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Nancy Twine might be known as the founder and CEO of cult-favorite hair-care brand Briogeo, but she knows that healthy hair can’t be achieved without healthy skin—or a healthy scalp. “The skin on your scalp really is an extension of the skin on your face; the anatomy is very similar,” Twine tells Glamour. “The scalp also has pores, and they get clogged. You can get scalp acne. Your scalp really just has a lot more hair follicles than what exists on your face.”
Despite all of this, Twine notes that most people wash their scalp much less than they wash their face. “If you think about it, if you were to really look at the pores in the scalp, they’re likely a lot more clogged and inflamed than the pores on your face because it’s not getting that sort of daily skin care maintenance,” she says, adding that this was a major part of the foundation of Briogeo’s new Scalp Revival collection. “It was really kind of what pioneered us as the first Prestige hair-care brand in history to launch a scalp collection. Let’s start treating our scalp the same way that we do that’s good on our face, because if we do that, we’re going to create the foundation for healthy hair.”
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Consumer interest in scalp care has skyrocketed—partially inspired by universal hair loss from the pandemic—so Briogeo’s newest launch couldn’t have better timing. “A lot of people don’t realize it, but hair loss is contributed by a lot of different things; sometimes it really is just a matter of hair follicle inflammation,” Twine points out. “So when that hair follicle gets clogged or there’s a lot of bacteria on it, it responds the same way that any other part of your body would if it was infected. It starts to get inflamed, and when you have an inflamed hair follicle, that follicle’s not able to grip onto the bulb of the hair in the same way.” Translation? When you comb and brush your hair, you’re going to notice more hair falling out. And the best way to combat that is by nurturing your scalp.
But before you run out and buy the first scalp-care product you can get your hands on, Twine recommends finding your major skin care concerns first. “Instead of just having someone just tell you what you should be using,” she says, “you first have to do a self-reflection to understand what are your big concerns and what are your needs, what kind of skin type do you have, what type of scalp type do you have, how does that change in the winter versus the summer? Once you ask yourself a few of those questions, and it’s a lot easier to go and find those right products, especially because sites like Sephora and Ulta, you can shop by concern, but you just have to do the work of understanding what your concerns are.”
Fortunately, Twine has a lot of experience. The founder and CEO knows to steer clear of most physical exfoliants since they’re too harsh for her skin and to load up on vitamin C. Ahead, Nancy Twine shares her tried and tested skin and scalp-care routines for Glamour’s Drop the Routine.
I’m using the Briogeo 3-in-1 bar as my face cleanser. It’s the aloe and oat. It’s just so gentle and I find a lot of the translucent cleansers to just be too drying. And this actually adds moisture back in. It’s a soap-free bar, so it’s just a very hydrating cleanser. So I’ve actually been using that on my face as my cleanser.
I’m very sensitive to physical exfoliators, but one of my friends actually just launched a line. It’s called Motif, and it’s the cleanser and it has the most fine exfoliant in it. It’s not abrasive. That’s the only one I can use. If I’ve been wearing a lot of makeup for a while, I do need a bit more of just an exfoliant to get it off.
I’ve also been using the Alpha Beta Peels by Dr. Dennis Gross and I use those maybe once a week.
My moisturizer, if I’m not going to be in the sun, like, it’s just a big work-from-home day, I’ve been loving the the Eadem Milk Marvel Dark Spot Serum. I’ve been using that too because now that I live in Miami, I get a lot more sun exposure. When I am inside, I like to just use something that’s helping to keep the dark-spot development from happening, so that’s a really nice one.
Sometimes, if I need just extra moisture, I’ll layer on Vintner’s Daughter oil. It’s still like my tried-and-true. I just love it. For nighttime, again, I bring back vitamin C. I like Hyper Skin’s Vitamin C Serum, and I’ll layer on the Vintner’s Daughter oil on top of that.
If I am going out in the sun, the sunscreen that I like and that works really good for my skin tone is the Supergoop! Daily Dose. I’m big vitamin C [person]. I try to have vitamin C on my face just like every day because deeper skin tones are more prone to hyperpigmentation.
My scalp treatment
I try to do a deep scalp treatment every week, because I wash my hair twice a week. One of those times I’m doing the scalp revival, micro exfoliating shampoo, then I use the OTC shampoo, which has the salicylic acid that just really helps get rid of any sort of buildup. Then I’ll use the mask after that, because what’s so nice is the hair and scalp are so clean, and then you can just infuse all of the moisture and nutrients back into it. So I like that combo.
My body wash
In the shower I use Nécessaire’s body wash, and then sometimes I’ll use our bar too as a bath body wash when I’m traveling, ’cause I just keep the bar in my travel bag.
My body moisturizer
In terms of body moisturizer, I actually really like the Kiehl’s dry oil. I like the fact that it’s a spray, so you can just spray it and then you rub it in, which is nice.
Danielle Sinay is the associate beauty editor at Glamour. Follow her on Instagram @.