Can This Scalp Mask Really Help Your Hair Grow?    

We’ve all had dreams of Rapunzel-length hair. Maybe even a Prince or Princess at the bottom too.

But while we can’t all sprout waist-length hair overnight (unless you reach for the extensions, of course) there are steps and products you can take to get a little extra length, albeit at a (much) slower pace.

And it could be as simple as using a hair mask to help hair grow faster. Or more specifically, a scalp mask, like the Philip Kingsley Stimulating Scalp Mask.

Hang on, I need to be thinking about my scalp?

 Uh, yes.

Your skin doesn’t end at your forehead. And for your best hair, your scalp needs to be in good condition too.

“Scalp care is important to hair growth as it ensures the hair remains soft and supple.  The natural oils produced by our scalp keep the hair shiny and protect the outside of the hair strand (cuticle) from damage,” explains trichologist Megan Wright IAT.

“Our hair and skin are made of the same protein, keratin, and therefore everything we do, like diet, lifestyle, and stress management will affect them.”

So what has it got to do with how my hair grows?

Trichologist and owner of Philip Kingsley, Anabel Kingsley, says to think of your scalp as your hair’s support system.

“A flaky scalp can actually cause excessive hair shedding, so it is really important to tackle dandruff ASAP with targeted products,” she says.

She recommends showing your scalp similar TLC and attention you’d show the rest of your skin; think shampooing regularly, using a daily scalp toner or serum, and once a week using a targeted scalp mask, like the Philip Kingsley Stimulating Scalp Mask.

How can a mask help my hair?

If you haven’t tried some of the DIY hair masks for hair growth at home, you’ve likely heard of them. Think a cinnamon hair mask or even egg hair mask for hair growth. 

While they can be a good budget-friendly option making use of what’s in your cupboard, you can skip the mess (and the wash-up!) by using a specially formulated scalp mask.

And it can help provide a key scalp care benefit: exfoliation.

“Exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and pesky flakes, as well as keep the skin hydrated, supple, and encourage healthy skin cell turnover,” says Anabel.

Ingredients like salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, soothing willow herb extract and antioxidant-rich green tea extract are all good to be spoiling your scalp with.

How should I use it?

Made for all hair types, the Philip Kingsley Stimulating Scalp Mask is designed to be used weekly as a pre-wash step.

Starting with damp hair and working from the front of your head to the back, position the nozzle directly to your scalp. Applying in partings about 3cm is the ideal dispersion.

Gently massage the mask into the scalp. A slight tingle is normal. (Closing your eyes and pretending you’re in a fancy salon is entirely optional.)

Leave on for 10-20 minutes to let it work its magic, then rinse. Shampoo and condition as normal, and throw in a scalp toner for extra scalp love.

Along with oils proven to grow hair, key ingredients include:

  • Menthol: for a cooling and scalp-stimulating effect

  • Vitamin E: to create a protective barrier to help reduce the amount of oxidative stress and free radicals that can cause damage to hair follicle cells

  • Caffeine: to help increase blood circulation to the scalp which promotes healthy hair follicles

  • Camphor: to increase local blood flow and help reduce irritation.

Other reasons you might not be getting the hair growth you want...

A common myth, busted.

“There is nothing you can do to speed up hair growth,” explains Anabel. 

Even a trim of your ends doesn’t make it grow faster - but it does help to improve and maintain the quality and density of your ends.

“However, it’s very common for hair not to grow as well as it’s capable of and for it to fall out before it reaches the length it ought to,” she says.

Although hair is very reactive, it’s considered by the body to be ‘non-essential’. Because you can technically survive without it, it’s given last priority.

So everything from a poor diet, deficiencies, high stress levels to hormone imbalances can affect how your hair grows.

And sometimes, your hair can’t grow simply because of the state of it, like breaking off at the ends.

For this, Anabel advises treating your hair like you would your best cashmere sweater - gently!

“Don’t overbrush your strands or overheat them. I suggest keeping your use of straighteners to a minimum and using a low heat when you blowdry.”