Before you dismiss a scalp scrub as an unnecessary step in your haircare routine, consider recent research from Herbal Essences, which revealed millennials are washing their hair less often, with 25 going for up to four days between washes. Combine infrequent washing and product build-up with sweat and pollution and it’s no wonder so many of us are prone to lank roots, dandruff and itching. Counteract dry shampoo build-up with a hard-working scrub – use at least once a week for the best results. R+Co’s offering is packed with exfoliating salicylic acid and mineral-rich clay for a deep clean, while the cult grainy texture of Christophe Robin’s scrub is ideal for those prone to dandruff.
Supercharge your cleanse with a hard-working shampoo, primed to soothe sensitive scalps and restore balance. Oribe’s newly-launched Serene Scalp Shampoo, brimming with caffeine to energise, bilberry fruit to soothe, sugarcane to nourish and pea sprout extract to strengthen strands, comes highly recommended (if not just for the millennial pink bottle), while Vichy’s offering is a true high street hero. Wondering how often you should be washing your hair for optimal health? Certified trichologist Guy Parsons recommends washing your hair every other day as a minimum, although city dwellers should consider washing daily to remove impurities and pollution from the scalp.
Prone to a flaky, itchy scalp or suffering from hair loss? As Trichologist Anabel Kingsley explains, “The scalp is the bedrock for the hair follicle, and if it isn’t in good condition the chances of you experiencing problems with hair growth and health increase significantly.” If you’ve tried a scalp-specific shampoo but feel you need something a little more hard-hitting, a pre-wash treatment could be the one. Take, for example, Bumble and bumble’s Scalp Detox, enriched with micellar water, panthenol and salicylic acid to remove pore-clogging debris, and Sisley’s luxe serums, which target fine, brittle strands right at the root with a potent blend of plant-based extracts, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
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Your diet affects your hair just as it does your skin, so consider a follicle-boosting supplement if the likes of oiliness, limp locks and a lack of shine are getting you down. Prone to oily strands? Ouai’s Oily Scalp Supplement is packed with green tea extract to regulate the function of the oil glands, reducing sebum production as well as nourish the scalp for stronger, healthier hair. Philip Kingsley’s Root Complex also comes highly recommended – the genius ‘pill within a pill’ format (an inner capsule of dry ingredients is suspended in an outer casing containing oil-based ingredients) guarantees optimum absorption for seriously healthy hair. You heard it here first.