Every day, our head (scalp and hair) like our skin, is exposed. The scalp has its own unique needs and challenges, and this means something different for everyone. It used to be that personal care meant skin care (face and body) and the condition of the scalp has raised questions (and concerns) about we choose to take care of our whole head. At its core, the scalp (with the bed of hair on our heads) is, well, skin, with the same methods of renewal and rejuvenation as the skin (on the body), just on its own league. If you take a moment to think about it, without the bed of hair on our heads, we are bald and covered in skin. While many of us are pretty on top of our personal care routines, this is limited to the face and body-but the skin isn’t the only thing that benefits from TLC-the scalp (in conjunction with our hair) does too and it’s important to know that our scalp requires maintenance too. Considering that the scalp may suffer the same concerns that the skin on the body takes from different factors (sun, heat, products & build up), it makes sense to step up our perception when it comes to the notion of personal care in its entirety (from head to toe).
For many of us, beauty evokes a basic desire to care for ourselves, and cosmetic products are now breaking all boundaries. Today, ingredients have been re-imagined and reinvented in many ways and still remain staples for everyday uses. The relationship between our hair and scalp now begins and ends with safety, and innovations in skin care have been steering the direction for safety in hair care. Are brands effectively responding to the environmental emergency and the impact on our good health? Whatever it is, it’s a win-win situation! The newfound focus on the scalp has opened up research opportunities with botanical beauty ingredients repurposed to create combination products.
The ingredients that are normally associated with skin care are being used in holistic personal care products, and with benefits. The same ingredients that purify and nourish skin are re-imagined to care for the scalp and tresses. Ingredients like Honey, Almonds, Cocoa, Coconut, and Shea Butter among other natural plant ingredients that were once prioritized for skincare alone have been in the spotlight for all the right reasons. If you have concerns about your scalp and hair, there are options available to address those discomforts. Below is a selection of nourishing ingredients on a long list of product goals that are fit for skin, scalp and hair:
- Almond Oil
Sweet Almond oil softens the scalp and adds shine & suppleness to hair.
- Cocoa Butter
With its healing qualities, Cocoa butter softens the scalp to keep it in optimal shape between treatments and styling.
Apart from hydration, honey works to treat and reverse damage from UV exposure as well as other exposures such as environmental stress
- Argan Oil
The scalp is exactly the same as the skin. Argon (from the Argan tree kernels) is mixed into personal care products and helps to treat inflammatory skin conditions.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil with its many uses works to penetrate hair the shaft for optimum moisture and care.
Our beauty routines have come a long way since sacrificing superficial beauty methods and embracing natural beauty. From health to self care, Personal care has fast become a major concern when deciding which type of products to invest in. The scope of innovation for brands, coupled with consumer interest has opened up options and greater freedom of choice. Because personal care aims to affect processes such as ageing, and protection (from environmental factors and free radicals), product goals come in different forms-depending on hair types. Just as the right routine can transform the skin, imagine the possibilities that the right exfloliator, nourishing mask or oil can do for the scalp. Everyone has their hair ‘truths’, and multipurpose plants that can be categorically repurposed for the overlap between hair and scalp for expert level care is something worth looking into. The next time you’re looking to pamper yourself, flip a bottle and see what it says the ingredient does!
Some ingredients featured can be found in all Hafro Natural Cosmetics products. Browse Hafro Natural Cosmetics www.hafronatural.com product range and get in touch for expert level hair care.