For healthy hair, it may be your scalp that needs a little TLC.
1. GO FOR A DEEP CLEAN
If you suspect you’ve got some product buildup going on, your scalp could use a good scrub. Occasionally swapping your usual shampoo for an exfoliating scalp product could make all the difference. “In theory, using a scalp scrub one or twice a week may provide a deeper cleanse of flakes or dead skin buildup on the surface,” says Li.
2. SLATHER ON A SERUM
Similar to the ones you use on your face, scalp serums are designed to fight problems like itchiness or flaking and boost skin health. Select one that’s right for your scalp and hair, whether that’s hydrating, clearing or soothing.
3. SHAMPOO SMARTER
When your hair is ready for a cleanse but there’s no time to shower, opt for a high-performance scalp-friendly dry shampoo. Ingredients like clay and tapioca starch will gently absorb excess oil at the roots, without drying out your hair or scalp. If you have dark locks, experiment with different products to make sure they won’t leave a white residue. Just don’t use dry shampoo for more than two days in a row, Li warns, because it can clog scalp pores and cause buildup.