Tips on Improving the Health of Your Scalp and Hair
Just like your face, your scalp is covered in skin cells that need to be taken care of in order to be in optimal shape! Here are some tips for improving the health and scalp of your hair.
✔ Dry shampoo is a fantastic product. Its potential is limitless, since it not only masks your greasy roots, but adds volume, silkiness, and protection to your hair. Some dry shampoos are even formulated with colour, which means they can enrich your natural hair colour with just a few sprays. Others have a white “baby powder” formula, which is a pest to rub into your scalp, but does wonders for absorbing excess oil and grease. We recommend that if you are a frequent user of dry shampoo, however, that you wash your hair just as frequently. Otherwise, the product can build up on your scalp and lead to bacterial growth or fungus. It’s important to keep your scalp clean, so if you don’t want to wash your hair too often, limit the amount of dry shampoo and other unnatural or inorganic products that you apply to your hair and scalp.
✔ That being said, it’s important to wash your hair just the right amount times per week. Yet, this number is different for everybody. If you hair gets greasy often, you may be tempted to wash it every day, though this can cause your scalp to dry out. If you feel like you’re washing your hair too often, try to restart your cleansing routine for the best results long-term.
✔ Do not use shampoos and conditioners that contain silicone, sulfates, parabens, or fragrance.
✔ Make sure you always condition your hair after you wash it. When you wash your hair, you are stripping it of essential oils and nutrients in order to “clean” it, but you need to replace these oils and nutrients so that your hair doesn’t become damaged. That’s why it’s best to always follow-up with a conditioner (and maybe even a leave-in conditioner as well).
✔ Brush your hair often with a good quality brush. When you brush your hair, you stimulate the hair follicles at the base of your scalp, which encourages your hair to grow out shiny and healthy. You also loosen the dead skin cells, which helps to leave your scalp smooth and youthful. Make sure you don’t overbrush, however. Just brush a little each day with a good quality brush for a minute or two.
✔ Exfoliate! Just like your face, your scalp needs to be cleansed of dead skin cells and any other build up of impurities, residue, oils, and grease. Purchase an exfoliating shampoo and use it once or twice a week. Apply it to the scalp and massage it into your roots before rinsing.
✔ Also get a clarifying shampoo, which targets not only your roots, but all of your hair, from the roots down to the ends. Bumble and bumble’s “Sunday shampoo,” meant to be used once a week (on Sundays!) is one of the most popular clarifying (detoxing) shampoos, but there are some that you only need to use once a month or so.
✔ Serums, applied after a shower, are great for making your hair smooth. They also reinforce the inner fibre structure of your strands and help to reduce breakage and increase resilience. They can also help to fight humidity, add volume and shine, or reduce tangles.
✔ Drink water. Water has numerous benefits. It is one of the healthiest and most accessible fluids available, and in addition to treating your skin, drinking water will also benefit your hair, since a hydrated scalp helps to eliminate dandruff and other dry skin irritants. Just keep in mind that the more water you gift your body, the faster your skin and hair cells will stay hydrated and replenish, leaving you with glowing skin, a youthful complexion, and healthy hair.
✔ Consider taking a hair supplement, if needed. Some hair product companies—such as Phyto—even produce their own supplements. Do your research first and read reviews on the products before you purchase them.