You May Also Like

Pulling leggings on after lotion sucked until I started using this surfer trick

Pulling leggings on after lotion sucked until I started using this surfer trick

Channel your '80s fashion dreams with the return of the leisure suit

Do we have Mercury retrograde to thank for the return of the leisure suit?

athleta girl

How playing sports as girls could be the secret to building powerful execs

This is the most flattering ponytail hairstyles

Peace out, pep-squad pony: One hairstylist says *this* is the most flattering ponytail height

courteney cox beauty

4 things Courteney Cox does daily to bring out her inner beauty

Well+Good - Go behind the scenes of Well+Good’s adult summer camp—and check out the wellness essential that powered the weekend

Go behind the scenes of Well+Good’s adult summer camp—and check out the wellness essential that powered the weekend

Why you should care about your scalp health—even if you don’t have flakes


Thumbnail for Why you should care about your scalp health—even if you don’t have flakes
Pin It
Photo: Stocksy/HEX
1/2

When you think about your hair, chances are you look down at your lengths (maybe even picking up the bottoms to check on split-ends). After all, the tips of hair have experienced the most damage in the form of heat, shampooing, and rough brushing, and over time they become a de facto time capsule of sins against your strands.

But interestingly, the spot that actually can say the most about the health of your hair is closer to the root—and that’s why the scalp has become a major focus for many dermatologists and hairstylists alike. Because beyond the matter of dandruff, supporting the scalp’s health can lead to stronger, happier hair from the word go.

“Like the rest of your body, the skin [on your head] constantly turns over every two weeks,” says Terrence Keaney, MD, an Arlington, Virginia-based dermatologist at a recent event for the Dove DermaCare Scalp collection. “On the skin where you have a lot of hair, the hair can trap it. That’s why exfoliated skin has a harder time exiting the scalp.”

The thing is, just because you don’t have dandruff (flatter, yellower flakes caused by a yeast called malassezia) doesn’t mean you don’t have flakes or a dry scalp (the smaller whiter ones). “The good news is that zinc pyrithione will treat wherever you are on the spectrum,” adds Francesca Fusco, MD, a New York City dermatologist at the same event. “So if you’re just dry and itchy due to overuse of hair-heating products, the zinc pyrithione in this product is hydrating as well as flake fighting.”

Another option is to look for a shampoo with an ingredient such as salicylic acid, which is a chemical exfoliant that can help with this process. Or, if you’re more DIY-minded Dr. Fusco also says that you can add a tablespoon of sugar into *any* shampoo to create a physical exfoliant to treat flakes. Otherwise, whether you’re fending off dandruff or just aiming to exfoliate your scalp, these are the shampoos, conditioners and stylers to keep you focused on the health of your hair.

Keep reading to shop scalp-treating hair products.

Get Started
2/2

Speaking of cleaning your hair, here’s why you might want a shampoo scrub. And this is the *exact* order to apply styling products based on your hair texture.  

Loading More Posts...

You May Also Like

beauty products with apple cider vinegar

6 apple cider vinegar-based beauty products that will transform your look

New Balance Ali Finney

This is the one thing you need to spice up your summer-outfit formula

avocado honey face mask

Your beloved avocado is just as potent in this 2-ingredient face mask as it is delish

Channel your '80s fashion dreams with the return of the leisure suit

Do we have Mercury retrograde to thank for the return of the leisure suit?

This is the most flattering ponytail hairstyles

Peace out, pep-squad pony: One hairstylist says *this* is the most flattering ponytail height

Pulling leggings on after lotion sucked until I started using this surfer trick

Pulling leggings on after lotion sucked until I started using this surfer trick