12 Scalp Treatment Products That Trichologists Recommend To Fight Dryness And Flakes
Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp — and common problems like dandruff, dryness, and rapid hair loss indicate that you should pay attention to your scalp and might need to swap in a few scalp treatment products. With simple hair routine changes, you'll be able to ensure that your scalp and hair stay balanced.
Some of those common scalp issues are "pretty typical, but over time can contribute to larger issues like hair loss if combined with other factors such as stress, hormone imbalances, bad hairdressing habits, and excessive exercising," Chavilla Martin, a California-based trichologist says.
If you are experiencing those symptoms, make sure to “hydrate your body and hair. Contrary to popular belief, [you should] wash and condition your hair at least every other day with a sulfate-free shampoo,” Bobby Spence, a certified trichologist based in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area recommends. “Hair contains a quarter of water. So with the more water your drink and the more you wash your hair, you are nourishing your roots and follicles from the inside out.”
To combat a dry scalp, Dr. Kari Williams, a trichologist who also doubles as a celebrity hairstylist, recommends essential oils "The molecules are small enough to penetrate into the cuticle, and they absorb really well into the skin without clogging any hair follicles," she says. "The oils will enhance moisture." Other ingredients, such as pumpkin seed oil, yucca root extract, saw palmetto, biotin, and apple cider vinegar, also work to restore hydration without stripping your hair of the moisture it craves, according to Dr. William Yates, a Chicago hair loss specialist, and hair replacement surgeon.
Ahead, see the trichologist-recommended products that contain those very ingredients, and more.
This sensitive scalp wash alleviates itchiness and helps to treat dandruff with calming peony.
Crafted with trichologist-approved salicylic acid, this shampoo calms your scalp and helps to prevent dandruff.
This conditioner contains chamomile, which is an extract that helps with inflammation, according to Dr. Yates.
Women frequently experience inflammation and scalp irritation from a variety of causes, which leads to hair loss, according to Dr. Yates — and aloe vera, which is in this lotion, helps with the inflammation.
"The key ingredient— usnic acid witch hazel and onion extract have anti-bacterial and astringent properties that purify and control excessive sebum secretion in the scalp," Spence explains.
For a dry scalp, Spence recommends this scalp treatment by Moroccan Oil. "It contains argan oil to treat dandruff, has a high content of antioxidants, contains essential fatty acids, and has vitamin E to hydrate the scalp."
Spence recommends this serum because it contains "contains pro-vitamin B5 and the amino acid L-arginine which stimulate and provide key nutrients to the scalp."
Treat your scalp with pumpkin seed oil. It will block the action of "5-alpha-reductase, which converts testosterone to DHT — the culprit for androgenetic, or genetic alopecia (also known as hair loss)," Dr. Yates says.
Apple cider vinegar is the star ingredient in this rinse, as it "normalizes the pH of scalp and hair," Dr. Yates says. "It also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which reduces inflammation. This is good to treat dandruff and an itchy scalp."
This scalp treatment contains tea tree oil and witch hazel, which helps unclog hair follicles by "flushing out toxins trapped in the scalp," Spence says.
"The Scalp Tonic is an aftercare lotion that hydrates and stimulates hair growth which is applied after shampooing the hair," Martin says.
This Scalp Revitalizer serves multiple purposes, like thickening the hair and invigorating the scalp. "It's for women who have extremely dry scalp due to chemical processing, bleaching or coloring the hair... or women who have had chemotherapy or menopausal issues with dry scalp skin," Dr. Williams says.