14 Best Dry Scalp Products and Treatments of 2021 — Editor Reviews
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If your scalp is itchy, inflamed, and constantly sheds white flakes, you’re not alone. Scalp issues, which can include mild irritation, itchiness, dandruff, or in more severe cases, scalp dermatitis, are way more common than you think.
“Dead cells are shed from the scalp just as they are from other parts of the body. Oil from your hair may trap dead cells, causing buildup,” New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner previously told Allure. “This may be made worse by hair-care products including pomades and dry shampoo.”
The good news, though, is that brands are starting to realize this, and thankfully, they’re taking action by bringing us innovative solutions to help solve our scalp concerns.
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Powerhouses like Head & Shoulders, Dove, Kérastase, Bumble & Bumble, and more have developed tonics, oils, and exfoliators, all of which are specifically designed to soothe the scalp and maintain a healthy balance so that the hair can flourish. Because a happy scalp equals happy hair — period. However, keep in mind this important piece of advice: Be conservative with how often you use a scrub (no more than two times a week for very oily hair). Scrubs “can strip the skin on the scalp of its natural oils and can aggravate an itchy scalp if used improperly,” Jeanine Downie, owner and director of Image Dermatology in Montclair, New Jersey, previously told Allure.
If you’ve been struggling with any of the scalp concerns mentioned above, we’ve got you covered. Ahead, find the best scalp treatments available, according to experts and Allure editors.
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Best scalp treatments and products for healthy hair
Name any area of exposed skin and there is a slew of beauty products targeted at it. We dutifully apply serum and SPF, and dry brush and jade-roller away at our skin (at least, when we remember to). But one body part in the world of skincare that may have (until now) escaped your attention: the scalp.
Lurking beneath your hair is a unique ecosystem working tirelessly to promote hair growth and regulate oil production, but when was the last time you gave your scalp a second thought beyond an absent-minded massage mid-shampoo?
Modern-day issues such as increasing pollution and the rise in skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema mean our scalps are more antagonised than ever, and worthy of the same attention we give our face. In fact, Cult Beauty saw searches for ‘scalp’ increase by 196% in the 2019 alone.
We’re also starting to understand the connection between scalp and hair health. “With the heightened awareness in overall health and wellbeing, people are now taking more notice of their scalp and valuing its vital role in hair health,” explains Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at Philip Kingsley.
“Dirt, pollution, dead skin and sebum can easily build up, making hair dull over time and potentially leading to irritation on the skin.” Her advice? If possible, a daily scalp cleanse to keep it free of irritants. “Many people think they have dandruff, but it’s actually dead skin cells sitting on the scalp, not washed away frequently enough.”
If you’ve noticed a few flakes or spotted some redness on your scalp, now is the time to take action, and if a cleanse is your starting point, what else should be on your scalpcare to-do list? “Masks, exfoliants and serums can also effectively tackle a myriad of issues, from oiliness to dandruff,” says trichologist Stephanie Sey.
Targeted scalpcare products mirror the steps of a skincare regime – from serum to SPF, mask to massage tool – and they are powered by the same ingredients you’d expect from the most powerful skincare formulas. But, unlike the super- coarse, super-abrasive scalp scrubs of the past, they do the job without upsetting the delicate scalp skin.
Thankfully you don’t need to implement a laborious 12-step regime either – the key is to only address obvious problems to avoid overloading a sensitive area.
Here, Stylist selects the most effective products to soothe and revive stressed scalps.
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Whatever your scalp is suffering from, we’ve found the formula to fix it.
Best scalp cleanser: Aveda Pramasana Purifying Scalp Cleanser
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12 best hair products to treat thinning hair in 2021
At some point in all of our lives, our hair starts to get a bit thinner. Something as simple as regularly coloring your hair or something as complicated as major stress can damage hair and affect its growth pattern, and unfortunately you can’t always prevent thinning.
What you can do, however, is tackle it head-on. To help you discover a few products that help encourage growth and restore fullness, Shop TODAY consulted a handful of top hair pros. From shampoos and serums to leave-in treatments and scalp massagers, these are the 12 solutions they swear by.
Hairstylist-recommended products for thinning hair
1. Kevin Murphy Body Mass Leave in Plumping Treatment
If your once-thick mane is looking a tad sparse these days, there’s no reason to panic. “As we grow older, hair shedding accelerates while hair growth simultaneously slows down,” Salon deZEN founder Maria Elizabeth explained.
But if you do want to give your tresses a boost, the stylist loves to spray on a bit of this plumping treatment before styling. “It was uniquely created with eyelash thickening and lengthening technology which helps strengthen hair while also adding thickness, body and bounce,” she said.
2. Caviar Anti-Aging Clinical Densifying Leave-in Root Treatment
Looking for a quick way to add volume to your locks during your daily routine? This leave-in treatment stimulates strands and encourages denser-looking hair. It’s made with caviar and lends thinning hair some texture while boosting volume and fullness.
“Simply spritz the product on towel-dried tresses and then let it air dry or style per usual. This elegant treatment is formulated with eco-certified ingredients, like caviar, sea silk, bamboo and kendi oil, that are sustainably harvested to protect the environment,” Elizabeth said.
3. Hers Minoxidil Topical Hair Growth Solution
A little bit of shedding is normal, but if you seem to be losing more hair than you typically do, Elizabeth recommends using these regrowth drops. “The 2% Minoxidil in this solution actively promotes hair growth by shedding old hairs and replacing them with new, stronger ones,” she said.
The FDA-approved topical solution comes with a handy dropper applicator and can be applied to your scalp two times a day. “I love that it doesn’t make hair greasy and dries quickly,” Elizabeth raved.
4. Bondi Boost Hair Growth Shampoo
The journey towards a thicker mane can start in the shower, and this powerful shampoo might just be a great addition to your bath time routine. “It’s packed with vitamins, minerals and amino acids that revitalize the hair shaft, plus gentle cleansers to help whisk away scalp buildup,” celebrity hairstylist Cheryl Bergamy told Shop TODAY.
The peppermint-scented formula is free of parabens, sulfates and vitamins and is gentle enough to use daily. It’s a true multitasker that helps you achieve fuller and softer strands with little to no effort, which is pretty sweet if you ask us.
5. Kérastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp & Hair Serum
It only takes seconds a day to give your scalp a little TLC, and serums are one of Sabit Hantal’s favorite ways to do so. The hairstylist and founder of SH Fifth Avenue Salon swears by this scalp and hair serum to strengthen and grow hair fibers.
“This is my favorite product for thinning hair because it literally transforms your hair in a week. It uses wheat protein derivatives to repair the flexibility and elasticity of damaged hair and restores uniformity and smoothness. It makes your hair strong and shiny, while adding substance to thicken it and reduces breakage at the same time,” Hantal said.
6. Redken CAT Protein Reconstructing Rinse-Off Treatment
Chemical treatments and heat styling can cause damage and hair thinning, but one ingredient can help set your strands back on track. “Ceramides keep the hair cuticle flat, helping to smooth hair, enhance shine and allow hair to endure wear and tear over time. They promote elasticity and moisture retention, and aid in strengthening hair,” celebrity hairstylist Ayumi Yamamoto explained.
This rinse-off treatment from Redken is infused with a mix of ceramides, proteins and lipids and works to strengthen strands from the inside out. It can revive damaged hair and prevent future breakage and can be used up to three times a week!
7. Rogaine 5% Minoxidil Foam for Hair Regrowth
You’ve likely heard about Rogaine before (perhaps from this year’s Harper’s Bazaar Hair Awards?), and the well-known brand is a household name for a good reason. “It’s a tried-and-true solution to help combat hair loss. The foam penetrates your scalp and targets your hair follicle to reactivate the growth cycle,” Dr. Orit Markowitz, a leading dermatologist and CEO/founder of OptiSkin, told Shop TODAY.
Rogaine is great to use at the early stages of hair thinning and works pretty darn quickly. It’s formulated with 5% Minoxidil and a mix of botanical extracts and emollients that hydrate your scalp. The best part? The foam format is easy to use and takes just seconds to massage into strands.
8. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir
“This lightweight leave-in treatment is suitable for all hair types and adds volume to hair using antrel (a proprietary complex), keratin, biotin and zinc,” Bergamy said. The body-boosting treatment leaves limp hair looking thicker and fuller without adding bulk and is part of a larger line of products that also includes dietary supplements.
“Viviscal hair growth supplements have been around for years and many women swear by the brand!” celebrity hairstylist Stephanie Hobgood said.
9. Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
Pricey? Yes. Worth it? Most definitely. Christophe Robin’s sea salt scrub is a hybrid exfoliator and shampoo that tackles buildup while soothing sensitive scalps. Perfect for a range of hair types, the cruelty-free multitasker is known for its powerful formula.
“The ingredients are amazing. Sea salt helps purify scalps by removing residue, while sweet almond oil, hydrates and soothes scalps,” Yamamoto said.
10. T3 Detangle Duo
Combing can be a nerve-racking process when your hair is thinning, but it doesn’t have to be. T3’s two-piece detangling set includes a shower comb and a detangling brush to help you treat your hair with kid gloves.
“Make sure you start combing at the bottom first then gradually detangle it up to the scalp. Then you can go in with the detangling brush. Focus on brushing the scalp to invigorate and stimulate blood flow to the scalp,” Hobgood instructed.
11. Aquis Drying Technology Hair Towel
A microfiber towel won’t give you thicker hair, but it can help you maintain the hair you do have if thinning is a concern. “Using a proper towel to dry your hair is key. This one helps soak up moisture with the least amount of friction,” Hobgood revealed.
Hair is weaker when it’s wet, and this bestseller from Aquis cuts down drying time by 50% so your locks are less vulnerable. As an added bonus, it nixes frizz and the hands-free design is pretty convenient!
12. Comfier Cordless Hair Scalp Massager
According to Yamamoto, exfoliating and stimulating the scalp is important if you’re looking to grow healthy, beautiful hair. “Massaging the head is key, even if you have a dry or oily scalp. When massaging your head with your hands, please be careful not to scratch your scalp with your nails,” the hairstylist told TODAY.
Comfier’s cordless hair/scalp massager has four massage heads with 21 nodes, so you can test it out until you find a technique that suits you. It’s also small and portable, so it won’t take up too much space in your bedside drawer or travel bag.
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30 Best Hair Masks 2021
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To find the best masks for all kinds of hair types (at all kinds of price points), we talked to 14 experts, including salon owners and stylists. Although, according to Shirley Hagel, an advanced creative stylist at Parlor Hair Salon, “hair type” isn’t always the most important guiding factor in this context. “For me, choosing a mask isn’t so much about whether hair is thick or thin,” she says. Rather, her most important consideration is “what the hair needs” — whether that be hydration, damage-repair, nutrient replenishment, etc. And before we dive into the specific brands that Hagel and our other experts turn to for those varying needs, here is some general advice that emerged from the group: Aim to use a mask about one to two times a week (in place of your usual conditioner), leave it on for about 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse with cold water to enhance shine.
We first heard about the benefits of Olaplex’s products when we talked to hairstylists about the best shampoo for color-treated hair, and the line’s “repairing treatment,” which works like a mask, is no exception. “If my clients have a color service with me, I’m sending them home with Olaplex No 3,” Fritzler says. But it’s not only for the color-treated among us: “Whether they have thin hair or curly hair,” Fritzler says she’s seen the transformation this formula can bring to her clients with just one use a week. Maria Elizabeth, the founder of Salon deZEN, says Olaplex will “visibly strengthen hair, reduce breakage, and truly improve the overall look and feel of the hair.” She, like others, also appreciates how well it works on a variety of hair types. “It’s so versatile, I would definitely recommend it to anyone who feels like their hair is compromised in any way” (and, by the way, “even pollution exposure can compromise hair integrity,” Fritzler adds). It also works on “natural textures that tend to feel coarse or dry, and even perfectly healthy hair that is seeing a seasonal change in hair health can benefit from this smoothing product,” says Jessica O’Keeffe, a stylist at Hawthorne Studio. Developed by chemists, Olaplex uses a patented bond-building technology that is said to reconstruct the hair at the strand level, meaning the products don’t just soften your hair but actually help rebuild the damaged parts (though the sulfate- and paraben-free formula can certainly make all hair types softer and shinier, too). And while a mask that can do all of that might sound intense, “it’s not overly aggressive,” says O’Keeffe, noting that it doesn’t have an excessive amount of protein in it. Dhiran Mistry of the David Mallett salon recommends the mask as a general powerhouse: “It will help reform shattered hair bonds,” as he puts it.
