Healthy hair cannot be achieved by simply spraying the best thickening or finishing spray – healthy hair starts with the scalp. If your scalp isn’t healthy, your hair won’t be, either. This means that taking proper care of your scalp will be one of your biggest priorities as you search for ways to slow hair loss. In this article, we’ll explore several different ways to keep your hair healthy and thriving, starting with your scalp.
Scalp treatments are an excellent way to keep the skin there healthy and thriving. There are many different kinds of scalp treatments ranging from medicated to natural. All of them have merit and purpose. Some examples of useful scalp treatments are:
- Hair growth treatments, like our own Activating Serum. The serum combines numerous natural hair-boosting compounds like ginseng, pumpkin seed oil, and bergamot fruit oil with scientific powerhouses like HotFlux to create a potent elixir. The combination of natural remedies with scientifically-proven compounds helps your hair and scalp stay healthy and growing!
- Natural essential oils, like those found in the serum above, are a great way to keep your hair healthy, too. The Activating Serum already comes packed with several healthy essential oils to moisturize and fortify your scalp and hair, but you can use essential oils separately for a similar benefit, too.
- A weekly scalp massage can have impressive benefits on the quality of your hair. Massaging the scalp increases blood flow to the hair follicles on your scalp, keeping the skin and hair there healthy and supple. Evidence has even been found that a scalp massage once per week might help thicken your hair!
Care for Your Scalp
Promoting scalp health doesn’t just involve spoiling your hair with treatments and moisturizers. You should also consider parts of your regular hair care routines that might not be the best for your scalp or hair health, too. If half of what you’re doing is hurting your scalp and half is helping it, you’re not going to make much headway anyway.
Start by looking into all of the products you use with your hair care routines. This can mean shampoos, leave-in products, conditioners, hair sprays, brushes and combs, and even hats! These products should be as natural as possible, and they should always promote a healthy scalp. If you can, go one step further and choose products that match your hair type, too.
You’ve probably noticed that there are multitudes of different hair care products available today, and they’re usually marketed towards some specific hair type. Oily hair, dry hair, damaged hair, and colored hair are common categories to create hair products for.
You should always try to choose products that match up with your type, as products that aren’t made for your hair type might dry your hair and scalp too much or not clean it thoroughly enough.
Be wary of salon hair treatments, too. Chemical hair colors or other hair treatments can do untold damage to your hair and scalp, and your hair takes a while to grow back to its former strength when you put it through too much. If you absolutely must treat your hair with harsh chemicals, try to keep it to a minimum as much as possible and look into hair-friendly alternatives that might get you the same effect.
Your scalp needs as much routine care as your hair does. Your scalp health is dependent mostly upon how well you keep it clean, so showering regularly is essential. However, how often a scalp cleansing is needed varies depending on your hair type. A healthy scalp creates sebum (oil) and dandruff regularly, and these impurities will clog your hair follicles if left to collect.
Washing, brushing lightly, and other between-shower hair care options are the best ways to mitigate the collection of dandruff and oil on your scalp. If you have oily hair, you may need to shower once every day, but if you have dry hair that produces oil less quickly, you may be better off washing your hair every other day or less. It’s important to strike the right balance between too much and too little oil to ensure the best possible environment for hair growth.
Body and Scalp
The rest of your body plays a big role in how healthy your scalp and hair is, too. Believe it or not, something as simple as hormonal changes in your body can change the way your pores produce hair and oil, and you’ll either need to do your best to minimize hormone spikes or adjust your care rituals accordingly.
Hormonal changes and other factors can make your scalp become itchy or infected. This can be caused by a hormonal balance, infestations like head lice, bad hair care habits, or even a poor diet. A bacterial infection of the scalp can be caused by not washing or exfoliating it enough and is best remedied by adopting proper care habits and using a medicated shampoo.
The scalp is a very sensitive skin area, so scalp health can even be affected by something as simple as changing from hard water to soft water in your shower. Diets and stress can have the same effect, so make sure to listen to your scalp as much as possible!
Keep watch for any times when your scalp feels particularly itchy, oily, or otherwise uncomfortable, and try to pinpoint what part of your routine was changed that caused the difference in your scalp health.
Keeping your scalp healthy isn’t difficult, but it can be finicky if your scalp is unusually sensitive. As long as you keep a healthy, efficient, regular routine of scalp and hair care, your scalp will reward you with healthy, beautiful hair as long as it’s able to. If normal care isn’t quite enough, adding a special treatment to your routine, such as our Activating Serum, can be just the boost it needs to get back on track.
As always, it’s a good idea to ask a professional what they think about your hair and scalp care routines if you have questions. They may be able to help identify care areas where you’re lacking, in addition to pointing you towards prescriptions or other products that might help you.