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Scalp care tips
Anyone who suffers from dandruff will be familiar with those dreaded white flakes that regularly make their appearance on shoulders and backs. Although surprisingly common, the symptoms of dandruff can leave you feeling embarrassed and anxious that it’s the first thing people notice about you. You might be thinking that it’s the result of a dry scalp, but it can affect those with an oily scalp too.
So what causes dandruff?
Dandruff occurs in 1 in 2 people* and is caused by a natural by-product called oleic acid which can irritate the scalp. As a defence, the body starts to shed skin cells faster than usual which is what can cause those visible skin particles. And while the root cause of dandruff is always the same, other factors such as cold weather or central heating that can aggravate the problem, by making the symptoms appear worse. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make sure the only flakes in your hair this winter are of the snow variety!
Protect and nourish your scalp
When it comes to gently removing dead cells and moisturising your scalp, the Bain Anti-Pelliculaire (which actually means anti-dandruff in French) from the Specifique range is our go-to shampoo. Specially formulated without silicone, it gently cleanses and refreshes to reduce the appearance of dry or oily dandruff, from root to tip, for up to eight weeks. Or try our concentrated 4-week treatment Cure Anti-Pelliculaire. Head to your nearest Kérastase salon for your personalised treatment and Anti-Dandruff Spécifique Protocole.
And because the colder months mean your scalp and your hair can be more prone to dryness, make sure you keep them both hydrated with a deep nourishing treatment like the Masque Hydra Apaisant. Working to soothe and moisturise, it’s ideal for all hair types leaving you with a refreshed scalp and glossy, supple locks. Goodbye dandruff, hello healthy winter hair!
*Source: NCBI - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC48528...
"Dandruff is much more common, and affects approximately 50% of the general adult population worldwide".
There’s nothing worse than feeling uncomfortable in your own skin and your scalp is no exception. Whether it’s sensitivity or itchiness, our Specifique range is specially formulated to target scalp-related issues and deliver effective relief. So if you’re forever multi-tasking or constantly on the go, take a moment to indulge and re-establish some balance.
Treating the problem at the root
Life in the city certainly has its perks – gastronomy, culture, music, the list is endless – but environmental factors such as pollution can be particularly stressful for your scalp. Using a hypoallergenic purifying shampoo such as the Bain Vital Dermo Calm or the Bain Riche Dermo Calm if your hair is dry, gently eliminate the day’s impurities and soothe the feeling of itchiness and sensitivity. Both hypoallergenic formulas are silicone-free and contain key active ingredients such as calophyllum oil which acts as an effective moisturising and anti-inflammatory agent.
Dry hair and itchy scalp? hydration is key
We all know the drill – drink more water and stay hydrated! When it comes to an itchy scalp, dryness can be one of your worst enemy and your lifestyle can sometimes be the culprit. For example, ‘drying your hair from that early morning swim, or sitting all day in an air-conditioned office can strip your hair of the moisture it needs to stay healthy-looking and full of vitality. After cleansing, replenish and hydrate your scalp by applying the Masque Hydra-Apaisant directly to the scalp. It’s an intense treatment enriched with L-Carnosine and Vitamin E that works to re-balance moisture levels and provide instant relief.
And if you feel you need to go one step further, try our Cure Apaisante for an intensive four week treatment to soothe your scalp or head to your nearest Kérastase salon to experience our Spécifique Protocole for sensitive scalps- you’re in safe hands!
If you consider your crowning glory to be your hair, you’re certainly not alone! Widely perceived as a symbol of health, youth and vitality, any sign of hair loss in the form of shedding or thinning can be alarming to say the least. Factors such as genetics, post-pregnancy shedding or even lifestyle choices such as a poor diet can all play a part in diminishing your tresses. And if that weren’t enough, the winter months and central heating are a perfect recipe for dehydration, making hair more likely to be prone to frizz, breakage and – you’ve guessed it– taking a turn for the wispy. If you are concerned about hair thinning, contact your Kérastase stylist to discuss and receive a Specifique Protocole in-salon treatment designed for thinning hair. And follow these few tips at home to fight the good fight.
Address thinning hair by starting with scalp care
To get rid of any volume-defying residue and boost the appearance of the hair fibre, start by cleansing with our Bain Prevention shampoo. It purifies the scalp and texturises your strands, instantly giving them more body. Follow this up with applying the ultra-nourishing Masque Hydra-Apaisant directly on to the scalp and then extending to the lengths of hair. But before you reach for that towel - think again! Your hair is at its most vulnerable after it’s been saturated with water so instead of rubbing it, gently pat to blot away excess moisture.
Up the ante with a targeted treatment
Once you have applied your shampoo and conditioner, it's time to give your thinning hair a boost with our Cure Anti-Chute programme. Used every day over six weeks, your hair feels thicker and stronger. Using your fingertips, massage a full dose onto your scalp, section by section before moving on to your usual styling routine.
As a treatment “top up” the Stimuliste spray from our Spécifique range can help boost your tresses and prevent further thinning. Designed for daily use, it’s specially formulated with Aminexil to improve the visible appearance of hair density .
Finally when it comes to styling, the last thing you want to do is weigh your locks down with heavy products such as waxes or gels! For even more oomph, finish off your style with a few sprays of Volumifique spray from our Volumifique range to add substance to your hair without the heaviness.
Although natural oils play an essential part in keeping your scalp and hair healthy, it is possible to have too much of a good thing! When produced in normal amounts, sebum keeps your strands smooth and hydrated, preventing excessive drying which can lead to breakage. When sebum production goes overboard however, the result is limp, greasy hair.
So what causes overproduction of sebum? Quite a few things as it happens! From your genes to hormonal imbalances, humidity and your diet – even touching your hair too often can help spread the oil further down the hair fibre.
Treating oily roots at home
When dealing with greasy locks, your first instinct might be to wash your hair more often, but try shampooing every other day with our Bain Divalent shampoo, which is specially formulated to cleanse and purify the scalp.
Pro tip – after shampooing, make sure you rinse twice to reduce any build-up which can weigh your tresses down and make them appear greasier.
After cleansing, replenish your scalp with the Masque Hydra-Apaisant from our Specifique range. Because it works directly on your scalp rather than your hair like a traditional mask, it is ideal for sensitive and even oily scalps. For best results use this expert tip! Make sure your hair is soaking wet before you apply to your scalp and massage it in to boost penetration and circulation. After three minutes, rinse to reveal a soothed, refreshed scalp and long-lasting comfort.
Getting in-salon expert help to get rid of oily hair
For an even more personalised approach, head to your nearest Kérastase salon for the Spécifique Protocole for oily hair. Tailored to your hair’s specific needs, this bespoke treatment starts with a nourishing pre-shampoo Masquargil mask, a double cleanse to gently get rid of any impurities followed by a shampoo and treatment to target oily roots and hair. The result? A perfectly rebalanced scalp and beautifully silky hair.