If you’re willing to splurge, this Leonor Greyl mask comes recommended by both Mistry and Cohen. “It’s expensive, but it’s so good,” says Mistry, who says that the rare ingredients — cupuaçu and manketti nut oils, both known for their moisturizing and restructuring properties — “promote fancy looking and really hydrated hair. ” (Turn to pretty much any red-carpet image for what he means by “fancy-looking.”) It also combats frizz, is silicone- and paraben-free (meaning that it won’t cause buildup on the scalp), and color-safe. And one final bonus, according to Cohen: “I love the way it smells” — a “subtle exotic scent,” as the brand’s CEO Caroline Greyl has previously put it.
Dianna Cohen, founder of the new hair-care line Crown Affair, says that her “favorite hair mask of all time” is this one from Christophe Robin. She calls it “the most universal hydrating mask,” and says that you would just use a dime-sized amount if you have finer hair, and more if you have thicker or curlier hair. Cohen says she uses it about twice a week, and though the price is still steep (though about a hundred dollars less steep than the Leonor Greyl), ingredients like the Prickly Pear seed oil, which is rich in vitamin E, make it worth the cost. “From an antioxidant perspective, vitamin E is better for restoring the protein and keratin of your hair, and makes it shinier and silkier while not clogging your scalp or causing buildup,” says Cohen (she notes that masks can often cause buildup if you use them too close to your scalp). She leaves the mask on for about 15 minutes, and then rinses it out with cold water. If you want to truly luxuriate with your hair mask, Cohen told us the ingredients in the Christophe Robin mask take well to heat — apply it under a shower cap, and then put a hot towel on top.
This mask from R+Co’s couture line BLEU is a favorite of celebrity hairstylist and self-proclaimed mask enthusiast Clariss Rubenstein. She has several favorites, but this is the one formula she always keeps in rotation for general reparative purposes and dry hair. “It’s thick and intense but doesn’t leave the hair weighed down. It just solves the problem,” she says. Like Olaplex, this one claims to work from the inside out. The brand’s Bleu Molecule Complex is said to “deliver active ingredients to weightlessly repair and strengthen all hair types and textures from the inside out.” Some of those ingredients include tananu, argan and maracuja oils, blood orange and primrose extract, and nettle. Rubenstein says hair masks need to be hydrating or moisturizing, and this is both. “Hydration refers to adding essential elements that penetrate the innermost layer of the hair,” she says, which in this case is the Bleu Molecule Complex, and “moisture refers to treating the outer layer of the hair,” which she said can be done with oils like the above to “seal all the good stuff into the hair.”
“This is our tried and true that works with nearly every hair texture, from straight to wavy to curly,” says Stephanie Louis, founder of Stylebox Salon in Prospect Heights. “It’s not sticky and it’s super light.” Louis says that Verb’s Ghost line is generally reliable for healthy-feeling hair (she’s previously recommended the Ghost shampoo) and that it will also help restore a healthy look for those who have dry hair from chemical processing or coloring. Like all of Ghost’s products, the mask is paraben- and sulfate-free, meaning it won’t dull color-treated hair; it also contains glycerin, which has a softening effect. Moringa seed oil, meanwhile, which is derived from the moringa tree and known for its nutritional compounds, including fats and proteins, works to add back that moisture. Louis notes that because the formula is so light, those with curlier hair textures may not see immediate improvement after using the mask — but give it two to three months of regular use.
Considering its reasonable price point and the fact that it can be used for all hair types (even those with finer hair), according to Fritzer, R+Co’s Television Perfect Hair Masque is “a really good starter mask. ” The formula includes hydrating snow mushroom extract, emollient murumuru butter, and pequi oil, which is meant to lock in moisture — and in addition to all of the ingredients that will give your hair softness and shine, the mask has a nice scent, too, with notes of cardamom, tangerine, and lavender.
Priano says anyone with thick, coarse, curly, dry, or damaged hair should look for a mask with oils like macadamia, jojoba, coconut, Moroccan, or argan. This mask, which she loves for her wavy to curly haired clients, has macadamia and jojoba oil in it, as well as protective keratin and hydrating Japanese bamboo. “It delivers just enough without making the hair feel heavy,” Priano told us. “The macadamia nut oil in the mask smooths and provides nutrients, and the sunflower seed extract always adds a nice touch of shine. ” And while you may be tempted to keep a mask on overnight, Priano advises against it. “Sometimes overdoing the mask can have reverse effects,” she says, explaining that some masks have keratin properties, which can lead to “an imbalance, dry and brittle feeling, or even breakage.” Instead, she suggests getting the most out of your mask by combing it through while in the shower. “It helps penetrate the product deeper into the hair shaft and seals the cuticle in the process.”
This isn’t technically a mask, but Dailey Greene, the owner of h3 Salon in Brooklyn, likes using this best-rated conditioner as a treatment on her clients in the salon, where she mainly works with thicker textures. Compared to Olaplex No 3, our top-rated mask, this conditioner has all the same bond-repairing technology, but she says the viscosity of this formula feels a little more condensed, “so for people with really curly-kinky hair, it really gets in there,” Greene told us. She says it also leaves wavy and chemically relaxed hair supersoft. Brooke Jordan, co-owner and master stylist at Gowanus salon the Bird House, says, “I have found it to be absolutely amazing when used in moderation — it can be heavy if you use it every day, so use it no more than once a week.” When you do use it, consider using heat with it. “Heat is a way to break down one of the bonds,” Greene explains. “There are three bonds in hair. One is a water bond. One is a heat bond. One is a chemical bond. Those are the three layers of bondage in the hair. So the water will break down one layer and then heat will break down the second.” If heat isn’t an option, she says putting it on with a shower cap for 20 minutes to seal in the moisture works just fine.
“This is indisputably the very best deep conditioner-type mask ever created on this planet for tightly curled or tightly coiled hair. Period,” says Louis. “Of all the products I’ve ever recommended in my life, this is the one I’m most passionate about — I personally use it and it really does exactly what it says it will do immediately.” The mask comes in three formulas — for dry hair, damaged hair, and dull hair — and is all natural, which Louis says does mean it is perishable and best stored in the freezer between uses, but is still “so worth it.” The main ingredient in each formula is avocados, which Louis says are “stock full of Vitamin B and E, and work to repair any scalp damage that may be causing dry hair at the root, while helping to lock in moisture along the hair shaft so your hair is much softer and easier to detangle and manage.” (Another ingredient is tea tree oil, which, it’s worth noting, can have a tingly sensation on the scalp.) Since the mask is so moisturizing, Louis acknowledges that it may be too heavy for certain textures. But again, for those with tight curls, this is the way to go: hair can become softer and more manageable after just a few uses (Louis says to apply it every two weeks, “religiously”).
Fritzler also recommended this product from Luxju, which is technically a hair cream, but she promises it’s rich enough to use as a mask. “Luxju Nourishing Hair Creme is the jack-of-all-trades when it comes to intense moisture and repair for natural hair — I love it as a prewash moisturizing treatment, a deep-conditioning mask after shampooing and/or a curl-defining moisturizer and leave-in treatment,” says Fritzler. “It’s a must-have for us curly girls.” The cream is also a favorite of celebrity hairstylist Monae Everett, who recommended it when we asked her about the best products for curly hair. “I love that you can use less if you have finer hair and more if you have thicker hair,” said Everett.
Teele loves this hair mask for tight curls and coils because of the mango butter, which not only moisturizes the hair, but also seals in the moisture, she says. The other main ingredient, blue algae, helps prevent breakage and strengthens the hair. Teele recommends this mask for anyone conscious of the ingredients that go into their products, as this is a vegan hair-care line.
This is not only the least expensive mask for curly hair on this list but also the cheapest overall. (And, no, it’s not a sample size either.) Teele says it “can go toe-to-toe with any other high-priced mask when it comes to performance,” and that she’d be “shocked if someone said they didn’t like this,” because of how moisturizing it is. It has shea butter in it to moisturize, while the Moroccan clay helps to clean the hair. It’s also heat activated, so if you have access to a hooded dryer at home, now would be the time to use it.
If you’re someone who has dry hair from using heated tools or from chemical processing, Louis says this mask works well for all hair textures (from “bone straight to super coily curly”). “The best part of this mask is that you can use it on ANY hair — and I mean your own hair or extensions to revive them,” says Louis. “Because it’s both sulfate- and phthalate-free, it’s going to help hair retain moisture and stay soft.” She says the coconut- and fig-scented mask also smells “amazing,” and that the aroma really lingers even after you sleep on it. As for that “immediate softness” it gives hair, that’s thanks to ingredients like shea butter and essence of fig, which help restore moisture to hair without weighing it down.
If your hair is looking a little lifeless from regular color treatments, this mask, which comes recommended by celebrity hairstylist Mark DeBolt, co-owner/founder of Mark Ryan Salon, will give strands a boost. “It contains superhero conditioner ingredient Panthenol (which is derived from B5 vitamin that binds with water molecules to moisturize dehydrated hair) and offers intense hydration,” says DeBolt. It’s also formulated without sulfates, parabens, and artificial colorants, meaning it won’t do further damage to color-treated hair. And an application tip from DeBolt: “Hair type determines where the mask is applied — for example, someone with finer or oily hair should focus on the mid-lengths and ends,” he says.
Elizabeth loves Kevin Murphy masks so much, she recommended three different ones to us. This particular formula is her go-to for reviving color-treated hair. “It was designed to deeply condition and smooth color-treated hair from the roots to the tip,” she says. One of the main things Elizabeth looks for in a mask is natural ingredients, and this has a slew of them. On top of vitamin C and E, which she explains are essential for healthy, color-treated hair, this mask also has a “high concentration of evening primrose oil, which helps hair gain strength and hydration,” Elizabeth says. It also has seaweed extract, which “strengthens the hair due to its high level of proteins.” Together, “the result is added strength, vitality, shine, and an overall WOW factor.”
DeBolt also recommends this wheat-germ mask from Christophe Robin, which he loves for its “amazing” fragrance (the ingredient list includes honey extract). “It smells heavenly and gives your hair incredible strength,” he says. The mask’s acid pH prevents pigment loss, making it an ideal mask for color-treated hair, and only needs to be left in for three to five minutes, making it a quick and easy final step to add to your shower routine.
If your scalp needs a boost — meaning it’s been feeling a little dry, flaky, or sensitive — Hagel recommends this mask from Aveda, which is made with organic castor oil and Aveda’s “deep moisture complex,” including organic pomegranate oil, which helps stimulate scalp circulation and can reduce dandruff. Pomegranate oil contains antioxidant vitamin C, which encourages collagen production, fights free radicals that can damage the hair follicle, and combats potentially scalp-irritating buildup on the hair. Other ingredients include organic buriti oil, a deeply moisturizing oil used for treating dry hair as well as dry and sensitive skin on your scalp, and organic olive oil. The mask is also safe to use with color-treated hair, and “leaves the hair soft, supple, and shiny,” says Hagel.
The masks’s moisturizing quality comes from Fiaschetto tomato extract, which is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C. Fritzler uses it for all kinds of issues — chemical processing, sun damage — but especially recommends it for those who are dealing with brittle and breakage-prone hair due to medical conditions. “I’ve had clients who are going through medical stuff, whether it’s cancer treatment or autoimmune disease, and I’ve had really good feedback from them about this mask,” she says. Fritzler notes that if you are having breakage because of a medical issue, the mask won’t return your hair completely to its original state, but it does “restore some of those main nutrients in the hair, and makes it feel a little healthier and a bit more manageable, with more shine. ”
If your hair is feeling both dry and damaged, Hagel recommends this mask from Aveda, which she says “uses quinoa protein to repair the hair.” It’s filled with other moisturizing ingredients, like meadow seed foam and castor and jojoba oils, making it a strong contender for those with hair that feels both dry and damaged, according to Hagel.
