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How to Take Care of Your Scalp and Manage Scalp Build Up

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How to Take Care of Your Scalp and Manage Scalp Build Up How to Take Care of Your Scalp and Manage Scalp Build Up How to Take Care of Your Scalp and Manage Scalp Build Up

When it comes to your hair care routine, you probably pay a whole lot of attention to your mid-lengths and ends, right? After all, if your ends are super-dry, that can make creating a stunning hairstyle a whole lot more difficult. But think about it: How much thought do you give your scalp? If your answer is not much, it’s time to change your tune! That’s because in order to have healthy hair, you need to have a healthy scalp, too. If you’re dealing with itchiness, flakes, oily roots, or scalp build up, you may be inclined to spend all of your time with your hair hidden under a giant hat. Instead, why not get to the root of good hair care (pun intended) by showing your scalp some TLC with the following hair care products and tips. Don’t overlook your scalp any longer!

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR SCALP AND MANAGE SCALP BUILD UP

So, you’ve decided to put more time and effort into taking care of your scalp, but where do you start? Your scalp is still skin, after all, so it needs special care just like the rest of your complexion. Here are our best scalp care tips to reduce scalp build up and promote healthy, gorgeous locks.

SCALP CARE TIP #1: USE A SCALP SCRUB

First off, you probably have some excess product and dead skin cell build up that needs to be sloughed away. The best way to reduce scalp build up is to use a scalp exfoliating scrub, like the L'Oréal Paris EverFresh Micro-Exfoliating Scrub. Just like your skin can benefit from a bit of regular exfoliation—from head to toe—so can your scalp! This scrub is formulated with apricot seeds and helps gently remove impurities, flakes, and build up from dirt and excess oils that can cause hair to become weighed down. A scalp scrub should be used on damp hair before you shampoo. After you hop into the shower, wet your hair and apply a liberal amount of the scrub. Gently massage it onto your scalp and throughout your hair. Then, rinse thoroughly and move on to your shampoo (we have some thoughts on that too, so keep reading).

SCALP CARE TIP #2: USE THE RIGHT SHAMPOO SYSTEM

Once you’ve washed your scalp scrub out of your hair, it’s time to use a system of shampoo and conditioner that will also bolster your scalp health. If you suffer from dandruff or scalp flakiness to any degree, reach for a shampoo that’s formulated with pyrithione zinc, like the L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Anti-Dandruff Shampoo. This shampoo can help restore scalp balance and stop scalp itching, irritation, and flakes. After using your scrub, apply the shampoo to wet hair by gently massaging it onto your scalp and hair, then rinse well. Use it at least twice a week for best results or as directed by a doctor.

If dandruff isn’t a concern for you, but you still have dry strands and oily roots, use a moisturizing shampoo that’s formulated with clay, like the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Shampoo.

SCALP CARE TIP #3: DON’T SKIMP ON CONDITIONER

Have you been skipping out on conditioner because you think it’ll make your oily roots even more oily? Wrong move! Oily roots and dry ends are an indicator of overall scalp health, and you need to keep your locks hydrated to restore balance.

Choose a conditioner that pairs with your shampoo of choice—you should be using products that are part of the same hair care system. If you used the L’Oréal Paris EverFresh Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, reach for the L'Oréal Paris EverFresh Balancing Conditioner as your next step. If you used the L'Oréal Paris Extraordinary Clay Shampoo, use the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Conditioner. Once you’ve rinsed out the shampoo, massage the conditioner onto your wet hair, then rinse.

SCALP CARE TIP #4: USE THE RIGHT DRY SHAMPOO FORMULA

If you have oily roots, you’re likely already a major fan of dry shampoo—and that’s fine, but you need to be certain that the dry shampoo formula you choose isn’t hurting your overall scalp health. Too much of the wrong type of dry shampoo can cause an unruly amount of scalp build up. To remedy this, use a dry shampoo that’s formulated with clay, which can help restore purity to the scalp without causing unnecessary build up. Next time you’re in need of a refresh, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Clay Dry Shampoo as your dry shampoo of choice.

SCALP CARE TIP #5: USE A MULTI-TASKING LEAVE-IN PRODUCT

When you’re trying to avoid product build up, use a hairstyling product that multi-tasks! Not sure what that even means? Look no further than the L’Oréal Paris EverPure 10-in-1 Elixir. This total hair and scalp beauty solution is formulated with Indian lilac and helps transform hair vitality. It has 10 (yes, 10!) benefits in one: nourish, hydrate, soothe, repair, density, smooth, texture, strength, softness, and shine. Talk about a workhorse! To use, apply it to towel-dried hair and scalp in sections. Gently work it through your hair to evenly distribute. You don’t have to rinse—go ahead and style as usual!

Now that you know all about scalp health, here’s a refresher on something else important—How to Use Heat Protectant Before Styling Your Hair.