Healthy Scalp, Happy HairSunday, April 28 2019
What does your weekly haircare routine look like? Shampoo, conditioner, maybe a mask… but often overlooked, and key to healthy, glossy locks, is scalp treatments and scalp care products.
What exactly does your scalp do?
Think of your scalp as an extension of the skin on your forehead. There are oil glands, as well as sweat glands, and it’s constantly replacing old skin cells with new.
Is shampooing enough?
In short, no, not for everyone. As the skin on your scalp is subject to the same environmental aggressors as the skin on the rest of your body – and in fact produces more sebum and oil than skin elsewhere – a face-care-esque regime makes sense.
How do we know if we have a problem?
Itching, irritation, sensitivity, flaking, redness and breakouts are all signs of an unbalanced scalp.
Giving your hair and scalp a regular detoxifying cleanse can prevent this and reduce the need for every day shampooing.
Find the right shampoo:
Calming Shampoo gently cleanses the hair and soothes and calms a sensitive, sensitised scalp. Contains Blueberry phytoceutical which has strong anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory action.
Rebalancing Shampoo normalizes sebum production keeping the scalp clean without stimulating sebum production.
Top lifestyle tips for a healthy scalp
Look out for your triggers
Full-fat dairy products, such as cheese, as well as white wine, champagne and very sugary and spicy foods can commonly aggravate the scalp. If you are prone to an itchy or flaky scalp, take note of the food and drink that might be exacerbating the problem. “I recommend you work out what your scalp trigger foods are (if any) by process of elimination,” advises Kingsley.
Stock up on Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids and co-enzyme Q-10
These supplements have anti-inflammatory properties to stimulate hair growth and balance the skin on the scalp.
Try to reduce stress
Stress spikes cortisol (aka the stress hormone) levels, which in turn increases sebum production. This hormone can also disrupt the skin’s barrier function and trigger irritation and inflammation. This is why you may find that your scalp gets itchy, flaky, overly sensitive or greasy when you are going through a stressful period. People who suffer from scalp conditions, such as psoriasis and dandruff, often find their condition is made worse by stress. So if this is you, focus on reducing cortisol – deep breathing, gentle exercise, fresh air, regular screen breaks and sleep should help.
Watch out for UV rays
Often overlooked when out in the sun, don’t forget that your scalp can burn too. Initially, this results in soreness and subsequent peeling. However, over time, UV-ray damage can cause serious changes on a cellular level, such as skin cancer of the scalp – trickier to spot underneath the hair. To protect the scalp, use a non-oily broad-spectrum sunscreen spray, just as you would for your body – a headscarf, bandana or hat offer easy protection too.
Products we love for soothing the scalp:
Energising Superactive: A regenerating lotion for the scalp and fragile, thinning hair. Ideal for hair loss caused by stress and seasonal factors. It reduces hair loss and improves the density and body.
Calming Superactive: A calming serum to combat scalp inflammation. It immediately relieves irritation and carries out an effective and long-lasting soothing action.
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Words: Ruby Noble – Images: Davines