Scalp treatments that’ll give you your healthiest hair yet

Scalp treatments that’ll give you your healthiest hair yet


Because all good hair actually starts with a healthy scalp

scalp treatments

Despite popular beliefs saying otherwise, scalp treatments aren’t just reserved for those with dandruff or a sore, itchy scalp.

In actual fact good scalp health is essential for having good hair; whatever condition your locks are in, your scalp is at the root of the problem (see what we did there?).

‘The scalp is the bedrock for the hair follicle,’ says trichologist Anabel Kingsley, ‘If it is not in good condition, the chances of you experiencing problems with hair growth and health increase significantly. Research has proven that a flaky, itchy scalp can cause and or worsen hair loss in certain individuals.’

Treating your scalp is all in the hair’s structure, which is why you need deep scalp treatments with active ingredients. ‘The hair is comprised of two parts,’ explains José Ginestar, scientific director at Sisley Paris. ‘The hair bulb, the living part situated at dermis level, and the hair fibre, the visible part greatly exposed to environmental damage.

‘At scalp level, the hair bulb is the hair producing entity, where the cells responsible for the formation of hair fibre and its colour are concentrated. By bringing dedicated active ingredients to the scalp, the cellular mechanisms of the hair are going to be boosted.’

Regardless of whether your scalp is normal, dry, oily or itchy, your hair’s health all starts with looking after it. ‘Special care of the scalp is needed, as the condition of the hair directly depends on its health; the hair will be stronger and denser, shinier and radiant with vitality,’ José adds.

Giving your scalp a refresh is important to remove product build-up, and a sore, flaking scalp can be treated with an exfoliating mask or tonic. ‘It is also crucial to massage the scalp in addition to the formulas,’ explains José. ‘Massaging the hair helps improve blood circulation and allows a better penetration of th eactive ingredients. It’s also better to use sulphate free shampoos as these are harsh on the scalp.’

José adds that, although the results are a long-term solution, you’ll see a difference after a few weeks if you follow the above steps to care for your scalp.

With all this in mind, read on to discover the scalp treatments that your haircare regime needs…

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Curly hair types – the definitive guide to textured hair

Curly hair types – the definitive guide to textured hair


It’s time to get a good understanding of your curls, once and for all

curly hair types

If you were blessed with curls atop your head, styling your hair can feel like a constant game of trial and error. Not anymore: enter our guide to all of the the different curly hair types out there.

Broadly speaking, curls may be wavy, curly or coily, each broken down into three sub types. We spoke to Lizzie (?), founder of Only Curls, for a more comprehensive break down of the different types of curly hair.

Armed with this guide to curly hair types and the right curly hair products, you’ll be the master of your hair’s texture in no time. Because who said straight-haired people should have it so easy?

Curly hair type 2: Wavy

‘Wavy hair lies somewhere between straight and curly in loose S shapes,’ explains Lizzie. ‘It has less sheen than straight hair and is more prone to frizz.

‘It needs some extra hydration, but not too much as it’ll quickly weigh the hair down – avoid heavy leave-in conditioners and creams; a styling gel or mousse works well for enhancing and holding gorgeous waves.’

(You guessed it – we’ve jumped straight in with type 2 because type 1 is reserved for straight hair.)

Type 2A

Curly hair types 2A Sienna Miller

‘These are tousled, beachy waves that sit close to the head, with little volume.’

Type 2B

Curly Hair Types 2B Salma Hayek

‘These waves are more defined, but begin a few inches down from the root with slight volume.’

Type 2C

Curly Hair Types 2C Shakira

‘Waves begin at the root with a much more defined “S” shape throughout the hair, with more body and volume. Hair texture is usually varied, with some true curls in the mix.’

Curly hair type 3: Curly

‘Curly hair strands clump together and wind around in a spiral shape, forming ringlets,’ says Lizzie. ‘This hair type can be dry, as the natural oil from the root struggles to make its way down the spiral strands; I recommend using one of the best sulphate free shampoos to avoid stripping the hair of its natural moisture.

‘Curly hair should be brushed when wet, as combing or brushing dry curls will break them up and cause frizz. Curl creme and gel can be used to enhance and maintain curl definition.’

Type 3A

Curly Hair Types 3A Jess Glynne

‘These are defined loops about the size and width of the cork from a wine bottle.’

Type 3B

Curly hair types 3B Ella Eyre

‘Springy ringlets about the size of your index finger, but with more volume than 3a curls.’

Type 3C

Curly Hair Types 3C Fleur East

‘These are tight, corkscrew curls about the circumference of a straw with lots of volume.’

Curly hair type 4: Coily

‘Coily or kinky curls range from a very tightly coiled S-shape to a Z-shape kinky pattern. The hair an appear shorter than it actually is due to the tightness of the curl, known as shrinkage, and can feel soft and fine or coarse and wiry depending on the hair thickness.

Type 4 curls are prone to breakage, dryness and tangles – lots of hydrating products, oils and deep conditioning treatments are required to avoid this.

Type 4A

Curly Hair Types 4A Amandla Stenberg

‘Tightly coiled, S-shaped corkscrews about the size of a crochet needle, the coils are compact and dense but a visible curl pattern.’

Type 4B

Curly hair types 4B Solange

‘Bends in angles into a Z-shaped, less defined pattern. 4B curls are very tightly coiled, a bit like the spring in a pen.’

Type 4C

curly hair types 4C Lupita Nyongo

‘The tightest of the curly hair types, these are shaped like 4B curls, but are tighter and denser due to shrinkage.’

Consider yourself now an expert in curls…

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