n: the branch of medical and cosmetic study and practice concerned with the hair and scalp
Hair and scalp-care is both a science and an art. Here's a few trichological tips for tantalising tresses...
Healthy hair starts with the scalp, so look for products with stimulating ingredients such as cinnamon leaf, peppermint, nettle and rosemary to encourage blood flow to the scalp, bringing nutrients and flushing waste. Products like New shampoo bar and Roots scalp treatments are laden with these stimulating ingredients
To double the effects of these stimulating ingredients; massage the product into your scalp using strong fingers. Lavender, rose, and chamomile will also soothe and calm sore scalps, so make sure to work these rich, beneficial oils thoroughly into your skin. Superbalm is a scalp treatment containing all of these wonderful ingredients.
Stimulating the scalp also helps to regulate sebum production, which is the natural oil your body produces to help prevent your skin and hair from drying out. Mostly controlled by your hormones, it protects the cuticle from damage, coating it and making it shiny. The closest oil to our natural sebum is jojoba oil, which acts in the same way but also dissolves and cleans away excess sebum, so we use this in many of our hair products.
Understanding your hair shape
Hair comes in various textures which will influence how the hair is naturally moisturised by sebum. Straight hair has a round hair shaft, which allows the sebum to easily flow through to the ends of the hair - but this can also mean it’s oily. Curly hair has an oval shaft that causes the hair to grow in a spiral formation, making it difficult for the sebum to make its way evenly down the hair shaft. This means the curly hair may need some extra moisturising, especially at the ends which can often feel dry. Read more about it in this article.
Treat your hair to a treatment
Hair treatments aren’t just for those in need of emergency repairs; use them on a regular basis to maintain great hair. Pre-wash, deep conditioning hair masks are packed with plant oils, clays, butters, and essential oils to infuse moisture, volume, or simply to brighten up your hair. We’ve got many different kinds of treatments for all sorts of effects. Explore them all here.