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Maintaining a Healthy Scalp: 

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ in your body – and one that’s constantly replenishing itself?

It’s made up of four layers. New cells are created at the base layer and move up through the four layers over a period of 25-30 days. When they reach the surface, we shed the cells.

This never stops: each day, you shed thousands of microscopic flakes of skin known as ‘squames’. Over a year, these add up to around 4kg in total!

As an area of skin, the scalp is a bit different. It produces the most visible hairs – you’d find between 100,000 – 150,000 if you counted them. And if you were to measure shoulder-length hair as a single strand, it would stretch up to 30km!

This warm, sheltered environment made up of loose skin flakes and hair makes an ideal home for micro-organisms. And here’s where the scalp differs again: it has a natural defence system against these organisms called sebum, a lightly greasy substance.

However, one organism, has adapted to live off sebum. It’s as a consequence of this that it causes the shedding process to speed up – as quickly as four days in extreme cases. When this happens, the small flakes clump together and we see them as the flakes associated with dandruff.

So while your scalp is pretty efficient at looking after itself, it sometimes needs a little help. And that’s as easy as using head & shoulders regularly.

head & shoulders starts working right at the scalp. Our HydraZinc formula cares for your scalp, and helps restore it back to health , before working its way through to the ends of your hair.

Along the way, it eases the symptoms of dandruff, such as flakes and that tight, itchy feeling. And regular use will also help prevent future dandruff outbreaks.

So even if you’ve never seen flakes, head & shoulders will help you with some unseen symptoms such as itching, and irritiation.

Everyday Scalp Rituals:

dry scalp ritual

Massage head & shoulders gently into your hair and scalp for two minutes. Make circular movements with the pads of your fingers. Concentrate on the center of the hairline on the forehead, the point slightly above the tops of your ears and your temples. These are the areas of your head that help you relax. Don’t forget to take a moment to breathe in the scent and treat yourself to a little aromatherapy!

itchy scalp ritual

Massage head & shoulders gently into your hair. Begin rubbing your scalp, starting from behind your ears up to the top of your head, and then from the front of your hairline right to the back. Concentrate on breaking down muscle tension. Not only is this relaxing, but it increases the circulation needed to bring oxygen to your scalp and brain. To finish, stroke your head several times from the front to the back of your scalp. It’s a stimulating exercise that leaves your scalp feeling satisfied.

sensitive scalp

For this ritual move your fingertips from your hairline to the top of your head using only slight pressure. Pinch your scalp quickly and lightly as you do so and massage lightly and rhythmically. For pressure points that revitalise the scalp, concentrate on the crown and temples. You can reduce fatigue in your neck and shoulders by firmly massaging the occipital bone. This is the area on the back of the scalp – to find it, trace a line from the top of your ears to the back of the head. It’s where your fingers meet.

The Seven Benefits of Head & Shoulders:

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fights dryness

head & shoulders formula with active moisturizers continuously targets dryness, keeping your scalp healthy** and your hair beautiful.

calms itch

head & shoulders formula with a zinc-based active calms the itchiness, helping to leave your scalp more comfortable and your hair looking great.

relieves irritation

head & shoulders soothing formula calms irritation, providing you with healthy, flake free hair. *

reduces redness

head & shoulders formula calms irritation and reduces redness, leaving your scalp feeling great and your hair looking its best.

controls oiliness

head & shoulders is specially formulated to control oiliness for worry-free cleansing that leaves your scalp and hair looking and feeling healthy.

removes flakes

head & shoulders special formula helps eliminate dandruff, leaving your hair 100% flake free.*

leaves hair beautiful

With head & shoulders, you don't have to choose between great-looking hair and a healthy scalp. You get both.