How many skincare products do you own? OK, now answer us this: how many scalp-care products? Yeah, we thought so. But here’s the thing: “Your scalp is your skin,” explains Anabel Kingsley, trichologist at the Philip Kingsley Clinic. “And just like the skin on your face, it sweats and sheds dead skin cells, which is why it needs to be washed, exfoliated and cared for in a similar fashion.”
Only problem? Pretty much no one does this. In fact, only 19 per cent of women wash their hair with shampoo every day, according to a survey in the UK, never mind practise any scalp care beyond that. “
Most people don’t even think when washing the hair that they are washing the scalp, too,” says Carolyn Evans-Frost, trichologist at Absolique Hair Health Clinic in Brisbane. “Separating hair and scalp is the answer. Scalp (skin) structure is very different from hair structure and needs to be cared for differently.”
This is especially important if you throw powder on your roots after a workout. “Using dry shampoo for days is like putting make-up on, sleeping in it, then waking up the next morning and applying it again,” says David Adams, trichologist and lead colourist at Fourteenjay salon in New York.
You probably don’t do that, because you know you’d break out if you did. But just because you may not see the signs of scalp distress hiding under your hair, doesn’t mean they aren’t there.
Dryness, redness and itchiness can all lead to thinning or hair loss if you don’t get them under control. the solution: Cleanse your scalp! “I wish we’d change the term hair washing to scalp cleansing, since the goal is to clean the skin, not scrub your strands,” adds Kingsley. “The suds that run through the length of your hair are enough to clean it.”
While these experts aren’t against dry shampoo (phew!), they recommend using it less and washing your hair every other day. That way, you’re showing your scalp some love and scoring a goal for the health of your hair in the long run. Convinced? Good stuff. Now, let’s talk about your stellar support squad...
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