Ultimate Guide to Scalp Care

Your scalp and the hair that grows from it have the same needs as any other skin on your body. Your scalp requires regular stimulation and exfoliation. Both your scalp and hair require regular cleansing, hydration, and nourishment.



The best way to deliver is to fully analyse your scalp and hair condition. In the same way you may have combination skin, you may have a combination scalp or hair type. It's also possible to have individual needs. What are yours? Perhaps you suffer with product build-up or even dandruff.



Our Ultimate Guide to Scalp Care walks you through the characteristics of your scalp and hair, identifying your personal needs and guiding you to the best solutions we know to exist. With that comes the sought-after promise of far more great hair days. What are you waiting for?


Our Ultimate Guide to Scalp Care will clue you up on all the questions you have about devising the perfect scalp and haircare routine for yourself.


Have you ever wondered:

  • Just when you should use a clarifying shampoo?
  • What dandruff is and whether you can cure yourself of it?
  • What's making your scalp feel tight and itchy, and just how to treat it?
  • Whether professional treatments are really worth the investment?
  • How to stop your hair from thinning or appearing thin?





You told us exactly which scalp and haircare questions you had, and we're very happy to share those answers within our Ultimate Guide to Scalp Care.



We'll get you started with our must-have advice on choosing the perfect shampoo and conditioner for the needs of both your hair and your scalp. These two needs are equally as important when selecting products that will build your hair's health and resilience.



It's also possible to have dry, brittle hair and an oily, problematic scalp. We'll show you how the right shampoo can treat your scalp concerns, whilst the right conditioner can transform your hair from dry to nourished and supple.



What once felt like a contradiction will become simple to understand when we lift the lid on how your scalp directly nourishes and feeds your hair.



After coming to grips with the basics, it's time to learn about specialist treatments: just when you should use a clarifying product and how it can enhance your haircare routine.



This is a very important read if you use several styling products or live in a hard-water area. We'll reveal how both can change the condition of your hair and scalp and how you can ensure they don't deplete the health of either.



Great scalp care and haircare isn't only about shampoo and conditioner. Just like your skin, your scalp and hair are affected by your lifestyle, the seasons, and any other products you use.



You might then be wondering if salon-professional shampoos are better for your hair and scalp. It's a question we're asked often and one that has a very simple answer.



We'll show you how to tell when salon professional haircare is worth the investment and when you're paying for the haircare trust factor. After digesting all of our Ultimate Guide articles on scalp care, you'll have the power to determine that trust factor for yourself.



Once you have the basics of your routine sorted, you may be wondering how to deal with the scalp and haircare challenges you already face. If you don't have any hair problems now, you can at least learn how to counteract them in future.

Our Adore Beauty doors are always open, and over the years, you've told us what your top scalp and hair concerns are. Although you may feel alone when tackling a symptom, rest assured that these three scalp and hair concerns are experienced by millions:

  1. Dry, itchy, and irritated scalp
  2. Dandruff
  3. Thinning hair

As well as sharing the most up-to-date information on each of these complaints, we're also able to recommend the most innovative products to help remedy them.


Suffering from a dry and itchy scalp?

Our dry and itchy scalp guide has you sorted for the three types of treatment you can integrate to help reverse these sometimes-embarrassing symptoms.

But we won't just leave you there. We'll also explain why your scalp is feeling this way and which specific products will be the most effective for your particular condition.

Suffering from dandruff? Unsure of whether you have dandruff or just dry skin?

We have this vast topic covered in not just one, but four of our ultimate guide articles on scalp care.

With over 50 million of you living with dandruff—equating to roughly one in five people in developed markets—we give the subject of dandruff a thorough examination.

We investigate and share carefully reviewed findings to answer the most common of dandruff questions:



If you suffer from dandruff, we'll explain what's unique about your scalp, what scientists believe to be the cause of dandruff, and how to choose an effective anti-dandruff treatment.

