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The Best Ingredients for Healthy Hair and Scalp

The Best Ingredients for Healthy Hair and Scalp

While skin and hair products differ, using some of the same ingredients in your shower may be the secret to having beautiful hair and a healthy scalp.

Dry, parched hair? Hair loss? Flaky scalp? Lack of hair shine? Whatever the hair challenge, there’s an ingredient that can help turn things around. But rather than just focusing on hair, you need to get to the root of the problem: the scalp. In other words, a healthy scalp equals healthy hair. But before you choose the best hair care routine for you, it’s important to learn about the ingredients that go into your products.

From detoxifying your scalp to balancing its pH (which helps roots and strands get the right nourishment), a proper in-shower routine (including the best hair care products) can help restore your tresses. And Dercos is your one-stop-shop for high-performance products and innovative solutions—even for sensitive scalps. Learn about which Dercos products—and ingredients—you can use to help strengthen strands, boost hair growth, and enhance the look and feel of your hair.

How to take care of your hair and scalp using Dercos

Are you wondering how to take care of your hair? You should also ask how to care for your scalp. Because no matter your hair type- thicker, healthier, and shinier hair can be achieved with a bit of work and the right formulas. And at Dercos, we fully believe that hair and scalp care go hand in hand—it’s the secret to beautiful hair. Dercos is the scalp and hair expert to tackle all your concerns with active ingredients.

Start with your scalp

The scalp has a rich microbiome of bacteria and fungi, which is necessary to keep the skin—and the hair—healthy. And when treating your scalp, you should consider your skin type, which can be sensitive, dry or oily.

Internal and external aggressions can lead to scalp and hair problems that will negatively affect hair growth. Your scalp’s pH should be sitting around 5.5; however, everything our hair goes through can disrupt the balance and lead to challenges, such as dry, brittle strands and scalp irritation.

Want to know how to detox your hair and scalp? Aside from washing and conditioning your hair, the next best thing you can do is to protect your scalp microbiome—just as you would for your face. One strategy is to wash your hair two to three times a week with an extra-gentle cleansing formula like Dercos Dermo-Soothing Shampoo and massage your scalp to activate blood flow. Also, go easy on dry shampoos as they tend to clog follicles.

Best ingredients for hair loss: aminexil and niacinamide

Hair loss is caused by a number of factors, such as stress, hormonal changes, genetics and medications. According to the Canadian Hair Research Foundation, this problem affects between 40% to 50% of women, and more than 80% of men experiencing significant hair loss during their lifetime. So it’s vital that it be treated. Read on and discover the best anti-hair loss ingredients for everyone for thicker, fuller hair.


Aminexil: When it comes to hair loss caused by stress, fatigue or hormonal fluctuations, choosing the right ingredient can make a big difference. One of the best active ingredients with a proven track record is aminexil. This exclusive molecule is patented by L’Oréal to treat hair loss due to breakage and promote hair growth. Aminexil’s job is to prevent the rigidification of the collagen sheath around the hair root by making it more supple and flexible. This allows our hair follicle to properly anchor itself into the dermis and not fall out prematurely. It also works as a vasodilator, meaning it increases blood flow to hair follicles, which encourages growth. To minimize irritations, this ingredient has been tested on sensitive scalps If you’re wondering how to use aminexil, one of the most effective treatments with this ingredient is Vichy Decros Fortifying Treatment 5. Simply apply one mono-dose a day for six weeks on dry or wet hair.


Niacinamide: You’ve probably heard of this ingredient used in skincare, but did you know that there are niacinamide benefits for hair? Also known as vitamin B3, it assists in healthy hair growth by soothing the scalp and increasing hair resistance. Niacinamide hair products can benefit a number of hair concerns, including hair fall, brittle strands and dullness. Consider adding Dercos Energising Fortifying Shampoo to your in-shower routine. Enriched with niacinamide, this shampoo fights hair loss caused by breakage and helps strengthen strands.

Best ingredients for damaged hair repair: Panthenol

Maybe you rely a little too much on your heat-styling tools or you have a standing eight-week appointment with your colourist—either way, damaged hair is one of the most common hair complaints. Show your stressed-out tresses some care and make them strong again by adding panthenol to your regimen.


