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Managing Curly Hair

Curly hair often lacks moisture and is considered to be one of the driest textures of hair, this is why it requires that little bit of extra time and love. If you have a different texture of hair to your children, dealing with their curly hair may be a challenge that you are not familiar with. Find our guide and top tips for managing curly hair here.

Conditioner is your best friend

Our Deep conditioner is infused with Hawaiian kukui seed oil to help repair hair, leaving it silky and smooth. We recommend letting the conditioner get to work on the hair for at least 5 minutes. Alternatively, for hair that needs that extra revival, we suggest leaving the conditioner on for approximately 15 minutes whilst wrapped in a towel or shower cap to allow the ingredients to work before rinsing.  Alternatively, our Leave-In Conditioner is designed with an organic, lightweight formula to hydrate damaged hair and provides the moisture that curly hair often lacks.

Don’t use shampoo as often

As curls are more susceptible to breakage and drying out, you may want to shampoo and wash less often to prevent drying out the hair further. When you do wash your or your child’s curly hair, it is best to use a gentle but hydrating shampoo, like our Natural Shampoo. The moisturising botanicals and nourishing emollients in our specially formulated shampoo help to get rid of any product build-up so you are left with clean, nourished locks.

Products we love

Our Curl Calmer helps to relax tight, medium, frizzy curls and waves which leaves hair glossy and silky soft. The jojoba protein is infused into the formula to ensure the hair has an additional layer of protection, to prevent breakage.

Depending on your preference, curls are often favoured when they are fresh and defined. This is why we love using our Natural Styling Balm for defining curls. Our balm is made with shea and cocoa butter to provide a long-lasting hold for textured hair, keeping barrettes, braids and up-do’s in place. Our natural styling balm is free from nasties meaning you can replace hairspray for a non-toxic hold.

Bonus tip! – It is important to make sure you never pass negative comments about your child’s curls. Avoid comments on things such as the effort and time their hair requires, whilst you may not consider passing comments like these to be unpleasant, these comments can cause negative feelings for your child and how they view their curls. Instead, be consistent with promoting self-love for their curls and be sure to always reinforce how gorgeous they are.

Here at Original Sprout, we think curls are beautiful, we hope our guide to managing curly hair proves to be useful for you and your little ones. Should you try any of our curl products, we would love to hear from you! Let us know how our products worked for you by leaving us a review on our site. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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Original Sprout: Dry Skin Saviours This Winter

The cold winter weather can be tough on skin, especially the delicate skin of young children. The cold winds and low humidity levels mean moisture is drawn from the skin, leaving it dehydrated and uncomfortable. The cooler weather can even aggravate existing skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, making it all the more important to take good care of your children’s. Protect against the harsh elements of the cold winter with our dry skin saviours!

Saviours

It wouldn’t be right to mention our favourite dry skin saviours without a shout-out to our award-winning Scrumptious Baby Cream! Don’t just take our word for it, there are hundreds of mums and dads who have tried and tested our wonder cream with incredible results. The lack of harsh nasty ingredients in our special cream means you can apply generously to your children’s skin, knowing you aren’t rubbing any tough chemicals into their delicate skin.  

We are big advocates of baby massage and the benefits it has for both your baby and you as a parent. However, there is an extra bonus to this bonding exercise in the winter months. The benefit of baby massage during the chilly seasonal period is that it leaves the baby’s skin coated with a hydrating cream, creating a barrier against the icy conditions.

As the cold winds are beating down you are dreaming of a warm beach, sunburn may be the last thing that crosses your mind. However, even in the bitter weather, applying sun protection to your little one’s skin should be standard practice. Try our Face and Body Sunscreen suitable for babies, children and adults with sensitive skin. Our delicate formula means skin will be protected by harsh rays whilst pores are not left clogged.

Heads up!