Those with fine hair may not need to use a mask at all — “If you have fine hair, I think it’s good to talk to your hairstylist about why you want to use a mask,” says Fritzler. That said, we did hear about a mask created specifically to give fine hair some lift. According to Mistry: “The Shu Uemera Muroto volume hair mask works amazingly for finer hair and won’t weigh it down,” he says. The mask’s ingredient list includes deep-sea water, which is rich in nutrients and minerals that help keep hair hydrated and weightless. The formula is also meant to rebalance natural hair oils — another step toward keeping fine hair from falling flat on an oily scalp. DeBolt seconds Mistry’s recommendation: “It’s the absolute best for finer hair types, and offers lightweight and long-lasting volume,” he says. “It keeps hair bouncy.” And a final note from Fritzler about finer-hair types using masks, in general: “If you start using one and you notice you’re feeling oily, it might not necessarily be the product; it might just be that you’re using too much of it or haven’t rinsed all of it out.”
If your goal is to add more body to your fine hair, this mask is for you. “It’s job is to leave hair feeling thicker, shinier, and healthier,” says Elizabeth. “What I love most about this mask is that it provides a protective barrier to the hair while simultaneously creating luxurious shine and volume,” she adds. The shine and volume come from the nelumbo nucifera flower extract, also known as the “sacred lotus,” while the bamboo extract protects the integrity of the hair, and hydrolyzed quinoa delivers essential moisture and deep repair.
In Rubenstein’s opinion, “Even the thinnest, finest hair should be nourished. It’s just about using the right product.” According to her, this is the best option. Masks can be heavy and weigh the hair down, but she likes the Obliphica Seaberry Mask “when I need hydration and moisture but don’t want to lose volume. ” She says it “sucks up all the dryness and is weightless, and the hair is left shiny and bouncy.”
“The cool thing about this mask is that it includes castor oil, which promotes hair growth,” says Louis, adding that castor oil isn’t only said to help hair grow; it can also protect the hair you already have as it grows: “It’s like you’re getting a two-for-one: long and softer hair.” Like many of the masks on the list, this one is paraben-free, which Louis says is important for helping hair retain moisture. It’s a thicker mask, making it ideal for those who want to make dry, curly, or damaged hair less tangly, and/or with softer curls. (Those with thinner or less curly textures may want to skip this one and choose a lighter mask instead.)
“We may not be able to stop the hair from aging, but we can help stop the effects of aging by implementing this hair mask one to three times a week,” says Elizabeth. Young Again has specific ingredients she says work to restore and replenish the hair to more youthful-looking locks. It’s packed with vitamins and antioxidants from natural ingredients like orchid flower extract, “which is rich in nourishing proteins, helps to reinforce and strengthen the hair, while also providing intense hydration, elasticity, and silkiness,” she says. It also has the same hydrolyzed quinoa protein found in the Kevin Murphy Angel Mask, which Elizabeth says will leave the hair feeling rejuvenated. You won’t have to wait long for these results either — she says you’ll notice a difference after just one use.
In general O’Keeffe likes all of Kiehl’s products because of their strong reputation for ingredient integrity. “Along with high-quality natural oils, they also use some of the more advanced scientific technology and are environmentally friendly,” she says, which is also the case with this hair mask. It contains avocado oil, lemon extract, and olive fruit oil, which O’Keefe says makes the mask “super concentrated, feel nice and thick in your hair, and leaves all hair types shiny and silky.” She also recommends it as a unisex mask, as the smell is subtle and not overly feminine.
Leonardo Manetti, a master stylist at the Rob Peetoom Salon in Williamsburg, believes that a mask needs to be tailored to a specific hair type or concern. That said, he thinks Davines The Circle Chronicles line works for most hair types, and within that you can find one to suit your needs. It’s a line of seven hair masks, all conveniently packaged in individual resealable pouches. Each individual pouch is just $10, so you can try different ones to see what works best for you. “Davines always works with organic ingredients and essential oils that give your hair a boost of hydration,” Manetti says. In this set of four, you’ll get The Spotlight Circle for shine, The Restless Circle for anti-breakage, The Renaissance Circle for extreme repair, and The Quick Fix Circle for a little bit of everything, or you can shop all seven here on the Davines website.
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The 16 Best Hair Growth Products for Women
Hair loss can be a life-altering experience, especially for women who identify with luscious hair as a symbol of youth and vitality. If you’re one of the more than 80 million men and women in the United States struggling with hair loss and thinning strands, we’re here to help.
What Is Hair Loss?
When washing or brushing your hair, you might notice a significant amount of hair strands lifting away from the scalp. Don’t panic—that’s likely not hair loss. According to Dr. Dominic Burg, chief scientist and trichologist at évolis professional, it’s completely normal to lose up to 100 hairs a day. “If this sounds like a lot, you have to remember that you have around 100,000 to 150,000 hairs on your head, so this only represents 0.001% of your total hair,” he assures. “After they fall they are generally replaced by a new hair growing in its place,” Dr. Burg adds.
So, what is hair loss? “Hair loss describes the gradual or sudden loss of actively growing hair follicles on the scalp, usually following a change in the hair growth cycle,” explains Dr. Burg. To understand hair loss, it’s important to understand this growth cycle. “The hair cycle is a repeating pattern of growth, rest and fall that happens many times over your life, with the average hair cycle being six or seven years in length,” Dr. Burg says. That said, this cycle is not in unison. “The hair cycles asynchronously, with each hair following its own timing and pattern.”
At the center of the hair cycle and hair growth are the hair follicles. “Hair follicles are actually little organs—much like any other organ in your body—and like other organs, are made up of different parts that do different jobs,” says Dr. Burg. “Ultimately, hair follicles are little machines geared up to manufacture hair shafts out of keratin. The follicles have to work extremely hard to do this 24/7, burning a lot of energy in the process,” he notes. “The body’s control over the process is complex, and like anything complex, it can be quite easy to disrupt the balance and for things to go a little awry. This is the root cause of hair loss and thinning,” he explains.
According to Dr. Burg, most forms of hair loss are caused by a shortening of the growth phase during the hair cycle. “When the growth period becomes too short, hair falls out quickly, excess shedding occurs and the regenerating hair comes in finer and is less substantial,” he notes.
Why Does Hair Loss Occur in Some Women?
A shortened growth cycle might be the root cause of hair loss, but what messes with the hair cycle to begin with? “Hormones, diet, stress, genetics, aging and [damaging] hairstyles are many of the reasons,” says Dr. Burg. “The causes of hair loss are varied and complex and can be a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors. Common to all of these is a resulting dysfunction in the hair cycle and shortening of the anagen phase [the first phase of the hair growth cycle],” he notes.
Here’s a closer look at some of the most common hair loss culprits:
- Hormones: “Hormones are very potent molecules that affect the body in profound ways,” explains Dr. Burg. “Many of them can also impact the way hair grows, metabolizes and cycles,” he notes. If hair loss occurs due to hormones, it typically has to do with a change in levels such as during pregnancy or menopause. However, hormonal hair loss can also occur with challenges in thyroid hormones and hormones altered by birth control.
- Diet: According to Dr. Burg, a balanced diet is crucial for maintaining healthy hair. However, with strict or restrictive diets, “we may not be getting all the nutrients and energy we need for healthy hair growth,” he notes. “The body is an amazing machine that intricately conserves and manages energy balance and nutrition. Your body knows that your hair is not essential for maintaining your life, unlike your heart, lungs and brain. When your body is under stress or you don’t have enough nutrients, it will shuttle those nutrients and energy to essential organs and away from the hair. ” When this occurs, the hair follicles “prematurely enter the resting phase and slowing of growth,” Dr. Burg explains.
- Stress: “Along with diet, stress impacts the way the body shuttles and manages energy and nutrients,” says Dr. Burg. “High levels of constant stress put the body into a constant fight-or-flight mode where hair growth is not a critical function and is reduced in favor of other systems,” he adds.
- Genetics: Your hair loss could also be caused by your genes. However, Dr. Burg says genetically caused hair loss is a bit more complex. “From recent studies in men, we know over 150 genes are involved, including the hair cycle regulator FGF5 [a protein that stops and starts hair growth]. A similar story is likely occurring in women as well,” he notes.
- Medications and Illness: Just like diet, medication can also have an impact on your hair growth. “Some medications can result in hair loss and many people experience some hair loss in the weeks and months after an anesthetic or large medical procedure,” says Dr. Burg. “Prolonged illness can also cause hair loss.”
- The Aging Process: Aging can also have an impact on the hair cycle, which could result in hair loss. “Our hair follicles work extremely hard, dividing their cells and producing the keratin and melanins that comprise the hair shaft,” explains Dr. Burg. “Hair follicles work in a cycle of growth, rest and fall, followed by regeneration from remnant stem cells. As this cycle is repeated many times over our lives, the follicles begin to get a little tired and hair-cycle disruption begins to occur,” he adds. The disruption of the hair cycle can often be followed by “cycle shortening and miniaturization.”
- Hairstyles: We put our hair through the ringer for a good look. And according to Dr. Burg, it can have its repercussions. “Very tight hairstyles can damage the follicles and the arrector pili muscle, resulting in traction alopecia [gradual hair loss]. Overuse of heat and harsh chemicals can also result in damage to the scalp and follicles,” he warns.
The Best Products & Treatments for Hair Growth in Women
We’ve rounded up our best hair loss treatments and prevention products, all designed to restore your crowning glory. Take a look, ahead!
VIRTUE Flourish 5% Minoxidil Foam
This foaming formula packs a punch with FDA-approved minoxidil for hair regrowth in women. Ideal for those who have experienced hair loss, it’s a sleep-in scalp elixir that works while you snooze to activate hair follicles, stimulating regrowth throughout.
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VIRTUE Flourish Density Booster
As far as hair growth is concerned, a healthy ‘do is a must. With the addition of Alpha Keratin 60ku and a blend of botanicals, this hair-thickening formula works to repair breakage and strengthen strands. Additionally, it stimulates fatigued follicles and protects against further damage so you can achieve a shiny, thriving head of hair.
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Living Proof Scalp Care Revitalizing Treatment
Scalp care is the first place we look to when targeting hair regrowth, and this revitalizing formula has it covered with a blend of yeast proteins, zinc salta and encapsulated actives that fertilize the roots to create an ideal scalp environment for hair growth. In addition, it also includes jojoba, which creates a balanced scalp environment, and nourishing peptides that plump hair fibers for a thicker appearance all around.
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Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Cooling Hydration Mask
You’ve heard of charcoal masks for your face—but what about charcoal masks for your scalp? This one from Briogeo combines detoxifying charcoal with cooling tea tree, spearmint and peppermint oils to calm the scalp and relieve itching and flaking. Additionally, hyaluronic acid and aloe vera work together to nourish the roots.
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Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt
To improve hair growth efforts, creating the perfect environment is key. One way to do so is by exfoliating the scalp to remove dry, dead skin cells and allow for better absorption of hair growth serums. This sea salt scrub is coarse enough to lift away buildup, yet gentle and nourishing. Almond oil and limnanthes seed oil extract work together to soothe and hydrate the scalp and promote shine.
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dpHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse
Apple cider vinegar is a must for any haircare arsenal—especially when hair growth is the goal. This formula gently removes dirt and debris from the scalp while proteins work to strengthen strands. The addition of argan oil and aloe vera provides a deeply nourishing sensation that extends down to the hair, leaving locks smooth and silky.
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VIRTUE Topical Scalp Supplement
The skin on your scalp is just as important as the skin on your face, and this scalp treatment was made with this consideration in mind. Featuring a skin care–grade peptide blend to revitalize both scalp and strands, plus hyaluronic acid for a moisture barrier boost, this serum can elevate your hair care routine and help promote a scalp environment ideal for hair growth.
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évolis Professional Reverse Activator
Specifically formulated for aging hair, this scalp serum is loaded with antioxidants, keratin and wheat protein that strengthen and protect strands. And, the addition of salicylic acid targets dryness and irritation while naturally exfoliating the scalp.
