Give your scalp some TLC
If your hair is looking a little lacklustre these days, you might want to give your scalp some TLC. Hair care companies are focusing on scalp care with products from shampoo and conditioner to special scalp serums. Some moisturize to relieve a dry, itchy, tight-feeling scalp; others stimulate the scalp with the aim of helping thin-looking hair appear thicker. (To be clear, this scalp-care trend is not about controlling dandruff, although that can be part of it.)
Peter Lamas and Clear are two such hair care lines available at drugstores. Lamas uses a blend of Chinese herbs to nourish the scalp to help promote stronger, healthier hair growth. A dry scalp can be caused by stress, menopause, certain illnesses and medications, says Lamas, a long-time hairdresser based in California whose line consists of a serum, conditioner and sulphate-free shampoo. It also uses apple stem cells, and biotin to strengthen hair.
As for Clear, a line of six shampoos and five conditioners, it incorporates Dove skincare’s trademarked Nutrium moisturizing approach. Toronto dermatologist Dr. Julia Carroll says it’s important for hair to grow from a scalp that is “not too oily, not too dry. When the scalp doesn’t have moisture balance, hair can be brittle.” Click through for a few examples of the latest scalp-help products, plus, learn how to do a Ayurvedic head rub.
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