Updated: July 27, 2023
The Mane Event: Keep Your Scalp Cool and Your Hair Hot!
When it comes to skincare, most people tend to place focus on their face and body, often neglecting what lies on top -their scalp. However, just like the skin on your face and body, the scalp also needs proper care and attention.
Your scalp is the foundation for growth, giving your hair the perfect environment to thrive. A clean scalp prevents buildup which promotes optimal circulation and nutrient delivery to the hair roots, stimulating healthy hair.
A neglected scalp can lead to issues like sunburn, dryness, and irritation. When you protect your scalp from harmful UV rays, keep it hydrated, and use gentle products, you ensure that your scalp remains comfortable. By prioritizing scalp care, you maintain the health and appearance of both your hair and skin, allowing you to enjoy a head of hair that looks, and feels, its best.
In this week’s Live Well, we’ll take a look at the best treatment on how best to achieve healthy and beautiful scalp skin.
Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Exfoliate!
Just like exfoliating your face removes dead skin cells, exfoliating your scalp can help remove buildup, unclog hair follicles, and promote healthier hair growth. Mix some sugar or sea salt with your favorite shampoo and gently massage it into your scalp. Rinse thoroughly to reveal a fresh and revitalized scalp.
Tip: Pay attention to how your skin responds to exfoliation. If you experience excessive redness, irritation, or discomfort, reduce the frequency of exfoliation or switch to a milder product. Everyone’s skin is unique, so it’s essential to adjust your exfoliation routine based on your skin’s needs.
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Chemicals to the scalp have the troubling effect of often causing distress or irritation when applied over time. These treatments don’t just stop at the head but have the habit of seeping into the roots which can lead to hair rot and root damage.
Pamper your scalp with a relaxing oil massage. Choose natural oils such as coconut oil, almond oil, or jojoba oil, and warm it slightly. These serve as an enriching treatment for the scalp keeping it from drying out.
Tip: Also, you can create a homemade mask for your hair. to give it an extra boost of nutrients.
Simply mixing equal parts apple cider vinegar and applying it to your scalp can help balance the pH of your scalp, removing any buildup and promoting a healthy environment for hair growth.
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Head on Fire!!
We often remember to protect our skin from the sun, but we tend to forget about our scalp.
The delicate skin on the scalp can also get sunburned and damaged. Whenever you’re spending time outdoors, wear a hat or use a sunscreen spray specifically designed for the scalp. This will shield your scalp from harmful UV rays and prevent sunburn.
The sun’s rays are also strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to schedule outdoor activities outside of these peak hours to reduce sun exposure to your scalp. If you must be out during these times, take extra precautions by wearing a hat and applying sunscreen.
Tip: Environmental pollutants can also impact your scalp health, so consider using a clarifying shampoo occasionally to remove any residue and maintain a clean and fresh scalp.
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Skip the Heat
Excessive heat styling can damage both your hair and scalp by both drying it out and heat flaying your roots.
To avoid this, minimize the use of hot tools and opt for heat protectant sprays when styling.
Additionally, choose hair products that are gentle on your scalp, free from sulfates, parabens, and other harsh chemicals.
Tip: When searching for treatments, look for scalp-friendly ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, or witch hazel, which work to soothe and nourish the scalp.
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Going ‘Au Naturel‘
Natural hair by definition hasn’t been altered by chemical straighteners, including relaxers and texturizers.
Pressed hair may still be considered natural because once washed, the texture usually returns to its unaltered state (as long as no heat damage has occurred).
Natural hair textures often promote better blood circulation on the scalp. Improved circulation nourishes the hair follicles with essential nutrients and oxygen, supporting healthy hair growth.
Tip: Natural hair tends to be more prone to dryness, Keep it moisturized using a water-based leave-in conditioner or moisturizer to hydrate your hair daily or as needed. Seal in the moisture with natural oils or butters to help retain hydration.
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Caring for your scalp and keeping your head and hair healthy is a journey worth embarking on.
Prioritize scalp care and implement healthy hair practices creating the optimal environment for your hair to thrive. Nourish it and embrace the natural beauty of your hair and celebrate its unique texture and characteristics.
With proper scalp care and a healthy hair routine, you are on your way to a healthier, happier head. Go forth with confidence, love your scalp, and let your hair shine as a reflection of your overall well-being. Here’s to the ‘mane’ event; the ultimate self-care!