Lus­cious locks

You can get to the root of healthy, glossy hair by treat­ing the scalp the way you treat your skin. Jour­dana Abra­hams out­lines a four-step regime

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You can get to the root of healthy, glossy bomb­shell hair by treat­ing your scalp the way you treat your skin. Just fol­low our four-step pro­gramme

Long, loose, air-dried tresses at Chanel; fin­ger­brushed waves at Al­berta Fer­retti; styles so easy to achieve there wasn’t a curl­ing tong in sight back­stage at Donna Karan. If you take away just one tenet from the spring/sum­mer shows, it’s this: the blow-dry is of­fi­cially over. While lais­sez-faire styling cre­ates all man­ner of per­mu­ta­tions, the hair­care be­hind it is not low-main­te­nance. “The more in­sou­ciant the look, the more whole­some, gutsy and glossy hair has to be,” ex­plains Gary Baker, cre­ative di­rec­tor at Unite. “And with­out the pol­ish of a big, bouncy blow-dry, hair trou­bles sim­ply have nowhere to hide.”

With the stresses of mod­ern-day life, such trou­bles, in­clud­ing thin­ning, shed­ding and flak­ing, are more abun­dant than ever. And it’s all down to the same pres­sure, poor diet and lack of sleep that ruin our skin. Our scalps, and in turn our tresses, read­ily show the signs of un­der-par health. “As a barom­e­ter for well-be­ing, hair is an ex­tremely sen­si­tive in­di­ca­tor,” says Philip Kings­ley, owner of the epony­mous hair­care line. “As it is not nec­es­sary for sur­vival, the body will never pri­ori­tise it when es­sen­tial sys­tems are over­worked.” This trans­lates to hair of­ten be­ing the first to high­light in­ter­nal im­bal­ance or ill­ness.

Thank­fully, there’s been an about-turn in con­sumer hair­care this year. In re­sponse to heavy de­mand, beauty in­dus­try be­he­moths have shifted their fo­cus from styling to scalp health. They’ve chan­nelled skin-science de­vel­op­ments into high-im­pact hair prod­ucts, cre­at­ing sham­poos as so­phis­ti­cated as skin cleansers, serums that work like fol­li­cle-plump­ing fillers, and prod­ucts boast­ing an­ti­age­ing in­gre­di­ents. And for women suf­fer­ing hair loss and thin­ning, there’s an ar­ray of ef­fec­tive treat­ments to en­sure hair reaches its full po­ten­tial.

It’s time to start treat­ing your scalp the same way you treat your skin…

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