The “Skin-ification” of Your Hair Routine Might Just Solve All Your Issues

Updated 04/08/19
Skinification of hair: Woman with curly hair
Aysha Sow

The "skin-ification" of hair is a thing right now, and rightly so. While we've all been obsessed with masking and jade rolling and exfoliating the skin on our faces, our strands have been watching and patiently waiting for their time in the sun. Well, that time has arrived, thanks to haircare products that take inspiration from the advancements in the skincare world. No longer are sheet masks, jade tools or AHAs reserved only for beautifying our complexions. Yes, you can do a whole lot more with your hair than that regular shampoo and conditioner and occasional mask.

 

Haircare formulations, much like the skincare products that have gone before, are more sophisticated than ever. Our skin naturally extends up from our forehead to become our scalp, so it makes sense that a lot of these new products focus on scalp health. It's a little like a garden, in that if you plough and feed the soil, the plants will grow stronger and healthier. And to keep your strands in tip-top condition for longer, ingredients previously reserved for skincare (think AHAs, hyaluronic acid and vitamin c), are also being utilized in abundance.

 

Want to jump on the skincare-as-haircare bandwagon? We thought so. Keep scrolling for 19 high-tech, buzzy haircare products inspired by the skincare world.

The Hair Equivalent of a Sensitive Skin Cleanser

Skinification of Hair: Virtue Recovery Shampoo
Virtue Recovery Shampoo $15
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Much like the "skin-identical" ingredients found in moisturizers (think ceramides and urea) this shampoo contains "hair identical" keratin that smoothes each strand, resurfacing and filling the cracks to bolster the integrity of the hair, preventing moisture loss that can prematurely age it. Think smooth, shiny supple hair as opposed to dry, brittle, dull strands. Sounds good, right?

The Hair Equivalent of a Deep Cleanse

Skinification of Hair: Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo
Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo $28
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Packed with charcoal to draw out oils and witch hazel to balance out moisture levels, this new clarifying shampoo deeply cleanses scalp and strands for the ultimate hair detox. Think of it like a charcoal cleanser for your hair. 

The Hair Equivalent of an AHA Exfoliator

Skinification of Hair: Kevin Murphy Maxi.Wash Detox Shampoo
Kevin Murphy Maxi.Wash Detox Shampoo $42
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Thought AHAs were just for your face? Think again. In this detox shampoo, AHAs are employed to break down fatty acids that can clog the scalp and make roots greasy. They remove dead skin cells, too.

The Hair Equivalent of a Jade Roller

Skinification of Hair: White Lotus Pure Jade Luxury Crystal Comb for Silky Soft Hair
White Lotus Pure Jade Luxury Crystal Comb for Silky Soft Hair $73
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Jade rollers have been synonymous with the skincare revolution over the last few years, and so the haircare world wanted its own iteration. Enter: the jade scalp comb, also known as the scalp gua sha. Run this over your scalp to stimulate acupressure points to boost hair health and the general feeling of wellbeing. 

The Hair Equivalent of a Face Serum

Skinification of Hair: Briogeo Scalp Revival
Briogeo Scalp Revival $32
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In this scalp treatment, you'll find traditional skincare go-to's tea tree oil and charcoal. The tea tree oil soothes irritation, while the charcoal draws away excess product build-up. This is a great addition to your routine if you suffer from dandruff or an itchy scalp. 

Skinification of Hair: Reverie Cake Restorative Scalp Tonic
Reverie Cake Restorative Scalp Tonic $78
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With rosewater and rose oil, this scalp tonic revitalizes dry, itchy scalps and leaves the skin feeling like new. Just like how you can give yourself a facial massage to boost circulation, you can massage this into your scalp to boost blood flow to the hair follicles. 

The Hair Equivalent of a Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

Act+Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox
Act+Acre Cold Processed Scalp Detox $42
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Apply this detoxifying serum to your scalp and leave it on for 20 minutes. During that time, it gets to work breaking down product build-up, while delivering much-needed vitamins, minerals and amino acids to the hair follicles. The formula is cold-pressed (yes, just like your favorite juices), which means that ingredients are more efficacious and nutrient-charged. 

The Hair Equivalent of a Face Oil

Skinification of Hair: Philip B Rejuvenating Oil
Philip B Rejuvenating Oil $34
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Much like face oil, you can apply this to dry patches or all over for an intense nighttime treatment. It contains jojoba oil, a skincare favorite, to boost hair strength and help bolster shine.

Skinification of Hair: S.Oil Seum + Oil Willow
S.Oil Seum + Oil Willow $68
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With vitamin- and antioxidant-rich sweet almond oil and jojoba oil, this pre-shampoo treatment nourishes hair and prevents your shampoo from stripping away the much-needed moisture. It's ideal for anyone dealing with a dry scalp or dandruff or hair that's prone to breakage.  

