Good scalp care is nothing to scratch your head about…
A healthy scalp is crucial for having a healthy head of hair. After all, it is a healthy scalp that nourishes the hair follicles and prevents hair loss. Taking good care of your scalp is simple, as proven by these 6 simple steps:
1. Avoid product build-up
Styling products are essential for making sure that your hair looks good through the day. However, allowing product build-up on your scalp is a definite no-no. Build-up of oil and product can block pores in the scalps, and we all know that blocked pores means nothing but trouble.
The easiest way to prevent product build-up is to use less of it. We can get pretty generous with the amount of hairspray and serums we apply, and cutting back should be a priority. Not only will your scalp be thankful for it, your wallet will be too.
2. Use only cold or lukewarm water to wash your hair
Unwinding with a hot shower at the end of a long day feels pretty good. Turns out that hot water is not so great for your scalp since the skin on your scalp is really sensitive to heat. When washing your hair, switch to cold water (cold is ideal, but lukewarm will also do during the colder months).
3. Never tie up wet hair
Wet hair that is tied up takes longer to dry, and the increased time exposed to dampness means trouble for the scalp. This helps create the perfect conditions for dandruff-causing yeast to form on your scalp, not to mention the strain that is put on the roots of the hair follicles, leading to breakage.
4. Blow dry only as little as possible
Once again, it’s a question of heat. Blow drying is necessary most times, but you can take measures to ensure it isn’t a damaging process. For starters, turn down the heat setting on the blow dryer. You should also blow dry only as much as needed; stop once you can’t feel any dampness in the hair.
5. Give your scalp a good massage
A good scalp massage goes a long way to promote blood circulation to the head, which in turn means better hair growth and healthier hair follicles. Throw in some oil with the massage and you’ll be protecting your scalp from dandruff as well. So, don’t hesitate to get a nice champi at least once a week.
6. Add the right foods to your diet
Salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are a crucial component in the cell membranes of the skin on the scalp as well as the natural oils that keep the scalp hydrated. Flax seeds are also a great source of omega-3 and iron, ensuring a healthy and well-hydrated scalp. Other foods that will do wonders for your scalp include eggs, walnuts, coriander, and avocados.