A healthy scalp means healthy hair - here’s six essential products
The allure of lustrous hair has tantalised humans since the dawn of time, its presence signalling rude health, fecundity and at times, even wealth and political status. Alas, only a minority of us manage to sprout and maintain such magnificence, while hormonal changes, stress, pollution, nutrition deficiency, product build-up, excessive silicone + sulphate exposure and illness can all wreak havoc with our strands.
‘The scalp provides the necessary nutrients and oxygen that are essential for healthy hair growth,’ explains New York trichologist and founder of Act+Acre, Helen Reavey. ‘If it is unhealthy it can lead to hair loss, dandruff and dryness. On the flip side a healthy scalp prevents hair loss by providing the follicles with the necessary nutrients for growth. Additionally, healthy heads produce sebum, which keeps them moisturised, while a dry scalp can weaken hair and cause it to break.’
Luckily, experts such as Reavey have come to our aid in the pursuit of follicular excellence. Working on the basis that happy, vital follicles produce superior growth, they recommend integrating scalp care into our daily routines and the appeal is real. A 2022 Spate report revealed a massive surge in Google searches of the term ‘ scalp treatment’, while 2023 has witnessed a flurry of hard-working, technologically advanced products that work effectively to exfoliate, refine and nourish this once neglected expanse of skin.
OUAI Anti-Dandruff Shampoo Infused with salicylic acid, spearmint and fig. £32, at cultbeauty.co.uk
R+CO CBD + CBG Soothing Scalp Treatment Rebalances the scalp microbiome. £34, at spacenk.com
ORIBE Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub AHAs slough away dirt and oil. £47, at cultbeauty.co.uk
KERASTASE Micro-Peeling Cellular Treatment Salicylic acid slays flakes. £30, at lookfantastic.com
BUMBLE AND BUMBLE Whipped Scalp Scrub With nutrient-rich seaweed. £35, at beautybay.com
ACT+ACRE Stem Cell Scalp Serum Potent, plant-powered goodness to revitalise. £76 (actandacre.co.uk)