27 SEPT - 2023
Don’t forget about your scalp!
Why is it that we go out of our way to protect the skin on our face and body but tend to neglect areas like the scalp? As the overlooked hero beneath our luscious locks, scalp health is often underestimated in our beauty routines. As a result, there are so many myths that mislead our journey into making sure our scalps are protected and well-looked after. For example, did you know that dandruff is not a sign of a dry scalp? It is actually the result of an oily or irritated scalp that can be easily fixed with the right hair routine.
This article will explore why protecting your scalp is essential and uncover tips and tricks to ensure your crown is given the care it deserves.
Balance is Key
Just like the skin on your face, your scalp produces sebum and natural oils in order to protect the scalp and the hair. It is vital that you are maintaining the skin on your scalp in order to create the best environment for your hair to grow. Afterall, the scalp is an extension of the skin! When you think about it like that, it becomes much easier to understand how you can go about the different products to employ.
I admit, I have never been one to pay much attention to this part of my body. However, ever since trying a few different ways to exfoliate, nourish and care for the scalp, I have noticed a huge difference in my hair.
For example, The Sunday Riley Clean Rinse Clarifying Scalp Serum felt like a reset button that removed product buildup, flaky skin and excess oil from the first use. Not only did my scalp feel clearer, but it reduced the number of times I have to wash my hair. It’s an incredible product! Combining skincare heroes such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid and niacinamide within a micellar water base, Clean Rinse is an exfoliant that gently eats away at any unwanted culprits that tend to be more stubborn on the scalp.
I highly recommend looking into the Clean Rinse if you use products like heat protectant, hair gel, wax, volumizing products such as root powders and the like. This way you can buff away the excess product that builds up over time on the scalp.
A Lightweight Nourish
Understandably, heavy scalp serums are difficult to weave into our busy schedules. Unless we are rocking a slick back bun or ponytail, oils and lotions aren’t ideal for everyday use. However, it is extremely important to follow up scalp exfoliation with some sort of serum that will nourish and protect your scalp at its most vulnerable state.
The Biogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal Tea Tree Scalp Treatment comes in clutch for a much needed post-shower drench. This formula is super light and feels like water to the touch. By utilising binchotan charcoal and a peppermint, spearmint and tea tree oil complex, you can detoxify your scalp with a cooling calm sensation that will reduce irritation instantly. To top it off, biotin nourishes the hair follicle while promoting healthy hair growth right from the root.
If you prefer an in-shower remedy in the form of a shampoo and conditioner, we got you. Sometimes the extra step of using a treatment or serum is just too much work! When in doubt, we can always turn to Aveda for hair solutions that are nature inspired and scientifically validated.
The creator behind Aveda was heavily inspired by his mother who, as a botanist, created her own tonics and tinctures from herbs! The rich history of this brand was born from a commitment to organic and natural remedies that positively impact our minds, bodies and the earth.
The Scalp Solutions Balancing Shampoo and Replenishing Conditioner are two peas in a pod that extracts the impacts of pollution and product build up while hydrating and softening the skin on the scalp.
This duo uses plant-derived cleansing agents, moringa oil and babassu to give you a start to finish scalp routine. If you have particularly sensitive skin that may not react well to ingredients like salicylic acid, fast contact therapy methods such as shampoo and conditioner will be the better choice!
Aveda, Scalp Solutions Balancing Shampoo and Replenishing Conditioner, $72 NZD.
ARKIVE is a beautiful hair brand that provides luxury quality products at an affordable price point. All the way from the UK, ARKIVE is here to save your hair with the genius Crown Scalp Scrub.
The combination of baobab oil and baobab protein maintains the moisture levels in your scalp while strengthening the hair. Caffeine and menthol promotes blood circulation for longer locks with an incredible cooling sensation that will instantly transport you to a beautiful five-star spa retreat. If you are wondering how the Crown Scalp Scrub works, it is a chemical exfoliant utilising pineapple enzymes to lightly eat away at any product buildup and dry skin.
Scalp health is finally gaining the spotlight it deserves. Hopefully this guide has been helpful in your own journey to find the best routine that works with your lifestyle!