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Oribe Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment Spray
Hair growth products that work right away are, unfortunately, not a thing. However, this product does provide the best of both worlds as its formula features powerful ingredients—such as its blend of biomimetic peptide and red clover extract to promote thicker hair—that not only work their magic behind the scenes to improve scalp conditions and promote growth, but also help give the hair an instant boost of volume for styling purposes.
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Philip Kingsley TRICHO 7 STEP 2 Volumizing Hair and Scalp Treatment
With green tea extract and azelaic acid, this hair and scalp elixir has its eye on the hair growth prize. Known for its high antioxidant count, green tea can boost the scalp, working to ward off environmental damage caused by free radicals and pollution to create a healthier scalp environment. That, combined with azelaic acid’s ability to inhibit hair thinning by protecting against 5a reductase (a hormone that can contribute to hair thinning), and stimulating methyl nicotinate makes this a powerhouse product.
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miriam quevedo Hair Multiplying Scalp Concentrate + Pre-Treatment Exfoliator
Give your scalp some serious R&R with this two-step treatment (a Dermstore exclusive). Enhanced by hair growth factors and rose stem cells, this concentrate-and-exfoliator duo works to target hair growth regulators to stimulate growth, improve regeneration, combat environmental aggressors and boost stem cell vitality. These two products also pack a punch with gluconolactona, which gently exfoliates to lift away debris, and Black Baccara Rose Youth Concentrate for an added layer of protection against environmental stressors.
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HairMax LaserBand 82
Think at-home lasers are just for your complexion? Think again. The HairMax LaserBand 82 is an at-home hair-stimulating laser device for all hair types. Thanks to its therapeutic light energy, the follicles are stimulated through 82 medical-grade lasers to promote a fuller head of hair.
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Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Growth Supplements
Biotin isn’t the only vitamin that can help improve the look of your hair. In fact, a combination of vitamins and minerals like vitamin C, biotin and iron found in Viviscal’s Extra Strength Hair Growth Supplements can help get the job done. These hair growth supplements boost the look of strands while providing it with key nutrients to stimulate hair growth.
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Elon R3 Extra Strength for Thinning Hair
No matter what you use, you won’t see hair growth overnight. But, Elon’s R3 Extra Strength for Thinning Hair can help get you there over time and with regular use. Formulated with a blend of rich proteins, vitamins and minerals to nourish your scalp and strands, this daily supplement is a must-try for those experiencing hair loss.
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Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Clinical Densifying Scalp Treatment
As far as hair growth is concerned, more is more—which is where a densifying treatment such as the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Clinical Densifying Scalp Treatment comes in. Featuring caviar, Amla Indian gooseberry and red clover, this elixir can boost volume, improve nourishment and create the ideal environment for regrowth.
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Toppik Hair Building Fibers 75 Day
Cover up signs of thinning and hair loss with Toppik’s Hair Building Fibers. This hair thickener comes in a variety of natural hair colors and is formulated with colored keratin fibers that blend in seamlessly with your natural hair so you can conceal bald spots and achieve thicker-looking hair.
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The 16 Best Dandruff Shampoos for 2021
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No one likes flakes, especially when they’re on your head. A dandruff shampoo is the most effective solution, but there are a lot out there. And then there’s the small matter of figuring out why your scalp is flaking at all. If your dandruff tends to occur seasonally, you might just have a dry scalp. Year-long flakes may indicate a skin condition, like psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, a kind of eczema. But you can find relief no matter why your scalp is flaking. Below, the best dandruff shampoos for every kind of hair (and every kind of dandruff).
Head to the doctor for a scalp check if your dandruff is especially stubborn. You might have psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis: two skin conditions that trigger flakes, and yet are unrelated to dry skin. My doctor prescribed a 2 percent ketoconazole shampoo when I was first diagnosed with seborrheic dermatitis. It’s an anti-fungal treatment that restores balance to your scalp’s natural fungal ecosystem. My flakes vanished almost immediately, but the shampoo was incredibly drying. Try alternating every other wash with a moisturizing shampoo to find some relief. —Ashley Weatherford
This shampoo requires you to take on an intense, two-week hair regimen where you marinate and massage your dry scalp with the formula for five to seven minutes, two to three times a week. Even if you typically wash your hair only once a week, the extra shampooing isn’t damaging or drying. Your flakes will be gone before you know it, and after that, you can switch to monthly washes with a maintenance shampoo in between. It’s exhausting at first, but you’ll be glad you held strong. —AW
Color-treated hair costs a lot of money, so it makes sense that you’d rather not play a game of chance when it comes to finding the right shampoo. This one from Redken is formulated with pyrithione zinc, which treats dandruff without stripping your hair color. It’s also convenient: you can apply the shampoo to your dry scalp and let it marinate before heading into the shower (or it works on a wet scalp, too). —AW
Fighting flakes sounds like it’d be harsh on the scalp, but this effective formulation from the trichology experts at Philip Kingsley is gentle enough to be used daily. The anti-microbial piroctone olamine alleviates the scalp of flaking, itching, and buildup, while a hefty dose of aloe vera soothes and repairs the skin without drying our stripping hair in the process. —AW
After my highly-effective-yet-terribly-drying prescription ran out, my dermatologist recommended Neutrogena’s shampoo. It employs a 3 percent salicylic acid formula to chemically exfoliate your scalp, meaning that it first lifts and then removes gross flakes — kind of like a chemical peel for your scalp. It’s just as drying as the prescription stuff, but easier to find and much cheaper. And if you want to save even more money, my dermatologist says that it pulls double-duty as an acne facial cleanser, too. —AW
Instead of chemical exfoliants or ketoconazole, Philip B’s Anti-Flake shampoo uses zinc and coal tar to fight dandruff. They work to normalize your scalp’s natural oil production and slow down the rate at which scalp skin cells die and flake off. Philip B’s shampoo is perfect if your dandruff situation is mild to moderate, and I can’t get over how great it smells: like a hippie oil store. —AW
While most dandruff shampoos are at the very least a little bit drying, Sachajuan’s is actually moisturizing. It makes hair feel soft and the bottle is actually pretty (and not an embarrassing medicinal-looking thing). The shampoo uses salicylic and lactic acid to remove flakes, and a few different oils in the mix help soothe your scalp. Though this isn’t the most powerful dandruff fighter, using it is the most pleasant experience. —AW
This exfoliating shampoo will give you peace of mind in the form of soothing, naturally derived oils like tingly peppermint oil, moisturizing castor and coconut oils, and charcoal to draw impurities from the scalp and hair follicle. It also leaves a delicious minty-fresh scent in case you need an extra reminder that your scalp is truly clean. —AW
We’ve come a long way. It’s now possible to buy dandruff shampoos in millennial pink, skin-care-level packaging. With Oribe’s luxe formula, your scalp gets the treatment your face is used to with exfoliating salicylic acid that lifts flakes instead of sloughing them off. It also has vitamin C and caffeine to keep your scalp stimulated. —AW
Dove’s anti-dandruff shampoo is a well-rounded formula that’s easy to find. It’s formulated with dandruff-removing and -preventing pyrithione zinc (the same stuff in Head & Shoulders), but it’s backed up with moisturizing coconut and shea butters to make sure your scalp (and surrounding hair) stay nourished during the medication process. —AW
Trying out different shampoo options to see which formula works for your scalp can sometimes make matters worse before it gets better. If you’d rather not go through the work of testing, or want to stick with your favorite shampoo but it doesn’t treat dandruff, or you’ve tried prescribed medications without success, then consider opting for Lomalux’s pills. The capsule is infused with natural active ingredients to treat dandruff internally, for a healthier and less dry scalp. It can be added to your morning routine just like any vitamin. —Asia Milia Ware
This shampoo is First Aid Beauty’s first swing at hair-care products. The skin-care and makeup brand has always been keen on treating specific dermatological issues, so tackling dandruff is a natural next step. Formulated with 1% pyrithione zinc and vitamin E, the creamy shampoo removes flakes while soothing not only the scalp, but also the hair follicles. While I don’t suffer from too much dandruff, I do have an extremely itchy scalp from wearing so many weaves, and this shampoo, along with its sister serum, has been a game changer for my scalp. —AMW
This shampoo will mentally teleport you to a spa with the calming aroma alone. The medicated cleanser is imbued with vegan ingredients that work to nourish the scalp while getting to the root of dandruff and irritation with an ingredient list that is free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and dyes. This won’t only improve your dandruff situation — it’ll upgrade your entire shower experience. —AMW
You know the feeling of relief you get after exfoliating your skin during your morning routine? Welcome that same level of relief on wash day with Head Kandy’s sea-salt shampoo. This detoxing shampoo uses sea-salt crystals to gently exfoliate the scalp and remove dead skin cells. Reviewers rave about how silky and shiny it leaves their hair while removing excessive buildup. —AMW
This article was originally published January 19, 2018. It has been updated throughout. If you buy something through our links, New York may earn an affiliate commission.
The best scalp treatments for shiny, strong hair
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It’s one of those obvious things that hardly anyone ever thinks about: all good hair starts with a healthy scalp.
Having good scalp health is essential to good hair; whatever condition your hair is in, your scalp is at the root of it all. Think of it as a flower bed, the more looked after it is, the better the quality of flower.
Giving your scalp a refresh is important to remove product build-up and dead skin, and the best scalp treatments can do both, but what actually are they?
A scalp treatment is like a cleansing mask for your head. The treatments come in a variety of forms, such as foams, sprays and oils, and the goal of these is to detoxify your scalp, add moisture, or treat issues such as eczema and psoriasis.
The majority of treatments can be applied to dry or wet hair and are meant to be left in as opposed to being rinsed out. Many dermatologists and hairdressers recommend using a scalp treatment before bed because it works better at night because while you’re sleeping your body replenishes.
However, you might have noticed that the internet is awash with scalp treatments right now, and finding the right one for you is super-important if you want to get the most out of your product.
To help you narrow it down, we’ve rounded up the best tried and tested scalp treatments for you to browse below.
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Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment
THE INKEY LIST
THE INKEY LIST’s line-up of purse-friendly products prove that getting results needn’t be expensive.
Developed by a team of leading scientists, this straight-talking product harnesses caffeine to sort oily scalps and build-up.
Crown Scalp Scrub Treatment
This scrub is designed to detox and re-balance your scrub, thanks to a hard-working formula of Kaolin, Salicylic Acid and Ecuadorian Ivory Palm Seed Powder to absorb excess oil, reduce build-up and gently exfoliate. Helps that it smells divine too.
Transforming Scalp Serum
Deeply nourishing, this pre-shampoo treatment is designed to relieve intensely dry, flaking scalps. The brand’s signature lactic-acid complex dissolves dead skin cells that linger on the surface of the scalp, while oat-derived hydrating extracts bring instant relief to sore skin and lasting moisture.
Head & Shoulders Instant Relief Scalp Soother Intensive Treatment 95ml
Perfect for treating your scalp in-between washes, this cooling spray, which includes menthol and peppermint oil, instantly soothes a dry, itchy scalp whenever you need it.
T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub
This supercharged skincare formula is designed to break down and dissolve dead skin cells using biodegradable exfoliating cellulose beads.
The Happi Scalp™ Scrub uses a blend of six antioxidant plant oils, which include marula, mongongo, baobab and maracuja, combined with a quick-absorbing multi-amino acid blend to help protect the scalp and rejuvenate the skin.
Apply directly to the scalp when hair and scalp are dry. Allow to sit for between 5 and 10 minutes, then massage the exfoliating cellulose beads through and rinse thoroughly.
Flaky Itchy Scalp Toner
Widely considered one of the world’s leading experts on hair and scalp care, Philip Kingsley’s unique, award-winning product range bridges the gap between advanced science and hairdressing.
Part of the ‘Flaky/Itchy range’, the brand’s all new Flaky Itchy Scalp Toner features an immediate scalp-soothing formula that relieves itching and flaking.
Avalon Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Conditioner
A medley of tea tree essential oil, quinoa protein, calendula and aloe work together to nourish hair, balance moisture levels and soothe sensitive skin.
Kérastase Initialiste Advanced Scalp and Hair Concentrate 60ml
If your hair seems to grow sporadically, fortifying strands from the roots could help you achieve uniform length. Designed to reduce brush-induced breakage, Kérastase’s advanced serum is a great treatment for every hair type.
