Scalp treatments and tips you need for your healthiest hair yet

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.

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