Beauty LabMarch 1, 2009 By: American Salon Staff American Salon
Overprocessed hair can benefit from a shampoo that reverses the damage.
1) J Beverly Hills Fragile contains nettle and sage botanical extracts to treat over-stressed locks (jbeverlyhills.com); 2) TIGI Oatmeal & Honey is a proprietary mixture of cucumber, kiwi and coconut extracts that nourishes fragile hair (tigihaircare.com); 3) Profound Beauty Anatomy's honeylike texture boasts botanical ingredients that replenish hair's emolliency (profoundbeauty.com); 4) Joico K-PAK Hair Repair uses a blend of keratin proteins to restore elasticity (joico.com); 5) Organic Color Systems Power Build contains sunflower seed extract, wheat protein and vitamin B5 to rebuild hair and add body (organiccolorsystems.com).
Maintaining a healthy scalp is mandatory for improving self-esteem and keeping the hair in good condition. But as people see their scalps scaling, itching and flaking, they turn to specialty shampoos for treatment. According to Pureology Director of Education Steven Henley, anti-dandruff products make up about 13 percent of the total consumer haircare spending, leading to a demand in the creation of specialty shampoos.
Henley offers some insight into treating problem flakes. "Products with pyrithione zinc, the most widely accepted active ingredient to combat dandruff, help prevent the occurrence of dandruff symptoms while strengthening and rebuilding the hair," he says, stressing that an added combination of organic botanicals can help soothe the scalp.
Henley recommends using an anti-dandruff shampoo and conditioner in combination. Stylists should use anti-dandruff shampoo to protect and strengthen their clients' hair, Henley says, followed by a conditioner to restore and calm the scalp and prevent future flaking. —J.H.
1) Nioxin Scalp Recovery is infused with antioxidants to neutralize damaging free radicals (nioxin.com); 2) Eugene Perma Paris Essentiel Exfoliant has anti-microbial and antioxidant properties (eugeneperma.com); 3) Keune Derma Exfoliating Shampoo contains octopirox to remove and protect against flakes (keune.com); 4) Goldwell InnerEffect Regulate Anti-Dandruff Shampoo protects color-treated hair from fading (goldwell-northamerica.com); 5) Pureology DandruffScalpCure Shampoo contains pyrithione zinc and a blend of certified-organic botanicals (pureology.com); 6) Redken Dandruff Control utilizes lavender extract and glycerin to calm and clarify the scalp (redken.com).