If you want really healthy hair, you need to include a scalp treatment in your haircare routine. “The scalp is the bedrock for the hair follicle, and if it is not in good condition, the chances of you experiencing problems with hair growth and health increase significantly,” says trichologist Anne Kingsley.
Hair expert Michael London also says you also need scalp treatments to counteract the daily stress your hair goes through: damage from the sun and pollution, hot water in your shower, or build up from dry shampoo and other hair products.
London says that even the best shampoo can’t replace a good scalp treatment. “Shampoo cleans your hair strands, while scalp treatments contain ingredients that can treat hair follicles — the only living part of your hair.”
But just there are shampoos for every hair type, there’s a hair scalp treatment for every hair concern. Find the best one for you!
Best Scalp Treatment for Cleansing
If you use a lot of hair styling products, then you need a purifying and cleansing scalp lotion. Try: Aveda Pramasana Purifying Scalp Cleanser, $60, Tangs.
This contains 98% plant-derived ingredients to gently but effectively cleanse and rebalance your scalp. The seaweed extract can also help control oil production, too — making it one of the best oily scalp treatment around!
Best Scalp Treatment for Dandruff
Dandruff can be caused by dry and itchy scalp, or dandruff-causing bacteria. You need a scalp treatment that can restore moisture and gently kill bacteria without irritating your scalp even more.
Try: Moist Diane Extra Fresh Scalp Essence, $18.90, Watsons. This popular (and budget friendly) scalp mist can help relieve itchy scalp and prevent dandruff. It uses a special blend of 48 natural herbs that fight bacteria and leave a fresh, tingly and clean feeling! This includes peppermint, rosemary and tea tree oil. Hmm, smells so good too.
Best Scalp Treatment for Sensitive Scalp
If you have sensitive skin, you may have a sensitive scalp too. Look for one that contains no fragrances, parabens or silicones that can cause a reaction.
Try: Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt, $79, Sephora. Gently massage into your scalp to remove product build up, boost circulation, and help remove dry flakes or excess grease.
Best Scalp Treatment for Hair Loss
If you have thinning hair, or if early baldness runs in your family, then you need a scalp treatment that can encourage hair growth.
Try: Daeng Gi Meo Ri Vitalizing Scalp Nutrition Pack for Hair-loss, $47.80, Watsons (find out more about Daeng Gi Meo Ri products.)
This draws on the wisdom of traditional Korean haircare. It uses herbal extracts that have been tried and tested by generations to promote hair growth. This includes damcho, dangui and changpo. Other ingredients like salicylic acid clear out clogged hair follicles and prevent dandruff and scalp infections.
Best Dry Scalp Treatment
Your scalp can become dry and damaged from UV exposure, blowdrying and heat styling tools, hair colour treatments, hot water from your shower, or the chemicals in pool or ocean water.
Try: Honeyce Deep Moist Repair Mask, $18.90. The keratin and proteins help nourish both your scalp and your hair, strengthening it from within. Use it once a week to heal your dry scalp and prevent further damage.