May 11, 2021 at 06:00AM
When it comes to hair, there’s no one size fits all approach to caring for it.
Curly hair will require different products to fine strands and you might need more tools at your disposal to style a blunt bob than you would for a low-maintenance shag style. However, there are a couple of things that seem to be universal when it comes to haircare—we all want to keep it feeling healthy, looking full and generally sticking around for as long as possible. In fact, searches around hair loss and how to get thicker hair are at an all-time high right now with all of us keen to get our strands in tip-top condition as we head back into salon for those all-important post-lockdown haircuts.
So, when celebrity stylist Kylee Heath revealed to me that she was currently obsessed with a product specially designed to care for our scalps I knew I had to try it for myself. After all, with a client list including the likes of Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Rashida Jones and Billie Eilish, this is an expert who knows a thing or two about making hair look good.
Heath is the mastermind behind Margot Robbie’s low-maintenance bun. The product in question? Frank Body Exfoliating Scalp Serum (£17). A rinse-out treatment that gently sloughs away dead skin cells, removes product build-up and generally promotes a healthy scalp which, in turn, leads to stronger strands, less breakage and healthier-looking hair.
Keep reading to find out exactly why Heath swears by it and for her other celebrity hair styling tips.
I love Awkwafina’s sleek, side-parted Met Gala look by Heath. “Well, it really is a no brainer to me,” says Heath. “We indulge in body oils and creams and I use like ten products for my face. Our scalps have been neglected. I am so excited that there has been more of a focus on scalp health recently. I personally get dry scalp towards the nape of my neck, and sometimes around my parting. It needs exfoliation and hydration just like the rest of our skin. I see a lot of dandruff and build-up on clients and it’s nice that we have access to great scalp products like Frank Body.” “I love them [Frank Body] as a brand… their cheeky marketing, I love that it’s a women founded and run business and that they were friends with an idea! They make quality products at prices that are accessible. And I just love and use pretty much all of their products. They’re well thought out and naturally sourced.”
Heath’s pixie cut styling looks so good on Kristen Stewart. Don’t sleep with wet hair,” advises Heath “Treat your scalp with care like you do the rest of your body. Exfoliate and hydrate. Over washing can cause dryness as well so try to cut back.”
I adore Heath’s finishing touch to Laura Dern’s ponytail. “I have been loving using Frank Body scalp serum as an overnight treatment,” explains Heath. “When I know I am going to wash my hair in the morning I apply the serum throughout my scalp, French braid it and sleep, then wash it out after my morning workout.” “Another hot tip for day two hair: I apply the scalp serum and add a small amount of hair mask, starting at the roots and using excess throughout my ends. I then create a centre parting and slick my hair into a low ponytail. I sometimes braid the ponytail and leave it down or twist it into a bun. Then I am treating my hair while having a pretty hairstyle!”
Heath excels in healthy hair—Sofia Boutella’s bob looks so shiny. “Thank you! I always prep the hair before creating any style,” explains Heath. “This usually includes adding some product and blowing it out first. This helps to create longevity in the style and also smooths out the cuticle first. I love using thermal protection on my clients and any serums they may need. It’s important to recommend any products to my clients that I think will help their hair thrive.”
A blend of exfoliating lactic acid, strengthening hydrolyzed soy protein, toning witch hazel and nourishing prebiotics help this gentle treatment to slough away dead skin cells and strengthen strands. My scalp genuinely felt lighter, cleaner and less irritated after just one use.
While I wouldn’t describe this as a pampering product—it contains apple cider vinegar and very much smells of it—it definitely does a brilliant job of removing product build-up to rejuvenate hair that feels weighed down. Just massage it into your wet scalp, wait five minutes, then rinse away.
On the flipside, this feels like a luxury approach to scalp care. A mix of rose clay and witch hazel extract impurities while glycolic and salicylic acids exfoliate congested scalps and dissolve excess sebum. It targets product residue, dead skin cells, pollution and excess oil and leaves hair looking squeaky-clean and lifted at the roots.
The Drunk Elephant haircare range was created in collaboration with hair stylist Chris McMillan—the creator of everyone’s favourite haircut, ‘The Rachel’. So let’s just say I trust this stuff. It uses a 10% AHA for chemical exfoliation alongside cellulose beads for some manual grit and I think it does a really good job of getting right in at the roots of your hair.
If you’re currently experiencing hair fallout or are just looking for a treatment to boost your hair’s thickness then this caffeine-based serum is a great option. After three months of testing it, 85% of testers showed significant improvement in the reduction of hair loss. Simply cover your scalp with it before bed then wash out in the morning. Up next, 24 products that actually make your hair thicker.
Author Mica Ricketts |
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