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How To Layer Haircare

Joanna Melville | 23.04.2021

When it comes to haircare, layering is not just a styling thing. Just like skincare, layering your hair products is an effective way to maximise the results of your routine whilst also targeting multiple concerns. Whether it’s an itchy scalp or dull, lacklustre locks, build a haircare routine that works for you and your hair and scalp goals.

We’ve broken it down step by step...

Steps in Your Haircare Routine

Step 1: Overnight 

Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment

Overnight scalp treatments are a great way to intensely target concerns that are rooted in the hair’s growth cycle such as thinning hair and grays. With continuous use over a number of months, these treatments work in the follicles for long term impact.

TRY: The INKEY List Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment
FOR: Thinning hair / improved hair growth
USE: Every night for 3 months for best results

TRY: The INKEY List Amino Acid Anti-gray Scalp Treatment
FOR: Prevention of gray hairs
USE: Every night for 4 months for best results

HOW TO USE: Apply before going to bed using enough to cover the entire scalp. Wash hair as normal in the morning, if desired.

The Caffeine Stimulating Scalp Treatment and Amino Acid Anti-Gray Scalp Treatment can be used together one after the other (just wait a few minutes for the scalp to absorb it!)

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Step 2: Pre wash

Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment

Just like a cleanser for your skin, a pre-shampoo treatment, such as our Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment, which exfoliates the scalp and helps to reduce flakes, itchiness and redness and to control oil production.

TRY: The INKEY List Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment.
FOR: Itchy, flaky, irritated scalp and excessive oil build up

HOW TO USE: Apply pre-shampoo using enough to cover the whole scalp and leave for 10 mins before rinsing off and continuing your routine.

Several factors can cause scalp buildup, such as residue from haircare and scalp care products, sebum, dead skin cells and sweat. Exfoliating will help to dissolve and lift the build up, allowing roots to become unclogged, thus encouraging normal hair growth and hair to lift up, leaving hair looking healthy.

TRY: The INKEY List Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Scrub
FOR: Removing product build, leaving hair looking healthy

HOW TO USE: Apply pre-shampoo using enough to cover the whole scalp and leave for 10 mins before rinsing off and continuing your routine.

We would recommend using our Glycolic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Scrub and our Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment on separate occasions to avoid any risk of irritation. Both products target different concerns, talk to our askINKEY team if you need more information regarding the two products and when best to use them

The INKEY List hair range is designed for use alongside your normal Shampoo and Conditioner.

Step 3: Post wash

Peptide Volumizing Hair Treatment

Our hair range includes a number of products that can have instant impact on the finish of your hair. Working with the complex cortex of the hair strands, we can easily layer shine with volume, repair with hydration through our targeted hair treatments.

Each product can be used together and, for best results, we recommend applying to damp hair (note some are best used as the first treatment in your post-wash layering to ensure they reach the cortex for best results).

TRY: The INKEY List Peptide Volumizing Hair Treatment
FOR: Fine Hair / Volume & Thickness
Apply as the first treatment to allow it to reach the hair cortex easily

TRY: The INKEY List PCA Bond Repair Hair Treatment
FOR: Damaged and treated hair
Apply as the first treatment to allow it to reach the hair cortex easily. Our Hair Bonds 101 blog post helps de code why you may need a bond repair treatment, like PCA.

TRY: The INKEY List Shea Oil Nourishing Hair Treatment
FOR: Dry Hair / Control Frizz / Shine
Use as the last product in your routine for shine and protection

TRY: The INKEY List Chia Seed Curl Defining Serum
FOR: Curly Hair

TRY: The INKEY List Vitamin C Brightening Hair Treatment
FOR: Dull hair / Brightening / Shine & Gloss

TRY: The INKEY List Hyaluronic Acid Hydrating Hair Treatment
TREATS: Frizz Control / Hydrates Hair

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Further questions on layering hair products or what the best hair treatment is for you? You can chat to our #askINKEY team now who’ll be happy to help build you a personalized haircare recipe!

Create a haircare routine today with our Recipe Builder.

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