn’t, they apply even more shampoo to their hair. Although that rich lathery foam may not be there (Sulfates are chemicals that create the foamy lather), the shampoo is still cleaning your hair. 
  • Apply more water, not more product, which will help distribute the shampoo through your hair. Plaine Products Shampoos are concentrated and a little can go a long way.
  • Shampoo a second time. Because sulfate free shampoo lathers less, it can be more difficult to remove dirt and oil from your hair. Shampooing a second time helps remove the oil and dirt and clean your hair more thoroughly. You may notice more foamy lather the second time.
  • Be sure to thoroughly rinse your hair to remove any residue so your hair doesn’t feel heavy.
  • Follow up with sulfate-free Plaine Products Conditioner to moisturize your hair. When applying conditioner,  concentrate on hair ends. Applying conditioner at the roots can weigh down your hair and even cause your roots to appear greasy. Rinse well.
  • Although both Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Shampoo and Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo are the exact same formula, they contain different essential oils used for fragrance. Many people with oily hair prefer the Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo. They find it to be more clarifying, or cleansing due to the Rosemary and Mint.

Tea tree oil is an essential oil that has long been used as a remedy for skin conditions. Due to its powerful anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties, it acts as a natural cleansing agent which may help alleviate symptoms of dandruff. Because Tea tree oil is a strong concentrated oil that can irritate if applied directly to skin, it is important to always dilute the tea tree by adding a few drops to a carrier oil such as refined organic coconut oil before applying it to the skin. Coconut Oil has also been shown to improve skin hydration and reduce dryness. Mix 2 drops tea tree oil per teaspoon carrier oil. Mix the oil well and massage gently into the scalp. Leave on for 15 minutes before rinsing well. Shampoo may be needed to remove all the oil. Another option is to add a few drops of tea tree oil into your shampoo. Pump out one or 2 pumps of Plaine Products Shampoo and add 2 drops of tea tree oil. Mix together well. Apply to scalp, concentrating on roots and lather well. Leave the mixture on your scalp for a few minutes before rinsing thoroughly. *Always do a patch test to make sure you are not sensitive or allergic before doing a scalp treatment.
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia
VIVIAN ASKS: Hi Krysia, I’m looking to purchase shampoo and would like recommendation on the scent. I have oily scalp, sometimes a lot of dandruff (now not as much), and some blonde highlights in my dark brown hair. Thanks!
Hello Danielle,
Thanks for your question!
Are you currently using Plaine Products Shampoo? Here are some tips for using Plaine Products:
I would recommend Plaine Products Rosemary Mint Vanilla Shampoo for your hair. It is gently clarifying due to the Rosemary and Mint and can help balance oily scalp and dandruff, yet gentle enough for everyday or every-other day use. When shampooing, use a small amount of shampoo and add water to create a lather and concentrate on the scalp. For your colored ends, I would recommend Plaine Products Citrus Lavender Conditioner, which is hydrating but won’t weigh hair down. For a quick deep conditioning treatment, apply to hair ends and leave on for 5 minutes before rinsing.
Please let me know if you have any other questions!
Many thanks,
Krysia