You may have noticed that the hair care products in the market catering to men and women are very different – this is because men and women have different scalps. For instance, men’s scalps produce 50% more sebum than female scalps. Men also have a weaker scalp barrier as compared to women, making them more vulnerable to dandruff. A weak scalp barrier also loses moisture much quicker and this increases the risk of dryness and itchiness. For these reasons, treatment for men is mostly targeted towards scalp care and restoration, cleansing of sebum from pores and the scalp surface and protecting and nourishing the scalp.
Women’s scalps on the other hand have a much stronger protective barrier. However, it is believed that their hair strands are more prone to damage and breakage due to the length of the hair. Chemical treatments, hair accessories and hair tools also affect the condition of women’s hair and scalps, causing dryness and irritation. Hair products can also result in buildup, leading to oiliness. Scalp and hair care for women is therefore usually targeted towards repair, removal of buildup from pores and the scalp surface and eliminating dandruff in a more gentle manner without compromising the hair’s natural condition.