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Are Skincare Ingredients Ineffective in Haircare? We Investigate

While your hair and skin are composed differently, they both, in fact, are often maintained and provided nutrients by way of the similar formulas and all-star beauty product ingredients.

That said, while there is plenty of crossover, depending on a number of factors, a product that excels on your skin may not have the same effect on your hair.

To help us better understand the situation at hand, we reached out to Lavinia Popescu, Vice President of Research and Development for Olaplex. Below, the expert explains effective skincare ingredients that aren’t good for hair.

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Mane Addicts: What are some effective skincare ingredients that are harmful in hair care, and why?

Lavinia Popescu: It really depends on your hair type and what specifically your hair needs. For instance, if you have oily hair or fine hair, it’s better to stay away from ingredients with oil. Similarly, if you have dry hair, you need to use products that contain humectants, lipids and conditioning.

LP: Overall, I think most popular skincare ingredients, including ceramides and hyaluronic acid, are good for the hair, as they help to deeply moisturize the hair just like the skin. Olaplex is a good example of a haircare brand that is 100% free of sulfates, phthalates, parabens, or gluten, while also containing high-quality ingredients that help with the health of the hair. Our multi-patented ingredient works to repair hair from the inside out for stronger hair.       

MA: Is there anything else you’d like to add on this matter?

LP: We always need to keep in mind that hair is, essentially, an extension of the skin and, similarly to skin, we have different hair types.

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