The haircare experts at Monpure compare caring for the scalp to gardening: “if you nourish the soil, what grows out of it should flourish”. They believe that the scalp should be the heart of any haircare routine, as it is the root cause of healthy hair.
We spoke to the experts to find out more about the importance of and how to maximize scalp health, preventing hair loss and overall at-home haircare tips.
Like with most things in life, what lies beneath the surface will astonish you: so, let your hair reach its full potential.
How does stress affect hair and scalp health?
When it comes to scalp discomfort and hair loss, stress is a huge factor, as MONPURE resident dermatologist, Dr Sue Ann Chan explains:
“Stress whether acute or chronic doesn’t just affect our mental health; our skin is perhaps one of the main organs acutely affected by it. Where the scalp is concerned, stress can cause our underlying skin conditions to become worse or even trigger a severe flare up. These include inflammatory skin conditions such as atopic eczema, seborrhoeic dermatitis (which leads to dandruff), psoriasis, scalp lupus and also alopecia.”
Why is caring for the scalp so important?
A healthy scalp not only supports the production of healthy hair but also contributes towards the hair’s natural growth and retention. Traditional studies fail to recognise this interdependent relationship between the hair and scalp. Hence conventional haircare has traditionally focused on treating the hair itself with little attention paid to the crucial role the scalp plays as an incubatory environment for the pre-emergent hair.
Oxidative stress is a key aggressor when it comes to exacerbated hair loss. The International Journal of Trichology reports that it is prevalent in many skin conditions as well as pathological scalp conditions such as dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, and ultimately alopecia. The oxidative stress that occurs from an unhealthy scalp can negatively impact pre-emergent hair strands, and thus plays a big role in premature hair loss.
At MONPURE, we believe that the scalp should be at the heart of any hair regime, which is why our products were created to treat both scalp and hair. Our products deliver fundamental benefits for better hair growth, as well as improving the quality of the hair itself, to nourish and strengthen from within.
Can you recommend a regime for scalp care to begin with?
Getting a good head start on a scalp regime doesn’t necessarily mean having to set aside yet more time out of your crazy busy schedule. (Setting the alarm for the gym at 5am? Baby woke you up at 4am? We hear you...). You can start just by focusing on products you already use in your regime. For example, choosing a shampoo and conditioner with scalp-loving ingredients, such as calming and soothing aloe vera and fortifying silk peptides, both of which star in MONPURE's Strengthening Silk Protein Shampoo and Conditioner. Ever used a scrub for your face in the shower? You can get those for scalps too – in fact, we’ve created one! Not only does our Clarifying Scalp Scrub smell divine (that’ll be the sweet orange oil and sandalwood), but it sweeps away dead skin and product gunk with biodegradable jojoba beads, conditioning stearic acid and nourishing argan oil extracts.
Why use the Jade Comb?
When it comes to scalp health, we’ve adopted a holistic approach that goes beyond topical treatment. Used daily, this exquisite Heal and Energise Jade Comb helps to relieve tension in the scalp, stimulate hair follicles and detangle hair.
Inspired by the centuries-old Chinese health ritual of ‘combing therapy’, combing the scalp stimulates meridian channels that run throughout the body, helping to regulate mood, improve blood circulation and promote positive energy. Our Jade Comb has been designed to work in tandem with our treatment products enhancing their effects, so that your scalp can be soothed in every sense.
What is the best product to use to prevent hair loss?
Our hero Follicle Boost Hair Density Serum stars pumpkin seed extract which is scientifically proven to prevent hair loss and thinning. It does this by blocking 5-alpha reductase, an enzyme which produces chemicals that can decrease the hair’s anagen (growth) phase and cause it to enter its telogen (shedding) phase prematurely.
It also contains AHAs which work to dissolve the ‘glue’ holding dead skin cells together (the uppermost layer called the 'stratum corneum') as well as get rid of dirt and debris at a microscopic level. This unclogs the hair follicles, so that hair growth isn’t inhibited. These AHAs also lower the skin’s pH level from 5.5 to 3, which causes it to send a message to the lower layers (the dermis) to kickstart the production of healthy new cells.
This formulation also contains retinyl palmitate, a gentle form of retinol that works to speed up cell turnover, so that the serum’s other active ingredients such as pumpkin seed extract can be absorbed better and stimulate the scalp more effectively. The result? Healthier hair growth – and thicker, fuller hair at that!
Should we wash our hair every day?
Opinion is divided on this, but too-frequent hair washing is generally considered to be drying and damaging, stripping the hair of its natural oils and fading colour if the hair is dyed. But if your hair is shorter and more ‘virginal’ i.e., not dyed or treated, then it’s more likely to withstand the brunt of daily washing (although it’s still not ideal).
Any at-home hair care tips?
Receiving a head massage from our hairdresser is one of the most joyful, simple pleasures and is something that can easily be replicated at home. Gentle massage will directly relieve any pressure and stress, as well as help to increase blood circulation and improve the health of our scalp and hair.
We’d recommend liberally applying our Nourish and Stimulate Scalp Mask which works to soothe, hydrate and relieve scalp discomfort, with aloe vera and vitamin-rich camellia tea oil. (You’ll feel a tingle, so you’ll know it’s working – that’s the best part!) Part your hair in several sections and apply with your fingertips, using the texture to glide them in circular motions around the nape, the points on the back of the ears, the temples, the forehead and the crown of the head. Being aware of any tension and holding gentle pressure there will help you to relax more deeply. This gentle massage enables better sleep, a more alert mind when done during the day and a deep sense of wellbeing. It’s the ultimate form of self-care.