Restore Dry Scalp Treatment
Using a molecular patch enriched with hyaluronic acid, this leave-in formula quickly provides hydration to the scalp, helping to alleviate irritation, itching and flaking skin. It works to balance out the scalp’s level of moisture, using a blend of vitamin B3 to produce effective relief that lasts. It is designed for use three times a week, with the full benefits experienced after four weeks of continuous use.
Before applying Living Proof Dry Scalp Treatment, wash and towel dry the hair. Then comb through and divide into sections. Apply the product directly to the scalp, massage gently and style as usual.
Moroccanoil Dry-No-More 45 ml Scalp Treatment
Simply smooth the vitamin E-spiked formula through dry hair and let it sit for 10 mins to really soak up the dry-scalp benefits. Then rinse it out and follow with shampoo and conditioner.
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90,000 How to properly care for your hair at home: 7 steps of care
Home hair care can be as effective as salon treatments. To do this, you just need to choose the right products for the care of the scalp and strands, and then follow all the steps.
Below we tell you how to take care of your hair so that even dry and brittle curls become smooth and shiny.
Step 1. Brushing the hair
The most common ritual in home hair care is combing.The strands need to be combed not only during the day, but also before washing your hair. Slight hair loss while shampooing is normal – it’s a natural renewal process, making room for new hair. But if you start washing tangled curls, then there is a risk of pulling out healthy, new hair without even noticing it.
Comb your hair from the ends. Gently, without sudden movements, comb the ends, while holding the length, and then gradually move towards the roots until you have combed all the hair.This is the least traumatic way. Hair is not damaged, and at the same time it will not be difficult to comb even the most tangled strands.
Step 2. Scalp peeling
The first and very important step is deep cleansing of the scalp. Many people miss this stage, and in vain. After all, proper scalp care is the first step towards beautiful and healthy hair.
Scalp peeling can be of different types: with abrasive particles or based on acids, like the OK Beauty Wake Up & Peel Scalp Activator.They have the same effect, but acid peels are softer and more delicate. The result is the same, but you don’t have to worry about washing out the abrasive particles.
These products gently remove dead skin cells and deeply cleanse it, stimulate hair growth and even help you wash your hair less often. And if you combine the application of peeling with a light massage of the head, then blood microcirculation will improve, which is beneficial not only for the hair, but also for the brain.
There is a misconception that peeling is necessary only for oily scalp. This is not true. Dry skin also needs exfoliation. Just for oily scalp, peeling can be used once or even twice a week, and for dry or sensitive scalp, once every two weeks is enough.
Step 3. Shampoo for hair
Shampooing is the simplest and most obvious step in hair care. However, here, too, many make mistakes. Let’s figure out how to properly wash your hair with shampoo.
There are a few highlights here.
- Before applying the shampoo to the scalp, it is best to lather it in the palms of your hands. So it acts more gently and does not irritate the skin.
- Do not use the shampoo over the entire hair length. It is better to apply it to the scalp, massage it for a while, and distribute the resulting foam along the entire length of the hair. As a rule, the scalp becomes oily much faster than the hair itself, and this method helps not to dry out the strands and at the same time thoroughly cleanse the skin.
- The shampoo itself plays an important role. It is necessary to analyze the condition of the hair and choose a product that solves a specific task: moisturizing, nourishing, eliminating dullness and brittleness for dry hair or deeper cleansing for oily hair. And if the strands are lacking in volume, then you should try our Clarifying & Volumizing shampoo.
Step 4. Hair mask
Masks provide additional hair care and sometimes you can get an effect no worse than a salon one.And in caring for dyed or curly hair, they become simply irreplaceable helpers. Due to the masks, you can restore damaged hair, return it softness and shine. So do not rush to trim dry strands.
All masks are best applied to clean, towel-dried hair, this helps the active substances penetrate deeper into the hair structure and gives better results. And there is no universal answer to the question “how long to hold the hair mask”.It all depends on the composition and active ingredients, so pay attention to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
For example, OK Beauty Repair & Recovery Intensive Deep Nourishing and Recovery Mask should be kept on the hair for 5-10 minutes, and for more intense effects, it can be left on for 30 minutes.
Otherwise, you should adhere to the same rules as when using the balm: do not overdo it and do not apply to the roots.Otherwise, there is a risk of weighing down the hair. An exception is scalp masks, which, on the contrary, need to be applied only to the roots.
Step 5. Hair balm
After the mask, it is imperative to apply a balm to the strands in order to seal all the beneficial components inside the hair. And if the mask is enough to use 1-2 times a week, then the conditioner must be applied after each hair wash. It closes the hair scales and makes the strands noticeably softer, smoother and more manageable.
Let us remind you how to use hair balm so as not to get the opposite result.
- The product should only be applied to the length of the hair, it is it that most of all needs additional nutrition and hydration. Applying to the roots can weigh down curls or even create a messy look. And in order to accurately maintain volume and not weigh down your hair, we advise you to try the light conditioner OK Beauty Moisturize & Volumize.
- Bigger is not better. Don’t leave the conditioner on your hair for too long. This will not give any additional effect and may even lead to the effect of oily hair.It is always best to stick to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
Step 6. Hair Serum
The final stage – leave-in hair care. And for this there are many tools that solve a variety of problems. Fluids, serums, oils in general serve one purpose – additional care and protection of hair throughout the day. Most serums give the hair shine, smooth and soften it, and usually there are some additional functions as a bonus. Therefore, choose what exactly your hair needs.
It can be thermal protection, moisturizing, elimination of dullness and brittleness, or intensive restoration. For example, OK Beauty Fill & Handle Concentrated Serum is suitable to protect and restore hair during hot styling. It repairs strands from the inside, removes static electricity and thickens hair without weighing it down.
It is better to apply any serum to the ends of the hair, and distribute the rest of the product along the length.This will help not to overload the strands and avoid the oily sheen effect. Do not forget that no product will glue the split ends, but it can soften and make them more neat.
Step 7. Proper hair drying
For many, shampooing invariably ends with drying or blow-drying. But this is of little use. Therefore, we advise you to avoid this and let the strands dry naturally.
And if you can’t avoid a hair dryer, then do not forget about thermal protective agents and dry the strands only with cold air to prevent damage.And direct the air currents along the hair growth, that is, from the roots to the ends.
We have told you all the stages of complex home hair care. If you follow them and do not forget to use all the listed means, then very soon you will notice pleasant changes in the quality of your hair. Bouncy and silky strands can be obtained not only in the salon, but also with simple regular home care.
And all the products that will help in hair care can be found in our catalog.
How to take care of your hair at home
Proper hair and scalp care is an important component of health and beauty. But it requires regularity and competent selection of hygiene products, care cosmetics, paints, etc., because beautiful and healthy hair is not only a part of the image, but also an indicator of the state of the whole organism. On self-isolation, external harmful effects on the hair are minimized. But how to use this circumstance for the benefit of the hair? Elena Sheryakova, a hairdresser-stylist of international class, told RG about this.
– First of all, you need to correctly determine your hair type. There are four of them:
Normal type – it is characterized by a healthy shine, only slight damage to the ends is possible, after washing the hair remains fresh for 2-3 days.
Dry type – dull, slow growing hair. It is enough to wash once a week, the hair does not become greasy at the roots. Oily type – to maintain their fresh appearance, hair must be washed almost every day. And finally, mixed, the most common type of hair that needs regular proper care.
The first step is to select a shampoo for your hair type. It is important to read its composition on the bottle, and you can choose an individual product even in the nearest supermarket, not necessarily resorting to professional or luxury brands.
For normal hair, a shampoo with a pH of 5 to 7 is suitable, there are a lot of them.
For dry, porous, colored hair, a sulfate-free, nourishing or moisturizing shampoo with oils is suitable. For oily and mixed hair, shampoos containing plant extracts are suitable: nettle, chamomile, sage, birch, currant, which have a drying effect.
Many people wash their hair incorrectly – just once applying shampoo. And you need to wash your hair in 2 stages: lather, lather and rinse, then apply the shampoo again, massage the scalp with gentle movements for 3-5 minutes, rinse and then apply a balm, mask or indelible hair serum. For porous hair – dry and colored – this is a must.
Masks containing clay, vitamins A and C are well suited for oily hair. In addition, you need to pay attention to your diet – eat less fried, spicy, salty, drink more water.
Hair masks are available for all hair types, this regular procedure helps to restore collagen in them. But when choosing a ready-made mask or when making a mask at home, it is also necessary to take into account the type of hair, otherwise the effect may be the opposite.
To maintain the beauty of normal hair, it is enough to apply the mask 2-3 times a month. To heal the bulbs of dry and oily hair, restore shine, more intense exposure is needed – once every 5 days.It is important to choose the right recipe and do the procedure with this particular mask, without changing its composition for at least a month.
There are many recipes for homemade masks: kefir, egg, oat. Each has its own secret of application, some need to be applied to clean hair, others to unwashed hair, some are applied to wet, others to dry, etc.
Here are a couple of simple yet effective recipes.
Kefir mask for dry hair. Take half a glass of kefir, one yolk, one teaspoon of oil (you can use vegetable oil and add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil).Grind the butter with the yolk and add the mixture to the kefir, stir well. Apply the composition to dry hair, wrap with a film and a towel, keep for about an hour and rinse with warm water using shampoo.
Kefir mask for oily hair. The same half a glass of kefir, 2-3 teaspoons of cosmetic clay, one teaspoon of lemon juice, mix, warm to body temperature and apply to narrowed hair, wrap with a film and a towel, hold for half an hour and rinse with warm water using shampoo.
Another universal natural component for hair care is henna.
It will make dry hair denser, and greasy hair will add shine and fluffiness. Henna is an excellent remedy for dandruff. Classic henna gives a red-red tint, so it should not be used for blondes, but for brown-haired women it is very suitable, it will set off the color of their hair. If you have dark hair, you can use a mixture of henna and basma.
For rinsing hair after washing, herbs available in the pharmacy are excellent – nettle for dark hair and chamomile for light hair. Filter bags or grass in bulk should be brewed like ordinary tea, pour the infusion into a jug of warm water and rinse your hair with it.
Pharmacies also sell aqueous solutions of vitamin complexes that can be added to shampoo. Elena advises to choose those in which there are many different amino acids and highly purified water, but they do not contain hormones. Such complexes stimulate hair growth, awakening “dormant” hair follicles, help regulate oil content, restore water-lipid balance and fight alopecia.
Regular hair coloring is also one of the stages of hair care.Modern paints dry the roots of oily hair, after dyeing balms nourish dry hair.
Of course, most women trust professional hair coloring. But even in conditions of self-isolation, you can follow their color. All paints sold in supermarkets are suitable for home use, you just need to carefully read the instructions and carefully mix the ingredients in the specified proportion.
If the hair was dyed before, then we only dye the roots, keeping the time indicated in the insert.Do not be afraid, “home” coloring will not react with the previous salon, if you follow all the rules, and will help you stay well-groomed and wait for the next procedure in the salon.
For the roots, choose a color that matches the color of the ends of the hair – this will create a natural effect, and even the imperfections when dyeing the roots, especially if this is the first experience of home dyeing, will not be noticeable.
Blondes should take a tone less paint, i.e. darker than the color at the ends of the hair, and apply it, slightly stepping back from the roots, so as not to burn them.
For fair-haired girls who, before the quarantine, used fashionable dyeing techniques “shatush”, “balayage” or “Hollywood highlighting”, this period without dyeing in the salon will pass less noticeably. But they may face the problem of yellowness of bleached hair. Usually it is well removed by “purple” shampoo, but if it is not there or it is over, then tint tonics of pearl, pearl, platinum, silver tones will do.
For the period of hair restoration, it is better to abandon the aggressive effects of electric styling products – hairs and irons.In normal times, they are often also not worth using, but if you still use them regularly, then you should not forget about thermal protection.
Hair care – we select the best products for each hair type
Beautiful hair is the dream of any girl who carefully monitors her appearance. Hair is watched by both owners of luxurious curls and lovers of boyish haircuts. Well, in our article we will help you choose a complete and universal hair care program.
We start not with shampoo or even hair dye, but with styling tools. One of the main enemies of healthy hair is a hair dryer – therefore, products intended for thermal protection must be applied before drying the curls. If you apply such products after, but before styling with various tongs and curling irons, they will practically not help your hair.
