6 Tips for a Healthy Scalp
Do you know what the real secret behind healthy hair is?
A healthy scalp.
The scalp constantly sheds dead skin cells. If this build-up is not dealt with properly, it can result in dandruff, dry scalp and itchiness. Severe dandruff can lead us to over-brush our hair or scratch our scalps roughly, which can damage the hair follicles and worsen hair loss. A healthy scalp feels good, and promotes shiny, healthy hair.
Here are 6 ways on how you can give your scalp some TLC:
This is recommended to be done two to three times a week. Washing it too much can dry out your scalp, but washing it too infrequently can cause build-up and make your scalp and hair greasy.
A scalp massage once a week is proven to be beneficial as it promotes good blood circulation to the scalp, calms nerves, and relaxes muscles.
You can massage the scalp for about 3-4 minutes with the tips of your fingers in a circular motion with a steady pressure. Your fingers should be under the hair to avoid pulling.
Your diet can also cause imbalances in the health of your scalp, as full-fat dairy products, high-sugar or spicy foods can all irritate the scalp. If you are sensitive to an itchy or flaky scalp, you might want to take a closer look as your diet may be intensifying the issue.
Green leafy vegetables, lentils, legumes, beans, nuts, eggs, fish, and chicken are all great and diverse sources of protein that encourage hair growth.
Many people often neglect protecting their hair and scalp from the environment, like pollution and dust in the air.
Protecting your hair with a scarf or hat, especially on a dusty or hot day can be helpful in keeping your scalp healthy, as pollutants in the air as well as the sun can strip your hair’s moisture away.
Our body does its most important work when we sleep, like recharge, restore and rebuild cells, as well as strengthen muscles, bones, skin and hair.
Giving yourself 6-8 hours of rest every night is essential in keeping your hair and body healthy and refreshed.
Over time, the accumulation of styling gels, sprays and other products, as well as sweat and the sebum secreted from the scalp can cause follicles to be clogged, and give the appearance of limp and unhealthy hair. We recommend using a herbal scalp cleanser to clear out any product residue and stimulate hair growth for healthy roots and strong hair.
Our favourite, the Arum Ginseng Cool Scalp Cleanser, gently deep-cleanses the scalp using ginseng and saponin, and effectively prevents dandruff formation, strengthens and stimulates the hair roots, and relieves itchiness.
Scalp irritation can also be caused by products that may have ingredients that your scalp doesn’t agree with. This is a case-by-case situation, and it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause. If you suspect it’s a product causing your issue, swap it out for something else.