Don’t forget about your little one’s scalp! When protecting against dry skin is mentioned, the scalp is often overlooked. Our 2 in 1 Hair and Body Babywash is excellent for dry and sensitive skin; the rosemary extracts help to stimulate scalp circulation, making it the perfect dry skin saviour for winter. As with all of our products, our hair and body Babywash consists of natural ingredients and is suitable for the whole family, meaning you can all benefit from a hydrated head and hair along with smooth skin!

Whether you are looking for protection of the skin or the scalp, the key to protecting dry skin this winter is to give it a little bit of TLC. We hope our skin saviours prove helpful in protecting your family’s skin, should you use any of our products and have great results we want to hear! Let us know by leaving a review on the product or sending your images to customerservices@originalsprout.co.uk

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10 Reasons why we’re The Best Bath Time Brand for Your Family

At Original Sprout we have put our all into what we do since 2003 to guarantee that we are the best natural and organic bath time brand for you and your family. Our brand is a true labour of love by top Californian hairstylist and new mum Inga Tritt. Don’t just take our word for it, we have put pen to paper to gather the top ten reasons we are the best bath time brand.

Made by mums for mums (and dads)

Original Sprout was founded by mum Inga for her own baby, and this has remained at the heart of what we do to this day. As parents, it has to be nothing but the best for our babies, which is exactly where the Original Sprouts drive for the best products and ingredients began.

Natural and organic ingredients

Our formulas are created using only the best of nature – all of our products are created using the most natural and organic ingredients possible, whilst still being effective.

Vegan friendly

As a company, our beliefs are strongly rooted, meaning we proudly stand as a cruelty free brand. All of our products are vegan friendly which means you can shower yourself (literally!) with products that align with your preferences and values.

Recyclable packaging

The tube and bottle packaging we use are made from phthalate-free regulated plastic and are recyclable. Our shipping boxes are also recyclable and eco-friendly. We are always striving for more eco-friendly solutions to become as organic and environmentally friendly as we can.

Worry-free bath times

Rest assured knowing our formulas are free from any harmful chemicals or nasties. The only thing you need to worry about when using our products is not wanting to get out of the tub!

Perfect for all the family

Parents trust us for a reason. We are safe for children and households of all ages. Whilst we started as a brand for just the babies, we are proud to have grown to be for all the family! From our Scrumptious Baby Cream to our Protein Hair Mist , Organic Sprout products have been specially designed to suit everyone.

Hypoallergenic formulas

Our fabulous products are made to be free from irritants, making them suitable for even the most sensitive skin, meaning everyone can enjoy Original Sprout without skin flare-ups.

Chemical free

As a parent, your children’s health is your biggest concern. That’s why at Original Sprout, our products are free from any ingredients that have raised concerns for their links to hormone disruption, cancer and autism.

An environmentally responsible brand

Our products are manufactured in California, meaning we do not use extra energy on heating or air conditioning, making our production process much more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Our energy saving methods combined with our chemical free formulas and eco-friendly packaging means you can support your eco-friendly values when it comes to bath products for your family, every time.

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Establishing a bedtime routine over the festive period

Children are very likely to be overstimulated and understandably excited over this period of time, maintaining regular bedtime habits can be a challenge, we have collated some of the best ways to establish a bedtime over the festive period.

When at home

Avoid sugary foods too close to bedtime

Sweet treats are everywhere around the Christmas holidays, whilst it may be impossible to evade them completely, avoiding sweets close to bedtimes can help to prevent sugar energised children when you are trying to relax and wind down for the night. 

White noise

If there are going to be people in your house over the festive period, way after baby and children’s bedtimes, white noise can be great for muffling out the buzz of Christmas and make a calming atmosphere to encourage sleep.

Calming bedtime routine

Soothing baths are always a great part of a bedtime routine to help children associate bathing with relaxing and unwinding ready to rest. Try using our 2 in 1 Hair and Body Babywash at bedtimes to help establish bedtime routine this Christmas.

