Yes, there is such thing as a Korean hair routine! And this one will give you silky, glossy strands.
Even before I found K-beauty and started really taking care of my skin, I had always been super conscientious about keeping my hair as healthy as possible. I struggle with dandruff and dry, itchy scalp, even in the warmer months so I’m always looking for new ways to keep my hair and scalp in the best shape possible.
A few years ago I discovered this amazing hair and scalp treatment at a spa and was completely sold. Here I’m converting that treatment into an easy at home 5-step routine to give you re-energized and glossy hair.
Step One: Exfoliate
My favorite method of scalp exfoliation is boar brushing. As a person who suffers from dry scalp year round, this simple treatment has really become a lifesaver.
Start at the roots and bring the brush all the way down to the ends, paying extra attention to brushing the surface of your scalp. Boar bristle brushes are a classic hair tool that helps exfoliate and stimulate blood flow, and therefore aid cell regeneration, on your scalp. The tightly-packed bristles remove dirt and dead skin cells from your hair, and help move sebum throughout for a natural condition and shine.
Curly hair? No problem! Do this step after your normal conditioning routine. Fine hair? That works too—just make sure you get a boar brush with more spaced out bristles so it won’t tug out too much hair.
Step Two: Cleanse
Now that your scalp is prepped, it’s time to cleanse. I recommend using an ingredient-rich shampoo, like the British M Ethic Shampoo, which is full of 10 different plant-based ingredients, such as aloe and green tea. I also just love the smell and the texture of this shampoo! Aloe is great for hydrating but also calming any irritation.
Make sure to gently massage your scalp so that the product really gets in there to nourish.
Step Three: Hydrate
Now that your scalp is prepped and clean, it’s time to take advantage of your newly exfoliated scalp by adding some hydration. Try Phyto’s Phytobaume Volume, a repairing conditioner with botanical keratin and hyaluronic acid. The keratin repairs damage to the surface of the hair while the HA locks in moisture. There’s also a healthy dose of pomegranate extract to protect your hair from future environmental stressors. I actually love to use this conditioner as a daily treatment.
Step Four: Moisturize
Next step is a second, deeper moisturizer. Try a hair mask of your choice to boost your hair’s shine! I’m using the Skinfood Argan Oil Repair Plus Treatment Mask. I have medium length hair and I used about a quarter-sized amount. To apply, run your hands through your hair from middle to ends, gradually working your way up.
You’ll want to make sure you really work this mask into your hair for consistent results. Let the mask sit for about 15 minutes to make this a more intensive treatment.
Step Five: Seal and Protect
For the final step, use the British M Annatto Hair Oil to give one last boost of shine and protection. Gently run your hand over and through your damp hair. To distribute more evenly, you can also run a regular brush or comb through to spread the oil.
Let your hair air dry and avoid washing it for 1-2 days. This will allow all of the natural oils from your hair—along with the argan oil and annatto oil—to really sink in.
This 5-step routine routine is an awesome way to combat dryness, but also just a great routine for maintaining hair health! It’s super important to use ingredient-rich products that will actively work to repair and protect your hair.