Did you know that your scalp skin is an extension of your face? The skin on your scalp needs just as much love and attention as the skin on your face. Here are some ways you can read what your scalp is saying to you!
The number one problem we hear at Zucci Hairdressing regard the scalp is “my head is itchy and irritated.”
What does this mean, and how can you fix it? The first thing you need to do is figure out why your scalp is itchy, and then you can plan a path to treat it. Are you using something on your scalp that is causing a reaction? (shampoo, conditioner, styling product) Are you over or under cleansing the scalp? Are you reacting to something in the environment? To determine the cause of the irritation, you will need to go through a process of elimination as it could be one or more factors that cause your scalp irritation.
Firstly you need to examine the products you are using. Are they high in synthetic fragrance, alcohol, silicones or petroleum-based ingredients? These ingredients affect the ph of your scalp, and in that ph change, this can cause the skin to become overly sensitive, dry, or produce more oil. The micro-biome of the scalp is much like the gut; it can become imbalanced with minute changes. Haircare products that are from supermarkets and chemists are generally high in these unwanted ingredients. Not only can they compromise the condition of your hair, but they can also cause the scalp to become sensitive. Making a change to products that are high performance and clinically tested while being naturally derived ensures that you are minimising the irritation to your scalp.
Secondly, it is essential to analyse how you are cleansing your hair and scalp? It is good to know how your shampoos and conditioners work with the hair and how they clean the hair and scalp. Some products that are high in detergents automatically start foaming when they come into contact with water, and it makes the hair feel like it is clean when it isn’t. Or they can be astringent on the hair and scalp and remove too much oil and even hair colour. Shampoos and conditioners should match your lifestyle, your hair colour and texture. Most people may need to alternate products depending on what they are doing.
An example of this is; Sally has blond highlight hair, it is below her shoulders, and she heat-styles it daily for work. She shampoos her hair 2 to 3 times a week. She has been prescribed Damage Remedy Shampoo and Conditioner for her hair condition maintenance. But she also loves working out at F45 twice a week, and it is on these days that she shampoos her hair. When she leaves her class, she is sweating a lot, and her hair and scalp is quite sweaty and dirty. She gets home and uses Blue Malva shampoo for her first shampoo in the shower, she massages the product mainly into the scalp and works it all over the head. This shampoo hardly foams up at all; this is because her hair and scalp are dirty. Once this first shampoo is rinsed she uses her Damage Remedy Shampoo for her second cleanse. She applies this all over the scalp working the roots then moving to the mids and ends. The hair develops a good lather, and the hair starts feeling rough and less slippery. This is an indication that the hair is clean as there is no more oil on the hair. Sally then conditions her hair from mids to ends and combs through her conditioner, then rinses.
Because of Sally’s lifestyle and her exercising, she uses two different shampoos to meet the needs of her hair. She is ensuring her hair is clean, it lasts for three days, and her hair condition is treated. She also ensures that she is massaging the entire scalp when she cleanses her hair. Our team can provide specific instructions on what is best for you to prep your hair and scalp before cleansing and then techniques to shampoo and condition your hair.
Lastly, the environment we live in has a significant impact on our skin. The skin is the largest organ in the body, and it is exposed to pollution, UV rays, wind, rain, heat, and so much more. As the hair masks the scalp, it is harder to put on protection products to provide a barrier layer to the scalp. BUT the scalp protects itself! That is why it produces oil, to create a barrier of protection to the skin. If we over-cleanse the scalp and remove too much oil, the bodies natural reaction is to produce more oil to compensate. People who think they have oily hair mostly don’t, they are over-cleansing their hair, or they are not cleaning it properly, so the hair is not clean. If we don’t remove the oil and pollutants from the scalp, the follicles can become blocked, and build-up can develop on the scalp, which does not allow for the skin to breath. This build-up is called dandruff and can be seen as flakes of skin that are yellow. If you feel like your scalp needs a great cleanse and rebalance contact one of our Zucci salons to book in for a Pramasana Scalp Treatment.
Scalp care is a balancing act. The condition of the scalp can change many times in a persons life, and this is due to the factors that we listed above as well as hormones, medication, general health and wellbeing, aging, pregnancy and more. So when you are next thinking about your hair and scalp, consider how you want your scalp to feel and how we can help you get to that goal.