Hair styling with a hairdryer
Hair and scalp products
Among the variety of modern hair products, it is often difficult to choose something suitable for yourself.It should be based on the type of scalp and the current condition of the hair.
If the scalp is prone to irritation, flaking, excessive oiliness, dandruff, you should pay attention to the pharmaceutical segment of cosmetics. Such funds are aimed at solving a specific problem of the scalp and hair, bringing them not only to a well-groomed, but also to a healthy state.
If there are no such problems, we look at the hair type and the desired effect.
- Fine, smooth hair is usually easy to clean and comb, but does not hold the style well and does not look voluminous.For them, it’s best not to use nourishing, smoothing and moisturizing products. Then you run the risk of getting the notorious “icicles”. If your hair is like this and needs nourishment, apply nourishing masks before washing your hair.
- Porous coarse hair, on the contrary, will “pull in” all the nutrients that are given to them. Such hair is usually unruly. For them, products with silicones and nourishing masks, balms are suitable. Sprays for unruly hair, which are applied to the entire length except for the roots, will not be superfluous.
- Hair of a mixed type, oily at the roots, but drying out at the ends, immediately requires both high-quality cleaning and moisturizing. For washing, you can safely use shampoo for oily hair. It is better to cut the ends in a timely manner and pamper with moisturizing leave-in products – serums and oils.
- Colored hair also requires special care to compensate for the damage caused by coloration and to preserve the brightness of the color. Any nutrient, especially shampoos and oils, will wash off the color, so pay your attention to the care marked “color protection”.
- Owners of bleached hair will have the hardest of all: it is necessary to preserve the whiteness of the hair, and restore damage, and combat porosity and fluffiness. If your hair needs nourishment, use moisturizing and repairing products.
Care for bleached hair – hard work
List of hair products
Depending on the hair needs we described above, an approximate basic list would look like this:
- Shampoo. We focus on the condition of the roots and do not overdo it with nutrients, especially if you do not wash your hair every day.
- Balm / conditioner. Apply only to the ends of the hair.
- Washable masks. We feed, we unravel, we preserve the color – depending on the needs.
- Leave-in care . Serums, oils and sprays are used on dry hair, before blow-drying or on a beauty day.
- Additional funds .Dry shampoos, scalp scrubs, masks-caps – remedies for emergencies.
You can choose a line of hair care products on our website – we have selected the best for you.
Hair care: the main rules and life hacks
Girls and boys are taught to care for hair and scalp from childhood. The appearance and condition of the hair affects the overall impression of a person’s image. Hair is surrounded by many myths and even sacralized (in some cultures, for example, women are forbidden to cut their hair short, and men need to have facial hair).Read about what proper hair care should be in our article.
The first question to which you want to get an answer: how often should you wash your hair? As a rule, opinions differ: someone is sure that frequent washing provokes increased secretion, someone cannot endure a day with a feeling of stale hair. However, trichologists unanimously state that the head should be washed as often as required.
The intensity of the sebaceous glands is determined by the type of scalp.For people with a normal type, it is really enough to wash their hair once every 2-3 days. Owners of a dry type can completely limit themselves to one wash per week. But those with oily scalp will have to wash their hair every other day or even every day.
It is important that the scalp remains clean for as long as possible. The secret accumulated in the roots not only spoils the appearance of the hair, but also often provokes hair loss. If the hair is weakened, its structure is thinned, additional “lubrication” will help it slip out of the bulb more easily.
So, the basic principle of hair care: wash your head as often as required. Also, do not keep the shampoo on the hair roots for a long time and apply it at length. Despite the fact that modern cosmetology uses mild surfactants (surfactants), prolonged contact with the skin or hair cuticle can damage the protective barrier.
Strawberry Shine Shampoo
For normal skin type, use a shampoo with strawberry extract and aloe juice.Gently cleanses, smoothes and adds shine to hair, has an amazing bright scent.
Anti-dandruff shampoo “Ginger”
Dry scalp often suffers from itching and flaking. Extracts of birch bark, white willow and ginger in the shampoo soothe the skin, eliminating dandruff and feeling of tightness.
Green Tea Cleansing Shampoo
Shampoo with green tea extract is ideal for oily scalp care. Dissolves and flushes out secretions, cleanses hair roots and leaves a feeling of freshness and coolness.
If shampooing is included in the basic hair care, then among the additional stages are: moisturizing, restoration and protection.
Various balms are suitable as moisturizers for hair. Use them on cleansed hair, after shampooing. Apply the balm to the length of the hair, avoiding the roots. If you want to get more intense hydration, you can leave the balm on your hair for 3-5 minutes, then rinse with warm water.
Not everyone knows, but often the scalp and hair require different care.In one person, the skin may need thorough cleansing, drying and sebum regulation, and the hair may be dry and damaged. Therefore, hair care products should be chosen based on their needs, without regard to the condition of the scalp.
Shea Hair Balm
When caring for dry, fine and colored hair, use a regenerating balm with natural shea butter from Ghana. It nourishes and smoothes even damaged hair, facilitates combing, helps to reduce fragility, and improves the condition of the strands with each wash.Has a creamy texture and a delicate nutty aroma.
Banana Nourishing Balm
Natural banana puree, obtained from Ecuador, is irreplaceable in the care of normal hair! In addition to its amazing tropical scent, it has nourishing and emollient properties. Restores shine and healthy look to hair. Once you’ve tried this hair care product, you can’t deny yourself a repeat!
Hair restoration and protection will be provided by caring masks.They, like balms, are not recommended to be applied to the roots. The task of these funds is to smooth the hair cuticle by interlocking the keratinized scales of the keratin protein. At the roots, these hair care products will act in an undesirable way, essentially making your freshly cleansed scalp dirty again.
Life hack: Gather the hair at the back of the head with an elastic band or hairpin and put on a cellophane shower cap over it. This will enhance the effect of the mask and will not accidentally stain your clothes.
“Shea” Revitalizing Hair Mask
Super Nutritious Shea Butter provides a thick, rich texture to the mask. Since ancient times, it has been used as a protective and regenerating agent for hair and body. Breathes life into shine-free and dull curls – the best care for damaged hair. The result is noticeable after the first use.
Banana Nourishing Hair Mask
Salvation for naughty curls! Apply a nourishing mask to the entire length of the hair, paying special attention to dry ends.Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, then rinse with warm water, enjoy light combing and unique aroma. Contains organic banana puree from Ethiopia and sweet honey from Ecuador. Perfect care for dry hair.
In some situations, standard hair care may not be enough. If you have seborrhea, profuse dandruff, or dermatitis, it is best to consult a dermatologist. And with seasonal dryness, loss of shine or feeling of tightness and discomfort, our special products will help to cope with it!
Ginger Scalp Serum
It is better not to include oil products in the care of oily hair.But for normal and dry skin, the serum will relieve the feeling of discomfort that occurs between shampooing.
Sage & Cedar Beard Oil
For owners of a luxurious beard! The oil has a fast-absorbing texture and does not weigh down the hair. The beard takes on a well-groomed look and a light trail of woody scent.
Do not forget about accessories: it is recommended to choose combs of medium hardness made from natural materials (especially for thin and damaged hair), change them at least once a year and do not comb them immediately after a shower.
Life hack: to make your hair easier to comb, apply and wash off the care with your head thrown back. This will allow the water jets to smooth the strands naturally.
1. My head as often as your skin type requires;
2. Choose products for scalp and hair care, depending on their needs;
3. Do not use shampoo on the length of the hair, and balm or mask – at the roots;
4. Use special care, but in more difficult cases, do not self-medicate and see a doctor;
5.Choose hair accessories made from natural materials and change them every year.
Use our hair care tips and see how your hair gets better!
90,000 rules, products, vitamins and tips for hair care at home
Healthy, strong and shiny hair – a gift from nature or the result of proper care? Trichologists and stylists are unanimous: thoughtful care and respect for your hair can help you get luxurious curls, no matter how generous your genetics are.What kind of care does our hair need and are there ways to make it thicker and more beautiful?
Pay attention to celebrities: not all of them can boast a thick head of hair. However, good care products, salon and home procedures, proper nutrition and vitamin complexes solve this problem. Cameron Diaz, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Cate Blanchett, Kristen Stewart – all these stars are the owners of “problem” hair. But well-chosen hair care products help them look great.
Rules for daily hair care
Even naturally thick and strong hair needs high-quality daily care. And if your hair is weak, thin, dry or, conversely, oily, hair care products should be chosen especially carefully.
Cleansing. It is very important to use a shampoo that suits your hair type. But there is one complication here. Hair condition changes depending on diet, health, age, climate and many other factors.And if at the age of 18 you used a shampoo for oily hair, this does not mean that at 35 it is still suitable for you. What’s more, in summer your scalp can be oily or normal, while in winter, temperature changes and heating will make it dry. That is why you should not stick to the only option: choose a shampoo based on the condition of your hair at the moment. Keep in mind that the ends of your hair are almost always dry, so when choosing a shampoo, consider the condition of your scalp and hair roots.
Air conditioning. The purpose of the conditioner is to smoothen the structure, ease combing and add shine to the hair. Apply the product to clean, towel-dried hair. Do not leave the conditioner on your hair for a long time – it does not have any additional effect. If, when choosing a shampoo, you need to focus on the condition of the hair roots, then the conditioner is selected depending on how the main length of your hair looks like. A universal option is a moisturizing conditioner.If your hair is damaged, looks dry and dull, look for a repairing or nourishing conditioner. Conditioners for colored hair “seal” the pigment between the hair scales and help keep the color vibrant and rich longer.
There is an opinion that you need to regularly change your care products, as your hair gets used to them. This is nothing more than a myth. Hair is an inanimate structure; only its roots and scalp can adapt to anything.Reducing the effect of shampoos and balms is more of a psychological effect. Changing the shampoo to a more suitable one, we immediately see the difference. But after a month or two of using the product, the hair remains equally beautiful, although we expect that with each use it will look better and better. Hence the illusion arises that the hair is “accustomed”. Here it is pertinent to speak only about a certain cumulative effect from the funds used, nothing more.
Additional care. Conditioner is part of basic hair care, but it does not replace masks, serums or oils. These products are intended for more intensive care of damaged hair. It is advisable to use masks no more than once a week, otherwise the hair will get dirty very quickly and lose volume. Experts advise not to use several masks in parallel, but to apply one mask in a course for one to three months: this way you can achieve a cumulative effect, and the risk of overloading the hair with nutrients will be minimal.The most common components of masks are natural oils (shea, olive, macadamia oil, coconut oil) and hydrolyzed keratin, which “repairs” damage to the hair shaft. They create on the surface of the hair the thinnest film that retains moisture, as well as panthenol, vitamins A and E – these ingredients give hair elasticity and shine.
Intensive hair care: vitamins and more
The above treatment will be sufficient for healthy hair, but these products are unlikely to significantly improve the situation if hair falls out or grows very slowly.Cosmetics that are applied to the length of the hair can improve the appearance of the hair. But such care has practically no effect on the follicles, and after all, both the density and the rate of hair growth depend on their health and activity.
The easiest way to improve the condition of thin and weak hair is head massage . It can be carried out independently using a brush with rounded teeth, and in the salon by professionals. The massage improves blood circulation and promotes better nutrition of the hair follicles.
To improve blood flow and nourishment of the scalp, ampoule care is also excellent. Products that are applied to the scalp to accelerate hair growth contain vitamins and minerals, as well as warming ingredients such as ginger or pepper extract. These products will work better if you first exfoliate your scalp with a special scrub.
But for more effective care vitamins are best applied not externally, but internally. Lack of vitamins in the diet very often leads to hair problems.It can be replenished by taking specialized vitamin and mineral complexes . They can help speed up hair growth and reduce hair loss. Such complexes contain vitamins A, C and E, vitamins of group B, zinc, copper and manganese – these are the main nutrients necessary for the beauty of hair. Sometimes other biologically active substances are included in the composition of such complexes. For example, Complivit® Hair Growth Formula contains dwarf palm extract and inositol, which can awaken dormant hair follicles.
