Tabitha is a special lady. If you can make a heap of hair products that work like a dream (like, actually work), smell like you’re giving yourself an aromatherapy session, and leave your hair feeling incredible, then you’re pretty special. She truly believes that you and your hair can be nurtured by nature and anyone who thinks along those lines, is already destined for a very healthy life and success (I’m biased, I know). So I wanted to introduce the fabulous lady to you, so you could learn more about her, her brand and why I’m in love with these uh-mazing products.
What is Tabitha James Kraan and why did you set it up?
We are an Eco-Luxe professional organic haircare brand set up to deliver high performance, truly clean, haircare. I have been the “Organic Hairdresser”, based in the Cotswolds UK, for the past 18 years and became frustrated that I couldn’t find clean hair products that performed at the highest level. I knew this was possible, so I created them myself.
Why should people choose natural/organic beauty products?
Our bodies are incredibly good at balancing and looking after themselves, as long as we put the right ingredients in or on them!
A high percentage of what we put on our skin, the largest organ of our body, gets absorbed directly into the bloodstream, so it is really important to be aware about the ingredients used in cosmetics.
As many haircare products are rinsed off, the ecosystem and the planet itself will also benefit from less pollution, both in production of organic ingredients and the eradication of chemicals in rinse-off products.
What advice would you give to people who are new to natural/organic beauty?
Take your time choosing products that are truly natural and organic. Educate yourself and learn to read labels. Often natural ingredients mean that the body will improve; skin becomes clearer, hair becomes shinier and more buoyant. This process takes time, so be patient…
Do you have a daily beauty routine, and if so, could you share it with us?
I use the Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser, morning & night and her Un-Condition Oil during the day. I love to use her Masquerade Mask to revive my tired skin when needed. When I get some down time at the end of a busy day, I like to bathe in her Peace Bath Oil.
I use my Amber Rose Organic 4-in-1 Conditioner daily to dress and refresh my style and I use my new Compact Organic Dry Shampoo daily for volume in the roots (I wouldn’t leave home without it!).
I treat my hair overnight once a week with the Scented Hair Oil (and twice during the summer months) to keep my hair feeling fabulous and nourished. I make sure I cleanse my hair with the Amber Rose Cleanser the next morning.
When I’m working, I mainly use the RMS Beauty make-up range, which I have been using for the past 8 years and I’m completely in love with.
What is the best piece of beauty advice you have ever been given?
Less is more. This applies to what you use as well as how much. For me it definitely applies to make-up and haircare.
What are your top 3 favourite beauty products?
1. Jane Scrivner Nourishing Cleanser
2. TJK Compact Organic Dry Shampoo
3. RMS Beauty Un-Cover Up
Can you share some top tips on glowing from the inside (Wellness) and out (skincare & cosmetics)?
Juice, Juice, Juice!
I juice daily and it is truly wonderful for my skin and my wellbeing. I have only used natural on my body and in my home for the past 18 years and I am really careful with taking medications. I would save them for if I was really ill, which due to all the fresh juice is a rarity!!
What is the most exciting beauty invention you have seen this year?
I recently discovered the Think Dirty app, which is perfect for finding out how clean the products we are use really are. They analyse a product’s ingredients and give each a score (the lower the score, the better). If only every product was on it!
What are your plans for TJK in the future?
I passionately want to educate the world about the wonders of Nature and natural products. Hair thrives when it’s “Nurtured by Nature”. By using natural ingredients your hair will look, feel and behave differently; better! We want to hold the haircare industry to account for the counterproductive chemicals they use in conventional haircare. These quick fix products will only hide your problems, not nourish or change them. This was fundamental when creating my own organic haircare range.
Sentences to finish.
I love natural beauty products because…
They encourage your body to function well by itself.
If I could tell my 20 something self, one piece of beauty advice, it would be…
Be clean with your product choices, your body will thank you now and in the long term.
My favourite beauty quote is…
“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” Coco Chanel
My favourite beauty resource is…
To relax I…
like to let myself loose in Nature, preferably on horse back. For me, being surrounded by the green fields of the glorious British countryside is a very therapeutic contrast to my busy life. It de-stresses me. We all know stress alleviation makes us all look more beautiful!