Scalp Cycling

What is scalp cycling?

Scalp cycling is a means of changing up your routine to help your hair and scalp adapt to seasonal and lifestyle changes. For instance, you may need a shampoo with rich conditioning benefits if you’re in a cold, dry climate. Or if you use styling products, you may want to use a clarifying shampoo every few days to help clean product residue from your hair and scalp. If your hair is fragile due to exposure to chlorine, chemical treatments or hot styling tools, you’ll want to treat it to a botanical oil treatment twice a week. 

Ideally, you want a range of options — a clarifying shampoo like Peppermint Avocado Shampoo; a gentle everyday shampoo and conditioner; a richer shampoo and conditioner for when your hair feels dry; a treatment shampoo for flaky scalp (if that’s a concern); and a hair masque or oil to use as needed. 

What types of benefits does scalp cycling have for the scalp and hair?

Once you get into a habit of giving them exactly what they need in the moment, your hair and scalp can’t help but look and feel their best. Your scalp will have a clean and comfortable sensation. Your hair will appear lusher, shinier and more manageable. You’ll see less shedding in your hair brush. 

Who should do scalp cycling? Who should not do scalp cycling?

If you can afford to have a mix of quality shampoos and conditioners, I think it’s a good idea for everyone. Of course, if you have a very sensitive scalp or a skin condition like psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis, you’ll have to choose your products carefully, making sure you find formulas that are just right for you. 

What are some scalp cycling best practices?

Before you jump in the shower, take a few seconds to examine your hair and scalp. If they feel oily, or heavy with styling-product residue, use a clarifying shampoo. If it’s cold out or you’re at high altitude, your hair and scalp might feel dry or even brittle. That’s a day for a shampoo with conditioning benefits and a richer conditioner. If your scalp feels itchy, you’ll want to reach for a treatment shampoo. If your hair is dry and not as shiny or bouncy as you’d like, or even if you just have a more mature hair type, consider using a botanical oil treatment or conditioning masque to help bring it back to life. Be flexible and mindful in your routine, and your hair and scalp will reap the benefits. 

What products from the PHILIP B. range do you recommend for a scalp cycling routine?

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