Scalp too oily? Hair looks stringy and limp. Scalp too dry? Watch out for falling dandruff! Hair follicles inflamed? You could lose your hair – for good.
Likewise, women who pile on styling products every day and don’t rinse them out properly are at risk of damaging their scalp health - you end up stressing out your scalp.
As Dominique Vedy, the international technical director of Phyto, says: “Scalp treatment is life insurance for the next hair cycle. Don’t forget the harvest will be good if you take care of the soil.” So how do you go about laying the foundations for luscious locks? We break it down for you in our guide to getting a healthy scalp.
4 SIGNS YOUR SCALP IS HEALTHY
• Your hair is shiny, not greasy. Oil-slicked hair means your scalp is oily. P&G Beauty scientist Dr Jasmine Karsono says: “It is best to shampoo every day or every other day so that you maintain clean hair and a healthy scalp.”
• Your scalp does not itch. If you keep wanting to scratch your head, you may have a dry or sensitive scalp. Too-hot water in the shower, not rinsing out the soap properly and speed shampooing can also lead to scalp itch.
• Your hair is strong and does not break easily. Not only that, if you look closely, you may see two or three strands of hair growing out of each follicle. On an unhealthy scalp where follicles may be clogged up with dead skin cells and sebum, fewer hairs grow and the hair is weak.
• There is good blood circulation in the scalp. Professional salons can assess this using a scalp scanner, which shows the blood vessels. Try massaging your scalp with your knuckles when you are in the shower to improve circulation.
TIP! Even your scalp can get sunburnt. That’s because our hair provides insufficient sun protection for our sensitive scalps. So wear a hat or use an umbrella if you are going to be out in the sun for long.