The ‘skinification of hair’ is the biggest haircare trend of the moment. But, what exactly does it mean? Put simply, it refers to the increasingly sophisticated formulas and ingredients used in haircare products that have traditionally been used in skincare. The result? Maximum hair health and beautifying benefits. Join us as we investigate the cross-pollination of some of skincare’s most recognizable ingredients and discover why you’ll want to incorporate these new-gen products into your regimen now…
Why Are Hero Skincare Ingredients Used In Haircare?
Increased knowledge about the health of the hair, and importantly the scalp, has seen the advancement of ingredient type and quality used in haircare and the emergence of a new subcategory of products focusing primarily on scalp health. Historically, scalp care products were designed to rectify issues such as dryness, itchiness or flakiness but now the approach is more holistic. “Growing awareness and understanding of the anatomy of the hair including the scalp and follicle has driven a rise of tailored products using high-quality ingredients that consumers know and trust,” says Nancy Twine, founder of Briogeo. Add to this the fact that women are truly delving into the complexities of the ingredients in their skincare, and now, haircare regimens, and suddenly we are all beginning to understand how what we put onto our hair and scalp really matters.
Why Is Scalp Health A Primary Concern For Hair?
Like your skin, the scalp has a delicate bacterial balance that needs to be well cared for to function at its best, feel comfortable and keep hair looking healthy. “Scalps deserve the same level of attention and care as your skin so I always recommend that people think of the scalp as an extension of your face,” says Christophe Robin, founder of Christophe Robin. “Product build-up is one of the main environmental aggressors that can affect the health of your hair,” says Nancy. “Think how much effort you put into cleansing your skin, keeping it clear of dirt or debris or doing extractions – the same applies to your scalp.” Product build-up can lead to clogging of the follicle, which can cause an imbalance in bacteria on the scalp and even hair loss. To prevent it, the next generation of hair and scalp care products are using skincare grade ingredients to nourish, detoxify and restore balance to the scalp, as an essential foundation to healthy hair.
Skincare Ingredients And Their Benefits On Hair
If you want to upgrade your haircare regimen, try some of these hero skincare ingredients…
“A real treasure, well known for its unrivalled hydrating properties. Packed with over 75 active molecules as well as 20 minerals, 18 amino acids, 12 vitamins and even more nutrients besides, this unique plant delivers unrivalled hydrating properties for the hair fiber just as well as it does for the skin,” says Christophe Robin.
Charcoal has featured in detoxifying masks for your skin for years, now you’re likely to find it in your haircare too. “A popular skincare ingredient, clarifying charcoal is known to help rid your scalp of impurities and deeply cleanse,” explains Nancy. “Product build-up is one of the most significant environmental aggressors that can impact the health and appearance of your hair so using a range with charcoal in is a good way to prevent related damage.”
Not only does rose smell amazing – hence it’s found in abundance in many floral centered fragrances – but it is renowned for its soothing skin benefits, making it ideal for use on the scalp and hair. “Different types of roses have different beneficial effects on both the hair and the skin,” says Christophe.“Musk rose is slightly astringent and has hydrating and soothing properties, whereas centifolia rose is an antioxidant and helps fortify the hair.”
Baobab Seed Oil
Using an oil anywhere in your beauty regimen can seem daunting to the uninitiated, especially if you already naturally have oily skin or hair. But, oil is brilliant at actually regulating oil in both the skin and scalp. Baobab Oil – harvested from the Baobab tree in Africa – is a fantastic emollient for dry and damaged hair. It intensely nourishes, repairs damage and turns wild hair into something far more manageable.
Kale is well known as a superfood for its impressive antioxidant content. Now, it’s making waves in haircare. “As you’d enjoy kale in your favorite smoothie or skincare concoction it also has impressive results on the hair,” says Nancy. “It’s a rich source of omegas 3,6 and 9 which help to support healthy hair growth.”