When overall hair health plays anything from a small to an important part in certain hair loss
conditions, it makes sense to look after your locks and a new smart gadget from Schwarzkopf Pro aims to help people do just that.
The German cosmetics company has created a new product named the SalonLab Analyzer which is due to be launched this year and which promises to provide a detailed assessment of a user’s hair health.
Used by salon professionals
By employing near-infrared and visible light sensors, it is claimed that the device will measure moisture levels, true hair colour and the quality of the interior of the hair. The handheld device will be released with a partner app and is intended to be used by salon professionals who will also be able to use it to show people how different colours will look on their hair.
Says Marie-Eve Schroeder, Chief Marketing Officer at Schwarzkopf's parent company Henkel Beauty Care: “With SalonLab, we are reinventing hair care with a hyper-personalised solution empowered by a holistic application of connected devices.”
Adds Kim Vo, International Schwarzkopf Professional Ambassador and celebrity hairdresser: “We can now gain so many more data-driven insights about the client’s hair. Combining it with our own expertise, we can now assess the hair on a whole new level the perfect basis for a truly individual consultation."
Damaged hair and hair loss
In the coming years, smart technology could play an increasing role in helping a person to better understand their hair health and, in turn, guide them towards any necessary steps to improve it. Already on the market is a smart hairbrush call the Hair Coach
a joint venture between L’Oréal and Nokia which uses microphones to listen to your hair as you brush. These, it is claimed, analyse the hair’s sound waves to detect frizziness, split ends and dryness.
Hair health, if not overlooked entirely, is certainly sometimes sidelined in the pursuit of amazing and striking hairstyles and many people pay the price
. Over-bleaching, heat styling and chemical products such as hair relaxers or perming solutions can all wreak havoc with both hair and follicles. The damage can range from causing hair loss from chemical trauma
- which may be permanent in severe cases - to hair breakage
By repeatedly weakening the hair shaft, punishing styling routines can cause hairs to snap in two and can also rob the hair of its natural sheen and vigour. When hair becomes lifeless like this, intensive conditioners can help, as can feeding the hair from within via supplements.
Belgravia’s Hair Vitalics
is a premium food supplement which contains highly-targeted ingredients that have been shown to enhance hair health. It comes in separate formulations for male and female users, and both were developed exclusively by Belgravia's hair experts.
Hair Vitalics for Women
contains crucial vitamins, minerals, amino acids and botanical extracts that are beneficial to the hair’s health. Developed by Belgravia's specialists following dedicated research, Hair Vitalics comprises optimum doses of key nutrients for healthy hair, including biotin, zinc, selenium, iron and folic acid.
These highly-targeted one-a-day tablets also feature something unlikely to feature in an everyday diet: the soy isoflavones genistein and daidzein, which were specifically chosen for the Women’s formulation due to their proven ability to reduce levels of DHT
in the bloodstream (DHT being the hormone which causes thinning hair in cases of the genetic condition Female Pattern Hair Loss
). Also available in a male-specific formulation, Hair Vitalics for Men
supplements contain saw palmetto, a botancial extract shown in studies to help reduce DHT levels. Whilst not intended to replace a balanced diet nor actual hair loss treatments
, this convenient product can help to give the hair a boost from the inside out.
Whilst hair breakage is not a hair loss condition per se
, it does cause the hair to appear thinner. It can also present alongside conditions such as female pattern hairloss and, often, in cases of Traction Alopecia
which is generally caused by tight hairstyles. Whilst dealing with breakage tends to involve more cosmetic hair care products and a haircut, actual medical hair fall can usually be helped with personalised courses of hair loss treatment.