Why You Need To ‘Skinify’ Your Haircare Routine
If you’re wondering WTF ‘skinify your haircare routine’ means, it simply refers to curating haircare products and creating a routine as you would for your skin. Given that our hair is now exposed to pollution, dirt, dust, regular product buildup and daily sweat sessions (or, life in Singapore), it needs more than a simple wash, rinse, repeat and condition routine. What it needs is some TLC.
Just as you would cleanse and exfoliate your face, and follow with a mask, serum and moisturiser, your scalp and hair require the same care and attention too. Here’s what it would look like if you skinified your hair care routine.
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Shampoo = cleanser
The first step to better hair is a clean, healthy scalp, and that’s why your shampoo is so important. It’s essential to pick one that will cleanse without stripping natural oils. Pick one like the Verb Hydrating Shampoo, $24, which gently cleanses, replenishes moisture, preserves colour and strengthens hair.
Clarifying shampoo = deep cleanser
Just as you would deep-cleanse your skin to get rid of all the makeup, dirt, sebum and pollution thats settled into the pores, your scalp and hair deserves a similar deep-cleansing ritual to get rid of all the buildup, dead skin and any dust and pollution that may have settled on them. The Kevin.Murphy Maxi.Wash, $48 is infused with witch hazel, tea tree essential oil, thyme, rosemary leaf and grapefruit extract to restore balance, tighten cuticles, soothe and provide antioxidant benefits.
Hair scrub = exfoliator
The Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, $35 is ideal for scalps that are prone to greasiness, have a lot of product build up or are sensitised and itchy. Used one to two times a week, as one would a face scrub, it helps slough of dead skin and impurities while soothing and hydrating. It also helps rebalance the scalp and is great as a post-colour treatment to eliminate chemical residue and ease any tingling or itchiness from colouring.
Cap hair mask = sheet mask
Similar to a sheet mask, a cap hair mask is a great way to make sure every cuticle in your strands soaks up all the nutrients from the mask for gorgeous, smooth hair. The Starskin Coco-Nuts Nourishing Coconut Hot Oil Hair Mask, $16 comes with a sachet of intensely hydrating and nourishing virgin coconut oil, which you heat in a microwave, and then massage into scalp and lengths. Put on the cap that comes with the pack and let the nutrients soak into the hair for about 15 to 20 minutes before washing off.
Hair mask = face pack
If you need to give your hair an intensive shot of moisture and quickly, a hair mask is the way to go. The Like A Virgin Super Nourishing Coconut & Fig Hair Masque And Tangle Tamer Set, $65, is enriched with rich fatty acids from coconut oil to hydrate hair, while fig’s restorative properties help restore shine for lustrous, healthy, smooth hair.
Conditioner = moisturiser
Like the moisturiser for your face, you need to pick this based on your hair concerns. Coloured and chemically treated hair requires more nourishment than say, frizzy hair, which requires more hydration. The Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Care Conditioner, $40 is packed with sunflower seed extract, grapeseed oil, pro vitmanin B5, raspberry oil and aloe vera to soothe sensitive scalps, fight free radicals, nourish and hydrate lengths.
Hair treatment = skin serum
The key to healthy, clear skin is using the right serum and the key to healthy, luscious hair is keeping your scalp healthy by using the right treatment. Not only does the Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal +Tea Tree Scalp Treatment, $47 draw out impurities, tackle itchiness, balance and hydrate the scalp, but it also promotes healthy hair growth thanks to super vitamin Biotin.
Hair oil = face oil
Add hair oil to your haircare routine and watch your locks transform. Opt for one like the Abyssian Original Oil, $43, which can be used to nourish strands before and after you shampoo. It’s packed with an ancient Mediterranean seed oil and rose extracts to nourish and hydrates for smooth hair.
Hair mist = face mist
Exposure to sun’s rays, long hours spent in air-conditioning and use of hairstyling tools can dehydrate your hair and make it prone to frizz. A hair mist like the Vernon Francois Mist Nourishing Water, $24, will not only hydrate the hair with high performance active ingredients, it will also add shine for glossy locks.
Anti-frizz sheets = oil blotter
Frizz-fighting sheets are a must-have if you live in Singapore and you find your hair getting frizzy almost as soon as you leave the house. Just a few swipes of the Ouai Anti-Frizz Hair Sheets, $27, and you’re looking at smoother hair instantly. Plus, they fit in the tiniest of bags and can go everywhere with you.