Still just washing and conditioning? Where have you been? It’s time to play catch-up because haircare’s zheushed up, what with the rise of scalp care as a category, high tech treatment masks, and the latest lightweight essences that borrow from trending skincare formats.
Take care of your scalp and you hair will reap the rewards with healthier growth, less dandruff and irritations. Oily scalps can starve hair follicles of oxygen and lead to hair loss. Irritated, itchy, flaky scalps also do the hair no favours so creating a healthy scalp is key here. Cue brands focused on scalp health including My Hair Doctor, the soon-to-be launched range by hairdresser and trichologist Guy Parsons. His scalp range includes a shampoo, conditioner, post shampoo soothing spray and AHA scalp exfoliator which help to cleanse, calm and care for problem scalps.
Of the Essence
Essences are key to Korean beauty routines and now these watery mists are for hair too. Unlike other leave-in products, the light formulations are silicone-free and minus other heavy conditioning agents that might weigh hair down or leave build-up. Try Kallos Lab 35 Restorative Milk an olive oil and coconut oil mist with D-Panthenol to condition.
Mask the Problem
Tubs of thick, gluey hair masks have upgraded. Now, protein rich formulations (think egg hair packs such as Haeyo Mayo Hair Nutrition Pack by Korean beauty brand Tony Moly) and two step routines – a mask and essence – are the norm coming out of Korea. You can always improvise a home heat treatment, using an ‘essence’ treatment such as Iles Formula Haute Performance Finishing Serum or Kallos Lab 35 Signature Hair Mask, topped with a shower cap and a speed drying turban such as this one by Aquis.
Alternatively, a fabric ‘essence cap’ such as Etude House Silk Scarf Double Hair Mask which contains a rich cream and an essence-infused shower cap, will do the job with ease.
Go With the ‘Fro
Embrace your natural texture with the help of the boom in haircare ranges designed to care for afro and curly hair. For girls with curls like our curly girl hair crush, fashion stylist, Julia Sarr-Jamois, may we recommend Boucleme and Curlsmith, two brands with kinky hair know-how?
If you wear hijab and want halal approved scalp care, cooling refreshment and nourishment without staining your scarf, you need Cool Hijab. The does-it-all serum from Malaysia contains a blend of dry oils including tea tree and peppermint to refresh and cleanse.
Leave-in treatments that nourish hair while you work out are a thing. We like Yuni Hot Head Microveil Hair Treatment which is activated by body heat so you’ll be skipping out of your evening Bikram yoga session with shiny, happy hair.