From split-end serums to overnight oils, we spend so much time looking after the lengths and ends of our hair. But the latest booming hair care trend suggests that, in our quest for healthy, lustrous hair, we’ve been neglecting the one area that can truly make a lasting difference – the scalp.
Everyone knows that hair is technically ‘dead’, but the follicles of our hair are actually the only parts that can be considered ‘living’ – making them totally deserving of a little extra TLC. If hair follicles aren’t in a good, healthy condition, you’ll experience problems with hair strength, growth, and thickness, and might even experience a flaky, itchy, or greasy scalp, or even extreme hair loss.
Just like skin, loads of things can cause issues on the scalp – from oil imbalance through to sunburn, product build-up, and irritation – and, just like skin, hair should be treated in a similar way. Keeping it clean, balanced, and hydrated is the best way to maintain scalp health and in turn, healthy hair.
Experts recommend that you take time to massage your scalp as you shampoo your hair (you can even buy a scalp massager to make this easier). This should be every two to three days – to remove the build up of oil, dirt, sweat, products, and pollutants – but not too often that your scalp will become irritated. Washing your hair and scalp too often can strip too much oil, which causes an overproduction of sebum – leading to roots that appear greasy within a day of cleansing.
Unsurprisingly, the beauty industry is rising to the occasion and launching ranges of scalp care-focussed products, designed to cleanse, hydrate, and restore balance to the scalp. Scroll down for our current favourites.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal Coconut Oil Exfoliating Shampoo
Drawing on the deep-cleansing capabilities of charcoal, Briogeo’s Scalp Revival range offers a complete routine to detox and renew your scalp. This exfoliating shampoo loosens deep-rooted buildup and contains tea tree to soothe the scalp and battle flakiness or dandruff.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal & Tea Tree Scalp Treatment
Based on the idea that your scalp is just an extension of your skin, this exfoliating treatment is designed to be used once or twice a week to clear congestion. Just like a face mask, it removes stubborn buildup and impurities, while soothing irritation and restoring balance.