There’s no pretty way to say it—if you’re experiencing itching, irritation, and flakes, chances are your scalp needs a little love. An unhealthy scalp can be caused by a variety of imbalances, from dryness and inflammation to excess oil and buildup. While persistent flakes and scratching is totally annoying, the health of your scalp has a direct impact on the health of your hair. If ignored, pesky scalp issues can result in thinning, dullness, or in more extreme cases loss of hair. Simply put, healthy scalp = healthy hair. To help get to the root of your scalp issues, we’ve compiled a list of hair care products specifically designed to treat and protect scalp health.
Scalp Balancing Shampoo
The easiest place to start when assessing the culprit of scalp irritation is your shampoo. Many of us struggle with dryness and itching as the result of harsh chemical ingredients along with washing on a daily basis. Christophe Robin’s Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt works to rebalance scalp health by cleansing hair and scalp with gentle exfoliants that whisk away buildup and residue. The unique scrub is enriched with 100% plant-derived agents, which offer soothing hydration and comfort for over 24 hours. Oh, and did we mention hair looks amazingly healthy and vibrant? It’s the ideal hair cleanser for purifying and restoring balance to sensitive scalps.
Myth: intense, healing hydrating means sacrificing volume and bounce. The truth is, healthy hair needs nutrients and moisture for optimal growth. Grow Gorgeous Intense Thickening Conditioner stimulates the scalp to promote hair growth while fortifying each strand to visibly increase thickness. Amla oil and caffeine give scalp a nourishing boost while amino acids, B vitamins, and hyaluronic acid increase volume and shine. The ultra-hydrating, lightweight formula is perfect for fine hair in need of body and bounce. Not to mention—your scalp is left feeling soothed and soft.
Scalp Protecting Serum
Adding a leave-in treatment to your hair care routine is simple, but often overlooked. While leave-in serums, sprays, and conditioners defend strands against heat, breakage, and environmental pollutants—leave-in treatments can also offer a protective shield for your scalp. John Masters Organics Deep Scalp Purifying Serum uses soothing extracts and oils to alleviate scalp irritation while preventing excess sebum and buildup. Meadowsweet extract and vitamin B complex strengthens hair at the root to prevent hair loss while calming peppermint reduces itching and flakes.
Renewing Scalp Mask
Similar to an indulgent face mask, a scalp mas (not to be confused with a hair mask) can transform and rejuvenate in minutes. Philip Kingsley Soothing Weekly Scalp Mask instantly calms and comforts scalp irritation. Formulated with cooling aloe vera and menthol, this cream mask provides immediate, long lasting relief while hydrating olive oil delivers optimum moisture. Starting from the front of your hair, massage this soothing mask into scalp, parting hair inch by inch. Leave in for 10 to 20 minutes before rinsing out and styling as usual for a calm, cool scalp and happy, healthy hair.
Pro Tip: This scalp mask also works to soothe the scalp after sun exposure or sunburn!
Delicate Detangling Hair Brush
Hair care isn’t all about the products you use—the tools we use on a daily basis have a huge impact on the overall health of your hair and scalp. While heat tools can cause weakness and damage (and yes—we’re guilty of using them often) the wrong hair brush can cause breakage and leave hair flat. Mason Pearson Sensitive Boar Bristle Hair Brush features soft clustered bristles that massage the scalp and give hair immediate fullness. This classic beauty tool (the original was invented in 1885!) distributes oils that can accumulate at the scalp throughout hair while gently smoothing and detangling—never flattening. Your left with improved scalp circulation and oh-so gorgeous hair. Win, win!
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