How to Choose the Right Care: A Few Tips
Before choosing a care for your hair, determine its type and go through a scalp diagnosis. This can be done in many major beauty salons. We ourselves do not always correctly assess the condition of our hair, although there are some signs that allow us to classify hair as one or another type.
If you feel that your hair becomes dirty within a day after washing, products for oily hair are suitable: shampoos that contain drying components, in particular, extracts of mint, eucalyptus, lemon.Clay masks can be applied from time to time. However, it is still advisable to nourish the ends with moisturizing serums and conditioners. The main thing is not to apply nutrients too close to the roots. Avoid products containing silicones, which will make your hair dirty even faster.
Hair that is washed enough two or three times a week is considered normal. For such hair, moisturizers are suitable, which include pro-vitamin B5, chitosan, keratin, birch and nettle leaf extracts.The main thing in these shampoos is a neutral pH.
If you wash your hair once a week and do not experience any discomfort due to oily hair, then your hair is most likely dry. They need additional nutrition and hydration. Look for nourishing shampoos and conditioners with natural oils, panthenol, lanolin, and glycerin. It is also advisable to apply indelible products to the ends – balms, oils and serums.
Colored and severely damaged hair are suitable for mild sulfate-free shampoos, as well as oil-enriched conditioners and masks with proteins and panthenol.
Hair loss cannot be cured with shampoos alone – you will need scalp lotions that will improve blood microcirculation and nourish the skin with vitamins. In parallel with the use of such funds, it is advisable to take multivitamin complexes for hair growth. For a more pronounced effect, use firming shampoos with aminexil, henna, honey, pepper extracts, thermal water, glycogen, calcium and biotin. Of course, there are not enough funds for external use, so you need to “work” from the inside, taking vitamin and mineral complexes – both fortifying and special – for hair growth and combating hair loss.
Do not expect an instant effect: any means that instantly transform hair, give only the appearance of health. The result from the use of medical cosmetics and vitamin complexes will not appear so quickly – only after three to six months, but it will last longer. If masks and serums give hair shine and volume only before the first wash, then truly healthy hair always looks like that.
Hair care at home
Stage 1.Determining the hair type
Surprisingly, often with all the simplicity of determining the type of hair, not everyone knows how to do it. To help you – the table below. Note that the table is about relatively healthy hair. For example, if you frequently color your hair, split ends may appear even on oily hair. In addition, curly and fine hair can be much drier and more brittle than thick and straight hair.
Hair type: normal
- Regularity of washing: once every 2 – 3 days
- Scalp and roots: immediately after washing – normal, for 2-3 days – oily.
- Medium length tips: Normal to slightly dry, with few split ends possible.
- Shine: immediately after washing – pure shine, by the end of the second or third day – “oily” shine at the roots.
- Splendor: normal
- Electrification: rarely
- Basic care:
- Wash: 2-3 times a week.
- Shampoo: for normal hair.
- Masks and balms: yes.
- Leave-in: yes.
Hair type: oily
- Regularity of washing: daily
- Scalp and roots: immediately after washing – normal, by the end of the first day or by the morning of the second – oily.
- Medium length tips: no split or very little.
- Shine: immediately after washing – pure shine, by the end of the first day (or the morning of the second) – “greasy” shine.
- Splendor: only after washing or not at all.
- Electrification: rare (except when in contact with synthetic materials).
- Basic care:
- Wash: every day or once every 2 days.
- Shampoo: mild in every wash, once a week – deep cleansing shampoo.
- Masks and balms: yes, but no silicones.
- Leave-in: yes, but only on the ends of the hair, not on the roots.
Hair type: dry
- Regularity of washing: once a week
- Scalp and roots: immediately after washing – dry / normal, 3-4 days normal, by the end of the 7th day – oily.
- Medium length tips: dry and brittle, likely a large number of broken or split ends.
- Gloss: immediately after washing – the gloss is not intense enough, although it is present. Then it fades.
- Splendor: increased
- Electrification: often
- Basic care:
- Washing: as gentle as possible, once every 6-7 days.
- Shampoo: for dry hair.
- Masks and balms: with silicones – every time you wash your hair.
- Leave-in products: highly recommended, not only immediately after washing, but also in between.
Hair type: mixed (oily at the roots, dry at the ends)
- Washing regularity: once every 2 – 4 days
- Scalp and roots: immediately after washing – normal, for 2 or 3 days – fatty.
- Medium length tips: dry, split ends.
- Shine: immediately after washing – pure shine at the roots, not intense enough at the ends.After 3-4 days – “greasy” shine at the roots and no shine at the ends.
- Splendor: medium, possibly increased at the ends.
- Electrification: Possible at the ends.
- Basic care:
- Wash: 2-3 times a week.
- Shampoo: For mixed or normal hair.
- Masks and balms: without silicones – unlimited, with silicones – in case the hair is constantly being dyed or permed.
- Leave-ons: Application to the ends of the hair is highly recommended, not only immediately after washing, but also in between.
Stage 2. Selection of products for each type of hair
Selection of products for proper hair care is carried out strictly depending on the type of hair and individually. When making this choice, pay special attention to the composition of the product. The table below will help you navigate the wide range of hair care products on offer.
Hair type: normal
- Additional care with folk remedies:
Most of the masks recommended for use 2-3 times a week can be used on normal hair. Alternate between cleansing masks made from henna and clay using light vegetable oils and oil solutions of vitamins, which can be used as a leave-in treatment for hair ends.
- Trim, tip trim: As needed.
- Sun protection: medium. The use of UV filters in a normal environment, vegetable oils – on vacation.
- Essential oils: any – depending on the source of the problem.
Hair type: oily
- Additional care with folk remedies:
masks with henna, salt peeling, masks with clay, rinsing with oak bark, nettle, chamomile are well degreased. Light vegetable oils and fermented milk products can be used before washing.After using them, you do not need to use leave-in products.
- Trim, tip trim: As needed.
- Sun protection: medium. The use of UV filters in a normal environment, vegetable oils – on vacation.
- Essential oils: any – depending on the source of the problem. Recommended are conifers, citrus fruits, clove sage, eucalyptus, mint, lemon balm, tea tree, etc.
Hair type: dry
- Additional care with folk remedies:
nourishing masks with heavy oils – burdock, shea, coconut , castor, etc.etc., fermented milk products with high fat content are a good guarantee of the well-being of dry hair. Even after using such masks, it is imperative to apply balms and indelible agents (oil solutions of vitamins, light oils) over the entire length of the hair.
- Cut, trim the ends: Cut with hot scissors at least once every 2 months.
- Sun protection: enhanced. Application of UV filters, vegetable oils, mandatory wearing of hats.
- Essential oils: smoothing oils (ylang ylang, frankincense, rose, lavender, sandalwood, chamomile).
Hair type: mixed
- Additional care with folk remedies:
Different care is required for the roots and ends. For this, products for oily hair are applied to the roots, and products for dry hair are applied to the length and ends. After washing off the masks, you need to use balms without capturing the hair roots. The ends must be covered with indelible products.
- Cut, trim ends: Cut with hot scissors as needed.
- Sun protection: medium. The use of UV filters in a normal environment, vegetable oils – on vacation.
- Essential oils: any – depending on the source of the problem. For the tips, orange, chamomile, lavender, sandalwood, tangerine, ylang-ylang, incense, myrrh, rosewood are recommended.
Step 3. How to properly care for your hair: wash your head
If you decide to develop your own hair care program, ideally suited to the individual characteristics of your hair, you need to start with the basics, or rather, with washing.
There are a lot of myths and absolutely opposite opinions about hair washing. Let’s put them in order and find out which ones are really true and which ones can be safely ignored.
1. Combing. First of all, think about where to start removing dirt from your hair? Not at all with the inclusion of a tap with water. First of all, the hair must be thoroughly combed in order to get rid of some of the dirt – dust, textile fibers and other tiny particles that settle on our hair every day and prevent them from breathing effectively.In addition, careful combing with detangling of the smallest knots and tangles helps prepare the hair for a rather traumatic washing procedure for them: comb out dead hair, avoid brittleness, tangling and pulling out living hairs in the process.
2. Water. And when your hair is ready for bathing procedures, it is worth thinking about what kind of water flows from your tap? Although the modern tap water purification system is quite high quality, chlorine and other impurities do not make it particularly useful for hair.The same goes for hard water. Washing your hair only with boiled water is almost unrealistic, especially if you have long thick hair. Therefore, you can take the habit of rinsing your hair with boiled water after washing, this is quite a feasible measure. As mentioned above, washing your hair with rain or melt water makes sense only in areas with a clean environment, the absence of industrial zones and traffic congestion.
Regarding the temperature of the water for washing hair: it should be warm, but not hot.Excessively hot water activates the sebaceous glands, which is fraught with rapid pollution. It is better to rinse your hair with cool or cold water softened with a pinch of baking soda or a teaspoon of vinegar. This water enhances the shine of the hair. It is advisable that the water does not get on the scalp – under the influence of cold water spasm of small vessels and impaired blood circulation can occur.
3. Technique for applying detergents. When shampooing, it is contraindicated to scratch the scalp with your nails, whipping the shampoo.If you like to aggressively massage the hair roots, do not be surprised that the sebaceous glands exposed to excessive irritation will begin to secrete a secret with a vengeance. Therefore, act without pressure!
Rub the shampoo into your palms and apply it to the hair from the back of the head to the face, without pulling the hair, but touching it gently, otherwise you can lose completely healthy hairs. Give the shampoo a few minutes to dissolve any stains and styling residues.To open access to the hair itself, as well as to give effect to the beneficial substances that make up it, you need a second soaping, combined with a light massage of the scalp. These are recommendations from leading Russian hairdressers.
4. Shampoo. Be sure to use a shampoo suitable for your hair type. The fact is that the marking of the shampoo indicates the difference in the composition of the products intended for the care of a particular type of hair.The difference between the two lies in the amount of nutrients and in the cleansing power of the shampoo.
Normal Hair Shampoo is almost nonsense these days, but it is commercially available. Their main difference from others is that the least amount of detergents is included in the formula. The main task of such a shampoo is to remove dirt and not disrupt the normal process of secretion of skin secretions.
Shampoo for oily hair – the richest in the number of detergents.Its main task is to wash off excess sebum, and the oily scalp does an excellent job of nourishing the hair itself. You can use shampoos with sulfur, tar, citrus extracts and medicinal herbs in this capacity.
Dry Hair Shampoo contains a small amount of cleansing ingredients. Necessarily includes in the composition moisturizing and caring substances that prevent the hair and scalp from drying out, in particular, hyaluronic acid, lecithin, herbal extracts, panthenol, lanolin and jojoba oil.Also, a shampoo formula for dry hair often includes sunscreens.
Anti-dandruff shampoo refers to therapeutic, and contains drugs and substances that inhibit the division of skin cells. It is contraindicated to use this type of shampoo in the absence of dandruff.
Baby Shampoo is intended for washing very fine, fluffy hair. It does not irritate the skin and eyes, but contains an absolute minimum of detergent components, therefore it can only be used for normal hair (the maximum that can be added there is herbal extracts like chamomile, string or plantain).
Shampoo for frequent washing of hair is almost identical to the formula for children.
Shampoo for colored hair is designed for hair care after dyeing and prevents the rapid washing out of the coloring pigment from the hair surface, moisturizes. It contains vitamins, collagen, hyaluronic acid, oils, panthenol. It should not be confused with Tint Shampoo , which itself contains coloring agents.
5. Rinsing. After using the shampoo, rinse your hair thoroughly so that no traces of detergents remain on it. Without scrupulous rinsing, it is impossible to achieve shine of the hair, they will remain matte and glued. In addition, they practically negate the effect of further application of the conditioner balm.
6. Hair mask. It is often asked when you need to apply the hair mask – before washing or after? It is useless to apply it before washing – nutrients and moisturizers are unable to break through the layer of dirt, sebum and hair styling residues.Therefore, masks are best done after using the shampoo, but before applying the conditioner balm, then the hair scales will not yet be closed, and the remnants of the mask will easily be washed out of the cavities under them.
Regarding the time for which the mask is applied, it is better longer than less, because in 1-2 minutes useful caring substances do not have time to act. Don’t be afraid to weigh down your hair: if the mask suits your hair type, you will be fine.
