It’s a myth to think that all you need to do to care for your scalp and hair is to I keep them clean. Everything you do – from what you eat to your lifestyle, the amount and quality of sleep you get, hormonal changes, environmental elements and stress levels – inﬂuences scalp and hair health.
GET THE BASICS RIGHT
You may have heard that you should care for your scalp as you do your face. The truth is, you need to treat your scalp better.
Here’s why: The nutrient-rich blood carried through the scalp helps with hair growth. The skin on the scalp is thicker than the skin on your face, and has more sebaceous glands. These glands produce sebum, which protects hair but can also clog hair follicles.
So, straighten out your haircare routine. Wash your hair with room-temperature water – anything too hot will dry out the scalp; too cold and the follicles contract, reducing the effectiveness of cleansing.
Also, when massaging your scalp, use the pads of your ﬁngers; nails can irritate and scratch it.
MAKE TIME TO SHAMPOO TWICE
The haircare experts at Shiseido Professional say that the ﬁrst shampooing removes sebum while the second removes other impurities. Not doing a two-step cleanse may lead to a build-up of sebum, dead skin cells and dirt, all of which then clogs the hair follicles. And clogging can lead to problems such as hair thinning, hair loss and dandruff .
NEVER COMPROMISE ON SHAMPOO
Shampoo is more than just a rinse-off product. Using the wrong one could result in hair breakage, dull hair and scalp irritation.
If your hair is damaged, Shiseido Professional’s Sublimic Aqua Intensive Shampoo will detangle, pamper and cleanse it. If you have coloured hair, opt for the colour-protecting Luminoforce Shampoo. If your scalp tends to get very oily, go for the Fuente Forte Shampoo for Oily Scalp. And if you experience dandruff , there’s Fuente Forte Shampoo for Dandruff Scalp.
CARE FOR YOUR SCALP TO PREVENT UNNECESSARY HAIR LOSS
The scalp ages six times faster than facial skin. And as you age, it becomes drier. The solution is to introduce small but effective ways to keep it healthy.
One such method: Start scalp care treatments – even if you’re not losing hair yet. Shiseido Professional off ers three scalp serums: Sublimic Fuente Forte Hydro Beauty Spa for dry scalps, Fuente Forte Purifying Beauty Spa for oily scalps, and Fuente Forte Clarity Beauty Spa for dandruff. Apply the serum on your towel-dried scalp to keep it hydrated and soothed.
UP YOUR HAIR MASK USAGE
Never used a hair mask before? You should start – and ideally, do it up to twice a week. If you have very damaged or very dry hair, try Shiseido Professional’s Sublimic Aqua Intensive Mask. You can also alternate a hair mask with a conditioner over the week (but coat only the lower part of the hair to avoid irritating the scalp). If you colour your hair frequently, there’s the Luminoforce Mask. For normal hair, use the Airy Flow Mask.
AFTERCARE IS NOT AN AFTERTHOUGHT
Especially if you’ve had chemical treatments like perming, straightening and colouring done. Leavein treatments can give damaged hair an extra boost to keep it feeling lush and soft.
So, massage Shiseido Professional’s Sublimic Aqua Intensive Velvet Oil into the ends of your hair before you blowdry. For more shine, use the Luminoforce Brilliance Oil. If you don’t have serious hair troubles, opt for the Airy Flow Reﬁning Fluid.
GO FOR MONTHLY SALON SCALP TREATMENTS
Just like your regular facials, a monthly in-salon scalp and hair treatment helps you look and feel better. It removes debris and excess sebum, unclogs follicles, balances the scalp, boosts blood circulation, and reduces itching.
Using only salonexclusive products, Shiseido Professional’s in-salon treatments offer holistic care for your scalp and hair. They are designed to address your needs by tackling damaged hair, boosting scalp moisture levels and neutralising external stressors. You’ll also love their calming, uplifting scents.
If you have a dandruff scalp, use Sublimic Fuente Forte Clarity Beauty Spa; for an oily scalp, try Fuente Forte Purifying Oily Scalp Shampoo with Fuente Forte Scalp Treatment.