Scalp 101: Everything you need to know about scalp health
Scalp health is having a moment in the hair world, and by ‘moment’, we mean that clients are finally realising that there’s more to scalp health than dandruff and there are ways of preventing, determining and solving these issues that don’t include supermarket brands that strip hair of its health whilst trying to combat an undiagnosed issue.
Scalp health is just as vital as skincare – which we know people love – it’s simply an extension of your face, extended beyond your hairline.
Ask your clients: Do they clean their face with body wash? We’re betting most (if not all) would say no. Then why wouldn’t they use something that was made for scalp specifically, to give their scalp the TLC that these unsung heroes of hair need?
Below, we’re breaking down why scalp health is so important, what causes a dry scalp, an oily scalp and dandruff and how you can help your clients with their scalp issues. Basically, we’re giving you the Scalp 101 guide!
Why is scalp health important?
Firstly, having a healthy scalp is key to maintaining healthy hair. A scalp that is energized and cared for means lustrous, healthy hair.
Secondly, a healthy scalp helps with hair growth. When a scalp isn’t healthy, the follicles on the scalp become blocked, which impedes hair growth.
Dry scalp, dandruff, oily scalp – what’s the difference?
Okay, this is where we’re going to get technical. Actually, no, we’re going to get Trichological. Below, Anabel Kingsley, Consultant Trichologist and Philip Kingsley Brand President, breaks down the most common scalp issues.
What Causes Dandruff?
We’re busting a myth here: Dandruff is caused by a dry scalp.
Not at all! Dandruff is usually oily, not dry. There are 2 main reasons for this. The first is that dandruff is often triggered by stress. Stress can inadvertently increase your body’s production of male hormones, and this in turn may cause the sebaceous glands on your scalp to produce more oil.
Secondly, the yeast responsible for dandruff (called malassezia furfur) is lipophilic – meaning it thrives best in an oily environment. Don’t rub in oils to remove dandruff – this will only make it worse. Choose products that specifically combat the yeast responsible for it’s formation, like the Philip Kingsley Flaky/Itchy Scalp Shampoo and/or Flaky/Itchy Scalp Toner.