Barber's Advice on Dealing with an Itchy Flaky Scalp in Summer

Published 16th May 2024 by Josie Jackson

Looking after our scalp to ensure it’s healthy should be a priority all year round, however it’s particularly important to look after our scalp in the summer, as the 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. Below, Jim Shaw, award-winning men's hairdresser, offers some of his top tips to share with clients to keep their scalp protected during the summer months...

1. Advise Clients to use UV Protection While 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.

2. 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. 

3. Recommend That Clients use a Scalp Ccrub

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' scalps – and hair – will look a lot healthier, plus, using a scrub can also promote hair growth. 

4. Discuss Washing Hair Regularly

Another important step for clients to look after their hair and scalp is 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 while being gentle, too. Advise clients to follow up with a conditioner to keep their hair and scalp nourished as the sun sucks away moisture, which can lead to dry scalp and hair.

You can find out more about chlorine damage here.

5. 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. 

Josie Jackson

Josie Jackson

Published 16th May 2024

Josie supports the team with content for the print magazine, website and social media channels at HJ. Having grown up in a salon environment (thanks to her hairdresser mum) and even working as a Saturday girl before getting her degree in English Literature, Josie feels right at home in the industry. Although she’s experimented with a few creative colour looks in the past, she always comes back to blonde, and loves all things hydrating and bond building.

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