It’s no surprise that a healthy scalp is (quite literally) at the root of healthy hair. The scalp is the foundation for hair follicles, and changes to the health of the scalp can impact the way your hair looks and grows.
Just as you cleanse, tone and moisturise your skin, the scalp is also a living tissue that requires extra love and care to keep it in top condition, and give hair a healthy base to grow from. Neglecting the scalp can result in a whole host of problems like dryness and itchiness, dull or oily hair, and dandruff flakes.
If you’re finding that your hair never quite looks it’s best, or doesn’t grow as thick and luscious as you’d like, it’s worth considering whether your haircare routine is nourishing your scalp as well as your hair.
We’ve picked our favourite shampoos, conditioners and treatments to give your scalp a boost and soothe dry or irritated skin, so you can get back to enjoying thicker, healthier hair!
Kératase Specifique Bain Divalent Shampoo
The Specifique collection from Kérastase is designed especially for supporting a healthy scalp, by addressing common problems such as irritation, sensitivity and excessive oil production.
The Bain Divalent shampoo works by regulating the production of sebum that can cause hair to appear greasy in between washes, preventing dandruff by eliminating any build-up. It’s designed to gently cleanse and purify the scalp, treating oiliness while also nourishing the hair fibre. The addition of Vitamin B6 works to directly slow down sebum production, keeping hair roots healthy without weighing them down, and leaving your hair wonderfully soft and shiny.
Davines Naturaltech Calming Superactive Soothing Scalp Serum
Davines combine cutting edge haircare technology with natural, sustainable ingredients, and this innovative spray designed to relieve scalp irritation from the first use is a great compliment to any scalp care routine.
Formulated with blueberry extract rich in powerful, anti-inflammatory polyphenols that work to soothe and calm an irritated scalp, giving you instant relieve from pain or itchiness. The light, paraben-free formula works on contact, simply apply to damp hair focusing on sensitive and itchy areas, then massage until the product is fully absorbed to unlock long-lasting, soothing action.
Milk_Shake Purifying Blend Shampoo
This intensive, purifying shampoo from Milk_Shake uses natural and organic ingredients to restore the pH balance of the scalp, while ridding it of impurities such as sebum, sweat and styling product residue that can lead to dandruff or a dry scalp.
The gentle formula cleanses the hair and scalp of any build-up, while powerful, plant-based ingredients work to restore shine and lustre to dull hair. Organic nettle extract smooths and conditions an irritated scalp, while organic achillea extract works to nip any pesky flakes in the bud.
Monpure Hydrate & Soothe Scalp Serum
Monpure are experts in scalp care, and know a healthy scalp is the key to healthy hair. Their Hydrate & Soothe Serum is a gentle but effective anti-inflammatory designed to treat a very dry or irritated scalp. It soothes irritated skin, while reducing redness, dryness and damage.
The lightweight formula is completely free of sulphates, parabens and silicones, and packed with active ingredients to calm and heal your scalp. Witch Hazel helps to reduce redness, while the addition of Allantoin draws and retains moisture to keep the scalp hydrated and prevent flaking due to dryness.Simply apply to damp hair, parting into sections to access the scalp and massage gently.
Alterna My Hair My Canvas New Beginnings Exfoliating Cleanser
This ultra-mild cleanser is designed to gently remove impurities and dead skin cells that can collect on the scalp and lead to irritation and dandruff. The inclusion of clarifying beads refresh and exfoliate hair, while being gentle enough to use on coloured hair.
Alterna use 100% natural, vegan ingredients, such as Lemon Peel extract which works to lift dirt and pollutants from the hair, while Perlite absorbs excess oils from the scalp, eliminating flakes. Simply massage through wet hair, focusing on the roots and the scalp to rejuvenate hair, and leave it smelling gorgeous all day with a delicate, refreshing fragrance.