The Healthy Hair Mistake You're Making

Is it really important to take special care of your scalp? You may have noticed a growing number of hair products—from brands like Clear, Aveda, and L’Oreal—that are geared towards just that, and it’s more than a clever marketing ploy. “The bedrock of your hair is the follicle, it effects everything,” Elizabeth Cunnane Phillips says, a trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Clinic in New York. Phillips, who has worked with celebrities like Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslet, and Renee Zellweger, has been preaching about the importance of scalp health for over two decades. “It’s not a new idea!” she says. “But the industry is starting to pick up on the importance of it.” Which means it’s the perfect time to talk scalp health basics. It turns out that spending a few extra minutes tending to your scalp can give you better locks both immediately, and over time.