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What To Do With My Scalp Issues?

A professional hairstylists take on scalp issues.



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Working behind the chair, I’ve seen all kinds of problematic scalps. Some people don’t complain about irritation although their scalp is flaking a lot. Others have a sensitive scalp and lots of itchiness.

Sometimes it’s as simple as washing your properly. Other times it can be a situation where a medicated shampoo is needed.

The best shampoos I’ve come across to help soothe the scalp from eczema or psoriasis are still of professional quality and prevent hair color from fading. I’ll list them below.

- Kevin Murphy Stimulate Me

- Oribe Serene Scalp

- Unite Reunite

- Redken Scalp Relief

Every brand can be different, make sure you’re using the product properly for full benefits by reading instructions on the back / getting tips from their website.

Another way to prevent flaking / dryness is by double cleansing. You can lather a quarter size into your palms and massage all over your scalp, rinse, and then repeat with maybe a bit less shampoo this time. If you have very thick hair, you want to make sure all of the shampoo is rinsed out thoroughly. Leaving behind shampoo can cause the hair to feel greasy or create a buildup on your scalp / hair.

Conditioner rarely needs to be applied toward the scalp. Skipping conditioner at your root area and just applying it through the mids and ends of your hair helps the hair to be hydrated. Your scalp is producing the hydration for the root area so you can skip the scalp especially if your hair is fine or lacks volume.

Another thing to keep in mind while choosing a shampoo is this product needs to be something light and cleansing. You can get away with an everyday cleansing shampoo or a volumizing shampoo. A hydrating / smoothing shampoo can be too heavy for every wash.

It can be good to have a couple of shampoos to alternate if you have a wild mane to tame.

Some of my favorite shampoos are listed here:

  • Unite 7 Seconds

  • Oribe Signature

  • Ouai ( Fine, Medium, or Thick)

  • Amika Normacore Signature




All in all, talk to your stylist for the best shampoo for your specific hair type and scalp situation. Trust their opinion and follow the regimen for a few weeks to notice a difference.



If you're having major flaking and irritation, you may need to contact a dermatologist for a prescribed shampoo.



Hope this helps!