Active ingredients aren’t just for your face but your hair, too!

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Winter and hair aren’t exactly the perfect match. Between avoiding frizz caused by rainy weather and managing seasonal dryness, keeping your strands healthy can be a real challenge. When it comes to our skin, there is a selection of active ingredients you can use to treat specific concerns. But not everyone knows that they can be just as beneficial for your locks when infused into your haircare products. Yes, really!


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Active duty

The active ingredients commonly found in skincare can also have benefits for your hair. No, this doesn’t mean pouring your fave facial serum into your shampoo or conditioner! It means checking the labels of your haircare buys to see if they contain any actives. Also, different ones are suitable for specific hair types and concerns. 

A popular one that has started being included in more haircare products is hyaluronic acid. This molecule can hold up to a thousand times its weight in water, which aids in maintaining long-lasting hydration. When used in shampoo or conditioner, this active can restore moisturisation and bounce to dry, thirsty locks.


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Having a healthy scalp is the cornerstone of a healthy head of hair. As such, many actives that are used in haircare products are to maintain the health of the skin it grows from. This includes oily-skin hero, salicylic acid, which helps to prevent buildup and blocked follicles. Antioxidants are also starting to feature more in the hair space for their ability to reduce environmental damage to your strands and keep your colour on point. Trending ingredient, niacinamide, is thought to prevent hair loss and make your ‘fro look fuller.


Now, when you’re stocking up on your favourite skincare actives, don’t forget your hair’s needs, too!


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