80:20 Rule

The 80:20 rule means that you should try to stick to bedtimes 80% of the time but do not stress if 20% of the time it is more relaxed, especially as Christmas is a special time and only comes once a year.

Keep the day after a late night free

Where late nights and missed routines are inevitable, keeping the following day as relaxed and quiet as possible is very helpful for ensuring children can recharge their batteries and catch up on lost sleep.

Get more naps in the day when bedtime will be later

If you know the night will be later than usual, try to encourage some extra naps throughout the daytime to help counter the sleep that may be lost with a later bed time.

Staying over at family and friends houses is more common over the festive period, which can make establishing a bedtime routine even more of a challenge.

Uphold expectations away from home

If children usually fall asleep independently when they are at home, whilst it may be hard, it is important to not nurse them too much or start new habits such as laying with them until they drift off, as this may make the routine a lot harder when returning home.

Childcare

To help keep things as close to normal as possible for babies and younger children having a trusted baby sitter come to your home to look after the children can help with maintaining a routine through the festive disruptions.

Whilst every parent can recognise the importance of establishing a routine over the festive period, if routines are strained try not to worry too much, but instead ensure your routine gets back on track once the festivities draw to a close. Most importantly enjoy the time spent together as a family, it is Christmas after all.

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The Seasonal Skincare Switch: How to Look after Your New born, Baby or Child’s Skin, This Winter

Here at Original Sprout, we have collected some ways we recommend to look after your new born baby or child’s skin as winter time hits and the cold weather begins to show.

Wrap up inside to avoid drying artificial heat

When inside, it is best to wrap your baby up to keep warm instead of using artificial heat sources such as room heaters as these can actually cause your little ones skin to dry out. Where possible try using a humidifier in the rooms of your home to help put moisture back into the air which can prevent your children’s skin from being entirely dried out.  

Bath times

Short & less often – Taking shorter baths and not bathing baby as often is a great way to help look after their skin in the colder months. It is recommended to bath children between 2-3 times a week, with exceptions for times an additional bath is needed, such as after a swim or some messy play.

Reduce heat – When bathing baby or child it is important to make sure the water is not too hot, whilst it may be tempting to create a really warm bath for your little one after a cold day, the drastic change in temperature combined with the hot water may actually dry out skin, therefore it is better to opt for a comfortable lukewarm temperature.

You should always try to use gentle products for baby and children bath times, however it is even more important when looking after your baby’s skin throughout the winter, as the cold air can heighten sensitive skin.  

Look after your baby’s lips

Avoid sore and chapped lips – Applying a child friendly lip balm to your baby and children’s chops, such as Vaseline is a great way to prevent the cold air from causing dried out lips. Fun styles and flavours of lip balm can encourage children who are a little bit older to apply regularly as this adds a fun element for to this winter skincare step.

Reduce exposure to the outside elements

Wrapping up outside is important in winter time to minimise how much skin is directly exposed to the elements. It’s time to bring out winter accessories such as hat scarf and gloves when the weather starts to drop.

Wind – Dressing your little ones in extra layers is the best way to reduce wind exposure and prevent them red rosy cheeks from wind burn. However it is important to ensure big coats are removed for babies in car seats for their safety.

UV Rays – winter time doesn’t mean that sun protection should be neglected, using a baby and child safe Sunscreen like ours, is a great practice all year round is a great way to help protect your little ones skin.

Moisturise

After bathing your babe, try applying a generous layer of our Baby Cream to damp skin to help seal the moisture in and create a protective layer against the cold drying weather. You could even include a massage for your baby with the moisturising cream, this means you can benefit from some extra bonding whilst protecting your cherub’s skin from the harsh weather.

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Make brushing a breeze

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All children suffer from tangled hair. From wriggling in their sleep to wearing rubber swimming hats, knotty hair is guaranteed. Hair tangles can be frustrating and have to be delicately handled to avoid damaging hair fibres. A soft approach and a little preventative care can make brushing a breeze.

