Good shampoos for the scalp

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Good shampoos for the scalp
Great hair health starts at the scalp. (cheveux noir image by Philippe LERIDON from Fotolia.com)

Great hair is the result of a healthy, balanced scalp. The best shampoo for your scalp is one that corrects any imbalances in your scalp's condition, such as oiliness or dandruff. To nourish your scalp, look for shampoos with active ingredients designed to address your scalp's specific issues. Start with the ones listed below and experiment to find the best shampoo for your scalp.

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Tea Tree Oil Shampoo

Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and fungicide with numerous benefits for the entire body. Shampoo containing tea tree oil also works to normalise the scalp. Tea tree shampoo is suitable for all scalp types and will help to return both dry and oily scalps to a comfortable state. Shampoos with tea tree oil can be found online and at many natural grocery stores.

Coal Tar Shampoo

Coal tar may not seem like the most appealing shampoo ingredient, but coal tar shampoo can be a lifesaver for dry scalps. Coal tar shampoo is effective in treating dandruff, psoriasis and seborrhoeic dermatitis. It relieves itching, helps break down scaling and slows the build-up of dead skin cells on the scalp. Coal tar shampoo is available in most grocery stores and chemists.

Zinc PCA Shampoo

If you suffer from an oily scalp, consider a shampoo that contains zinc PCA or a zinc complex. Zinc PCA shampoo helps the scalp regulate sebum (oil) production and will prevent dirt build-up, clogged pores and excess oil on the scalp. It is easiest to find shampoos containing zinc PCA by ordering from online retailers, but some natural grocery stores may keep zinc complex shampoos in stock.

Salicylic Acid Shampoo

Salicylic acid is commonly known for helping with acne, but this ingredient is also effective in treating dandruff and dry scalp. Shampoos with salicylic acid work to break down the keratin in scalp build-up and allow other nourishing anti-inflammatory ingredients to reach the scalp beneath. This helps prevent build-up and will soothe an itching scalp You can find shampoo with salicylic acid in most drug and grocery stores.

Jojoba Oil Shampoo

Jojoba oil is another ingredient that helps to normalise the scalp. It seems counter-intuitive that an oil ingredient could help with both an oily and dry scalp, but jojoba oil mimics the scalp's natural sebum. This means that it helps stabilise the production of sebum, moisturising a dry scalp and regulating oil in an oily scalp. Jojoba shampoo is available online and at many natural grocery stores.

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