While the hair itself often takes center stage in our haircare routines, we often overlook the foundation on which it grows—the scalp. Neglecting this sensitive skin can lead to various concerns, from dandruff and itching, hair thinning and loss, to lackluster hair. But fear not: maintaining a vibrant and balanced scalp is easily achievable and plays a vital role in the overall health and appearance of our hair.
Ready for your scalp care basics? Read on below!
It’s quite obvious, but regularly cleansing your scalp is essential. Over time, natural oils, styling products, and environmental pollutants can accumulate on the scalp, leading to product buildup and clogged hair follicles. Deep cleansing helps to remove this buildup, allowing the scalp to breathe and function optimally.
Deep cleansing also helps to regulate sebum production, ensuring that the scalp maintains a healthy balance. By removing excess oil, deep cleansing can prevent a greasy scalp while still preserving the scalp's natural moisture. That being said, be mindful not to over-cleanse: excessive cleansing can strip away the scalp's natural oils, leading to dryness and irritation.
You’ll want to choose a gentle shampoo that is formulated for your hair type and scalp condition to use 2-3x times a week. However, once a week, it’s a great idea to opt for a detoxing scalp scrub–like the R+CO Crown Scalp Scrub or a clarifying shampoo to properly break through all the accumulated gunk.
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Just like the rest of your body, your scalp needs proper nutrition and hydration to stay healthy. Drinking plenty of water and eating a balanced diet that includes proteins, healthy fats, and foods rich in vitamins and minerals (such as leafy greens, nuts, and berries) can help nourish your scalp from the inside out.
Massaging your scalp can help improve circulation and promote hair growth by stimulating the hair follicles. Improved circulation brings essential nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles, supporting their health and vitality. Additionally, increased circulation can help remove toxins and waste products, creating a healthier scalp environment.
Use your fingertips to gently massage your scalp in circular motions for a few minutes each day, or invest in a scalp massager for a more targeted approach (we love the Mount Lai Jade Massaging Comb and the Manta Pulse by Manta Hair for this!).
Just like fertile soil for plants, a well-nourished scalp provides the optimal environment for hair to thrive. Understanding scalp health helps us to address and prevent common issues, paving the way for luscious, radiant hair.
Until next time, take care of that scalp!
The BSE Team