Which scalp type are you?
The scalp is divided into the three general skin types- dry, oily and normal.
The sebaceous gland plays an important role in determining hair and skin type. The production of sebum is a natural process that adds strength to the hair strand. Sebaceous glands are usually attached to hair follicles and release a fatty substance, sebum. Sebum protects the top layer of the skin and hair while making it waterproof.
A dry scalp causes itching and may cause flaking. Hair feels rough, dull, frizzy and can only be stretched 15% of its overall length before breaking.
What to do?
- Use the Trepadora Inca Radiance Smoothing Elixir on your scalp for a intense treatment. Using the pads of your fingertips gently massage into the skin. Massaging will stimulate the sebaceous glands promoting these natural oils to nourish the scalp. Leave the Elixir on overnight or use a warm towel wrap for a deep treatment.
- Avoid harsh cleansers, co-wash with Trepadora Coconut Almond Smoothing Conditioner or Trepadora Hibiscus Pink Cleansing-Clay Wash.
- Drink plenty of water. Keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day prevents your skin from drying out.
An oily scalp is most prone to dandruff and flaking. The excess oil that the sebaceous glands in the scalp produce, builds around the roots resulting in clogged pores. The hair is usually limp and flat, making it almost impossible for volumising or styling products to hold.
What to do?
- Avoid harsh cleansers. If you strip the natural oils from your scalp your body will then naturally produce more to over compensate. For a gentle cleanse use the Trepadora Hibiscus Pink Cleansing Clay-Wash. The French Pink Clay in this amazing cleanser will purify the scalp without stripping it of it's natural oils. Hibiscus flower extract is also a known ingredient to help reduce dandruff.
- Avoid highly moisturising hair products. If you curls need extra moisture use a light-weight product. The Trepadora Miracle Maca Moisture Balm is light to the touch and does not leave your hair feeling or looking greasy.
“Since it has the right balance of sebaceous glands, the normal scalp type is generally not prone to problems like dandruff or excessive oil deposition.”
Says trichologist Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi
What to do?
- To maintain a healthy scalp, do not over wash as this strips hair from natural oils.
- Stay away from chemicals such as hair dye and chemical treatments. These will imbalance the scalp and the strands causing the skin to dry out.
- Try not to over comb or style. This causes stress on the scalp and over time, may lead to damage or excess oil.
A mixed condition scalp?
Mixed condition tends to have dry, frizzy ends that are prone to breaking, with oily roots. This can be hard to get the balance right.
What to do?
- Apply conditioner to the ends and try to avoid the skin. This is so the dry ends get the moisture needed without overloading the scalp.
- Cleanse the scalp, massaging with your fingertips and rinse. While the cleanser rinses it will wash the hair shaft without drying it out.
- Treat your dry ends with an oil or leave in like the Trepadora Avocado Kokum Curl Defining Smoothie, Mid-shaft to ends only.
- Get a regular trim to avoid split ends traveling up the shaft and causing frizz and breakage. Visit us at the Trepadora Salon in Maidenhead for a Curl Cut & Style.