Fact: all good hair actually starts with a healthy scalp
Despite long-held popular beliefs, scalp treatments aren’t just reserved for those with dandruff or sore, itchy scalps.
In actual fact, good scalp health is essential for having good hair; whatever condition your locks are in, your scalp is at the root of it all. (See what we did there? I know, sorry.)
‘The scalp is the bedrock for the hair follicle,’ explains trichologist Anabel Kingsley, ‘If it’s not in good condition, the chances of you experiencing problems with hair growth and health increase significantly. Research has proven that a flaky, itchy scalp can cause and or worsen hair loss in certain individuals.’
The good news is that we’re finally realising the importance of caring for our poor old scalps – according to hair care brand Living Proof, ‘scalp’ was the top hair-related search term on Space NK earlier this year. So, without further ado, read on for the scalp tips you need to know, plus the best products to take care of it.
Scalp treatments and tips
Treating your scalp is all in the hair’s structure, which is why you need deep scalp treatments with active ingredients.
‘The hair is comprised of two parts,’ explains José Ginestar, scientific director at Sisley Paris. ‘The hair bulb, the living part at the dermis level, and the hair fibre, the visible part greatly exposed to environmental damage.
‘At scalp level, the hair bulb is the hair-producing entity, where the cells responsible for the formation of hair fibre and colour are concentrated. By bringing dedicated active ingredients to the scalp, the cellular mechanisms of the hair are going to be boosted.’
Regardless of whether your scalp is normal, dry, oily or itchy, your hair’s health all starts with looking after it. ‘Special care of the scalp is needed, as the condition of the hair directly depends on its health; the hair will be stronger and denser, shinier and radiant with vitality,’ José adds.
Giving your scalp a refresh is important to remove product build-up, and a sore, flaking scalp can be treated with an exfoliating mask or tonic. ‘It is also crucial to massage the scalp in addition to the formulas,’ explains José. ‘Massaging the hair helps improve blood circulation and allows a better penetration of th eactive ingredients. It’s also better to use sulphate free shampoos as these are harsh on the scalp.’
José adds that, although the results are a long-term solution, you’ll see a difference after a few weeks if you follow the above steps to care for your scalp. With all that in mind, read on to discover the scalp treatments that your haircare regime needs.
The first thing you need to know about this scalp treatment is that it requires no water or rinsing. It simply soaks into your scalp with no greasy residue, allowing you to get on with your day. Thumbs up. It's also packed with hyaluronic acid to soothe and hydrate a dry scalp, as well as a clever vitamin B3 complex to help support and rebalance your scalp microbiome, getting it back on track. Two thumbs up.
Gallinée's skincare is all about supporting the skin's microbiome through prebiotics, so it makes sense that they would put the same technology in to health and scalp care. This nifty little mask contains rice water as well as the brand's signature pre/postbiotic complex, and helps to support your hair's natural pH level, for a healthier scalp and hair.
The rounded bristles of this brush gently stimulate the scalp without snagging or tangling up your tresses, and it can be used in or out of the shower should you want to use it to massage in product.
A liquid toner for your scalp, this formula is super cooling and soothing on particularly sore skin without making your hair greasy. Its anti-microbial properties get rid of bacteria and debris from the surface of the scalp while reducing excessive oil production, and blood circulation is improved to encourage growth. You'll notice a difference after the first use, and scalp will have healed greatly after several.
Enriched with strengthening essential oils to repair hair from the root, this leave-in mask energises the scalp to help your hair on its way to its healthiest ever state. Its blend of nourishing macadamia, hazelnut and camellia oils helps to strengthen your strands for super soft, strong hair of your dreams. Winner winner.
A gentle polishing treatment for your scalp, argan and apricot extracts help to get rid of visible flakes and dandruff before washing your hair.