Skin care for your hair: why your scalp needs it.
When you think of skin care, you immediately think of products for your face, maybe your hands and body. Right? But do you think of the skin that’s actually under your hair?
Often forgotten, our scalp actually is responsible for the health of our hair, so the better we take care of it the better our hair will look. Ready to give your scalp some special attention?
Let’s have a look at some of the best products and ingredients which are not only the best skin care for our face, but also for our hair.
What does our scalp need?
Maintaining a healthy scalp is very necessary, simply because our hair grows out of it! It can become clogged from products buildup, as well as sensitive from harsh hair products and in both cases this affects the hair follicles and you end-up with unwanted hair problems.
Example? A burnt scalp from sun exposure, scalp acne, oily hair and dandruff. While they are difficult to handle, these problems can be avoided with the proper use of scalp treatments.
Here are some of the products you should be using, whether you’re looking for a shampoo, conditioner, leave-in or mask.
A scalp shampoo should do two things: clear the build-up of products and grime on your scalp (without stripping it) and then nourish the skin. This is important to remove excess oils and dead skin cells, as well as replenish the skin with active ingredients like collagen and niacinamide. If you suffer from an irritated scalp, find a soothing anti-microbial shampoo and a daily astringent with ingredients such as witch hazel (an astringent), micellar water and rose water (soothing).
A scalp scrub is great to get a deeper cleanse of product build-up, and get rid of flakiness. Just make sure the scrub is specifically formulated for the scalp, and check that it has a fine texture that will help detox and reduce irritation.
Just like a serum you'd use on your face, you can choose a scalp serums for specific scalp issues. They are packed with active ingredients that will boost scalp health, like Vitamin C, clay, or hyaluronic acid. Choose the right one for your skin-type, whether that be clarifying, hydrating or healing.
4.Scalp oils & treatments
If you’re not used to putting oil on your scalp it might sound scary (especially if you battle with greasy hair), but the right formula could actually counteract over-active sebum production and encourage healthy hair growth by starting at the follicle. We love coconut oil, olive oil, almond oil and argan oil. A scalp treatment will give similar targeted results, leading to healthier hair from root to tip.
Just as you indulge in a hair mask, it's nice to give your scalp an extra bit of love with a mask. To remedy a lackluster or groggy scalp, why not use a mask twice a week, preferably containing salicylic, lactic and hyaluronic acid which will work together to exfoliate, cleanse and soothe.
Now go on, tell us: how does your hair feel and more importantly how does it look?