Hands up who else thought covid-19-induced quarantine and government-imposed lockdown would mean better skin (sans make up) and better hair (sans heat styling)? Us too! Fast forward to month three of lockdown and the emergence of more and more beauty addicts moaning to their friends on and family on WhatsApp about how their hair has gotten itchier, greasier and flakier. Annoying right?

Well, while you might be experiencing has been affectionately termed as "quarantine scalp", there are a few pretty simple reasons as to why this might be happening. From ditching your usual hair washing routine in favour for the easier (and in our case, the lazier) option of dry shampoo, to those lucky enough to have a sun-soaked garden to work from 9-5, our scalps are taking a beating!

Plus, when we're under significant stress, the body's natural defences are weakened against naturally-existing microbes in the scalp which can lead to dryness and flakiness. On top of this, our cortisol levels also spike, which can trigger the body to create excess sebum (aka oil) resulting in greasier roots than normal.

Is it all starting to make sense now? Well, now you know some of the reasons why your scalp is imbalanced, here's our favourite scalp products and treatments to help treat itchiness, dryness, flakiness and oiliness - whether that's from quarantine scalp or on-going scalp issues you need addressing...

SCRUB UP

{Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Happi Scalp Scrub}

Blended with glycolic, tartaric, lactic and citric acids to dissolve dead cells and build-up as well as marula, mongongo, baobab seed and passionfruit oils to moisturise, nourish, rejuvenate and soothe, this multi-tasking marvel will revive scalp health for a happier head of hair. Plus, this scrub has been specifically designed to work its magic within a short period of time (5 - 10 minutes to be exact). After 10 minutes, simply massage the cellulose beads through and rinse. Et voila!

{Davines Solu Sea Salt Scrub Cleanser}

Crafted from all-natural ingredients, this scrub provides a deep yet delicate cleanse, gently removing impurities and build-up to leave you with an unbeatably clean result. Ideal for city dwellers, it also removes pollution particles to help city-proof your mane. Regular use has a texturising effect, minimising signs of hair ageing, maintaining cleanliness and boosting the volume of hair right from the root. Enriched with sea salt, beet sugar extract and jojoba scrubbing beads, it’s a natural wonder that will swiftly boost your hair health.

{OUAI Haircare Scalp & Body Scrub}

Deep cleansing and gently foaming, the scrub is powered by gently exfoliating sugar crystals which cleanse and soften skin and scalp, alongside a dose of probiotics, which leave your skin’s natural defences on high alert, and conditioning coconut oil to replenish moisture. For even deeper scalp cleansing, Jen Atkin’s top tip is to add a small amount of your favourite OUAI shampoo to this superb scrub.

{Oribe Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub}

A purifying and invigorating treatment, Oribe’s Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub is packed with AHAs and polymer beads to effectively slough away dirt, oil and build-up to maximise ‘oomph’ and eliminate flakes. But it doesn't stop there, the formula also features a proprietary Soothing Flower Complex (a blend of chamomile, cornflower, matricaria, linden, marigold and willowherb flower extracts) which works to calm the scalp as AHAs enhance hair’s manageability. 

{goop G.Tox Himalayan Salt Scalp Scrub Shampoo}

This whipped texture shampoo is enriched with exfoliating mineral-rich Himalayan pink salt, nourishing cold-pressed moringa oil, and pure unfiltered rosehip oil, which work together to purify and detoxify, cleansing away dead skin cells and clearing product build-up. Also removing dirt and excess oil, this luscious formula will leave your scalp and hair clean and refreshed, while the gorgeous scent of rosemary, geranium, orange, and peppermint will linger subtly in your hair.

{NatureLab TOKYO Perfect Shine Clarifying Scalp Scrub}

A once-a-week ‘MOT’ to boost ‘oomph’ and help stimulate follicles, NatureLab TOKYO’s Perfect Shine Clarifying Scrub is a 3-in-1 treatment that gently clears shine-dulling debris while leaving your scalp feeling fresh (and flake free!) This heavenly spa-in-a-jar also has a delicate perfume of almond and violet (without and parabens, sulphates or cruelty). Sufficiently gentle for bleached, coloured or chemically treated hair, this scrub is a must if you’ve misplaced your radiance…  

CLEAN SLATE

{THE INKEY LIST Hair care}

THE INKEY LIST's all-new hair care range features a multitude of treatments to cater to your specific needs. From their {Salicylic Acid Exfoliating Scalp Treatment} to the {Amino Acid Anti Gray Scalp Treatment}, this innovative and purse-friendly range of heroes will have a results-driven formula just for you!

{Dr. Barbara Sturm Scalp Serum}

Brimming with water-retaining hyaluronic acid – shown to attract and hold up to 1000 times’ its molecular weight in water – this silky elixir is also abundant in resurfacing papaya extracts to gently dissolve the dead cells and the build-up that compromise bounce and contribute to dandruff. The addition of ATP – adenosine triphosphate – brings a spectrum of soothing and balancing benefits, helping scalp’s natural flora and fauna to thrive so your tête is contented.

{Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum}

A lifeline for dry, irritated and flaky scalps, this unique treatment is infused with Binchotan charcoal to draw away impurities and remove build up, creating the perfect foundation for optimal scalp health. Cooling mint oils soothe inflammation while biotin strengthens the hair follicle to keep your head and hair as happy as can be.

{Ameliorate Transforming Scalp Serum}

Working overtime to restore scalps in crisis, this nourishing overnight treatment resurfaces the uppermost layers of skin while infusing intense moisture. It helps to ease the effects of desperately dry scalps: from flaky skin to uncomfortable itchiness. A blend of oat oil, frankincense extract, celery seed oil and minerals replenishes your moisture barrier and encourages an improved, even appearance, while establishing a healthy habitat for balanced scalp microflora (essential bacteria). Made with an infusion of lactic acid, it also helps to dissolve the bonds between old cells, revealing a healthier layer of skin.

{Omorovicza Scalp Reviver}

Treatment-meets-dry shampoo, Scalp Reviver is an innovative leave-in treatment that helps to equalise imbalance and restore some ‘oomph’ to oily roots. A complex blend of amino acids, natural emollients and humectants, alongside dead cell-eliminating and pore purifying salicylic acid, invigorating camphor and scalp-stimulating oils of lavender and lemon peel, this is a saviour for oily locks and irritated heads. There’s no need to rinse! Just apply to any flaky, itchy areas and massage with your fingertips to help disperse the product and refresh between your washes. Your scalp will feel calm and contented, and no-one will know that you’re long overdue a shampoo…

{Living Proof Restore Dry Scalp Treatment}

This potent formula that is incredibly gentle is not only fast-absorbing and ultra-lightweight, it also soothes and relieves dry scalps thanks to the combination of a hyaluronic acid-based molecular patch that delivers instant soothing and sustained hydration to the scalp as well as a vitamin B3-based microbiome balancing complex that rebalances your scalp’s natural ecosystem for lasting relief. Simply use this three times a week to see long-lasting results within a month.

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