Science & Skin


Scalp care: an emerging trend / free Webinar

As a healthy scalp is needed for great looking hair. The movement "skincare for hair" has led to a new trend, focussing on the health of the scalp.

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Scalp care in the focus

Hair health starts at the very beginning  - the follicle. A healthy scalp is needed for healthy hair. 

The scalp can be seen as an extension of the face. It contains a greater number of oil and sweat glands than any other area of the skin, as each hair follicle is attached to a sebaceous gland.  It’s like a mini ecosystem that supports the hair follicles.

The scalp care trend started in Japan more than 10 years ago and has now become a global phenomenonAccording to Mintel, specialised scalp-care innovations and extra steps (such as serums, exfoliators, and rinse-off/leave-in products) in the scalp-care routine are emerging  The driving force behind this market trend is the increasing demand for scalp care in APAC countries. According to a Mintel report, 47% of consumers in China believe having a healthy scalp is a major contributor to healthy hair. Strong interest in scalp scrubs and micellar shampoos is a key indicator that scalp care products have the potential to disrupt and reshape the haircare regimen.  

The Structure of the Scalp
  • Just as the skin, the scalp consists of the same layers as the rest of our skin (epidermis, a dermis and a hypodermis) and contains the same cell types
  • Embedded in the scalp are the hair follicles of terminal hair (about 100’000 per head) and associated sebaceous glands
  • Compared to our face, the skin on our scalp is thicker and contains more blood vessels
  • Our scalp also produces more sebum on average than our face
The scalp microbiome

Similar to the skin, the scalp is populated with a variety of microorganisms, termed the scalp microbiome.

The microenvironment (pH, sebum content, moisture, topography) determines the composition of the microbiome. It is made up of complex community of microorganisms, growing on the scalp in a symbiotic, commensal or pathogenic from produces molecules that can benefit the scalp health.

Any modification of the ecosystem can unbalance it an lead to adverse reactions. A balanced sebum production and no inflammation and/or irritation greatly contributes to a healthy scalp microbiome.

Common issues of a stressed and unbalanced scalp

Signs of an unhealthy scalp typically are itching, irritation, sensitivity, flaking, redness and breakouts.

Another symptom is an excessively oily scalp, caused by an overproduction of sebum due to various factors (lifestyle, genetics, environment). More than ¼ of global consumers are concerned by oily scalp.

Another issue is the increasing use of dry shampoo, which can lead to scalp buildup. Scalp buildup causes unwanted side effects such as dryness, flakiness, and clogged hair follicles, all of which can lead to hair loss and slowed growth.

Active ingredients

Mibelle Biochemistry offers a range of actives to support a healthy scalp:

  • AnaGain™, to stimulate hair growth and fight hair loss
  • AquaCacteen O to significantly improve erythema, dryness and itching after 7 days 
  • MAXnolia O to significantly improve desquamation and itching effect after 7 days 
  • AstraForce to reduce sebum production on the scalp / balance oily hair




Written by

Christine Meier