21 June 2024

Scalp Care & Dealing With Flaky Scalp In Summer

Award winning men’s hairdresser, Jim Shaw, shares his tips on scalp care and how best to deal with flaky scalp, especially in the Summer.

Scalp Care

Scalp care is an essential part of maintaining healthy, beautiful hair. Looking after our scalp to ensure it’s healthy and to avoid flaky scalp is so important and should be a priority all year round, however, it’s particularly important to look after our scalp in the summer, as it scalp can produce more oil in warmer, humid temperatures, which can lead to build up. Our scalp can also burn due to the sun, which can lead to a dry, flaky scalp.

“Many clients are unaware of the importance of looking after their scalp and how having a healthy scalp is essential for healthy hair,” explains Jim Shaw. “Below, I share some of my top tips to share with clients to keep their scalp protected during the summer months.”

Jim‘s 5 Top Tips

  • Advise clients to use UV protection whilst in the sun – UV protection will form a barrier between their scalp and the sun, keeping their scalp protected and avoiding sunburn which can not only be painful, but can also lead to scalp flaking.
  • Cover up – alongside advising your clients to use UV protection, you should also advise them to wear a hat to protect their scalp from harsh UV rays. 
  • Recommend that clients use a scalp scrub – scalp scrubs are an incredible product for clients to invest in and have in their hair care routine all year round. A scalp scrub will give their scalp a deep cleanse, get rid of build up from products, chlorine, dirt, oil and impurities, and will keep their scalp cleansed, soothed and refreshed. Clients scalp and hair will look a lot healthier and by using a scrub they will also promote hair growth. 
  • Discuss washing hair regularly – another important step for clients to look after their hair and scalp to keep them clean, free from dirt, oil and build up. If a client is going on holiday and likely to be in the sea/pool, recommend that they wash their hair after to remove salt water/chlorine on their hair and scalp, which can cause the scalp to become itchy, tight and dry. A clarifying shampoo is a good choice to get rid of buildup and help rebalance the scalp whilst being gentle too. Advise clients to follow up with a conditioner too to keep their hair and scalp nourished as the sun sucks away moisture which can lead to dry scalp and hair. 
  • Avoid overusing styling products – using styling products excessively can create build up on the scalp which can lead to scalp issues. Instead, clients should use products liberally and look for products that are lightweight or natural, as these are less likely to cause irritation.

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