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How to Take Better Care of Your Scalp

Liberty examines our growing interest in scalp health, and shares the best scalp care tips to keep yours happy
By: Team Liberty

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How to Take Better Care of Your Scalp

How to Take Better Care of Your Scalp

Liberty examines our growing interest in scalp health, and shares the best scalp care tips to keep yours happy

By: Team Liberty

It might be hidden under your hair, but is it about time you started to pay particular attention to your scalp? You’d be joining the legions of great-hair-hunters that are already employing the very best scalp care tips to keep theirs in perfect balance. In fact, Google searches for scalp health have increased by 300% in the last year, while haircare shelves (including our very own) have seen a rapid influx of scalp-related products entering the market. So why the sudden scalp obsession? And does our scalp really need a skincare routine of its own?

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The Root Cause

The reason for our collective interest in scalp health? It’s two fold. Firstly, the world of trichology is starting to offer up more research than ever before into scalp conditions, identifying exactly how the health of our scalp affects the health (and look) of hair. Secondly, the legacy of the pandemic. During the peak of the pandemic, searches about hair loss jumped by 50%, as news outlets warned of a potential link between that and the virus. Then add in the stress of living through a pandemic - that has also been linked to cases of temporary hair loss, too.

Yet while hair loss and serious cases of alopecia exist on one end of the spectrum, at the other lies myriad scalp conditions that could impact the health of your hair, from dryness and flakiness, to skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and even scalp acne. If your scalp is out of balance, then the hair that sprouts from it has little fighting chance of growing long and strong, so it pays to take notice.

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The Skinification of Hair

Look at it this way: your scalp is simply an extension of your face. It’s unlikely that you’d go days without washing the skin on your face, or treating it to all manner of skincare formulas from moisturisers and exfoliants. Well, your scalp could do with a similar level of dermatological focus.

This is where the ‘skinifcation’ of hair care comes in, the trend where not only do our hair routines start to look a little more like our skin regimes, but the products at our disposal reflect the kind of formulas we’re used to using on our faces, too. Plus, it’s about identifying your ‘scalp type’ in the very same way you’d classify your skin type, choosing products and rituals that cater to it accordingly. Think double cleansing and exfoliation, choosing shampoos with common skincare ingredients such as hyaluronic acid to hydrate or niacinamide to soothe, and even hair flooding, the hair equivalent of the popular TikTok skin trend. Take it from us: create yourself a ‘scalp facial’ and your hair will thank you.

The Best Scalp Care Products Around

Charlotte Mensah Manketti Hair Oil, £52
An award-winning formula designed for afro, mixed and all curly hair types. This blend of manketti nut and ximenia oils helps nourish and hydrate hair, while caring for the scalp.
Available in-store
Bumble and Bumble Seaweed Whipped Scalp Scrub 200ml, £39
Infused with a trio of nutrient-rich seaweeds, Bumble and Bumble's Seaweed Whipped Scalp Scrub promotes a healthier scalp environment for hair that shines with vitality.
Available online and in-store
Philip Kingsley Density Preserving Scalp Drops 85ml, £48
Formulated with stimulating caffeine and a biomimetic peptide blend that slows hair loss, this innovative treatment helps preserve follicle condition and scalp health.
Available online and in-store

How to Care for Your Scalp

We asked Anabel Kingsley, Trichologist and Brand President and owner of Philip Kingsley why scalp care is so important and here's what the haircare expert had to say. "Your scalp should be cared for in a similar way to facial skin – after all, the scalp is simply an extension of the skin on your forehead and has a skin barrier which helps to protect and keep it healthy," says Kingsley. "Making sure your scalp is clean and healthy will help to produce hairs of strong quality."

Here are Kingsley's top three tips on how to care for your scalp:

1. Re-moisturise – to moisturise the scalp, rehydrate with a water-based toner such as Philip Kingsley Flaky Scalp Toner, £24.

2. Scalp Serums – to help counteract irritated scalps, apply a hydrating serum to your scalp, such as the Philip Kingsley Overnight Scalp Balancing Serum, £27, which hydrates and gently exfoliates your scalp, and also helps to regulate oil production.

3. Frequent shampooing – this is a good thing for your scalp health and thus your hair health. Try to leave no more than 2 days between shampoos. You take your hair and scalp to the same places you take your face, and it gets just as dirty. Your scalp is also a living tissue; it sweats, produces oils and sheds skin cells.
Try: Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, £27 and Philip Kingsley Flaky Scalp Hydrating Conditioner, £27

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