How to Maintain a Healthy Scalp

Hollie Shirley / Hair & Skincare Editor

Why is scalp health so important to maintaining good hair days? We did a little digging, and this is what we found out, along with the best tips on how to keep it in great condition.  

We all know the importance of having a good skincare regime and have been preached at for years to cleanse, tone, moisturise, exfoliate, mask, and treat the skin on our face and body. But what about our scalp? Are we paying enough attention to this patch of skin hidden under our hair?  

Here are some tips to ensure your scalp is in its best condition. 

Preserve moisture.  

When you shower and bathe, avoid exposing your scalp to hot water whenever possibleInstead, use lukewarm water for rinsing, which allows more of the natural sebum necessary for moisturizing to remain on your scalp. Skip blow-drying and allow your hair to naturally air dry to give your scalp a break from the heat of your hairdryer. 

 

Limit chemical treatments 

Having chemical treatments performed by a professional is the best way to limit the damage, and follow their recommendations for how often to touch up treatments. During any chemical treatment, be on the lookout for signs of irritation like burning or itching. Should they occur, notify your stylist immediately. No style is worth pain. 

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 Shop for the right shampoo

Cleansing is one of the most important parts of scalp care, but what you shampoo with is just as important as how often you do it. Rather than shopping for shampoo at random or just picking up the ones on offer, look for brands that have been designed to address specific scalp problems. 

 

Protect your scalp from the sun.

When you plan to be in the sun for long periods of time, wear a hat to protect your scalp in the first instance – protection is better than cure after all. In addition, consider investing in a hair-specific suncream. When you come out of the heat, remember to cleanse your hair thoroughly and treat it with a hair-specific aftersun to soothe any scorched areas, and stay away from hot styling. 

 

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Don’t forget to exfoliate.  

The same way as we exfoliate our face and body you should exfoliate your scalp on a regular basis. If you suffer from dry skin or psoriasis, you may need to exfoliate two or three times per week; otherwise, exfoliating once weekly is generally enough to remove dead skin cells from the surface of your scalp.  

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Hollie Shirley
Hair & Skincare Editor

Hollie Shirley is SILKUP’s hair and skincare editor. She’s obsessed with all things hair care and results-driven skincare, that is kind to the environment and your wallet. She has a weakness for limited edition eyeshadows and is always testing out the newest and greatest deep conditioners. Hollie has a passion for hair and is studying Trichology, working towards becoming a Member of the Association of Registered Trichologists.