Heads Up: Your Guide To A Healthy Scalp

by Carli Prinsloo
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DANDRUFF. UV damage. Diminishing hair follicles. These are just some of the things that scalps can suffer from. So why is it that we don’t take scalp care as serious as skincare? If you feel like your hair is lacking its vibrancy, or if you’re suddenly dealing with dandruff or itchiness, you might want to shift focus to your follicles. Hair can appear more youthful and with great body if the scalp is stimulated with the appropriate products. Our choices will show you that a happy head of hair starts at the roots.

For Oily Scalps

Oily Scalp Treatment (45ml): R380, Moroccanoil

MOROCCANOL has developed a professional regulating treatment to control the scalp and revive hair. Their Oily Scalp Treatment is a concentrated formula of antioxidant-rich argan oil and essential ginger oil. It helps to correct imbalances and soothe inflammation of the hair follicle, which manages oil production. With the added result that roots are lifted and hair has more body.

For Dry Scalps

Miraculous Oil (100ml): R214, Suki Suki Naturals

THE Miraculous Oil hair care formula is packed with the power of several ultra-nourishing plant-based oils. These botanical beauties include organic Moroccan argan oil and Jamaican black castor oil, which are known to hydrate, soften and protect hair. The natural ingredients also help to stimulate hair growth and balance the scalp. The whole mix has been enriched with vitamin E to nourish brittle and dry tresses. The oil can be used as a safe, sulphate-free hot oil treatment that won’t damage or weaken hair.

For Sensitive Scalps

Scalp Therapy Treatment (125ml): R195, Hannon

AN intense treatment to relieve most common scalp disorders, such as hair loss and dry itchy scalp. It penetrates into the three layers of the skin to help rebuild damaged cell tissues, heal inflamed skin conditions and rehydrate hair and scalp. Rich in Vitamins B5, C and E, as well as antioxidants, Jojoba, Wheat Germ (which has anti-inflammatory properties) and Liposomes (for restoring the hair and scalp’s natural oil and protein balance), it’s ideal for colour and chemically treated hair and can aid in preventing split-ends. In severe cases the treatment can be applied on affected areas and left on overnight.

For Promoting Hair Growth

Intensive Treatment Hair Booster (50ml): R755, Nioxin

INTENSIVE Therapy Follicle Booster is an intensive leave-in scalp treatment ideal for anyone experiencing a low-density hairline and excessively thin-looking hair. Follicle Booster utilises a unique and proprietary Nioxin technology Scalp Respiratory Complex (SRC) to improve scalp cell activity and provide protection from damaging free radicals. The unique Liposomal delivery system targets hair follicle sites for maximum vitamin nourishment and protection environmental pollutants. It helps to repair and protect your skin from damage caused by free radicals, which helps to create the optimum scalp environment.

For irritated Scalps

Balance Scalp Lotion (125ml): R303, System Professional 

A leave-in treatment dedicated to soothing, calming and balancing itchy, irritated scalps. The delicately balancing formula gently soothes and calms the scalp, reducing itchiness and irritation while helping to strengthen thinning hair and reduce hair loss. Infused with a Zinc Pyriothon Complex, the lotion expertly balances and conditions to leave the hair and scalp feeling healthy, calm and revitalised.

For Dandruff-Prone Scalps

Care Taker Scalp Soothing Shampoo (250ml): R149.99, By Noughty, Clicks

Made with a 97% natural formulation, Care Taker Scalp Soothing Shampoo gently, yet effectively clears away daily dirt and product build-up on the scalp with its special ingredients. Oatmeal extract is packed with scalp-soothing avenanthramides, while natural source glycerine, rich in moisture-attracting humectants, pull water into the hair shaft. Anti-irritant, calming and soothing bisabolol is derived from plants and is 50% more sustainable and effective than its synthetic equivalent. Great for your scalp and the environment.

Tips To Scalp Health

  • Don’t wash your hair too often – shampoo strips sebum out of your scalp.
  • Enrich your diet with Omega-3s and fish oils to help keep your scalp moisturised and balanced.
  • Use tea tree oil to combat bacterial growth.
  • Give yourself regular scalp massages to stimulate blood flow to the scalp.
  • Avoid products with silicons or mineral oil, which coat the hair and build up on the scalp.
  • Be very careful with chemical treatments, perms and relaxers, or avoid them altogether. They can cause serious scalp and hair damage.

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