We'll also share the concept of anti-dandruff treatment cycling, a technique that ensures your dandruff won't become resilient to treatment.

Worried about thin hair or a tendency towards balding that runs in your family?

If the answer is yes, you're not alone, whether you're a man or women. Statistics show that over 35 million men and 21 million women in the US alone are currently experiencing hair loss.



Although baldness carries a stigma, especially for women, we believe you're beautiful regardless. If you choose to investigate treatments that may counteract thinning hair, we encourage your self-empowerment. We can help you raise your self-esteem and banish any stigma you feel.

Head to our Ultimate Guide article 'How can I stop my hair from thinning?' to understand the ins and outs of hair loss. Learn the three types of treatment we recommend for prevention and reversal, some of which have clinically proven results.

Alongside all of our scalp and hair advice, you'll also learn what makes your scalp and hair unique, how your scalp is related to the health of your hair, and which innovative hair nutrients are worth your time and money.

In other words, our Ultimate Guide to Scalp Care can make you a haircare expert in no time. Armed with all of this science-backed advice, you'll be able to say hello to great-hair days far more frequently.


What is the cause of dry, flaky scalp?

A dry, flaky scalp at its most basic is caused by a build up in dead skin. This dryness can be caused by many things and it is important to determine what the underlying cause is of your own flaky scalp before attempting to treat it. One common source of dryness is environmental factors. Seasonal changes can alter the balance in the skin on your scalp and body and can lead to the formation of dry patches. It can also be caused by sensitivity of the skin on your scalp to a product you are using. Even if you have not experienced sensitivity to face products in the past, you can have sensitive skin on your scalp without having a sensitive face. Skin conditions of Psoriasis and Dermatitis can also be the cause of a dry, flaky scalp. If you are concerned this could be an issue for you it would be best to make an appointment with your doctor or dermatologist to test for these conditions and see if you require medication or more intensive treatment.  

How do you get rid of a dry scalp?

A dry scalp can be caused by a variety of different factors and it is important to understand what the underlying cause is in order to treat it most effectively. If you are experiencing dryness accompanied by flaking skin and signs of dandruff, a purifying scrub is the perfect option for you. Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub will exfoliate and cleanse your scalp to help restore balance of this area and reduce buildup and itchiness. Also important is a hydrating shampoo and conditioner to soothe sensitive skin and increase moisture to counteract dryness. If the dryness is potentially caused by an underlying skin issue such as Dermatitis or Psoriasis it is best to follow this up with a doctor or dermatologist who can prescribe medication or treatment for these conditions.

Why is my scalp so itchy and dry?

There are many different causes for the uncomfortable feeling of an itchy and dry scalp. A particularly common situation is itchiness that arises in the days after getting your hair coloured. This can be due to scalp sensitivity to the ingredients in the hair colour causing irritation that leads to an itchy sensation. Ensure to use a gentle, soothing shampoo following your hair colour to reduce discomfort.  Itchiness could also be caused by the dryness of the skin on your scalp. If you are feeling tightness in your scalp or notice flakes of dry skin in your hair it is likely that dry skin is your underlying condition. This can be treated using a purifying scrub or a scalp treatment such as the Aesop Rose Hair & Scalp Moisturising Masque. This product will target your scalp to restore moisture and reduce irritation or feelings of itchiness.

What is dandruff and what causes it?

Dandruff is the result of dead skin cells shedding from the scalp. There are a number of factors that can cause this skin condition and it is important to understand what is causing your dandruff so that you can apply effective and targeted treatment. Dermatitis, Psoriasis and other underlying skin conditions are important to consider. If you are concerned you may be suffering from one of these is it best to consult a dermatologist who can assist you with treatment. Changes in the environment can also cause or increase levels of dandruff. This is particularly noticeable moving into summer due to increased exposure to the sun. A peeling and flaky scalp is a common result of recovering from sunburn. There are many products designed specifically to deal with dandruff. Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo is the ideal shampoo for returning balance and moisture back into the scalp to treat and prevent dandruff.