The Hair Equivalent of a CreamyMoisturizer

Skinification of Hair: R+Co Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion
R+Co Waterfall Moisture + Shine Lotion $29
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Just like our skin needs moisture, so does our hair. This vegan lotion contains babassu oil to nourish and smooth, witch hazel to prevent frizz, and vegetable proteins to bolster the moisture inside the hair. You can also use it one wet hair to help with styling or on dry strands to tame frizz and smooth ends. 

Skinification of Hair: Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Frizz Defense Styling Gel Cream
Shea Moisture Raw Shea & Cupuacu Frizz Defense Styling Gel Cream $13
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Packed with shea butter and pistachio oil, this styling cream adds much-needed moisture to curly hair. It's the key to helping you to air-dry your curls in your wash-and-go routine without the fear of frizz taking hold. 

The Hair Equivalent of a Sheet Mask

Skinification of Hair: Redken All Soft Mega Recovery Tissue Mask Cap
Redken All Soft Mega Recovery Tissue Mask Cap $8
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Inspired by sheet masks, this Redken cap is lined with its well known All Soft formulation that nourishes and smoothes the strands. Shampoo your hair, apply the cap and leave on for five to 10 minutes. Dry, brittle, or color-treated hair will drink this up.

Skinification of Hair: Yes to Grapefruit Vitamin C Brightening Hair Clay Mask
Yes to Grapefruit Vitamin C Brightening Hair Clay Mask $3
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If your hair is looking a little meh, then this "sheet mask" with vitamin c and grapefruit should be your go-to. Vitamin c brightens the skin and it has the same effect on the hair; the addition of clay mops up any unwanted oil so you're left with fresh, bouncy, shiny hair. 

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The Hair Equivalent of a Hydrating Face Mist

Skinification of Hair: OGX Replenishing + Water Drops
OGX Replenishing + Water Drops $9
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Hyaluronic acid is basically a household name, thanks to being included in pretty much every It skincare ingredient roundup in recent years. Face mists are a beauty girl's go-to, and OGX has created a hair version boasting hyaluronic acid to hydrate, tame frizz and smooth strands. You can also use it on damp hair before blow-drying to detangle and treat.

The Hair Equivalent of a Skin Booster

Skinification of Hair: Oribe Power Drops Color Preservation Booster
Oribe Power Drops Color Preservation Booster $58
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Okay, hyaluronic acid may be a hero skincare ingredient, but vitamin c has quite the cult skincare status too. In this hair booster, vitamin c works to protect the hair from environmental damage that can affect the longevity of our hair color. Use a few drops of this into whatever product you'd like in your hair routine. Yes, it's that easy. 

The Hair Equivalent of a FaceScrub

Skinification of Hair: Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub
Ouai Scalp & Body Scrub $38
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Nothing screams "skin-ification of hair" more than a product that can be used on the skin and the hair. This sturdy Ouai scrub can be used to exfoliate the scalp and body, it's packed with probiotics to balance the bacteria levels on the skin and scalp, while coconut oil leaves the skin, scalp and hair soft. 

Dp Hue ACV Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub
Dp Hue ACV Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Scrub $38
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Pink Himalayan sea salt sloughs away at dead skin and product build-up at the scalp, while apple cider vinegar's antimicrobial action leaves your scalp feeling fresh and clean. Also made with avocado oil and aloe vera, this scalp scrub hydrates the strands and helps retain moisture where it's needed. Use in place of your regular shampoo once or twice a week. 

The Hair Equivalent of an SPF for Face

Hair Rituel by Sisley Protective Hair Fluid
Hair Rituel by Sisley Protective Hair Fluid $90
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With UVA and UVB filters, this lightweight mist from Sisley forms a protective film over your strands, protecting your hair condition and color from the sun's rays, as well as the sea, sand and chlorine on holiday. Think of it as an SPF mist for your face. It's scented with citrus, peach blossom and amber, so it leaves your hair smelling fresh, too. Is it summer yet?

Skinification of hair: Supergoop! Poof 100% Mineral Part Powder SPF45
Supergoop! Poof 100% Mineral Part Powder SPF45 $34
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Supergoop's new Poof with SPF 45 is designed to protect your scalp from the sun's harmful rays with the addition of antioxidant vitamin c. The 100% mineral powder is translucent so it's invisible even on the darkest hair. A little like dry shampoo (the silica mops up excess oils), simply mist it onto your roots and your hairline, then use your fingertips or a hairbrush to blend it in.

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