We've always treated our skincare as skincare and our hair care as hair care. However, a new beauty movement is trying to blur the lines between skincare and hair care by introducing products whose ingredient list looks in line with skincare products. Dubbed the 'skinification of hair', this movement is all about TLC for the hair, especially the scalp, and involves deeply nourishing, soothing and moisturising it.
Ahead, we're digging a little deeper into the skinification trend and how it could transform your hair care routine.
What is skinification?
As aforementioned, skinification of the hair and the scalp is essentially including ingredients that were once only found in skincare products in your hair care routine. Certain active ingredients have benefits not just for the skin but the hair too, and thus, can be used to promote hair health and nourish your tresses.
How does it work?
To understand why skinification of the hair and the scalp works, let's first understand a couple of things about our hair and scalp. First up, the hair receives the nutrients from the body's blood supply right at the end since it's a non-essential tissue. Secondly, the scalp has a lower barrier function and, therefore, isn't adequate for maintaining hydration.
These two factors combined can make the scalp prone to inflammation, itching, irritation and dandruff, and even lead to thinning and hair fall. Skinification, however, helps with this. If you have dry skin, you will use hyaluronic acid on your face for hydration, right? Well, if you have a dry scalp, you can use a 'skinified' hair care product with hyaluronic acid to treat the same thing.
How you can incorporate it?
If you want to optimise your hair care routine, skinification is the easier way to do it. Instead of just looking at shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks with active ingredients, seek out products that will help you take care of your scalp. A scalp tonic, a scalp scrub, or even a serum like the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Hair Serum can help. Just like with skincare, the order needs to be: cleanse, exfoliate, hydrate, nourish, and protect. It really is that simple!
Hero ingredients in skinification
With hair and scalp care formulas stealing the limelight with ingredient-heavy formulas, we thought we'd make your life a little easier by suggesting a few hero ingredients that work towards the skinification of hair. If you're seeking moisture, look for ceramides. If you want to kiss frizz and dryness goodbye, hyaluronic acid is a winner. If your scalp is greasy AF, kaolin clay can help. Turn to popular skincare ingredients — which you've used before — and if there's one thing you should avoid, it's essential oils!