How to Determine Scalp Type

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The health and beauty of hair often depend on proper scalp care. One of the key aspects is choosing the right shampoo and care products according to your scalp type.

Knowing your scalp type will help you choose the right cosmetic products for your hair and skin, which is crucial for achieving optimal hair health and appearance. An incorrect choice can lead to problems such as dandruff, hair breakage, or excessive scalp oiliness.

Method to Determine Scalp Type

A simple test, developed by trichologist doctors, will help you determine your scalp type. You can conduct it yourself, using 3 dry tissues and 3 minutes of your time.

It's best to conduct the test two days after washing your hair. Shall we begin?

  1. Take one of the tissues and place it near the hair roots. Press it gently against the skin and hold for 1 minute. If there are oily traces left on the tissue, it indicates an oily scalp type.
  2. Take a new tissue and apply it along the length of your hair. Slowly slide the tissue down from the roots to the ends of the hair, not holding the roots and ends too long. If oily traces appear on the tissue, your hair is of an oily type.
  3. With the third tissue, press the ends of the hair for 10 seconds and evaluate the result.

Test Results:

  • If there are oily traces on all three tissues, it means that both your scalp and hair are of an oily type.
  • If the first tissue has oily traces, but the other two don't, you have a combination type – an oily scalp but normal hair length and ends.
  • If the first tissue has skin flakes, it indicates a dry scalp type.
  • If tiny hair strands are left on the third tissue, it means that your hair ends are very delicate and split; they require special care.

Other Methods to Determine Scalp Type

For those who don't want to do the tissue test, below is a table that will help determine your scalp type. If you've already done the test, you can verify its accuracy.

Determining Scalp Types

  • Oily scalp type: Quickly becomes greasy, requires washing once or twice a day, sometimes the very next day.
  • Normal scalp type: Can be washed every 2-3 days.
  • Dry scalp type: Sufficient to wash once every 4-7 days.

It's also important to understand that the scalp can be sensitive. We've described how to determine this in a separate article.

Understanding your scalp type is key to effective care, as different types require individual approaches. Choosing the right shampoo, aimed at ensuring optimal hygiene and supporting scalp health, can influence the overall condition of your hair.

Therefore, knowing your scalp type and making an informed choice of shampoo is the first and extremely significant step towards achieving the health and attractiveness of your hair.


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