The best products to restore optimal health to your scalp and locks.

Hair products that simply focus on the aesthetic benefits of volume and shine are so 2020. Yes, we want our locks to look good, but the buzzword in haircare this year is wellness. Hair health is, perhaps, not something you’ve previously considered. And yet the wellbeing of our scalps and tresses is at the forefront of the hair industry’s latest launches, which use ingredients previously reserved for the skin on our faces for that atop our heads. Perhaps it’s a much-needed response to a year of fending for ourselves on the hair front; with the lack of in-salon deep treatments and regular trims, our locks have never felt more neglected, or in need of nurture. This week we have a round-up of nine of the best products to restore your scalp and locks to optimum health at home, ready for you to emerge from lockdown with a healthy, happy do.

Olaplex


No. 3 Hair Perfector, £26


A popular in-salon treatment for stressed tresses, Olaplex’s at-home offering is just as good at repairing and restoring if you’ve been hitting the home-dye kit hard. The active formula in their aptly named Hair Perfector seeks out broken bonds in hair strands at a molecular level and literally glues them back together for stronger, healthier, softer lengths. Use as a pre-shampoo treatment, or for more intense results, an overnight mask.

The Inkey List


PCA Hair Bond Treatment, £12.99


Perfect for serial straighteners, this lightweight spray is designed to repair the bonds broken by regular heat exposure. Rebuilding and strengthening damaged strands, it uses high-tech ingredients to smooth frizz and repair split ends, whilst also protecting against future damage. If your amateur styling attempts have left you with straw-like ends with no prospect of a salon appointment any time soon, this is your new best friend.

Dizziak


Deep Conditioner, £22


Dizziak was founded by Loretta de Feo after she became increasingly frustrated at not being able to find an intense enough treatment for all hair textures (in particular Afro hair), that wasn’t full of chemicals. Dizziak’s Deep Conditioner, in its graphic, monochrome packaging, leaves locks ultra-soft, without weighing down coils. It is packed with natural ingredients such as quinoa protein to boost hydration, shine and health while babassu oil restores elasticity for bounce and argan oil protects from ongoing damage. With an invigorating peppery scent, it’s a great shower companion for a deep hit of hair repair.

Philip Kingsley


Flaky Itchy Scalp Toner, £10


Widely acknowledged as one of the leading tricology brands, Philip Kingsley brings serious science to haircare. Its Flaky Itchy Scalp Toner is a lightweight water-based formula designed to soothe irritated, flaky scalps with anti-microbial ingredients. A leave-in treatment it’s a lifesaver offering both immediate relief and prevention of ongoing issues.

For Halle


Love You Back, Extensions Repair Set, £52



Hair extensions or wigs can be high maintenance. Without access to expert appointments, they may be looking a little worse for wear by now. For Hallé has created a dedicated range of shampoos, masks and clever moisture lock bags to help revitalise and rehydrate weaves. Infused with seaberry and designed to reduce frizz, improve texture and repair split ends. Clever, specialist products that breathe new life into tired hair.

Dr. Hauschka


Hair Tonic, £18


Dr. Hauschka’s hair tonic is, well, just the tonic for lack-lustre locks. The non-oily hair formula is designed to give hair the best possible foundation to grow – namely a healthy, happy scalp. The refreshing herbal tonic revitalises fine, greasy-prone hair and irritated scalps with ingredients of neem, nettle, birch bark, arnica and burdock root. It can also be used as a setting spray to add volume and body to limp locks.

Wild Science Lab


Head Strong Hair Defence Strengthening Serum, £35


Serums are not just a step in your skincare routine. Add this strengthening formula from Wild Science Labs to your daily haircare routine too and expect a rebalanced, hydrated hair texture and a deeply nourished scalp as the mix of CBD, avocado, moringa and organic hemp oils feed hair strands from root to tip. Designed to fortify, it helps reduce shedding, splitting and breakage too.

Monpure


Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum, £96


Monpure is fanatical about scalp health above all else when it comes to haircare. Why? Because hair grows for two weeks underneath the surface of the scalp before emerging, as the only ‘alive’ part of our hair. What happens at the scalp determines the quality of a hair’s life. Its Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum is a serious investment but uses skincare ingredients such as exfoliating retinol and lactic acid to remove dead skin from the scalp surface and encourage new hair growth.

Grow Gorgeous


Volume Root Stimulating Primer, £18


Lusting after long locks and frustrated that they aren’t growing? Grow Gorgeous’ Root Stimulating Primer can give your hair the boost its craving with rejuvenating caffeine, nourishing red algae and rice protein to improve the integral health of your hair to help it reach new lengths.

By Lydia Mansi
March 2021

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Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.

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