The Secret to Sexier Hair

Take care of your scalp and your hair will reward you in shine, strength, even length. Seriously.

IF YOU THINK ABOUT IT, IT’S Weird

That your skin care routine slops alI he hairli e. “Your scalp is really an extension of your face…and has its own unique skin type,” says Francesca Fusco, MD, a New York City derma tologist for Clear Scalp and I lair. The weather, hormones, even styling habits can throw it out of whack…and that’s when trouble starts. “About a quarter of my patients complain of dryness, Itchiness, tightness, and stinging,” says Dr. Fusco. Scalp imbalances can also mess with your look cue dullness, breakage, and slower growth.

Con front you r issue head on with our guide.

YOUR SCALP SUCH

Second-day hair?

As if! You can’t go longer than a day without it getting flat and greasy.

SCALP TYPE: OILY Just like fluctuating hormone levels wreak havoc on your face (think monthly breakouts on your chin), they also control oil production on your scalp. SOLUTION Once a week, use a clay mask (try Drssangc Paris Balancing Pre-Shampoo Mask f 1], $12, Target) to purify follicles. And shampoo daily, rinsing thoroughly, says Dr. Fusco. (Dry shampoo doesn’t countsee below.) Use a shampoo specific to oily hair (the botanicals in Pinto Purifying Scalp Exfoliating Shampoo

[2], $26, sephora.com, reduce oil production).

YOUR SCALP SUCH

No flakesjust unpredictably itchy, tight, and uncomfortable.

SCALP TYPE: SENSITIVE Random discomfort is likely a reaction to inflammation spurred by product residue or buildup-common if you don’t shampoo on the reg. SOLUTION Once a week, swap your usual shampoo for a scalp scrub, which manually breaks down buildup. (Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub With Sea Salt

[3], $51, Scphora, gently exfoliates with foaming mineral salts.) Follow with a soothing. lipid-rich serum (like Rene Furterer Astera Leave-In Soothing Freshness Serum [4], $31, renefu rtererusa.com).

YOUR SCALP SITCH

It’s occasionally itchy and dotted with teeny white specks. Hair dye may also sting.

YOUR TYPE: DRY Winter air strips your scalp’s naturally low moisture levels. Ditto blow-dryers and flatirons, which can make things uncomfortable. SOLUTION After washing, follow with a conditioner made with vitamin E(in I lead & Shoulders Moisture Care Scalp Soother [5], $10, drugstores). Rub it into jour scalp, not just hair. Every few days, apply a flake-dissolving mask made of salicylic acid for 10 minutes preshampoo (try Philip Kingsley Exfoliating Scalp Mask [6], $30, philipki ngsley.com).

HQ Large, chunky flakes are most likely dandruff. A daily shampoo with pyri-thione zinc (like Clear Scalp and Hair Complete Care Anti-DandrufTShampoo [7], $5. drugstores) will zap the overgrowth of (totally normal!) fungns.

BY DEANNA PAIADDICTED TO DRY SHAMPOO?

Sure, it’s convenient, but “it’s like piling on powder to cleanse an oily face.” says Dr. Fusco. ‘Adding it to a mix of oil and sweat can clog hair follicles and breed irritating bacteria.” When you do wash the old-school way. choose a shampoo labeled for scalp and hair. (At left: Phylia de M. Clean Shampoo for Scalp and Hair, $35, phylia.com.) Scalp-healthy ingredients like zinc pyrithione lessen the buildup of oil. product, even dead skin cells. (You could also use an anti-dandruff shampoo after a dry-shampoo binge.)

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

 The Secret to Sexier Hair

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