K-beauty has consistently made waves across the world. But in case you’ve been living under a rock, Koreans have developed multi-step skin care routines that aim to keep your skin healthy and glowing. Oh, and would you believe that they also have a meticulous hair regimen, too? As it turns out, K-beauty also extends to hair and scalp care!
We know the number of steps can be daunting, and frankly, for girls on-the-go, this is already too much to ask. But hear us out! You don’t need to do this routine on the daily. Once a week is a good place to start—perfect for your weekend me time! Oh, and you don’t even have to go through all the steps at the same time. You can gradually start adding products to your routine as you go along, or as much as your hair and scalp can handle.
Now, without further ado, here’s a seven-step hair and scalp care routine you can do to achieve smooth, luscious, and shiny hair!
1. Exfoliate your scalp.
Koreans treat their scalp as part of their skin. And just like your face, your scalp also needs exfoliating to get rid of dead skin, product build-up, and sebum. For this, massage some scalp scalers (a.k.a. gentle exfoliators) onto your head at least once a week before you shampoo your tresses. For best results, do a thorough brushing first!
AROMATICA Rosemary Scalp Scrub, P799.69, iHerb
2. Shampoo those locks.
Your scalp experiences the same things your skin does. Therefore, it can also get oily, dry, and irritated. Be sure to use a gentle shampoo when cleansing your hair and scalp.Look out for harsh ingredients like sulfates and instead, go for natural ingredients that will nourish your locks.
PYUNGKANG YUL Shampoo, P620, BeautyMNL
3. Apply conditioner.Conditioners help replenish the moisture in your hair and provide a protective coating that prevents your strands from snapping easily.
NATURE REPUBLIC Argan Essential Deep Care Conditioner, P495, BeautyMNL
4. Use a hair mask.
Just think of it this way, conditioners nourish your hair (a.k.a. it makes your soft, tangle-free, and more manageable). Meanwhile, adding a hair mask to your hair care routine is perfect for locking in nutrients and hydrating each strand of your hair. It's generally perfect for those with dry and damaged hair.
NATURE REPUBLIC Argan Essential Deep Care Hair Pack, P545, BeautyMNL
5. Rinse with vinegar.Adding a vinegar rinse to your hair routine can help solve a lot of your hair woes. One, it can clear out stubborn build-up and grime stuck on your scalp. Two, it can help restore your scalp’s pH balance, and three, vinegar rinses have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can protect your hair from dandruff and bacteria growth.
A’PIEU Raspberry Hair Vinegar, P450, Althea
6. Try a scalp mask.
Despite popular belief that you can just shampoo dandruff and all the dirt away from your scalp, shampoos barely do anything for it. Which is why applying a mask specifically tasked to revitalize and nourish your scalp will make a world of a difference. Scalp masks also improve circulation, which in case you didn't know, actually helps hair grow faster.
SKINFOOD Peppermint Fresh Scalp Cooling Mask, around P635, YesStyle
7. Seal and protect with hair oil or essence.
Now that we’ve applied all that goodness to our hair, it’s time to seal in all the nutrients! You can use heat-protectant oils or serums before you style your tresses and you're good to go.
SKINFOOD Argan Oil Hair Essence, P775.62, YesStyle