Girl with lots of very tangled hair

Get regular hair cuts

Getting your child’s hair cut frequently keeps it in optimum shape. Even if your little one wants to grow their hair long, regular trims will only take off the damaged ends. Getting rid of the split ends will help make combing easy. 

Keep hair moisturised 

Ensure that you pick products that contain healthy moisturising oils. Original Sprout products have a special, unique blend that uses ultra moisturising ingredients such as calendula oil and rosemary. These ingredients help complement your hair’s natural oils and moisturising properties. Hydrated hair is more pliable and resilient, and naturally withstands damage and fire that contributes to tangles.

Brushing and styling products

When you brush wet hair it can cause it stretch and cause additional stress to the hair shaft. When hair is wet, spritz on a detangler to protect the hair while you brush and style it. Using a wide tooth comb, work from the bottom to tease out any tangles. The best detanglers will not only get tangles out, but add extra moisture to prevent fizz and protect your hair. Using a good leave-in conditioner or hair oil can also help prevent moisture loss and smooth the cuticle so that the hairs don’t tangle.

Girl sat in front of mirror brushing hair and smiling

You can help reduce tangles by popping hair into a loose braid before bed or exposure to wind or exercise. Keep hair hydrated and trimmed and make brushing a breeze!

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Original Sprout is proud to be Leaping Bunny Certified

Original Sprout is Leaping Bunny certified

Exciting news! We have recently received Leaping Bunny certification in the US. This means we now have worldwide recognition as being a completely cruelty-free cosmetics brand.

Original Sprout uses 100% natural and vegan ingredients, free from chemicals.

None of our ingredients have been tested on animals, at any point of their development.

What is the Leaping Bunny Standard?

“The Standard is short for the Corporate Standard of Compassion for Animals, a voluntary pledge that companies make to clear animal testing from all stages of product development. A company’s ingredient suppliers and/or manufacturers must make the same pledge. The result is a product guaranteed to be 100 percent free of new animal testing. All Leaping Bunny companies must be open to independent audits, and commitments are renewed on an annual basis.”

Leaping Bunny is the most trusted cruelty-free certification and helps ethical consumers make informed choices when it comes to purchasing toiletries and cosmetics. Find out more about the accreditation.

Original Sprout has a special blend of ingredients, including rosemary and calendula oil that helps to soothe and repair skin and hair.

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How to style your child’s hair

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Child with wet hair hiding behind side of bath

Toddlers and children get to an age where they love to have their hair styled. Girl or boy, short or long hair, there is plenty you can do to show your child how to style their locks! At Original Sprout, we know styling your child’s hair can be quick, easy and low maintenance yet still have the desired effect. Here are our top tips on how to style your child’s hair

1. Use a gentle product

Children with short hair love to create spikes or funky styles. Hairsprays and gels that are designed for adults may be too harsh for your little one’s sensitive scalp and hair, so it’s best to use a product that is gentle on skin. Original Sprout’s Classic Hair Gel has a gentle PH, contains natural ingredients yet still provides maximum hold for all those spiky hairstyles that kids love.

2. Fight tangles and knots

Before styling your child’s hair, give it a good brush through and get rid of all those pesky tangles and knots. Use a flexible brush that has soft bristles and is specifically designed for detangling children’s hair. You could also try a Leave-In Conditioner or our Miracle Detangler. 

3. Use soft hair bands

Elastic bands and cheap rubber hair bands can damage hair by causing split ends and knots. Try and find hair ties that have a fabric covering and are the same material the whole way round (the metal clips can catch on hair). Springy soft fabric ties, or silicone bands are great for young hair, and are easy to put in, and take out.

4. Calm curls and frizz

If your little one is blessed with beautiful curls, frizz often comes hand-in-hand. To really accentuate the curls and tame the frizz and flyaways, try a product such as our Curl Calmer, it leaves hair glossy while keeping curls, curly!  

