Tested: SP EnergyCode ™

Beauty Editor Julia Alfert tests SP EnergyCode ™, a hair care system from System Professional tailored to her personal needs

How great would it be to have one haircare product that does everything – goes easy on sensitive scalps, prevents greasy roots, smooths out dry ends, tames frizz, and adds shine and volume? Spoiler alert: No, I haven’t found it!

But I did recently become aware of a whole haircare system: System Professional. There’s a suitable product in their range for every kind of hair problem and, based on a precise hair analysis, an individual “EnergyCode” is created step by step that indicates the optimal combination of products for your hair. Being as curious as I am, I had to try it all out right away.

So I headed to Shan Rahimkhan, one of the salons in Berlin that offers the System Professional analysis, treatments, and the products. The attending hairdresser and System Professional haircare specialist carefully examined my hair and put information about its condition into a list online. There were many different categories: the condition of the scalp, whether the hair is processed or colored, if it’s frequently exposed to the sun, and what the hair’s structure is. At the same time, we talked about what I would hope for from an optimal care program.

With this information taken into account, the products were selected and then tried out right there in the salon. That’s how I found out how to avoid mistakes in the application and how to use the products even more effectively.

It starts with a shampoo. It’s really a new realization for me that moisturizing shampoos aren’t for my hair. I had frequently gone for that type of shampoo and wondered that the result was mostly shapeless hair that quickly looked dirty again. Moisturizing ingredients, the hairdresser said, weigh down the hair and often leave a residue behind, especially at the roots. That “clean feeling” fails to appear.

It starts with a shampoo. It’s really a new realization for me that moisturizing shampoos aren’t for my hair. I had frequently gone for that type of shampoo and wondered that the result was mostly shapeless hair that quickly looked dirty again. Moisturizing ingredients, the hairdresser said, weigh down the hair and often leave a residue behind, especially at the roots. That “clean feeling” fails to appear.

For me, a clarifying shampoo would be better, or the one that comes with the numerals “B1” in the first position of my care-code: the Balance Shampoo, which cleanses and rebalances the hair. This is great for my daily shampoo, ideally washing twice with little shampoo each time. On the second wash, you notice that it lathers considerably more – a sign that your hair is really clean. Your hair feels super fresh after the wash and I was in the best mood, probably also thanks to the head massage.

A conditioner follows. We selected the Keratin Conditioning Cream, which makes your hair soft and protects it from damage. I apply it every other day after washing to damp ends and along the length of the hair, work it in with my fingers or a comb, and then rinse thoroughly. This care-step comes with “L2” on the second position of the EngeryCode.

Another realization: My beloved leave-in condition isn’t actually so optimal for me and my hair. Same idea as with the shampoo: Residue weighs hair down. A conditioner that you rinse out would be better because, while you still get the effect, your hair is clean and weightless instead.

For the third position, my hairdresser recommends the Repair Mask. I apply a dab of the mask to washed hair once a week and just leave out the roots. I rinse it out thoroughly after 15 minutes – and you’ll get an even better result if you wrap your hair up in a hot, damp towel. The mask works deep in the hair’s structure to repair and prevent damage, strengthening the hair from within.

Tip: If you need a little extra care from time to time, you can go for SP Infusions in your salon. The ampules are mixed into a mask or elusion and intensify the effect of the product. When the summer is over and my hair is in need of some special care, I’m going to try the Repair Infusion.

Additionally – and position four on my code (“B5”) – I was encouraged to use the Balance Lotion. I rub a little into my scalp after every shampoo and it prevents dryness and irritation. The lotion is not rinsed out, absorbs immediately, and nourishes the places where a conditioner or mask can’t reach.

If in the future I’m speaking excitedly about R2-D2, or rather “B1+L2+R3+B5”, you know that in this case it’s not about a Star Wars astromech droid, but rather about my no-longer-so-secret secret code for healthy, beautiful hair.

You can get your own EnergyCode quickly here. However, you should do the whole thing with an expert in a salon. You can buy the right products then and there and take them home. You can find salons in your area offering EnergyCode here.

Images: REBECCA CRAWFORD

 

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Julia Alfert

Originally from Hamburg, Julia Alfert moved to Berlin from Paris in 2010. After completing her studies in Art History and trying out different jobs, her path led her to Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked as Fashion & Beauty Assistant until mid 2015. While she’s harboured a love for all things beauty-related for as long as she can remember, her discovery of the written word is recent. When Julia isn’t busy trying out different creams, oils, and sprays she writes and styles for an assortment of magazines and websites.