We may think of hair care as just simply applying a hair oil or a conditioning treatment to the ends of your hair, very quick and simple, right? But in actuality, hair care isn’t just about the way your hair follicles feel, it's also about how your scalp feels and looks! Let’s take a deeper look at scalp care, shall we?
To simplify it, think of your scalp as an empty piece of cropland, with each of your hair follicles being crops. If the land is not healthy, the crops will struggle to grow, but if the land is healthy then the crops will grow in abundance. Your scalp is basically the same way! Each scalp, regardless of hair type, has a microbiome, and in the event that this microbiome gets agitated or disrupted, it could lead to issues like dandruff or eczema!
With that being said, it’s just as important to not only care for your hair but also to protect and keep your scalp healthy! We compiled some signs to look out for on your scalp, tips, and some product recommendations!
Determining What Scalp Type You Have
First, there are two common scalp types: a dry scalp and an oily scalp. It’s pretty easy to determine which type you have based on your hair type (straight, wavy, or curly) and based on the overall appearance of the hair!
For example; if you find your hair looking greasy within 1-2 days after washing, you most likely have an oily scalp. Those with dry scalps might find themselves being able to wash their hair only once a week before it appears to look oily.
Another trick is to test with tissue paper! Normal scalps will leave a small translucent area behind, oily scalps will be more saturated, and dry scalps may not see anything on the paper. Once you’ve determined your scalp type, let’s look into how to care for it!
How to Take Care of a Dry Scalp
The main issue with a dry scalp is the skin is often irritated and can flake off. The skin may also appear red and can feel itchy. Eczema is also a very common side effect of having a dry scalp.
In order to care for it, try reducing the number of times you wash within a week, and opting for more gentle shampoos and conditioners, as other brands may strip your hair of its moisture.
Another great option is to opt for scalp toners or scalp masks that are designed to rehydrate and lock in moisture!
The FaceTory Moisturize Scalp & Hair Mask with Fermented Soybean is a scalp and hair treatment designed to renew the hair from the scalp down. It contains Fermented Soybean and Avocado Oil to deliver smoothing and anti-frizz benefits while restoring and fortifying the scalp!
How To Care for an Oily Scalp
Oily scalps are often caused by an overproduction of sebum from the scalp's oil glands. The oil then absorbs into the hair, making your hair appear greasy. Other signs include dead skin cell buildup, acne, and dandruff.
For an oily scalp, try and wash your hair every other day or even every two days to help prevent the oil from clogging up the hair follicles. You also want to be sure to limit the number of times you use any clarifying shampoos as they can over-strip your hair, causing the scalp to produce more oil to make up for the loss.
We also advise staying away from heavy or thick leave-in-conditioners as they can weigh down your hair strands which will contribute to an oily scalp.
The FaceTory Balance Scalp and Hair mask is perfect for, well, balancing the scalp! Infused with fermented Aloe and Jojoba Oil, it will balance the scalp’s pH levels all while nourishing and hydrating the hair strands for soft, smooth hair!
Just like skincare, there is no one-size-fits-all, and each hair type and scalp type are different. Each scalp’s needs and wants are all unique to us, but we hope this gives you greater insight into how to take care of your scalp, and what products to use, to promote healthier, shinier hair!
FaceTory Team <3