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The Olsson Pro Stylists guide to washing your hair

Set the correct temperature

Set the water temperature correctly.

Wet the hair before applying Olsson Shampoo. Set the water temperature to warm. It needs to be warm enough to cut through any grease and oil that clings to your hair, but not too hot that it irritates the skin.

Be gentle, your hair is most vulnerable to breakages when it is wet.

Top tip: Detangle hair before showering, brushing from the lengths to the roots.

Wash from roots to tips

wash gently.

Place a small amount into your hand, a tablespoon is perfect for most people. Gently work the shampoo from the roots to the ends. Pay particular attention to the roots where the primary build-up of grease and oil remains. Olsson Shampoo does not create a traditional lather, resist the urge to scrunch the hair or rotate in a circular motion – this can create knots. If your hair is particularly dirty/greasy, repeat this step as desired.

Top tip: To avoid damaging your hair, smooth the hair in the direction of the cuticle (downwards).

Condition and rinse

Article on scalp sensitivity.

Olsson Shampoo's (Volume and Normal/Dry) are free from silicones, so if your hair is prone to knoting we recommend applying the Sensitive Conditioner to detangle your locks and provide a healthy shine. Your sensitive scalp will also thank you, for the soothing inclusion of Aloe Vera.

Rinse your hair throroughly, then rinse again with cooler (not cold) water.

Top tip: Deep condition by combing the Conditioner through to the ends and leaving for up to 3 minutes prior to rinsing.


Frequently asked questions

Asthma, allergies & scalp sensitivities

I suffer from asthma. How can I be sure your products will be safe for me to use?

Our haircare experts have designed all Olsson products specifically with asthma and allergy sufferers in mind, avoiding key allergens such as colour, perfume and other ingredients thought to trigger allergic reactions. It has been recommended by the Asthma Allergy Nordic and Allergy UK, so you can be sure it’s safe to use if you have asthma.

I find my scalp gets itchy and irritated usually often after shampooing, so will Olsson products help?

Olsson products have been designed to be extra gentle on hair and scalp as they have been formulated without any of the key and known irritants such as colour, fragrance and parabens. We’ve added Aloe Vera which is known to have a soothing effect on irritated scalps so you should feel a difference to your scalp, even after one shampoo.

Will Olsson help dandruff?

The skin on our body and scalp is constantly shedding and being replaced, and when we shower or take a bath, dead skin is washed away. On the scalp, it’s removed during shampooing and rinsing - if you have a sensitive scalp it can become irritated by perfumes which can cause dryness leading to dandruff. Olsson haircare will deeply cleanse your scalp with minimal risk of irritation.

Do you have a patch test available?

Yes. You can get your hands on 3ml of Shampoo (Normal/Dry) and 3ml of Conditioner for the purpose of a patch test for your personal sensitivities. You can find this here.

Ingredients: Fragrances, sulfates, parabens...

What Ingredients do Olsson Haircare products include?

Please refer to each product for a full and complete list of ingredients. If you have a specific question that isn't answered here, please get in touch.

Do your products contain parabens?

No. The Olsson haircare collection does not contain any parabens.

Is your collection suitable for someone who is allergic to limonene and linalool?

Yes. We can confirm that our collection does not contain either of these ingredients. Limonene and linalool are usually found in fragrances, which we exclude from our formulas.

Is your collection suitable for someone who is allergic nuts?

Yes. We can confirm that our collection is suitable for someone who suffers with a nut allergy.

Do your products contain EDTA?

No. The Olsson haircare collection does not contain EDTA (Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid).

Is sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) safe?

Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) is created through a different process to that of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS). It uses a process called ethoxylation where ethylene oxide is added to change the makeup of the compound. This process means SLES is much more gentle and ideal for use on both hair and skin. It doesn’t strip the epidermis of any excess moisture, leaving it feeling soft, smooth and nourished.

Is sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) an allergen?

Contact allergy to sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) has been reported, but there is no scientific evidence supporting that SLES should be a carcinogen. The Olsson Haircare range uses SLES in quantities within the safe ranges established by scientific and regulatory agencies. Additionally, our shampoo and conditioner are recommended by Allergy UK and Asthma Allergy Nordic.

Which formulations are gluten free?

All of them! The Olsson Scandinavia Shampoo Normal/Dry and Volume, Conditioner, Leave-in Conditioner Spray, Hair Spray, Hair Mousse and Hard Mud Styling Wax are all gluten-free.

Is the collection suitable for Vegans?

Yes, with one exception. The styling wax is not considered vegan friendly.

Product performance and certifications

Is Olsson suitable for all the family?

Absolutely. Our haircare collection has a gentle, yet powerful formulation that is suitable for the entire family.

I have used non-scented, 'free from' products before but don’t feel they clean effectively. What makes Olsson different?

Olsson haircare has been developed for those wanting a no-compromise solution to allergy-safe cleansing and styling. Working to reduce the number of known irritants such as fragrances, colourants and sulfates to create a gentle, yet high-performance collection that effectively cleanses hair and scalp. The formulation has been approved by salon professionals and leading stylists who certify the ranges powerful cleansing and styling properties. Equally, recommended by Asthma Allergy Nordic and Allergy UK, so you can be assured it’s suitability for the most sensitive souls.

Is Olsson suitable to use on bleached and coloured hair?

Olsson is mild enough to use on all hair types and is especially suitable for colour treated and processed hair. Salon approved, loved by professional stylists and haircare professionals nationwide.

Are your products tested on animals?

No. None of our ingredients, components parts that we or our suppliers use have been tested on animals.


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Should I patch test?

Even if you don’t have allergy-prone sensitive skin, it’s important to patch test any new personal care products so to avoid any reactions.

If your skin is at all sensitive or you suffer with eczema, psoriasis, rosacea or general scalp sensitivity then it’s probably something you're used to, discover the Olsson DUO Patch Test online, with free delivery included.

Patch testing provides a great indication of whether your skin will react to Olsson products. Whilst you might be confident, it's always a good precaution to take when trying new products as sensitivities often vary person to person.

Olsson Haircare Patch Test.

How to patch test

Use a cotton bud to dab a small amount (no more than pea sized) of the product onto your skin in an innocuous place, for example behind your ear or at the nape of your neck.

Wait 24 to 48 hours before checking for a reaction to either of the products. If irritation occurs, do not use the product.


Allergens and suitability

We believe that everyone who uses our products has the right to know exactly what goes into them.

This is particularly important for those who suffer from allergies and scalp sensitivities - here you can discover the specifics of each cleansing and styling product at a glance. Our products are free from the following ingredients. If you're looking for a full and complete ingredients list, simply click 'view ingredients'.


Cleansing products

Fragrances Colourants Silicone Alcohol SLS SLES MCI/MI
Sensitive Shampoo (Normal/Dry)
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Sensitive Shampoo (Volume)
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Sensitive Conditioner
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Styling products

Fragrances Colourants Silicone Alcohol SLS SLES MCI/MI
Sensitive Conditioner Spray
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Sensitive Hair Spray
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Sensitive Styling Mousse
View Ingredients
Sensitive Hard Mud Styling Wax
View Ingredients

Have a question about our ingredients? Please get in touch with a member of our customer service team who will be happy to support you.


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