"The 'skinification' of hair care? What gobbledegook do you speak?" Yes, as strange as it sounds, the hair care revolution is well under way, with brand's launching serums, masks, scrubs and sunscreens laced with super-charged, scalp-friendly actives - and ingredients usually saved for your face. Think: hair products and formulas as intricate and bespoke as a multi-step 'SoKo' facial, to nourish your strands and your follicles.

Consider this, if you will - when was the last time showed your locks half as much love as you show your ol' 'boat race'? And, just like your skin, your strands are regularly wrecked by heat, dye, pollution, hard water, chlorine... not to mention the weather (Oi!). 

The result? Frizz, flyaways, brittleness, fall-out and split ends galore. So, if that doesn't convince you it's time to upgrade your outmoded approach to mane maintenance, we're not sure what will! It's easy to make changes that will make a massive difference, so here's how to 'skinify' your hair regime and restore crowning glories to, erm, glory ...

The Sheet Mask

Sheet masks have become a staple in our bathroom cabinets thanks to the influence of our skin-savvy cousins in South Korea. So why wouldn't they work just as well on your hair? {Briogeo's Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Hair Cap System} combines their famous {Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask} (which contains a restorative cocktail of B-vitamins, rosehip and argan oils, algae and biotin) with a special cap (the 'sheet mask' bit), lined with micro-encapsulated argan oil. Think of this stuff as a First Aid Kit for damaged, thirsty tresses.

The Exfoliator

You might care for your complexion with twice-weekly acid peels and enzyme-packed masks, but we bet your scalp doesn't get much of a look in... (guilty as charged). Kevin Murphy's {Maxi.Wash} is laced with AHAs to help detoxify and stimulate your follicles, while goop's {G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scrub Shampoo} is exactly what sad, scaly scalps have been waiting for - a super-natural cocktail of oils, salts and extracts that sloughs away scales to help combat your dandruff and liberate roots to boost 'oomph'. A new - and rapidly growing category - {Davines}, {OUAI Haircare} and {Philip Kingsley} are in on the action so get set to scrub up!

The Toner

Just as you'd 'tone' after cleansing your face, REVERIE's {Restorative Scalp Tonic} helps to restore equilibrium - feeding your scalp (and your roots!) with a cocktail of nourishing extracts that keeps flakes at bay and promotes healthy growth. With apple stem cells (proven to delay the ageing of your follicles), alongside hydrolysed protein from the sweet white lupin plant (which exhibits restructuring, regenerative benefits), this blend is the perfect post-hair-washing step - and it looks über chic on your #shelfie. And if your hair is bleached, Kevin Murphy (again!) has made it easy to tailor your tone with his brilliant 'angels' - choose from {Sugared}, {Autumn}, {Cool} or {Crystal} to emphasise highlights, eliminate brassiness or bring out the warmth of your caramel colour.

The Serum

Plagued by split ends? Step forward {Strength Cure Split End Salve}. A targeted treatment to help prevent breakage, this soothing and strengthening salve is a force to be reckoned with. Perfect for damaged and 'micro-scarred' strands, this boasts the specialist ‘Asta-Repair’ complex - a 'Holy Trinity' of astaxanthin (a powerful nature-derived antioxidant), keravis (one of nature’s most powerful anti-breakage fortifiers) and ceramides to help heal and repair damage. Ideal for those whose hair's brittle or prone to snapping, when used every day this will help your locks realise their long, lustrous potential.

The Moisture Mist

If you only have one hair product in your handbag (we have around 5 at any given time, but maybe that's just us), then it should be this multi-tasking Davines' {OI All In One Milk}. Coming in a chic, little black bottle, it quenches and detangles parched, thirsty strands with the help of provitamin B5. It also contains the 'hero' ingredient roucou oil from the Amazon rainforest, to protect against free radical damage caused by sun and pollution (yes, they wreak havoc your hair as well as your skin).

The Oil

You know when you have a facial and the therapist applies a concoction of amazing essential oils that work wonders for your skin (and send you to sleep in the process)? Josh Rosebrooke's {Enrich Mask} has the same effect on your tresses - and smells like a mini aromatherapy session to boot. 100% natural and largely organic, it brings brittle strands back to life (perfect for textured, kinky or curly hair) with strengthening African baobab and Tahitian tamanu oils, while jojoba oil puts the spring back into curls, and rosemary and ginseng restore shine and energise the scalp.


Think this stuff is just for your skin? Pah! As mentioned above, UV exposure from the sun can also do irreparable damage to your strands as well as your complexion - think less 'beach babe' and more 'bedraggled sea otter'. Swedish haircare gurus Sachajuan have delivered the solution with their aptly-named {Hair In The Sun}. The idea is that you slather it through your locks before hitting the waves, and it helps shield it from those harsh rays with a clever combination of co-polymer UVQ, proteins and sea algae. It also doubles up as a styling product to keep locks looking slick and stunning. (Psst - if you have dyed hair, it will prevent the colour fading too!)

The Supplement

Although not positioned as a hair supplement, The Nue Co.'s {Plant Protein + Gut Food} is brimming with protein and keratin, which has an array of wellbeing benefits - not least, the fact that your hair (and your nails) will start growing like wildfire. The very definition of an all-rounder, this aids your digestion to keep your skin clear while the keratin - one of hair's key 'building blocks' - kick-starts growth so your locks can achieve a Rapunzel-esque length in no time.