It’s only 2pm and already, your mane is slick with sebum. At the office, you notice your colleague’s blowout has deflated. You scan and see that not many can escape the torture of unsightly hair. We’re no stranger to hair woes: From thinning hair, to a receding hairline, and the irritating pain of an itchy scalp. Still, despite our best efforts, there has never been a lasting solution. But here’s the long-awaited secret: Healthy hair begins at the scalp, with the suitable scalp serums.
What is scalp care?
The blueprint for scalp care can look very much like your existing skincare routine: exfoliate, wash, moisturise, and your serum of choice. Apart from rotating your hair wash routine to include a scalp shampoo two to three times a week, serums are important for locking in all the goodness. Just as your facial skin barrier is an essential foundation for your skin care, a healthy scalp barrier is important for hair growth—and it starts with a scalp serum.
“We have been advocating that a complete daily hair care routine should be: shampoo, conditioner and scalp serum.” -Leonica Kei
What are scalp serums?
The world of hair care ushers in this talk of the town—scalp serums. These luxurious elixirs are formulated to nourish and rejuvenate the scalp, promoting healthy hair growth and restoring balance to the scalp’s natural ecosystem.
“While we often use serums on the skin, scalp serums are still a relatively new concept. The scalp is not only an extension of your skin, but also contains the root of our hair follicles, as well as being constantly exposed to natural elements such as the sun, and harsh chemical salon treatments,” says dermatologist Dr Laura Hui.
Packed with a potent blend of vitamins, minerals, and essential oils, these serums penetrate deeply into the hair follicles, stimulating blood flow and promoting the production of healthy new cells. The result? Stronger, shinier, and more voluminous hair that looks and feels amazing.
Whether you are looking to soothe a dry, itchy scalp, combat hair loss, or simply elevate your hair care routine to the next level, scalp serums are the ultimate indulgence. So go for it—treat yourself to the luxurious benefits of these heavenly brew and experience the transformative power of healthy, beautiful hair.
“All scalp types including eczema scalp, flaky, itchy scalp, dandruff, scalp inflammation, oily scalp and normal scalp; will all benefit from using scalp serum. They protect the scalp from harmful elements, maintains pH balance and prevents sensitivities while promoting hair growth,” explains Leonica Kei, founder and principal trichologist of Leonica K.
Incorporating scalp serums into your routine
If you desire the beauty of luscious locks, it’s time to include serums into your haircare routine. Begin your routine as usual with your shampoo and condition. After towel drying, apply your chosen scalp serum directly to the scalp from front to back with a 1 cm gap, gently massaging it in with a massager of choice.
“The choice of scalp serums should be individualised, targeted at addressing a person’s specific concerns, while overall promoting a favourable environment for hair growth.” -Dr Laura Hui
If you’re looking to stimulate hair growth, look towards serums that contain minoxidil. Nature’s offerings can also prove its worth, with rosemary, pumpkin seed oil, emu oil, and gingko at the front row. Dr Laura Hui explains that it helps to increase blood flow to the scalp, while activating resting hair follicles to combat the battle against balding.
However, if you’re prone to an oily scalp, switch out your existing serum for more lightweight offerings. Look towards exfoliating scalp serums containing glycolic acid, salicylic acid, and lactic acid for the liberating clearance of yeast, dead cells, and sebum.
Those with dry and irritated scalps can reach for hydrating serums with hyaluronic acid to maintain a moisturised scalp.
“Once you’ve experienced the refreshing feeling of a scalp serum, you will never go without it.” -Leonica Kei
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