An expert guide to scalp care 101

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Scalp problems differ from person to person and vary with seasonal changes. Some common problems encountered are scalp dryness, flaking, irritation and itching. The scalp houses approx. 1.5 lac hair follicles, sebaceous glands and sweat glands. Therefore, scalp health is essential for healthy and beautiful hair. The four main scalp concerns are oiliness, sensitivity, dandruff and hair loss. The reasons for these concerns range from heredity to hormonal, dietary or medical imbalances.

Apart from these, there could be environmental factors or aging factors or even misuse of the product that could lead to an imbalance in the environment of the scalp leading to symptoms such as scaling, itching, redness and progressive thinning of hair.

While some of these concerns can be addressed by a scalp expert at a salon, severe cases should be taken care of by a dermatologist.

A healthy scalp should be free from dandruff, irritation, or redness, and it should be free from dryness, any signs of infection, or any disruption to the skin of the scalp. Using the right home care products can greatly solve the majority of these problems. concerns if and when used regularly according to the advised regimen.

Here are some important steps to follow:

● Get a professional consultation to identify any scalp issues

● Treat your scalp with an intensive in-salon scalp treatment and follow it up with a personalized product range and regimen

●Visit the salon for a scalp treatment once every 15 days or once a month – depending on the severity of the problem

●Regular and thorough cleansing of the scalp

● Keep the scalp dry

●Apply active ingredients (scalp treatments/serums) preferably at night as cell regeneration is at its maximum while you sleep

●Switch from a shampoo specific to the scalp to a hair shampoo once the scalp is rebalanced.

With contributions from Melissa Hughe, National Technical Manager, Schwarzkopf Professional.

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