DIAGNOSE ANY ISSUES
Is your scalp itchy? Is your scalp oily? Are you dealing with hair loss? Does your scalp hurt? Do you notice flakes or dandruff? Being aware of what’s going on underneath your hair and noticing changes is essential to developing a care plan.
A healthy hair routine is about more than just how often we shampoo or the products we use. A well-rounded approach also includes targeted Scalp Care. While a healthy scalp can improve the look and feel of your hair, there are many other benefits. From hair growth to relieving a dry or itchy scalp, removing dandruff, or treating an oily scalp, there are endless reasons to focus on Scalp Care.
Remember the scalp is skin too and it needs looking after!
Think of scalp care as an extension of your skincare routine. While applying the right products in the right order is vital, stimulating the skin is also essential. Whether you’re shampooing, conditioning, or using a hair treatment, massaging the product into the skin/scalp with gentle circular motions stimulates blood flow to the area and allows the active ingredients to work (not to mention reduces stress).
If you’re noticing dry patches of skin, flakes, or itching, this is a sign that the skin on your scalp is dry. This can happen because of the weather, the increase in indoor heating, age, wearing hats, or showering with hard water. While exfoliation can help, what you really need is a scalp treatment to treat the dryness. In addition to adding products, turn down the temperature of your water and always use pH-balanced hair products which suit the chemistry of your skin. That way you aren’t stripping your scalp of natural oils.
If you notice oily strands, your best bet is to shampoo more often (with warm not hot water). Always use a gentle pH-balanced cleansing formula like VITAMAN Oil Control Shampoo. This can be used regularly to remove oil without overly drying your scalp and strands.
Whether you’ve got an oily or dry scalp, incorporating healthy routines like staying hydrated is the key to overall skin/scalp health. In addition to increasing your H2O intake, applying regular moisturising treatments or scalp treatments can improve both a dry and oily scalp.
While you should air-dry whenever possible, when blow-drying, use a nozzle to cut down on the heat directed on your scalp, or use a lower heat setting to avoid burning the scalp.
Dry Scalps - Follow the Dry Hair Routine (focus on Leave In Moisturiser or Scalp Treatment).
Oily Scalps - Follow the Oily Hair Routine (focus on Oil Control Shampoo/Lotion and Scalp Treatment).
Dandruff Scalps - Follow the Oily Hair Routine (focus on Oil Control Shampoo/Lotion and Scalp Treatment).
Flaky Scalps - Follow a Dry Hair Routine (focus on Scalp Treatment).