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The best treatments for dry scalp

Suffer from dry scalp? Don’t worry: we’ve got a variety of different options to help treat it.

Anatomy of the scalp

As you no doubt know, the scalp covers your entire head. It also happens to be flexible, seamless, strong and resistant, which probably comes as no surprise.
But, did you know that your scalp also has several different jobs and responsibilities? Not only does it act as a physical barrier for your skull, it is also a heat insulator and provides immunological protection!
Indeed, the scalp is very much like the tip of an iceberg and is only a small part of the structure found below. It is actually made up of several layers, identical to those of the skin. The epidermis is the part that contains the hair bulb (also referred to as the follicle), which forms the base of all hairs, and the dermis contains all of the blood vessels as well as 230 nerve endings!
Complete cellular renewal of the scalp takes 14 days, compared to 28 for the skin. Dead skin cells are most notably removed through the process of shampooing.

How can you tell if your scalp is too dry?

If your scalp is dry, it will be pretty obvious since some of the most frequent symptoms include itching and even burning. Your scalp will also have a tendency to become irritated, painful, hypersensitive and prone to redness.
Those with dry scalps may also have loose dandruff.

What causes dry scalp?

Scalps become dry quite simply because they do not produce enough sebum. This underproduction of sebum, however, does have numerous possible causes:
 
Improper use of hair products
Using products that are too aggressive for the scalp or shampooing too often causes the scalp to become excessively dry and prevents normal sebum production.

Choosing hair products with the wrong ingredients
When choosing hair products, opt for those made with natural ingredients and avoid any that contain specific harmful ingredients such as methylisothiazolinone, which has a reputation for being a source of irritation and itchiness.
 
Applying aggressive hair dye
These days, 2 out of 3 women colour their hair. Choosing the wrong hair colour can, however, have a detrimental effect on scalp health and lead to an imbalance. This is precisely why it’s best to choose hair colour made of as many botanical ingredients as possible.
 
Skin conditions
A dry scalp can also occur when skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis, known for causing skin lesions and itching, spread to the scalp.

External factors that dry out the scalp
The weather, pollution, lifestyle and age are also factors that can make dry scalp worse.


Dry scalp treatments

Step 1: Re-balance the scalp
Treating the root cause of the problem is essential, which is why action must be taken directly on the scalp.
To achieve this, integrate PHYTOPOLLEINE Pre-Shampoo into your haircare routine. This product has been working miracles since 1969—the year PHYTO Paris was born! A single 25 mL bottle contains 1,750 grams of plant extracts and 72% of the formula is made up of essential oils of cajeput, lemon, rosemary, sage and cypress… combined with corn germ oil. Together, this botanical mixture stimulates the scalp’s microcirculation and rebalances scalps of all types.
The formula works double duty on dry scalps: the corn germ oil makes up for the lack of sebum while the essential oils tone the scalp and bring sebum production back to normal.

Another basic need of any scalp is detoxification, which essentially frees the scalp of accumulated hair products or the dry shampoo you use on occasion as well as pollution particles and impurities that prevent it from functioning as well as it should.
To detoxify your scalp, choose the PHYTOD-TOX line, specifically the Pre-Shampoo Mask, which allows you to gently exfoliate the scalp, and the Clarifying Shampoo, which finishes things off by thoroughly cleansing the scalp and hair.

Step 2: Choose the right shampoo
As we mentioned earlier, sometimes a dry scalp is caused by shampooing too often or by choosing a shampoo that does not fit your needs.
First off, keep in mind that the scalp needs to renew itself, and the best way to ensure this is to skip a day or two between shampoos. This will keep the scalp functioning normally.
Where shampoo is concerned, PHYTO Paris has many options available to you. The best options are provided below.
PHYTOPROGENIUM Ultra-Gentle Shampoo is a great option when it comes to caring for your scalp. It is enriched with a Prebiotic Complex, soothing Oat Milk and Mallow extraction that gently cleanse the hair and keep it balanced.
PHYTOJOBA Moisturizing Shampoo is also an excellent option: in addition to hydrating hair lengths, it gently hydrates the scalp thanks to PHYTOJOBA’s signature ingredients including Jojoba, recognized for its moisturizing properties.
Last option for itchy scalps: PHYTOAPAISANT Soothing Treatment Shampoo. This shampoo’s calming properties help rebalance your scalp with every use. How? Thanks to Purslane extract, which helps relieve irritation, combined with Linden Blossom and Passionflower, which hydrate and protect to restore the scalp’s protective barrier. Plus, Mallow Oligo-procyanidins, with emollient and anti-free radical properties, reduce reactivity for more comfortable skin!

So, as you can see, dry scalp is a problem that has numerous possible causes. Thankfully, there are many effective treatments that can help restore your scalp’s balance. 
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