Stacey Ciceron, Stylist and Oribe Brand Ambassador had heard the complaint many times before. Her new client was upset that her blowouts only lasted a few days, while her goal was to make the styles last a week. When her style did start to fade, it faded fast—becoming limp and losing all volume in no time. Stacey knew the reason behind her client’s short-lived style was her oily hair and scalp, and this time, she knew exactly what to do, which was turn to the new Serene Scalp Oil Control Collection from Oribe.
The products in the collection were designed to be used as a complete regimen for those with oily scalps and hair. “I was excited to be able to offer her a new solution with the new Serene Scalp Oil Control Collection from Oribe,” she says. “I suggested we try the Oil Control Shampoo to cleanse her scalp and hair, followed by the new Treatment Mist directly to the scalp to mattify and control oil. After this, I used some lightweight prep and style products that wouldn’t add extra weight to the scalp or hair, including Oribe’s Invisible Defense Universal Protection Spray and Featherbalm Weightless Styler. I finished with the new Oil Control Dry Shampoo Powder, applied directly to dry hair at the root area. The results were remarkable. Her hair was fuller and bouncier, and her style lasted more than two days!”
In a consumer-panel test, 90% of users saw a noticeable reduction in oiliness on the hair and scalp, and 91% of panelists felt their scalp was less oily for 72 hours after use of the new Serene Scalp Oil Control Shampoo and Treatment Mist. After using the Serene Scalp Oil Control Shampoo and Treatment Mist just once, 90% of panelists felt their hair was cleaner at the roots.
Penny James, board certified Trichologist, Hairstylist, and owner of the Penny James Salon Trichology Center in New York City, is an expert on hair and scalp issues, including oily hair and dandruff. When it comes to treating an oily scalp and hair, Penny believes products and their ingredients are critical.
“The three products in the Oribe Serene Scalp Oil Control Collection contain highly-evolved ingredients designed to manage this condition,” she says. For example, “The Oribe Serene Scalp Oil Control Shampoo contains rosebay extract and Green Marine Algae to support and balance the scalp microbiome,” explains Penny. “This is important because an out-of-balance microbiome can lead to dandruff or an overproduction of oil.”
“The Serene Scalp Oil Control Treatment Mist contains Biomimetic Amino Acid to rebalance the microflora of a healthy scalp by diversifying the skin’s microbiome to reduce excess oil and sebum,” Penny continues. “It also contains a sugar-derived prebiotic that stimulates optimal scalp health by rebalancing the skin’s bacterial landscape. Willowherb Extract, cultivated in the Alps, acts as a bioactive prebiotic to promote beneficial bacteria while mattifying the scalp to minimize oiliness. Peppermint oil, which provides a cooling sensation to instantly soothe and cool the scalp, also promotes a healthy hair environment. I like to spray the mist all over the hair and scalp on damp hair and massage well into the scalp.”
In between wash days, Stacey and Penny both like the Oribe Serene Scalp Oil Control Dry Shampoo Powder to absorb the oil on the scalp without aggravating the scalp’s natural pH balance. “The kaolin clay in the formula is anti-inflammatory and absorbs dirt and oil build-up on the scalp and hair shaft,” says Penny. “The powder also contains cherimoya fruit extract, which has adaptogenic properties to soothe and rebalance the scalp and reduce redness and itching. It minimizes oiliness and suppresses itching and allows clients to wash their hair less frequently.”
Stacey is all in favor of less frequent shampooing. “Shampooing less means more time spent on other things of value to you,” she explains. “Plus, if a client colors her hair, the color will remain fresher longer. You’ll reduce the chances of stripping the hair which can occur when you shampoo too often.”
When assessing a client, it’s important to understand the difference between an oily scalp and dandruff in order to recommend the best care regimen.
An oily scalp is caused by overactive sebaceous glands secreting sebum onto the scalp. “A hormonal imbalance often triggers excess sebum,” Penny says. “This starts at puberty due to the start of androgen production. The gland can become large and secrete more oil than average. Other known triggers are oxidative stress and fast foods. The area on the scalp that is affected most is the frontal area. The scalp looks shiny, often giving the appearance of being wet, and hair is usually limp and flat to the scalp.”
“Dandruff is the scaling of the epidermis on the scalp which is caused by an overproduction of yeast and skin renewal,” explains Penny. “Dandruff looks like white or gray scales on the scalp and on the hair shaft.”
Here's how to assess a client for oily scalp vs. dandruff. “Start by looking at the scalp and hairline for signs of oily skin around the nose and forehead,” says Penny. “You will also often see pimples on the forehead. Then, work your fingers through the scalp, lifting the hair to see if there are white or gray flakes. Gently brush the hair to see if there any white flakes on the shaft.” If you don’t see flakes, you’re dealing with an oily scalp. Flaking will indicate dandruff.
The Serene Scalp Oil Control Collection joins the wildly successful Serene Scalp line from Oribe that includes the Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, Scalp Balancing Conditioner, Exfoliating Scrub, Soothing Leave-On Treatment, and Thickening Treatment Spray. Like the new products, these existing formulas are designed to focus on the overall health of the scalp and hair with skincare-inspired products with a holistic approach. Stacey often adds products from the original line when necessary, such as the Anti-Dandruff Shampoo, when flaking is present, and the Scalp Balancing Conditioner, applied to mid-lengths and ends.
An unhealthy scalp with off-balance microbiomes can kick off a cascade of issues including over-oiliness and even dryness if left unchecked. Oribe's Serene Scalp Oil Control Collection arms stylists with the products and formulas necessary to keep clients' hair and scalps balanced and healthy.
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