What Does a Healthy Scalp Look Like?

When your scalp is dry, itchy, irritated or flakey, you know that it’s time to up our scalp care routine. It’s more obvious what a healthy scalp feels—smooth, non-itchy, and free of flakes and redness—but what does a healthy scalp look like? 

Your scalp is a continuation of the skin on your face—however, it’s typically the most neglected part of our skincare routine. Your cleanse, exfoliate, mask and hydrate the skin all over your body—so why would you not do the same for your scalp, too? 

We may not see the skin on our heads every day, but they deserve just as much TLC as we give to our bodies and faces. As part of our largest organ, it’s important to establish scalp-healthy practices to promote skin health from top to bottom. By incorporating clean, naturally powerful products formulated with scalp-healthy ingredients, you’ll benefit the long-term health of your hair and scalp. 

What causes an unhealthy scalp? 



Thinning hair, excessive shedding and hair loss, constant itchiness, oiliness, flakes, redness and irritation—these are all signs that your scalp is in poor condition. When your scalp is irritated with clogged hair follicles, your scalp can’t properly absorb the healthy ingredients in the rest of your product, leading to a frustrating cycle. 

There are several reasons why your scalp may be imbalanced: 

Buildup: Excessive oil, dead skin cells, and dirt can clog the pores on your scalp, creating an adverse environment for your scalp health. 

Chemicals: Sulfates, silicones, paragens, phthalates and formaldehyde (a main ingredient in keratin treatments)—studies suggest that these most common ingredients found in hair and scalp care can be detrimental to scalp health. Not only are these chemicals harmful to the environment, but they are also known to potentially cause irritation, itching, peeling, redness, breast cancer, and disrupt hormones. 

Diet: A well-rounded diet rich with fruits and vegetables is important for overall health, and research shows that it can also affect your scalp health. Dandruff-causing yeast love to feed off of sugar, beer, and bread. Limiting yeast-encouraging foods and loading up on fiber-rich foods, incorporating vitamins like biotin and zinc and regularly including healthy fats in your diets can ward off an unhealthy scalp. 

Tight hairstyles: Yes, that tight bun on your head or your go-to braids may be contributing to the pain and redness you’re experiencing on your scalp. Wearing a tight hairstyle may cause pulling and constant tension on your delicate scalp and lead to traction alopecia.  


Hormonal imbalances 

What does a healthy scalp look like?

What should a happy, healthy, and balanced scalp look like? It’s free of: 

- Excessive buildup

- Excessive oil

- Itchiness

- Redness

- Flakes

- Sores, scabs and cysts

- Pain

- Excessive shedding and hair loss 

If you’re noticing signs of any of the above conditions, it’s time to take your scalp care routine to the next level, because Scalp Care = Healthy Hair™! Our Scalp Revival™ collection helps all hair types and textures to achieve their healthy scalp goals with the right products and ingredients to help your scalp thrive. This cult-favorite, award-winning collection is formulated with naturally powerful, 6-Free™ ingredients and blends that are clinically shown to increase scalp hydration for 8 hours.


Your ultimate scalp care routine 

Your healthiest scalp is just a wash day away when you incorporate our Scalp Revival™ collection into your wash and masking days. If you’re new to scalp care or are looking  for a quick refresher on the optimal ways to care for your scalp, we’ve made it simpler than ever to revive your scalp care routine: 

As with any skincare routine, cleansing, exfoliation and hydration are key. Always start with cleansing and exfoliating your scalp with a shampoo like our creamy Scalp Revival™ Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo, that’s clinically shown to increase scalp hydration by up to 2X.  We’ve packed this scalp scrub with: 

- Plant-based exfoliators to gently slough away build up

- Binchotan charcoal to detoxify

- Tea tree and peppermint oils to reduce inflammation, curb yeast overgrowth, and provide an instant cooling relief

- Coconut oil to seal in moisture on your strands. 

We recommend using this shampoo 1-2x a week to prevent over-exfoliation, dryness, and irritation. 

After cleansing and exfoliating, give your scalp a nourishing, post-exfoliation treatment with our Scalp Revival™ Charcoal + Tea Tree Cooling Hydration Scalp Mask that’s clinically proven to boost scalp hydration up to an impressive 144%.  

Here’s a few additional helpful hacks to help you on your healthy hair and scalp journey: 

Check your pH balance: If you’ve been struggling with a dry, flaky, irritated, and itchy scalp for a long time, it may be beneficial to check your pH levels. Ideally, you want your scalp pH levels to be between 4.2 and 5.5. If your levels are too high or too low, this can disturb bacteria fighting sebum (oil) on your scalp, leading to hair loss, dandruff, weakness and breakage. 


Oily scalp: Revive lifeless, weighed down strands with dry shampoo before your next wash day. If you’re prone to an oily scalp immediately after you wash your hair, using our Scalp Revival™ Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo will help you absorb excessive oil, refresh your strands and extend the life of your hairstyles, without drying out or irritating your scalp. 


Dandruff: Instantly relieve itchiness, reduce flakes and regulate yeast overgrowth with our Scalp Revival™ Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment. 1-2 drops of this soothing oil will instantly relieve itching and pain and minimize flakes. 

A healthy scalp doesn’t just look and feel good—it’s the foundation for healthy, long-term hair growth. Your scalp spends a lot of time out of view and it often goes overlooked as part of our skincare routine, which can lead to painful, irritating scalp issues that can be difficult to manage. 

We’ve made it easier than ever to get to the root of your scalp health with our Scalp Revival™ collection to target and treat your scalp concerns. Rejuvenate your scalp health and shop this post today to start your healthy scalp journey!

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