A Celeb Trichologist Told Me My Haircare Routine Was Ineffective—4 Swaps She Made

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(Image credit: Future, Act+Acre)

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I love staying on top of the latest beauty and self-care trends that come across my feed. Admittedly, one that I slept on for far too long was scalp care. I always wondered: Does it actually make a difference? Although I was skeptical, my doubt disappeared when I spoke to Helen Reavey, a celebrity trichologist and hairstylist. The scalp is the root of all hair health,” says Reavey, who’s also the founder of the viral scalp care brand Act+Acre. “The skin on your scalp ages six times faster than your face, so it’s extra important to prioritize your scalp to have healthy hair.”

What really made me a believer was when Reavey likened scalp care to skin care. “I always tie scalp care back to skincare—would you ever layer on makeup and leave it on your skin for three-plus days without washing it? The answer is probably ‘no,’ since it would leave your skin more prone to breakouts and extremely dry—and the same goes for your scalp,” she says. With these revelations in mind, let’s get into the swaps Reavey suggests you make to your haircare routine, no matter your hair type.

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