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Scalp Care: Skin-Inspired Hair Products for Healthier Strands

To say Augustinus Bader turned the skincare space upside down would be an understatement. Surely you know the story by now: Building on more than 30 years of research, Bader, a German stem cell and biomedical researcher, launched The Cream in 2018, a facial moisturizer based on his breakthrough hydrogel, which activates the regeneration of the body’s own stem cells. and allows some burn patients to forgo skin grafts and built a cult following virtually overnight. So naturally, when the brand announced that it would apply its revolutionary, science-based approach to haircare, we were full of intrigue. It’s certainly a marker of the growing “skinification” of hair, that is, the industry’s shift towards comprehensive scalp care to maintain stronger, healthier-looking locks.

Augustinus Bader The treatment of the scalp

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Augustinus Bader Hair Oil

“We are not a skincare brand, we are a technology platform,” says Charles Rosier, CEO of Augustinus Bader. “Skincare was just the easiest way to start.” Because hair issues can be heavily affected by a number of factors like stress and hormonal imbalances, he insists it “can be even more complex than skin health.” But let Bader crack the code himself, and do it in a characteristic way. patented TFC-8 or Trigger Factor Complex, made from naturally occurring amino acids, vitamins and synthesized molecules found naturally in the skin to activate the body’s stem cells, supporting cell renewal. [our skin-care] developments is that we have less and less access to restorative environments – the cells that sit on the scalp also need a healthy environment,” says Bader. “It’s like the stem cells behind your body are behind the wheel and deciding where they want to go. We just give them a roadmap. They have the knowledge. According to Rosier, optimizing the cellular environment comes down to maintaining overall hair health for “stronger hair that will have better texture, shine and resistance to environmental pollutants, coloring and styling. in the heat”.

Dr. Barbara Sturm Anti-Hair Loss Scalp Serum

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Dr. Barbara Sturm Super Anti-Aging Shampoo

While Bader, the man and the brand, is at the forefront of hair care research and innovation, another scientific launch from a major player in skin care comes from German molecular scientist and aesthetic physician Barbara Sturm, who today launches her molecular hair care collection with three main lines – Balancing, Super Anti-Aging and Anti-Hair Fall – each including shampoo, conditioner and serum for targeted scalp powered by a number of foundational ingredients, like soothing and hydrating panthenol and strengthening purslane (which Sturm has dubbed the “Fountain of Youth Enzyme”), to support the scalp microbiome and, in turn, encourage healthy, beautiful hair.

“We often neglect our scalp and don’t give it the same attention as our faces and bodies, but the scalp is an extension of our skin,” Sturm says, noting that this is particularly relevant to aging hair. “Although scalp hair offers varying degrees of protection, the scalp ages in the same way as skin, involving both biological and damage-related factors, including internal and environmental stressors, such as UV and rising pollution levels.” New York trichologist Bridgette Hill draws attention to the effects of hair coloring and other in-salon chemical treatments on the scalp. “The impact of aging and chemical services affects the tissues and cells necessary for protein synthesis, hair fiber construction, and scalp structures and functions that support our hair follicles and hair fibers,” explains Hill, who encourages her clients to build scalp awareness and restore proper vitamins and nutrition to the scalp and hair fiber by making dedicated scalp care a regular, well-rehearsed ritual.

Drunk Elephant TLC Happi Scalp Scrub

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Drunk Elephant Laini No-Lather Conditioning Co-Cleanser

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Necessary Conditioner

As luxury skincare companies disrupt haircare, other coveted but more accessible next-gen brands are also getting in on the game. In 2020, Drunk Elephant launched four clean hair products with ingredients that love skin, and the brand has just unveiled its pH-balanced Laini Latherless Cleansing Conditioner, blended with scalp-supporting ingredients like argan and sacha inchi seed oils. Necessary entered the space over the summer with a fragrance-free herbal scalp duo featuring ingredients like hydrating aloe vera leaf juice and antioxidant-rich niacinamide.

“In order to achieve effective results, scalp products require formulations that penetrate and deliver ingredients deep into the follicle, and who better than skincare experts and developers to apply their existing knowledge to these efforts,” says New York trichologist Shab Reslan of the successful rise of skin-friendly hair care. Reslan works with UK skincare brand The Inkey List, which offers a range of wallet-friendly hair offerings, like their salicylic acid exfoliating and caffeine-boosting scalp treatments, and preaches the importance of a dedicated hair care routine that reflects that for the complexion. “Whether someone has great hair or has noticed thinning or negative changes with their hair, it’s important for everyone to adopt a daily hair regimen that will maintain and improve their hair, or at least prevent it from falling out. make it worse,” says Resland. , which recommends maintaining a clean scalp with the daily or weekly use of glycolic or salicylic acids as the first step to removing any buildup or flakes and balancing the scalp environment, then applying a scalp topical that can penetrate in a clean, build-up-free scalp.

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The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Hair Treatment

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The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Scalp Exfoliating Treatment

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Skincare brands specializing in hair care have paid particular attention to clean, non-toxic formulations, which are better for skin and hair on all levels, especially for those prone to acne breakouts on face and scalp. “You can rinse and forget about your hair care products, but your skin doesn’t…they can leave a residue on your skin for hours, including on your scalp, face and back, and hair products without rinse leave a residue, which can transfer to skin directly from your hair or from a towel or pillowcase,” says Iris Rubin, dermatologist and founder of Seen, a non-comedogenic hair care line. cleansers, styling creams and a new smoothing magic serum with moisturizer squalene and nature’s answer to silicone, hemisqualane, for color and heat protection. “Hair care is skin care,” Rubin points out. “A lot of people don’t realize this and can use the best skin care, but then negate many of the benefits of hair care that cause skin problems.”