Take Care of Your Scalp

This post is by Abby Baldonado one of our wonderful Sales Associates at Bellacara. Thank you Abby! 

I know that the lovely readers of Stylebook take excellent care of their skin, body, hair, family, and homes. Here at Bellacara we preach exfoliation and its importance in your skincare routine. How are all these incredible serums and creams going to work their best? They will do best if you exfoliate first. We have amazing facial exfoliators (shout out to Dr. Dennis Gross) and body scrubs that will leave you smooth and supple, but often times, we forget about our scalp! Allow me to explain…

Scalp buildup occurs when an oily secretion called sebum accumulates alongside sweat, hair products, and dead skin cells on the scalp. Now, we all love our hair products. We know that hair creams/serums help to control frizz, texturizing sprays give us that va va voom volume, and dry shampoos can help extend our shampoo for one (or two) more days. What a lot of us forget is that over time use of all these products can lead to major buildup which can sometimes appear on your shoulders or in your brush even after washing. Not to mention that scalp buildup can cause hair loss if left untreated and the dead skin, oil, sweat, and hair product residue can clog your hair follicles.

Here are our favorite treatments and shampoos to get your scalp clean and buildup free:


Oribe Serene Scalp Exfoliating Scrub

This powerful scrub gently polishes the scalp with exfoliating beads to remove oil, dirt, and product buildup while a blend of alpha hydroxy acids and fruit extracts cleanses pores and nourishes hair. Scalp is left primed and deeply purified.



BB Scalp Detox

This invigorating scalp refresh instantly removes product buildup, oil, and impurities.



Christophe Robin Salt Scrub

The cleansing purifying scrub with sea salt is ideal as a detox treatment as it cleanses, purifies, and restores balance to sensitive or oily scalps. It can also be used as a post-color treatment to sooth tingling and itching sensations.



Living Proof Triple Detox Shampoo

A non-stripping, color safe shampoo that gently removes buildup from the three big causes: product, pollution, and hard water. Bonus: This product comes with a hard water tester strip to test your water at home!




Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo

Special shampoo with piroctone olamine and climbazole that removes dandruff and soothes irritated scalps. Rosemary oil, menthol, salicylic acid, and ginger extract soothes irritated, rubescent scalp and maintains healthy moisture balance of hair and scalp. Also contains exfoliators like lactic acid which helps regulate oil production, while the salicylic acid gently sheds dead skin, promoting new cell growth.



Now that your scalp is nice and exfoliated, it’s time for those scalp treatments!


Oribe Serene Scalp Soothing Leave On Treatment

Oribe’s signature complex of watermelon, lychee, and edelweiss flower extracts defends hair from oxidative stress, photoaging, and the deterioration of natural keratin all while protecting from the drying, damaging, and color-depleting effects of the elements. Beta hydroxy acid gently exfoliates the scalp to remove loose dandruff flakes; peppermint oil and peppermint leaf extract provide a cooling sensation to instantly soothe the scalp while removing loose dandruff flakes; and a blend of cucumber, chamomile, and rosemary calms while protecting against free radial damage. Sugarcane extract and mullein flower deeply hydrate and nourish the scalp and hair; a blend of willowherb and aloe extract nourish and soothe sensitive scalps; and caffeine energizes the scalp and rejuvenates hair follicles.



Sachajuan Scalp Treatment

An intensive treatment with piroctone olamine and climbazole that removes dry dandruff and soothes an irritated scalp. Rosemary oil, menthol, salicylic acid, and ginger extract soothes irritation and redness and maintains the healthy moisture balance of hair and scalp.



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I have been a beauty junkie for what seems like forever, but before I did anything about it, I went to law school. (Yes, my life is a little like the reverse of Legally Blonde.) Then, I worked as a prosecutor in Sonoma County after which I moved to the DC area with my husband in ’97. I served as Majority Counsel to the Senate Banking Committee followed by a year-long stint at a lobbying firm. You get the picture. It was then that I decided to act on my dream of becoming an entrepreneur. Finding my favorite beauty products proved to be impossible without stepping foot in a mall–the horror. So, I decided to bring my favorites to Alexandria. A few trips to New York and a flight to France and Bellacara was born in March 2000.

Located in historic Old Town Alexandria, for more than 17 years Bellacara has been Northern Virginia's preeminent boutique for high end cosmetic, skincare and haircare products. At Bellacara you will find premiere beauty products that have been carefully edited by the store’s owner, Angela Sitilides, who personally tests all the products sold in store. The boutique carries only the best product lines – Kiehl’s, Jouer, Dr. Dennis Gross, Christophe Robin, Moroccan Oil, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh, Molton Brown, Skinceuticals, Smashbox, Stila, Mario Badescu, Clarins, Dermalogica, Kevyn Aucoin, Kai, Child, St. Tropez, Smith and Cult, and many more.


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Alexandria, VA 22314


1 Comment

  1. Avatar Christine says:

    This is great and good to know! I’m a huge fan of the Christophe Robin Salt Scrub and have been using it for years now (and it’s amazing), but reading about all the others that have come out more recently makes me want to shake things up a bit and try some other stuff too. I won’t give up my salt scrub entirely, but I plan on giving my scalp a new little pick me up and the Oribe leave in treatment sounds interesting!

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