Having your hair trimmed every three months is great for your hair, but the foundation of our health hair begins at the scalp.
What does a healthy scalp look like?
When it comes to scalp care, the first thing to consider is the state of your scalp. A healthy scalp is normally flake free. That said, flakes don’t necessarily mean dandruff – flakes could be an indication of dryness, allergy, or irritation. A healthy scalp looks clear and moisturised, but not oily.
What does an unhealthy scalp look like?
A scalp that is itchy, red, dry, or burning is normally an indication of problems. An itchy scalp may be a symptom of a chemical irritation, sunburn, general allergies or even a sign of an allergic reaction. Excess oil can also indicate an imbalance, and is often caused by the overuse of harsh shampoos which strip the natural oils of the scalp.
How to treat an unhealthy scalp
If your scalp leans towards the unhealthy side of the spectrum, don’t panic. A healthy scalp and hair is achievable and begins with your shampoo. Shampoos and washes like those available at Reds – that are free of parabens, sulphates (sodium laureth and/or sodium lauryl), and synthetic fragrances – are an easy way to improve scalp health. In addition, if you have a dry flaky scalp, you can use a specially formulated anti-dandruff shampoo.
While a new shampoo is likely to help, scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist should also be considered if your scalp continues to be dry or irritated after trying your own methods of treatment and see no improvement. They may suggest a change in diet, or test you for certain allergies. They can also prescribe a topical steroid to tackle the problem in the short term.