Ursula Stephen has been giving us hair life since that time she gave Rihanna her epic bob cut. She was all over New York Fashion Week and also served up serious hair envy earlier this week with Zendaya’s glam red waves.
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But, she says, it’s not just about a killer hairdo. As a Unilever expert, she constantly works with their brands, especially Dove, to promote hair health. And, she says many of us — especially Black women — are missing out on an important step in our hair care routines.
“Culturally, African American people concentrate on their scalp,” Ursula told Hype Hair during a recent spa day at her Brooklyn-based salon. “However, I believe in the last couple of years with the rise of the natural hair movement, we’ve neglected the scalp and have only concentrated on the hair.”
That’s why she’s couldn’t stop gushing about Dove’s expansion of its DermaCare collection, which includes the new sweet-smelling Coconut & Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner. The entire lineup is infused with pyrithione zinc to keep dry scalp and dandruff at bay and various oils to quench our thirsty tresses and nourish our scalps.
“I am very happy about this product because it focuses on the scalp,” she said. “A healthy scalp leads to healthy hair. The Dove DermaCare Scalp collection is formulated with active pyrithione zinc which helps lower levels of yeast on the scalp, ultimately helping to treat dandruff. With regular use, strands are left moisturized, smooth and manageable while the scalp is left hydrated and free from visible flakes.”
I typically struggle with keeping my mane hydrated, so you can only imagine how excited I was to be able to try out this new duo! After thoroughly cleansing my hair with the products, I can honestly say I was shook. I have never seen my hair give off such a natural shine and the moisture was out of this world. My hair was smooth as silk!”
While my hair is natural underneath, Ursula said the collection, which features four different variances, can work on all hair types.
“For example,” she said, “the Coconut & Hydration Shampoo & Conditioner focuses on adding extra moisture to your scalp, while the Dryness & Itch Relief Shampoo & Conditioner is formulated with coconut and shea butter and helps alleviate dryness and irritated scalps. Also, the ingredients in the Invigorating Mint Shampoo including spearmint, refresh the scalp and soothe the irritation as well.”
It feels so good knowing that I can give my tresses salon-quality treatment in the comfort of my own home! Dove’s Dermacare Scalp Collection has definitely earned a place in my hair arsenal!