4 Ways to Maintain a Healthy Scalp
Healthy hair starts with the scalp. A clean, happy scalp with good circulation provides the best conditions for growing strong and healthy hair. Incorporating these four tips and tricks into your routine will help to keep your scalp happy and your hair healthy.
1. Personalize your shampoo schedule
There’s no easy answer to knowing exactly how often you need to shampoo. Everyone’s scalp creates different amounts of oil. And while a little bit of oil is actually healthy for hair, too much can leave it looking dirty, feeling weighed-down, and even smelling less than fantastic. If you’re working out and sweating a lot or have a particularly oily scalp then washing daily might be a good idea -- just make sure to use conditioners and styling products that will stop your hair from becoming dry or damaged. If you have a medium or dry scalp then you might be able to shampoo as infrequently as once or twice a week. Try different products and washing schedules and see what your hair (and scalp) responds to best.
2. Condition Evenly
There is a decades-old stigma around avoiding conditioner when it comes to the scalp. However, skimping on conditioner at the roots can cause unevenness in strength and texture. It can also lead to dryness and eventually, dandruff. You don’t have to condition with every wash, but it’s a good rule of thumb to condition (all the way to the roots) at least every three days to keep the hair and scalp moisturized and feeling its best.
3. Brush Daily
Brushing your hair may be an obvious daily ritual, but it’s the brush you're using that is crucial. By using a natural bristle brush (a vegetable or boar brush), you can better distribute the oils produced along the scalp and more evenly motion them through your strands. Plastic bristles fail to do so gently and often result in unwanted tearing. Find the best brush for your hair type here.
4. Sun ProtectionWhile we all wear sunscreen on our, arms, legs, shoulders, face and etc… we often neglect our scalp because we assume that hair blocks the sun. Not so! Although our hair blocks some rays, plenty can get through to the scalp and cause damage -- including burns and unsightly peeling. Two easy ways to avoid sun damage: 1. Wear hats whenever you are going to be in direct sunlight for extended periods of time and 2. Use products with botanicals and ingredients that not only soothe the scalp but can help prevent damage and deliver UV protection.