7 products to soothe an irritated, itchy scalp
As far as beauty buzzwords go, ‘scalp-care’ is big this year. An awkward ailment long deemed too embarrassing to admit to, those with itchy, irritated, dry or dandruff-plagued scalps were long left to suffer in silence. The complicated crossroads where skin care meets hair care, we’ll admit it seems a tricky issue to take care of, but the truth is, healthy hair stems from a healthy scalp, and we need to nail our scalp-care routines in the name of lustrous locks (and reduced discomfort). Firstly, let’s get something straight: product build-up is real, people. If you’re repeatedly reaching for a spritz of salt spray or a pump of smoothing serum and then prolonging yet another actual shampoo in favour of a dry one that comes in a can, congestion and oil can get out of hand quick, leading to unbearable itchiness and irritation. Even when you do manage to make it to the shower, some shampoos only nix the surface stuff, leaving centimetres of product, oil and dead skin sitting on your vulnerable scalp (delightful, we know). The good news is that scalp-shaming has finally ceased – these swept-under-the-hair issues are actually super common and hardly anything to be ashamed of, but, whilst a scattering of white flakes may be chic in Parisian snow season, they’re less than ideal when free-falling from your hair. Luckily for those of us haunted by head-flakeage, beauty brands have completely cottoned on to the scalp-care trend, evident through the new crop of products that have shifted the connotations from shameful to chic. You no longer need to skulk the aisles of dodgy discount warehouses in search of a scalp-specific shampoo, hidden beneath a hoodie both for anonymity purposes and to conceal the dreaded dandruff. Instead you can wander the Priceline aisles with pride, as hair care giants now offer everything from exfoliators to oils designed specifically for your scalp. The fact that they now come housed in packaging you won’t feel compelled to clear off your shower shelf before guests visit is just a perk. Here’s our edit of the strongest scalp-soothing saviours.