Studies increasingly prove your scalp is an extension of your face, so give yours some TLC if you want healthier, longer hair. Your scalp has more follicles and sebaceous (oil) glands than other parts of the skin, meaning dead cells and sebum accumulate, triggering grease, flakiness and itching. This is where a scalp scrub comes in – like exfoliating your face, it removes dead skin and dandruff, allowing your hair to grow stronger and healthier. We love My Hair Doctor’s Scalp Care Exfoliant, packed with active botanicals to stimulate skin cell renewal.
Whilst not a cornerstone of your skincare routine, a face mist can be a simple way to boost radiance, hydrate skin and refresh your complexion – there’s a reason Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir is found in the kit of make-up artists worldwide. Similarly, hair mist is the savvy girl’s cheat to revive tired tresses as well as quench, detangle and add shine. Sachajuan’s Protective Hair Perfume is a handbag essential, enriched with conditioning agents for moisture hit, it also minimises static, enhances shine and dispels stale odours. Davines’ cult Ol All In One Milk even contains antioxidant oils from the Amazon rainforest to protect delicate strands from free radical damage caused by pollution.
The Sheet Mask
Hot on the heels of the sheet mask phenomenon is Redken’s latest launch, the game-changing Recovery Tissue Mask Cap, £12. This intensive weekly treatment for stressed-out strands takes inspiration from Korean beauty rituals and we can safely say it’s not just another gimmick. Our bleached hair felt significant softer and shinier after use. Battling stubborn frizz or ruthless flyaways? Try Ouai’s Anti-Frizz Smoothing Sheets – these miracle workers are made from hemp paper enriched with a formula of coconut oil and shea butter, leaving hair smooth and shiny in seconds without weighing it down.
The sun can wreak just as much havoc with your tresses as your face. Dermatologists suggest all types of pollution – from dust to smoke and nitrogen dioxide – can settle on the scalp and hair causing inflammation, dryness, dullness and even hair loss. Even worse, ground-level smog can zap your hair colour so safeguard your strands with a UV mist – we love Cuvee Beauty’s Protective Treatment.
Best Of The Rest
Still not convinced? Even the most clued-up of skincare connoisseurs couldn’t fail to be impressed by Sisley’s hot-off-the-press hair range. The standout product is the Fortifying Scalp Serum, which may cost £135, but for brittle hair that’s prone to breaking it’s a worthwhile investment. Fans of Bioderma’s Micellar Water will love Kerastase’s Bain Micellaire Riche shampoo, formulated with the same gentle-but-deep-cleansing micellar technology, while IGK’s Cleansing Oil will remove impurities from the hair without stripping the scalp and negates the need for conditioner.
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