Advertorial: Nab the shiny, glossy hair you’ve always wanted
While you might be all over the anti-ageing skin care game, you may not realise that the factors that damage the skin (stress, pollution, genetic ageing) are actually the same as those that wreak havoc on the health of your hair.
Yep – if you’ve ever wondered why your mane is always looking dull, dry and lifeless, it all comes down to your scalp.
The good news? We’re about to tell you exactly what you need to do to help improve (and maintain) the health of your scalp, so you can finally achieve the shiny, glossy hair you’ve always wanted.
Why it’s important to look after your scalp
One of the main components of the hair is the hair bulb. The hair bulb (or hair follicle) is the only *living* part of your hair and it sits underneath your scalp, so it’s super important to take care of it.
The strength of your hair follicle relies on the health of the scalp, because it uses the scalp’s natural oils, vitamins and minerals to help support the growth of healthy hair. So, if you can increase the health of your scalp, you’ll be able to increase the supply of nutrients to your hair follicles.
Things like stress, pollution and seasonal changes can prevent the hair follicle from accessing the natural oils and nutrients it needs, resulting in scalp problems such as flaking, itching and irritation (especially if you are prone to dandruff). In turn, this can affect the growth of strong, healthy hair. What’s more, the effects of ageing can also have an impact on the hair follicle itself - leading to a shorter cycle of hair growth, and the growth of shorter and thinner strands of hair. While there’s not a lot you can do to necessarily ‘fix’ the effects of genetic ageing and hair loss, some hair products can work to densify the hair and extend your hair’s life cycle.
What you need to do is treat your scalp like, well, skin, by nourishing, hydrating and protecting it from all these different factors.
If caring for your scalp has never been on your radar until now – don’t panic! Personalised scalp care is quickly becoming a key part of at-home haircare, and many new products are now focusing on ways to step up your scalp care routine.
How to look after your scalp
While glosses, conditioners and next-generation hair serums might help improve the appearance of shine, they’re just temporary fixes as they don’t get to the root (pun intended!) of the issue. What’s worse, many shampoos can have the opposite effect and can sometimes strip the scalp of essential oils, leaving it unbalanced and irritated.
So what kind of products should you be reaching for to help you get the health of your scalp on track?
The Hair Rituel By Sisley range pretty much ticks every box when it comes to ensuring your scalp gets the care and nutrients it needs. The hair regimen consists of eight different products that work to repair and energise the follicle from its root.
The range consists of scalp cleansing products, scalp and hair treatments and styling products that can either be used alone or together as part of your haircare routine. Sisley’s Revitalizing Volumizing Shampoo, Revitalizing Smoothing Shampoo, Revitalizing Straightening Shampoo, Restructuring Conditioner, Regenerating Hair Care Mask, Revitalizing Fortifying Serum, Precious Hair Care Oil and Volumizing Spray each work to not only target the hair follicle, but also nourish and coat the hair fibre (the visible part of your hair), giving it a stronger, denser and more radiant appearance.
To repair the hair follicle, each product contains a vitalising, fortifying complex of zinc, copper, magnesium, vitamin B6, pro-vitamin B5, and a vitamin E derivative; and arginine – an amino acid that makes keratin – to promote hair vitality. Rice proteins and a vitamin peptide (known for its role in treating hair loss) work to densify the hair fibre, while linseed and einkorn wheat protect the hair’s natural colour. Alpha-bisabolol (an active component of chamomile) works to soothe the scalp.
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What do you do to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy? Let us know in the comment section below.
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Erin Docherty is a Beauty Writer for BEAUTYcrew, Beauty Editor for Women's Health magazine and a Grooming Writer for Men's Health magazine. She has a keen interest in cosmeceutical skin care and is currently working on minimising her 9-step skin care routine – because ain’t nobody got time for that. When she’s not writing about the latest beauty news, or applying copious amounts of serum, you can find her spending all her money in Sephora.