5. Accessorise

There are hundreds of ways you can accessorise your child’s hair from Alice Bands, clips, ribbons, bows and braids. Make sure whatever you use in your child’s hair is safe and doesn’t have any sharp bits. 

Have you used our products to style your little one’s hair? Share your photos with us on Instagram or Facebook

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How to look after your skin and hair in winter

Changes in the weather can can cause dryness to yours (and your baby’s) skin and hair. While the weather is still chilly, it’s a good idea to implement care regimes to ensure as the weather gets warmer this spring, your skin and hair is in the best possible condition.

1. Use sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner

When looking for a moisturising and nourishing shampoo and conditioner, make sure you pick something that is sulphate-free. Sulphates can strip the hair and scalp of natural oils and can cause irritations like dryness and itching. This is especially important for babies too, because they need these oils to help reduce cradle cap and dry scalp. Choose a shampoo and conditioner that contain natural ingredients and no parabens or sulphates to ensure your hair and scalp are healthy and itch-free!

Back of woman's head, running fingers through her silky smooth wet hair

2. Choose an ultra-moisturising skin cream

Choosing a body cream for your family can be overwhelming, with so much available on the market. It is a good idea to pick something that is free from common toxic ingredients, to reduce the chance of irritation and inflammation. However, you also want an effective product providing ultra-moisturising and soothing benefits. Environmental stressors such as pollution and the weather can damage the skin, so look for protective ingredients such as natural zinc, or calendula to improve the skins ability to protect itself. Find these extracts in our Scrumptious Baby Cream and Reef Safe Sunscreen!

3. Stay hydrated

The ultimate way to look after your skin and hair is to stay hydrated. Hydration is good for your all-round health but especially good for maintaining healthy skin and hair. Hydrated skin is smooth and hydrated hair is soft and glossy. Up your water intake, and eat water-rich foods such as watermelon and cucumber. Use hydrating skin and hair care products too. Panthenol is an ingredient that penetrates through the skin and delivers moisture to cells, it’s safe for use on babies sensitive skin, too!

Baby with arms outstretched, eyes closed and smiling lay in a bed

These are just some of the ways in which you can care for yours and your baby’s skin and hair. It is important to adjust your care year-round as the weather changes. Look out for further blog posts to help you care for you and your family’s skin all season round!

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What are the benefits of Vegan skincare and haircare?

Baby kissing mother on cheek

It’s Veganuary, a 31 day campaign to encourage people to go vegan for January, and hopefully beyond. You can take steps to Veganism by cutting out meat and dairy, but also by choosing vegan skincare and vegan haircare products.

Original Sprout products are 100% vegan and contain no nasty chemicals that can sometimes be found in other skin and haircare products. So what are the benefits of using Vegan cosmetics?

1. Good to animals

Vegan skincare and vegan haircare products do not use any animal derivatives that appear in some items. Non-vegan ingredients include squalene and lanolin though there are vegan versions of these products so be sure to check when you’re making a new purchase. Vegan products, like the whole Original Sprout range, are also cruelty free, meaning they do not get tested on animals, at all. 

2. Better for the environment

Vegan products are usually 100% natural and organic which means they are good for the environment. They break down into non-harmful components after use and can be reused by nature. Our packaging is recyclable and uses #2 FDA, Phthalate Free Regulated Plastic. 

3. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins 

Ingredients taken from plants are rich in vitamins and minerals. They contain lots of natural oils and antioxidants meaning they help to repair and care for soft skin and hair. Vegan products contain fewer ingredients that are likely to irritate skin. 

4. Original Sprout ingredients

At Original Sprout, we ensure all of our products are 100% cruelty free and vegan. We don’t use any insect attractors, such as honey or soda fragrances, and we steer well clear of any chemicals that can cause health concerns. You can find our full breakdown of ingredients on each of our product pages.

Find out more about the health studies performed with our products .

If you are ready to take the leap and try vegan, consider Original Sprout’s vegan haircare and skincare products.