Panthenol: A by-product of pantothenic acid (otherwise known as vitamin B5), this ingredient attracts moisture and strengthens hair by retaining hydration and improving texture. It also helps to rebuild damaged hair shafts, which is why it’s a popular ingredient in many hair-smoothing and hair-strengthening masks and conditioners. Dercos Energising Fortifying Conditioner nourishes hair from the inside out, preventing shedding and increasing the lifespan of the hair by strengthening the bond between the hair and the scalp. Vichy Dercos Kera-solutions Nourishing Conditioner also harnesses this ingredient and works to repair the appearance of hair surface damage while being gentle on sensitive scalps.

Best ingredients for dry hair: pro-keratin complex and ceramide R

Relying on heat-based drying and styling tools frequently can really dry out strands. Fortunately, there are plenty of ultra-hydrating shampoos, conditioners and leave-in treatments that harness the hydrating powers of pro-keratin complex and ceramides.

Pro-keratin complex

Pro-keratin complex: A combination of corn, soy and wheat proteins create Dercos’s pro-keratin complex. Together these proteins offer support to hair by stimulating the re-building of our hair’s natural keratin-repair for dry, damaged and overprocessed hair. This complex also helps prevent breakage, smooth frizz and nourish strands. For these types of results, try Dercos Kera-solutions Nourishing Conditioner and Decros Kera-solutions Repairing Shampoo

Ceramide R

Ceramide R: Another popular skincare ingredient that’s made the crossover into hair care are ceramides. This naturally occurring lipid helps strengthen damaged and brittle strands by slipping between the scales of weak hair and reinforcing the cuticle, leaving it stronger and less porous. Hair products with ceramides act as conditioning agents, locking in nutrients, strengthening the overall hair shaft and helping to protect hair from external damage. You can find this nourishing ingredient in all Dercos conditioners, including Dercos Densi-Solutions Balm (Conditioner). This nourishing treatment is packed with many active ingredients, including ceramides, to strengthen hair while helping amplify shine and volume.

Best ingredients for dandruff: selenium sulfide and salicylic acid

Bothered with an itchy scalp and white flakes? If you haven’t tried a dandruff shampoo yet, what are you waiting for? Depending on the cause, an over-the-counter dandruff shampoo should suffice, but it should have one (or both) of these ingredients.

Selenium sulfide

Selenium sulfide: One of the best ingredients (and products) to turn to during a bout of dandruff is a selenium sulfide shampoo. Selenium sulfide has an anti-fungal and antibacterial activity that will rebalance the scalp microbiome and sebum composition. It helps to not only reduce flakes and scales but also relieve itchiness and rebalance the scalp microbiome which is a major cause of dandruff

Salicylic acid

Salicylic acid: Salicylic acid, a beta-hydroxy acid, is the active ingredient in many acne treatments, working to unblock clogged pores and exfoliate the skin. When used on the scalp, it has a host of benefits; it exfoliates the scalp, loosening dead, irritated skin and making it easier to wash away in the shower. It also aids in eliminating excess sebum.

A few powerful dandruff shampoos that harness both of these ingredients are Vichy Dercos Anti-Dandruff Shampoo for Normal to Dry Hair and Dercos Anti-dandruff Shampoo For Normal To Oily Hair. Both are dermatologist-recommended and clinically proven to treat dandruff and scalp seborrheic dermatitis, it’s effective at eliminating 100% of visible dandruff. The best part? The application time is only two minutes. The range also goes beyond treating dandruff thanks to an efficacious bunch of ingredients such as vitamin E, ceramide R and menthol.

Best ingredient for dull hair: volcanic water

We’ve all had dull or fading hair at some point. Dullness can be caused by a change in seasons, indoor heat, outdoor elements or styling-product buildup. Shiny, lustrous hair is only a hair treatment away when it features this patented ingredient: Vichy Volcanic Water.

Vichy Volcanic Water

Vichy Volcanic Water: When used in Vichy skincare, this mineral-rich water reinforces the skin barrier. But all products in Dercos harness this ingredient to help fortify and protect the scalp and hair from daily aggressions. With this, the health of your hair and scalp can truly shine.

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