What’s Your Scalp Type? - and the Best Oily, Balanced and Dry Scalp Treatments

Healthy hair is rooted in scalp care—meaning, the long-term health of your hair all starts with caring for your scalp with a product routine that gives it what it needs!

If your scalp is inflamed, itchy, and covered in buildup or dandruff, it directly affects hair health—clogged, irritated hair follicles can’t properly absorb nutrients or grow healthy hair, which can eventually lead to hair thinning or loss. You also wouldn’t be alone: according to  research, over half the population struggles with having a dry, flaky, irritated scalp and would benefit from a clean and effective dry scalp treatment.

A healthy scalp care routine is similar to a great skin care routine because ultimately, your scalp is a continuation of your skin. Just like with your face, scalp exfoliation is crucial to help rid it of impurities, followed by moisturization to keep its hydration levels in balance—caring for your scalp with these steps will help create the optimal environment for healthy hair growth.

The same way you have a skin type, your scalp also falls into a category—and determining your scalp type will help you care for it properly and encourage long-term scalp (and hair!) health.

Discover your scalp type below, then learn how to care for it with a specially curated product routine, featuring our Scalp Revival™ collection!



    What are the three basic scalp types?

    While everyone’s scalp is a little different, your scalp type falls into one of these three categories:

    • Dry scalps can often feel itchy, flaky, tight and/or irritated. If you have a dry, flaky scalp or itchy scalp, you may find yourself frequently washing your hair to rid it of debris and flakes. Your hair may actually feel dry a day or two after washing, because your scalp is absorbing excess oil in an attempt to stay moisturized.
    • Oily scalps experience an overproduction of sebum (aka, oil). If your scalp is oily, your hair may look and feel greasy and flat just a day after washing, which may lead you to washing your hair even more frequently.
    • Balanced/normal scalps feel well-hydrated and don’t show signs of excess oil, flakes, or irritation. If you have a balanced scalp, you can typically let your hair go about three day between washes (with dry shampoo, maybe even longer!).


    How does dehydration affect your scalp and hair?

    Dehydration affects your body in many ways. When your skin and scalp lose too much water—whether it be through evaporation, dry air, or insufficient water intake—it can trigger the body to overcompensate by producing extra oil. This excess oil production is produced to create an additional barrier to protect the skin and scalp from environmental harm or damage, while doing its best to lock in any remaining moisture. Signs of a dehydrated scalp include:

    • Irritation and itchiness
    • Inflammation
    • Dandruff (dry flakes in your hair)
    • Dry, cracked, and/or damaged skin

    While it may seem counterintuitive, a dehydrated scalp can actually cause your hair to look greasy; your skin’s protective measure of producing that excess sebum can weigh down your hair, making it look and feel oily and flat.




    What’s a good dry scalp treatment to help with dehydration?

    A dehydrated scalp has lost its essential moisture, and wants it back! The ideal dry scalp treatment? Use products that are enriched with hydrating humectant ingredients (aka, moisture magnets), which help the skin balance out its oil production and restore essential moisture.

    If you have a dehydrated scalp, try incorporating our new Scalp Revival™ Charcoal + Tea Tree Cooling Scalp Mask into your scalp care routine—it’s is fortified with hydrating Aloe Vera and Hyaluronic Acid, natural humectants that help restore a dehydrated scalp’s essential moisture and balance out its oil production.

    What is the best scalp care routine for your scalp type?

    Our complete Scalp Revival™ collection offers clinically proven scalp hydration benefits. To encourage long-term scalp and hair health, follow the customized Scalp Revival™ scalp care routine created for your scalp type. The ideal treatment for all scalp types is the same, featuring scalp exfoliation with our scrub and re-hydration with our scalp mask; we also suggest an additional targeted finishing product depending on your scalp’s need for additional moisture or oil absorption.



    For dry scalp:



    For oily scalp:

    • Finish off with our Charcoal + Biotin Dry Shampoo to absorb excess oil at the root and refresh the scalp (this will also help your hair look less greasy).


    For balanced scalp:



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