Hair care that works like skincare is one of the biggest beauty trends to hit the market in recent years, with some of the newest hair products drawing their inspiration and ingredients from high-tech lotions and potions designed for your face. Just like you regularly cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturize your face, treating your hair to a routine will have it looking more fabulous in no time.
“It is essential that we adjust our hair-care regime to suit the needs of our hair and scalp,” advises Paula Halsey, hair expert and training manager for luxe hair brand Phyto. “We can damage our hair so easily, from the way we shampoo and style it to the equipment and products we use, the chemical treatments we’ve come to rely on, and even just being exposed to pollution and UV,” she explains.
Choosing the right products will protect your hair and keep it looking shiny and healthy, no matter what external factors it faces. Read on to discover how to give yourself a “hacial” with five steps and products designed to care for your hair like you care for your skin.
Assess Your Hair Type
Learn to select your hair products just like you choose those for your skin – based on what works best for you. If your skin is dry or sensitive, you’re advised not to use harsh foaming cleansers, and the same applies to your hair, according to stylist to the stars Christophe Robin. “If your hair is colored, highlighted, natural, dry, frizzy, or fragile, using a gentle and detergent-free formula that won’t strip the hair of valuable moisture is important,” he says.
For hair that is super sensitive, wiry, or chemically processed, he advises, “Adopt the ‘no-shampoo method’, which involves washing the hair with masks or conditioners to avoid damaging hair that’s already weakened.” Try the Christophe Robin ‘Cleansing Mask with Lemon’. It contains lemon-zest extract to clean the scalp, rebalance pH levels, and leave hair bouncy and glossy.
Christophe Robin ‘Cleansing Mask with Lemon’
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Treat Your Scalp
Your hair care shouldn’t stop at the root; your scalp needs TLC too. “Often, our focus is all on the hair, and our scalps get forgotten,” says Halsey. “But we can’t have healthy hair without a healthy scalp. After all, the living part of the hair is in the scalp.” Your scalp’s needs, however, are different to those of your hair. A build-up of dead skin, oil, and even pollution can prevent the scalp and hair follicles within from functioning properly, so it’s vital to remove it on a regular basis.
She says investing in a weekly treatment to help deep-cleanse, purify, and stimulate the scalp “is essential for a healthy scalp and hair”. Massage a few drops of Leonor Greyl ‘Régénérescence Naturelle’ into your scalp to stimulate circulation and purify the skin thanks to 100 percent natural essential and botanical oils, amino acids, and proteins that nourish, protect, and encourage growth.
Leonor Greyl ‘Régénérescence Naturelle’
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Think a twice-weekly exfoliation treatment is just for the skin? Think again – your hair can really benefit from a regular peel or exfoliation. “Just like the skin, our hair can become weighed down and congested with stress, pollution, and product residue,” says Robin. “Using a purifying and moisturizing scrub helps to remove build-up on the hair, leaving it feeling amazingly clean and light.” Try the Kérastase ‘Chronologiste Revitalising Exfoliating Care Scrub’, which contains micro-particles to remove impurities from the hair shaft, leaving every strand gleaming with health.
Kérastase ‘Chronologiste Revitalising Exfoliating Care Scrub’
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Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!
Would you ever leave the house without moisturizer on your face? No. How about your hair? Chances are that’s not at the top of your beautifying list.
“Hair and skin are made up of the same protein: keratin,” explains Halsey. “I always remind clients of this fact and compare the use of skin moisturizers with leave-in creams for hair. If your hands are sore, you apply creams frequently to moisturize and soothe, but you only moisturize your hair when you shampoo it, which often is only a couple of times a week.”
A leave-in moisturizing cream – such as the Oribe ‘Supershine Moisturizing Cream’ – is essential to help protect from frizz, moisture loss, and environmental damage. Apply before and/or after styling to keep your hair sleek and shiny.
Oribe ‘Supershine Moisturizing Cream’
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Use a Mask
If you love using masks to treat different problems on your face, why not do the same for your hair? “I recommend the use of a mask at least once a week for deep conditioning,” says Halsey. If your hair is ultra dry and in need of reviving, try the ‘Phytokératine Ultra-Repairing Mask’ by Phyto. It contains hyaluronic acid, a potent ingredient usually found in ultra-hydrating skin creams, which helps lock in moisture to leave hair feeling revived and full of health.
Phyto ‘Phytokératine Ultra-Repairing Mask’
AED145 / SAR148