As a salon professional, my goal is to help my clients instill the confidence they need to feel beautiful both inside and out. Our hair is our identity and without it, we look towards other ways to define ourselves. Since the induction of the pandemic, many clients experienced major hair loss due to stress. It's important to seek the treatments and take action today, here are over the counter products we sell here at Taylor Monroe as well as ingredients to look for when searching for the right regimen for you.
One of the most important factors for encouraging healthy hair growth is maintaining a healthy scalp. The scalp is often overlooked when it comes to haircare- most shampoos, conditioners and masks, unless specified are designed to care for your hair. When it comes to the scalp, there are many factors that can contribute to hair loss and thinning. Some concerns may be hereditary or through medical conditions- which you should consult with your doctor- however for most clients exploring in-salon solutions have provided results.
Cleanse Your Scalp
Salicylic Acid - used to treat acne, it can also be beneficial in clearing the scalp of any excess oil and skin build-up. We love Oribe Serene Scalp Shampoo and Conditioner.
AHA- Alpha Hydroxy Acid like R+Co's Submarine Water Activated Enzyme Exfoliating Shampoo gently removes excess ﬂakes, oils and build-up with naturally derived enzymes and fruit AHA’s.
Apple Cider Vinegar - ACV is a natural astringent and helps to remove product build-up as well as balancing the pH of your scalp. R+Co Acid Wash is specially formulated to cleanse your scalp and hair leaving your scalp clean and hair remarkably shiny and bodified.
Oleanic Acid - This is naturally occurring acid derived from olives used to help break down fatty acids, remove excess oil and prevent product build-up. I love Head And Heal by Maria Nila, the gentle scent is delicious.
Pyrthione Zinc - This is a key ingredient in many dandruff shampoos which are designed to break down the bonds that form between skin cells on your scalp, therefore removing any excess flakes.
Coal Tar - This is an FDA approved ingredient used in many dandruff shampoos and treatments designed to help combat scalp issues. It works by slowing the overactive cells that cause scaling, itching and flaking of your scalp. Great for clients with psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis (scalp irritation caused by
Vitamin C - One of the most important vitamins for healthy hair, it helps to produce collagen which is essential for strong hair. We love Malibu C - Scalp therapy vitamin C detoxifying treatment, this is an in-salon service, make an appointment with one of our stylist here.
Strengthening Your Hair
Really quick, hair is made up of three layers: the cuticle, cortex and medulla. The cuticle is the outer layer which is made of overlapping scales that protect the cortex (inner layer) and the medulla (core). When hair is healthy, these scales lie flat like shingles on a roof top- but as we use products, style our hair, live in a polluted environment or just get older, these scales can start to lift and break exposing the inner layers.
Capixyl TM (Biomemetic Peptide combined with Red Clover Extract): this product is such an amazing ingredient that helps strengthen hair from the inside out and supports hair growth when used each time you wash your hair. It fortifies the scalp to promote fuller, thicker, healthier-looking hair. Try Oribe Serene Scalp Thickening Treatment Spray.
Amino Acids : found in many shampoos and conditioners, amino acids are the building blocks of proteins which make up your hair. Brands like K18 use a sequence of amino acids that travels deep into hair’s core structure to fit in and reconnect broken polypeptide chains (keratin chains) responsible for hair strength and elasticity.
Minoxidil (Rogaine): a popular over the counter treatment minoxidil is medically FDA approved for hair loss and regrowth. The only issue with this product- it can be very irritating to many clients causing itchiness, irritation or dryness. You should consult your doctor before using any type of topical treatments like these as there are other alternatives.
Biotin : a key ingredient in many shampoos, conditioners, treatments and supplements for strengthening the hair and promoting hair and nail growth. Stimulates collagen production to help fortify your scalp- this is a long term solution that can take up to 12 weeks of daily use before you see results with thinning or breakage concerns.
Not one product will be the holy grail to solving your hair loss, dandruff and dry scalp concerns. The conditions come and go and with that you should consider using a combination of these solutions to address your concerns. Be patient, it may take a little time to find what works best for you, but with the right routine and products- your scalp will be thanking you in no time!