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10 Scalp-Saving Products for Healthier Hair

Why Your Scalp Needs Some TLC

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We pay lots of attention to our skin and our hair, so why does it seem like our scalp—you know, the skin on our head—always seem to get neglected? If you haven't given much thought to how you treat your scalp, it's time to start doing so. "It's important to use products that address and treat your scalp specifically because, while the hair and scalp have separate and special needs, a healthy scalp can lead to healthier hair," explains dermatologist Francesca Fusco, M.D., of Wexler Dermatology in NYC. Happily, taking better care of your scalp doesn't have to be complicated or time-consuming. Case in point: These 10 scalp-saving products that you can easily work into your routine.

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Dove DermaCare Scalp Pure Daily Care Shampoo

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Dandruff is one of the most common scalp complaints. If it's a problem for you, reach for this sudser. Pyrithione zinc treats dandruff, but unlike many other anti-dandruff shampoos, this also contains a blend of oils to leave hair soft and smooth. Bonus points for the fresh and herbal scent that's not at all medicinal. ($5; walmart.com)

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Phyto Paris Phytologist Exclusive Scalp & Hair Concentrate

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Whether your hair is thinning due to stress, pregnancy, or genetics (all common causes, FYI), pick up this scalp treatment. Made with 99% botanical ingredients, it creates a healthy environment on your scalp for new hair growth and can help slow down thinning. Also nice: You only need to use it three times a week, and it won't leave behind any unwanted residue. ($95; phyto.com)

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L'Oréal Paris Hair Expert Extraordinary Clay Pre-Shampoo Mask

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An oily scalp plus dry ends equal a dreaded combination that can be tough to address without exacerbating one condition or the other. Enter this mask. Three kinds of clay absorb excess oil on your scalp, but won't dry out or damage your ends. Work it into dry hair, applying at the roots, then leave on for five minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual. ($7; lorealparisusa.com)

(Related: Can You Get Rid of Oily Hair...for Good?

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ColorProof BioRepair-8 Stem Cell Scalp Serum

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A laundry list of good-for-your scalp ingredients in this newbie work to target hair loss and thinning. Plant-derived stem cells help revive aging hair follicles (yes, they can show signs of aging, too), alpha hydroxy acids gently exfoliate and boost circulation, and copper peptides promote healthy new hair growth. Think of it as the ultimate anti-ager for your scalp. ($38; shop.colorproof.com)

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Aveda Pramasana Exfoliating Scalp Brush

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Regular hair brushing is good for your scalp in general, but you can maximize the benefits even further by using this brush. Specially made to loosen impurities and residue, it features flexible, looped bristles, and is perfect to use before shampooing. Not to mention, it feels awesome. ($20; aveda.com)

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Bosley Professional Strength Healthy Hair Follicle Nourisher

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You use a primer on your face, so why not on your scalp? This one not only preps the scalp and boosts the effects of other treatments, but also has its own benefits. Credit a complex of marine-based ingredients, like plankton extract, that hydrate the hair follicle and inhibit toxins such as DHT, one of the primary causes of hair thinning. ($24.95; ulta.com)

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Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

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Whether you have full-on flakes or are just dealing with an itchy, irritated scalp, this soothing sudser can help, removing dandruff and balancing the moisture levels of your hair and underlying skin. It tingles slightly (though not in an unpleasant way) and lathers up as well as any traditional shampoo. ($28; davidpirrota.com)

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Ouai Oily Hair Supplement

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Scalp treatments don't have to be topical. This ingestible option, the latest launch from star stylist Jen Atkin's line, contains niacin to reduce sebum production and green tea extract to regulate oil glands. (Plus, there's also biotin to help with hair growth and omega 3 and 6 to increase shine.) Pop one supplement daily and you can expect to see results—i.e. a less oily scalp—in about 90 days. ($28 for 30 tablets; theouai.com)

(Related: Do Gummy Vitamins Actually Help Your Hair Grow?

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Éprouvage Reviving Scalp Serum

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Antioxidants are great at protecting and reversing skin damage, including on your scalp. This formula contains antioxidant-rich French oak extract to neutralize the free radicals that can damage both your scalp and hair. Vegetable proteins strengthen strands, while Redensyl, a trademarked ingredient, reactivates stem cells to promote hair growth. ($30; ulta.com)

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Évolis Promote Activator

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A quick science lesson: Genetics, hormones, stress, and environmental factors can all increase levels of FGF5 in the scalp, a protein that suppresses hair follicles and can lead to thinning. This new scalp treatment uses botanical ingredients that inhibit this pesky protein, plus a blend of antioxidants to keep your scalp healthy. Use it morning and night (it dries within a minute and doesn't leave behind any residue), for thicker, denser hair in 90 days. ($65; available on evolisprofessional.com in June).

(FYI, here's why it's important to protect your hair from air pollution.)

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