Up until a year or so ago, I didn't realise that scalp health is actually so important for your overall hair health. When a trichologist told me that, I had an "aha" moment, which made me feel a little foolish. Of course, the state of your scalp affects how your hair grows. The hair grows out of the scalp, after all!
So when it comes to the scalp, you want to make sure it's free of buildup, able to produce its natural oils, balanced, and hydrated. Basically, you want your scalp to thrive so your hair can grow well.
There are a couple of things you can do to treat your scalp right. Don't wash your hair too often. Be gentle with your care, especially when washing or exfoliating it. And choose the products that work for your scalp's specific needs. Sometimes, you might need a little extra help in the scalp department, and that's where a scalp treatment can come in handy.
The types of scalp treatments can vary. Some are moisturising and rejuvenating for dry and itchy scalps. Others remove buildup and excess oil. And some can help your hair grow faster and healthier. If you're looking for the latter, I've got you covered. Take a look at this list of the best scalp treatments for hair growth below. Plus, I've included other products that can help with scalp health.
Part of The Body Shop's loved Ginger hair care line, this serum helps to keep the scalp moisturised and balanced in between washes. The formula sinks straight in to the scalp without leaving any residue and gets to work quickly to soothe the skin and prevent flakes.
Hair oiling has been around for centuries in Indian culture to encourage healthy hair growth. This oil contains ashwagandha to help thicken fine hair, while dashmool improves scalp circulation to encourage hair follicles. Apply before shampooing your hair and massage in for best results and remember to rinse thoroughly.
JVN's lightweight pre-wash scalp oil is formulated with squalane and hemisqualane to improve hair strength, rosemary extract to stimulate your scalp and hair follicles, and basil-root extract to minimize hair loss. You can use it before shampooing to clarify the scalp.
The hero ingredient in this scalp treatment is caffeine, which stimulates the scalp and hair follicles. Other ingredients include Redensyl and Betaine (which conditions). It's designed to be used overnight, so it can work its magic on your scalp as you sleep.
Ouai's scalp serum is designed to encourage fuller and thicker hair, and it just so happens to look great in your bathroom, too. It features a combination of adaptogenic herbs (read: herbs that adapt to your body's needs) to encourage a healthy scalp barrier and leave the scalp cool as a cucumber.
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That itchy scalp of yours will be a distant memory after using this scalp treatment. It contains honey to hydrate, nourish, and restore balance; ectoine to relieve dryness and flakiness; and a prebiotic complex to balance the scalp's microflora.
For itchy and irritated scalp relief, apply this soothing mask that also nourishes and detoxifies the scalp. It contains binchotan charcoal to detoxify and clear buildup; tea-tree, peppermint, and spearmint oils for a cool feeling that reduces itchiness; and a hydration complex of hyaluronic acid and aloe vera to prevent any dryness.