What is Scalp Care and Why is it Important?
We often spends hundreds of dollars on hair products to ensure it is kept shiny and healthy, but don’t even consider the health of our scalps — the root of the problem. It is a common misconception that the scalp can be ignored because it is always covered in hair, but this can lead to many problems resulting in damage to your hair. Image a flower trying to grow in soil lacking water, or of high acidity. The scalp produces essential components for hair growth and is not simply a layer of skin for the hair to pass through. Each individual hair grows from it’s own follicle which protects the hair at it’s base and secretes oils through the sebaceous gland. When the scalp is in good health, these functions can operate efficiently, but if there is damage in the scalp it can not perform it’s job, resulting in hair damage and potential loss.
Causes of Unhealthy Scalp
There are various reasons for the scalp to not be performing to it’s highest capability. Mostly commonly, build up of oils and sediments on the scalp can cause follicles to clog, not allowing them to correctly treat the hair. This build up can be caused by a multitude of factors including: environment, stress, eating habits, build of products such as dry shampoo and heavy oils. Some people are more suseptible to scalp build up than others. But, there is good news! There is a solution!
How to Have a Healthy Scalp and Beautiful Hair
Common tips to a healthy scalp are simple: wash and exfoliate your scalp regularly. When washing your hair, make sure to be using the right products for your needs and look for shampoos that are sulfate and paraben-free to prevent build up. Have you heard that you don’t actually need to wash your hair? This is a myth! Don’t buy into it! This myth may have originated from people using shampoos that are in fact damaging to their hair, but the right products should not damage your hair. In fact, for the health of you scalp, your hair should be washed every other day to prevent product and residue accumulation. I know you don’t want to hear it, but dry shampoo can’t solve ALL your problems. Additionally, exfoliants can help allow your scalp to breath and can be used 1-2 times a week. Scalp lotions can also provide valuable nutrients to the scalp and help it perform to it’s highest capability.
All scalps are different. To find out what is best for you, come in for a complimentary scalp analysis so a professional stylist can direct you to the best products for your needs.