Scalp Education: Proper Hair Care for a Full and Healthy Scalp
Hair care is more than just making sure our manly manes are shampooed, combed, and taken care of properly. There's this misconception that hair is really the only thing we should worry about, but it goes deeper than that; and by deeper, we mean right into the scalp.
The truth is our hair is just an extension of our scalp. If we want to get all scientific about it, our hair is just protein; it has no blood supply or nervous system, so it can't repair itself. It hurts when it gets pulled because the root is pulling on the scalp.
So if we think about it, fussing about our hair seems useless. What we should really be prioritizing is our scalp; because in truth, a healthy scalp equals healthy hair.
Scalp Care for Great Hair
It should go without saying that for us to get great hair, we need to take good care of our scalp. We can do everything to make our hair look glossy and slick, but it's all for nothing if the 'soil' it's growing on is not taken care of properly.
Taking care of our scalp isn't exactly difficult. The first thing we should do is assess and get an idea of what exactly is plaguing our scalp. The most common problem is usually dryness, and it's even more common now that temperatures in our country aren't exactly going down.
Don't Let Your Scalp Dry Out
A dry and itchy scalp is our body's way of telling us that it's in dire need of water and nutrients. The itchiness is actually dead skin cells falling out. Just like real soil, our scalp is responsible for the health of our hair. A lack of important nutrients (such as Vitamin A, which is essential in protein synthesis), means our hair would start drying out and losing its luster.
Moisturize Your Scalp With The Right Shampoo
The best way to address dry and itchy scalp is to make sure it's properly moisturized. The ease or difficulty of getting this done depends on the thickness of our hair. Basically, we just need to make sure we wash our hair thoroughly every day. On the topic of shampoos, we should choose a gentle, acid-based shampoo as alkaline can be too tough on our scalp. Some shampoos are milder and have added nutrients to keep our scalp from drying out.
Apart from actually washing our hair, consider drinking more water. It might also pay to drink some vitamins and supplements, particularly iron and zinc to help keep our scalp from drying out.
Use The Right Temperature
Washing our scalp isn't the only thing that we should and can do to keep it from drying out. The water we use can either help nourish our scalp or strip it of essential oils and nutrients. It's not something a lot of people do-especially with this heat-but make sure the water isn't scalding hot when you take a shower as this stops oil production. Oil isn't exactly bad since it naturally keeps our hair moisturized. Lukewarm water is ideal if we need a warm bath.
Blow With Care
Similarly, we should also be careful when we dry out our hair with a blower. If we feel that the heat's starting to get into our scalp, then it's already too much and it's already drying out.
On another note - it pays to exfoliate our scalp at least once every week. A body scrubber is rough yet mild enough that we can use it on our scalp to gently get rid of the dead skin cells that don't get washed by rinsing.
Massage The Shampoo Into The Scalp
Finally, never forget to massage the scalp during or after taking a bath. It will promote good blood flow throughout the entire scalp, ensuring that our hair gets the necessary nourishment. After brushing the shampoo through your hair, use your fingers to massage the top of your scalp to ensure the shampoo is pushed right through to where it matters.
Like the firm foundation of a skyscraper, a proper scalp will ensure your hair stays strong and healthy. Scalp care is essentially hair care. If we want our hair to look and feel good, we need to start taking care of them where they grow.