It is most effective to apply the mask with a comb with sparse teeth, which glides perfectly through the hair without pulling it out or damaging it.An excellent result is obtained by heating the hair with the applied product: wrap the hair over the mask with polyethylene and heat it slightly with a hairdryer. The total time the mask needs to be used is usually 5 to 10 minutes.
7. Application of the balm. The main property of the conditioner balm is to close the hair scales under the influence of an acidic environment, as a result of which the hair becomes smooth and shiny. Your hair is perfectly combed, beautifully and naturally shines.The basic rules for using the conditioner are as follows:
- Do not apply conditioner to the hair roots. The use of a conditioner in the root area is useless, because at the base the hair cannot get tangled, and it does not bring nutrition to the hair follicles.
- It is contraindicated to overexpose the conditioner on the hair, as long-term use makes the hair heavier.
- Apply the product to the entire length of the hair, except for the roots, and rinse off after 1-2 minutes.
8. Dry your hair correctly. The usual recommendation is to dry your hair naturally or with a heated towel. Many of us prefer to expose our hair to sunlight in the summer, but there is nothing useful in irradiating them with ultraviolet light, and wet hair is even more vulnerable than dry hair.
If you are using a towel, do not rub your hair with it, but wrap it like a turban and blot wet hair several times, removing excess moisture. After that, do not leave the wet towel on your hair, but remove it, letting your hair dry naturally at room temperature.
However, with the rhythm of modern life, we do not always have the opportunity to do without drying our hair with a hairdryer. If styling is necessary for you, do it on already dry hair. And for forced drying with a hair dryer, do not forget about the following recommendations:
- Use the cool or warm air mode, but not the maximum temperature.
- Start drying your hair from the roots.
- Do not aim the hair dryer at the same section for too long. If you did not succeed in drying it the first time, go to the next, and come back to this later.
- The optimum distance from the hair dryer nozzle to the hair is at least 15 cm.
- When using a hairdryer and styling tongs often, do not forget about products specially designed for the care of damaged hair.
- For extra volume, tilt your head down and pull slightly at the roots.
The most important characteristics of the hair dryer:
- Power. In fact, the effectiveness of a hair dryer depends not only on how hard it blows, but on how well it copes with styling your hair.The higher the power of the hair dryer, the more difficult it is for the layman to style the hair well. There are devices on the market with a power from 200 to 2000 W, 1200 W is considered the optimal indicator.
- Air flow temperature. As already mentioned, too hot air is harmful to hair, therefore, you should pay attention to the models of hair dryers with flexible regulation of this indicator and the presence of a cold blowing program.
- Manufacturer. A well-known brand guarantees good quality plastic and other materials, which is important for the operation of a device with a heating function.
- Form. In shape, hair dryers are most often cylindrical and pistol-type, the first is intended for home use, the second for professional, and it is much more difficult to handle it without habit.
- Attachments and accessories that expand the capabilities of your hair dryer are an important consideration when buying a hair dryer. If you want even and gentle drying and the ability to create hairstyles from curly hair, get a hairdryer with a diffuser attachment, an air jet concentrator will help you dry your hair in record time, various brush attachments and brushes are designed for curling and straightening your hair.The main thing is to choose a hairdryer with the set of attachments that you are guaranteed to use.
Additional functions of hair dryers
There are a number of optional functions (mainly in professional models) that can reduce the negative impact of high-temperature styling on the health of your hair. A feature that is undoubtedly worth the extra money to have.
- Ionization. Ionization helps to avoid hair electrification, drying out, helps to close the scales, restoring the hair structure, making it smooth and shiny.Despite the fact that the ionizer does not affect the drying time, the hair becomes more manageable and beautiful. A fashionable feature of the latest models is a tourmaline coating, which provides stable ionization with negative particles.
- Of great importance is the material from which the heating element of the hair dryer is made. The ceramic heater allows you to heat the air smoothly and evenly, due to which styling with such a hairdryer is more gentle.
- The function of supplying cold air (cool) today is equipped with almost every hair dryer.However, not everyone knows how to use it most effectively. According to the instructions, you first dry the strand as usual, and then cool it with a cool stream for 15-20 seconds to fix the result for a long time.
Other useful functions of hair dryers:
- replaceable air filter, thanks to which it is easy to clean the hair dryer from hair and dust;
- rubber friction pads so that the hair dryer can be put in operation without disturbing vibration;
- hair moisture control sensor, which controls the temperature and flow rate from the hair dryer;
- automatic shutdown touch sensor, triggered when the hairdryer is placed on the table;
- Hairdryer-to-brush attachments for drying and styling hair at the same time.The best ones are equipped with a ceramic coating for better glide and static stress relief;
- and more.
Hair care at home at different times of the year
Each of the seasons has both beneficial and negatively affecting the condition of the hair, factors. Your curls can become dull and lifeless not only from improper washing, but also from cold, winds, and solar radiation. The use of barrier products helps only partially: if you do not nourish the hair from the inside, even the most expensive products applied to its surface will not work.Therefore, it is extremely important to conduct courses of taking vitamins and mineral complexes, as well as skillfully combine them with the use of therapeutic and caring hair masks designed for specific seasons.
To maintain the natural shine of the hair, it is necessary not only to perform procedures that work from the outside, but also to nourish the hair from the inside. All manipulations aimed at giving your hair shine and a healthy look will be ineffective if you do not revise your own diet.
The hair follicle is nourished like the rest of our body.To improve this process, eat as many dried fruits as possible, foods containing animal protein, omega fatty acids, and collagen-rich edible gelatin.
Winter. Winter cold is a real test for your hair, but their main enemy is dry air in the living room. Hair loses moisture, becomes dry and brittle, the scalp also suffers from drying out. Winter hair masks are designed to nourish, soften and moisturize hair.
Mask with gelatin
Ingredients: dry gelatin – 1 sachet, egg – 1 pc., Castor oil – 1 tsp.
Application time: 30 minutes.
Pour warm boiled water over the gelatin, let it swell and add the rest of the ingredients. After thoroughly mixing the entire composition, apply it to your hair for 30 minutes. Rinse off the mask with shampoo.
Ingredients: yoghurt (classic, no additives) – 6 tablespoons, egg – 1 pc.
Application time: 15 minutes.
Whisk the egg until froth and stir in the yogurt. Apply the mask to the hair separated into strands, then rinse with shampoo.
Mask with olive oil and honey
Ingredients: olive oil – 3 tablespoons, honey – 100 g.
Application time: 30 minutes.
Mix the ingredients. To enhance the effect, heat your hair under a plastic cap and wrap it in a towel. Rinse off the mask with shampoo.
Spring. The main cause of spring ailments in your hair is vitamin deficiency.Hair becomes dull, brittle, and falls out more. Taking vitamins in the spring is not just desirable, but mandatory. Along with it, you can use the following tools:
Rubbing with tea and rum
Ingredients: black tea brewing – 2 tsp, boiling water – 1 tbsp., White rum – 1 tbsp.
Application Times: Rub into hair daily for a week.
Brew a glass of strong tea, cool, strain and add rum to it. This rubbing in will give your hair a shine.
Honey and onion mask
Ingredients: honey – 70 g, onion juice – 50 ml, burdock oil – 1.5 tbsp.
Application time: from 40 minutes.
Mix the ingredients, apply to hair and use a plastic hair cap and towel to warm up. After that, it is necessary to thoroughly wash off the composition, since it is not only sticky in consistency, but also smells unpleasant.
Honey and cognac mask with egg yolk
Ingredients: cognac – 2 tbsp.l., egg yolk – 1 pc., honey – 2 tbsp.
Application time: 40 minutes.
Usage – similar to the previous mask.
Also in the spring it is recommended to make tinctures of herbs and sprouted grains, rinsing with which will increase the vitality of your hair.
Summer. Sun and sea salt are the classic causes of hair loss. Brittleness, dryness, split ends – this is what you will bring from vacation if you do not take care of your hair in time.
Ingredients: mustard powder – 1 tbsp.l., burdock oil – 1 tablespoon, egg yolk – 1 pc.
Application time – 20 minutes.
Mix all ingredients thoroughly, apply to hair, wrap with plastic and a towel. After the application time has passed, wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo. The mask also promotes intense hair growth.
Curdled milk mask
Ingredients: curdled milk.
Application time: from 40 minutes.
Apply fresh curdled milk to the hair in the required amount, rinse off after a while.Use the recipe 2 times a week to improve the condition of all hair types.
Hair mask with avocado and banana
Ingredients: avocado – 0.5 ripe fruit, ripe banana – 1 pc., Olive oil – 1 tablespoon, liquid honey – 1 tablespoon, egg yolk – 1 pc.
Application time – 30 minutes.
This delicious summer mask can be used for both hair and facial skin. It is more convenient to mix all the ingredients until smooth using a blender.Hair will become soft and shiny.
Autumn. Hair that is tired of the summer sun and water procedures needs restoration. Use fresh aloe juice rubbing it into your scalp and masks with nourishing oils.
Egg mask with arnica
Ingredients: egg yolk – 2 pcs., Burdock oil – 2 tablespoons, arnica tincture (in pharmacies) – 3 tablespoons.
Application time – 30 minutes.
The mixture is applied to the hair under a warm towel wrap.As it cools down, the towel should be replaced with a fresh one.
Ingredients: pumpkin juice – 100 ml, oil (burdock, linseed, sea buckthorn, olive) – 2 tsp.
Application time – 30 minutes.
Grate a piece of fresh pumpkin and squeeze out the juice. Mix it with oils, apply the mixture to your hair. Subsequently, they will need to be thoroughly washed with shampoo.
Henna and Turmeric Mask
Ingredients: henna, turmeric.
Application time: 20-30 minutes.
Brew 2 tbsp. henna and, while stirring the hot mixture, gradually add an equal amount of turmeric powder. After the mixture has cooled, apply it to your hair, paying special attention to the roots and ends. Cover your hair with a special cap or thick towel cocoon. Wash off the mixture after 20-30 minutes. Caution, blonde hair can be dyed!
Along with the application of these recommendations, do not forget about proper washing and combing your hair, taking vitamins, healthy sleep and walking in the fresh air.
Remember: if your hair suddenly loses its shine, it may not be the season of the year, but your health condition. Therefore, if there is no effect from the use of masks and rinsing, be sure to consult a doctor.
90,000 Do I need to change my hair care in the spring?
Founder of On Hair Salon
Winter is a difficult period for hair. If you went without a hat in sub-zero temperatures or in a very narrow hat (this is tantamount to wearing very tight hairstyles every day), did not use thermal protection, ran out of the home heat into the cold, and out of the cold – into a highly heated office with dry air, then hair damage will result in winter is guaranteed for you.If you still haven’t got enough sleep, haven’t used nutritious or used “wrong” treatments, then all this is also a problem and stress for the hair!
If in winter you carefully looked after your hair, nourished it, regularly took care of it, then in the spring feel free to switch to moisturizing. Change the mask to moisturizing too. From the pleasant detox treatments for scalp cleansing , add scrub or peeling , for example, from Davines from the Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser line or from the American brand R + Co Crown Scalp Scrub.
If you were not so careful with your hair and got dryness, brittleness, sectioning, porosity, dull color, confusion and a change in the hydrolipid balance of the skin, it means that winter care was incorrect or inappropriate. In this case, we change the used winter care for recovery and follow the tips below.
For a time we remove our favorite drying shampoos for volume, we replace them with a softer with moisturizing components. We choose shampoo according to the type of scalp, and not according to the condition of the hair.Do not forget that we wash only the scalp and only at the end do we tighten the foam to its full length. Regularly use scrub or exfoliation once a week . Care should be regular and systematic.
Add regenerating conditioner after each wash. Stock up on nourishing, revitalizing, smoothing and remodeling masks and use them once a week. Check out the Nourishing, Oi, The Circle Chronicles at Davines, the All Soft and All Soft Mega at Redken.
After care, be sure to use Leave-Ons – Serums, Creams and Sprays (R + Co High Dive Leave-In Cream, Waterfall or Centerpiece Spray, Oi, Davines Leave-In Milk or Redken One United Leave-In Spray).