My neighbor inspired me to write this post. She told me about her scalp problems – non-stop dehydration and irritation, often dandruff. After giving her a bunch of game-changing tips, I thought I should share them with you, too 🙂 Another reason why I decided to write about it is the fact few of you take the right care of the scalp. Believe it or not, it’s the basis for an effective hair care.
You must be aware that each of us has a different scalp. A shampoo that your friends rave about doesn’t have to work for you.
A dry and sensitive scalp needs moisturising products. You should remember that this skin type is easily irritated and won’t be happy with any shampoo that is full of chemicals. While shopping for products, pay attention to ingredients; avoid controversial, irritative chemicals, parabens, silicones and alcohols. Girls whose scalp is sensitive have their hair colored with herbal dyes (like henna) instead of strong products. Aloe is a perfect, plant, scalp-moisturizing ingredient. I recommend Holika Holika Aloe Gel to all sensitive ones yet not only to them. The product is natural, intensively-hydrating and it amazingly nourishes both the scalp and hair. I couldn’t split up with the gel in summer. Another brilliant invention (tbh, known for ages) is hair oil treatment – natural oils are the rich source of EFA, vitamins, minerals and phytosterols. Oils don’t just keep the right level of hydration; they help do away with other scalp problems (psoriasis, eczema, etc). Squalane is an essential, invaluable ingredient of vegetable oils that’s second to none when it comes to the scalp care. Both oily and extremely dry scalp types get a skilled allay in the battle for beautiful hair and clean scalp.
Oily scalp isn’t just a problem of teenagers. An excessive sebum secretion doesn’t have to be connected with the adolescence. Hair often gets greasy due to wrong care, poorly-matched products or stress. Pharmaceuticals and poor diet affect your scalp, too. Firstly, a good shampoo is the key element in the oily scalp care. Shampoos with active charcoal are a thing now but I haven’t tried them yet; when I do, I’ll write about the effects. A clay hair mask once a month is a good idea, too. You can also rinse your hair and scalp with herbal mixtures. They don’t only improve the scalp condition but also bring hair shine and softness. Hair oiling is going to help greasy hair. I know that applying a greasy oil to greasy hair sounds like a paradox but trust me – oils make a beauty phenomena. The ones abounding in squalane are cut out for oily hair and scalp. Jojoba oil is the winner here. It’s best at regulating sebum secretion and leaves the scalp hydrated. Natural oils are ideal for treating dandruff but I did away with the problem with Nizoral. One packet was enough. The white flakes vanished and haven’t come back so far 🙂
Obviously, every scalp type requires different care routine and most of all – different shampoos. There’s something more, though. There are some general rules that let you enjoy a good scalp condition. What are these? Let me share some advice 🙂
How to care for the scalp:
1. Wash your scalp and hair the right way 🙂 What does it mean? Don’t rub hair too harshly; focus on washing and massaging the scalp (use gentle motions to avoid pulling strands out); keep away from shampoos with detergents like SLS, SLES; don’t use too many products not to weigh hair down.
2. Massage the scalp – it likes a massage, too 😀 Hair oil treatment is the best opportunity (I know, you must be bored with the oils, forgive me – it’s simply my love and obsession). Focus on massaging oils into the scalp so they can get into bulbs; the massage improves blood flow and lets valuable ingredients absorb easily and quickly.
3. Blow-dry routine – avoid high temperatures. Heat doesn’t only deprive hair of water and make it dry but also irritates the scalp. For the best care, use as low temp as possible, finish blow-drying with a cold airflow.
4. Hair brushing. Your scalp doesn’t enjoy pulling and intensive brushing. A wrong comb or brushes with sharp tips may lead to mechanical damage. Good hair brushing accessories can improve the scalp condition, enhance blood circulation and massage the skin. As a consequence hair bubs get stronger. I recommend natural-bristle brushes or Indian neem tree comb that boosts hair growth.
5. Hairstyling may worsen the scalp, too. Tight updos, pulling hair back all day leaves your scalp tired. A loose braid is an ideal hairdo that your scalp is going to love, that’s for sure.
6. A winter and summer hat won’t protect the scalp from the harmful UV radiation but it will shield it from unfavorable weather conditions.
That’s it 🙂
These simple tips and hints are going to help you get the proper scalp care routine. Do you have any other tried&tested hacks? What does your scalp like? Do you oil your hair?
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