If you’re unhappy with the condition of your hair, take a closer look at the state of your scalp; it’s the key to strong, super-swishable hair. But this rather unglamorous body part has largely been neglected until now, thanks to a myriad dedicated tinctures, shampoos and conditioners to remedy lackluster strands. Here, Parisian colorist Christophe Robin and Briogeo founder Nancy Twine share their top tips for maintaining good scalp health and a killer mane to match.
“When your scalp is sensitized – due to stress, diet, pollution, excess oil production or an overloading of hair products – it can cause deficiencies in the hair, resulting in weak, thin tresses,” says Christophe. Apply a salt–based scrub such as his Purifying Cleansing Scrub with Sea Salt once a week to help detox your scalp from a buildup of the above daily aggressors.
Don’t Overdo Dry Shampoo
“It’s a great last-minute hair refresher, but you should never sleep with dry shampoo in your hair,” advises Christophe. “It’s like going to bed with your makeup on – any dry shampoo that’s left on your scalp will be absorbed and act as a barrier.” Poorly rinsed shampoos and conditioners tend to suffocate the scalp too, he says. Consider using a scalp-friendly dry shampoo like Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo and do a deep hair cleanse before bed. Try Christophe Robin’s Purifying Shampoo with Jujube Bark Extract.
Make Time For Massage
For hair to grow healthy and strong you need a good blood supply. Christophe recommends massaging your entire scalp in the shower to stimulate circulation. “Flip your head upside down to increase blood flow even more.” Add a handheld massaging tool to the mix for extra blood flow-boosting power. We love Briogeo’s Scalp Revival Stimulating Therapy Massager.
Heat styling, the environment, stress, harsh products and even a poor diet can result in an inflamed scalp. This means you can expect an uncomfortable tightness in the skin and increased sensitivity. Nancy suggests looking for ingredients within your haircare that actively reduce inflammation. “Products containing peppermint and spearmint oils, charcoal and tea tree are brilliant for calming the scalp while ginger and ginseng stimulate blood flow,” she says. “You can even add tea tree into your shampoo.”