A healthy scalp is the start of better hair. Don’t underestimate how important it is. If you’re dandruff prone, you need an oil-control yet moisturising formula. If you have a sensitive scalp, you need a soothing and non-irritating formula. And if your scalp is dry, moisturising products are it. In this case, prevention truly is better than looking for a cure later.
BEST SOOTHING RANGE FOR A SENSITIVE SCALP (STORE)
Schwarzkopf Professional BC Scalp Genesis, $30-$45
The shampoo lathers well and rinses off easily, leaving the scalp feeling clean and soothed. It also softens hair without the need for a conditioner. The serum not only moisturises the scalp, it further softens and smooths hair too.
BEST SOOTHING PRODUCT FOR A SENSITIVE SCALP (SALON)
PHS Hairscience ADV Soothe Plus Shampoo, $45
The protein-rich shampoo leaves the hair and scalp feeling cleansed but not stripped of their natural oils. It also smooths and softens hair significantly, even without a conditioner. The orangey-menthol scent is refreshing and pleasant too.
BEST CLEANSING RANGE FOR AN OILY/ DANDRUFF-PRONE SCALP (STORE)
Essential Deep Cleansing Care, $10.90 for each product
The range, which comprises a shampoo and conditioner, washes and conditions well, and controls oiliness for more than 24 hours. It also keeps the scalp from becoming flaky, and leaves hair feeling light.
Moist Diane Perfect Beauty Extra Fresh & Hydrate, $16.90 for each product
The shampoo and conditioner keep hair light, smooth and bouncy, and prevent the scalp from getting greasy and becoming flaky. They have a fresh, long-lasting scent.
BEST CLEANSING RANGE FOR AN OILY/ DANDRUFF-PRONE SCALP (SALON)
La Biosthetique Dermosthetique Anti-pelliculaire, $48.15-$59.92
Comprising a shampoo and conditioner, this range makes hair look healthy and bouncy, and prevents it from getting clumpy after a long day.
BEST CLEANSING PRODUCT FOR AN OILY/DANDRUFFPRONE SCALP (SALON)
H’air Trichology by Leonica K Activated Charcoal Shampoo, $58
It leaves the scalp clean and refreshed. Right after use, our tester noticed that her scalp did not feel oily, and had zero flakiness.
BEST MOISTURISING RANGE FOR A DRY SCALP (STORE)
Moist Diane Perfect Beauty Extra Vital, $16.90 for each product
With a shampoo and conditioner, this range soothes a dry, itchy scalp while making hair light, bouncy and easy to style. The shampoo lathers well, while the conditioner (which should not be used on the scalp) softens and smooths hair.
BEST MOISTURISING PRODUCT FOR A DRY SCALP (SALON)
Follizin Essential Scalp Toner, $48
It’s a leave-in treatment meant to be sprayed directly onto the scalp. It moisturises without being greasy, and gives hair body.