Oily scalp, dry hair and flakes – these are symptoms of combination scalp and hair. Here, experts share their tips on establishing the ideal haircare routine.
If you have… dry scalp and oily hair
Dry scalp and sensitive scalp are often thought as the same, but there are subtle differences. Dry scalp is often a result of over-washing and a lack of moisture overall. The skin then becomes irritated and starts to flake. According to trichologist Maria Mazengarb at DrHair, one of the key solutions is to use a pH suitable shampoo, which helps with keeping the scalp overall pH neutral.
Over-styling can also exacerbate the scalp situation. Reduce your styling products to keep the hair clear. Hairstylist Charles Chong of Chez Vous suggests: “Use a scalp mask once a week to rebalance the scalp and regulate sebum production.”
If you have… oily roots and dry ends
For this, the solution lies in a clarifying shampoo to remove the gunk from the root of the issue. Scalp exfoliation is an easy way to remove dead skin cells and let the scalp breathe again.
Make sure the shampoo is specifically formulated for dandruff and contains salicylic acid to slough away dead skin that causes the build-up. Exfoliating your scalp with serums containing BHAs will ensure that the scalp stays clear of build-up.
Combat dry ends with conditioner that hydrate and include ingredients like silicone to lock in moisture. Glycerine has also been known to prevent breakage, so look out for products with this ingredient. Apply conditioner from the mid-length of your hair to the ends and avoid the scalp. The same goes for leave-in products: Apply at the ends only.
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