photo by: Dean Wissing
A healthy scalp leads to healthy hair, but too often we forget to take care of the delicate skin on top of our heads. Problems like dandruff, itchiness, flakiness, or too much oil can be indicators of different imbalances due to poor scalp care. Your diet, hormones, medications and even the weather can also affect your scalp condition. When it’s hot out, too much sun can hurt your scalp, and when it gets cold outside, dry scalps can become even drier, especially when you turn up the heat indoors.
If you’re concerned that your scalp is not in the best condition it could be, we’ve got some suggestions for keeping it happy and healthy, which can also do wonders for your overall hair condition and growth.
Massage it: Love getting a scalp massage whenever you go to the salon? There’s a reason why we do it, and not just because it makes you feel wonderfully relaxed. Massaging your scalp helps stimulate healthy circulation, which promotes a healthy scalp and hair growth. You can try it at home in the shower by mimicking the motions your hair stylists uses when shampooing your hair. Use pressure with the pads of your fingers and never use your nails.
Moisturize it: If you have a dry, itchy scalp, try massaging a deep conditioner or conditioning oil into your roots. You can do it in the shower after you shampoo, or for extra deep conditioning, massage a moisturizing oil (like coconut oil or argan oil) into your scalp and leave it in for 5 minutes before you shampoo it out.
Use the right products: If your scalp is dry, your shampoo could be too harsh. Make sure you’re using a gentle shampoo that isn’t stripping your scalp of precious oils that keep it healthy. We can recommend a good shampoo and conditioner depending on your scalp’s needs.
Leave chemical processes to the pros: When you take your colouring or relaxing into your own hands, things can get dangerous for your scalp. You want to make sure you’re using the right technique and not over-processing your hair, which can cause serious issues like burns and hair loss. Getting your colour or relaxer done in our salon can ensure correct technique and high quality products that won’t cause unnecessary damage.
Be good to you! The condition of your hair and scalp are directly related to your overall health. If you’re lacking in certain vitamins and minerals, you’ll likely notice scalp issues, hair loss or slow hair growth. Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet, avoid junky processed foods, and if you’re concerned that you’re not getting all the nutrients you need for healthy hair, take a supplement. For example, omega-3s are essential for healthy skin and hair, so if you’re not getting them in your food (such as in a nice piece of salmon), take a high quality supplement.
If you’re concerned about your scalp health, try these tips and you’re sure to notice an improvement. Or, come into our downtown Toronto hair salon for a consultation and we can recommend the best course of action. Book your appointment today.