Scalp Care is the New Skin Care: Ways to Condition Your Scalp and Keep it Healthy
In pursuit of the latest in beauty and fashion, our hair often is the one suffering from neglect. We may carry a notion that our scalps are thick and strong, capable of maintaining on their own without special attention. This belief, my friends, is false. In fact, the scalp is built like our skin, just a little denser due to five instead of three layers of tissues containing thousands of hair follicles.
It’s time we treat scalp care the way we treat skincare. Especially because our body is prone to holding tension in our heads – treating the scalp well may result in tackling two problems simultaneously.
Ways to Condition Your Scalp and Keep it Healthy
1. Treating the Root Cause
In an ideal case scenario, your hair is healthy and fine, only needing general care to maintain it.
Now let’s be honest, not all of us are born with the same luck. Therefore, before we reach the general care milestone (hopefully!), we need to narrow down our hair concerns to know the root cause of its poor health.
Many scalp conditions can develop due to various reasons – a topic for another day. However, some common concerns include dandruff, eczema, psoriasis, and dry scalp. Each of these has recognizable symptoms. Therefore, before you dive into a scalp-healing journey, make sure you are treating the right concern or else you may end up with more damage than you began with.
2. Choosing the Right Products
Now that the elephant is out of the room (read: the root causes), we can move forward with general hair care that will benefit both with and without compromised scalps.
Just like skin types, we have oily, dry, and normal scalp types too. Hence, the variation in hair care products too. As a general rule of thumb, make sure you opt for hair care products that cater to your hair and scalp type (and condition, if any).
– Dry scalp people should look for “Moisturizing”, “Exfoliating”, and “Nourishing” labels on their products.
– Oily scalp folks, keep an eye out for products labelled as “oil-balancing”, “Clay”, and “Anti-Residue”.
Half the haircare is choosing the right shampoo, conditioner, and/or serum for your hair and scalp type. Once that is dealt with, healthy hair will follow eventually. So get ready for the new hairstyle or hair color you have been dying to do!
3. Weekly Care
Good hair is the result of healthy and consistent hair care habits.
Make it a priority to treat your hair once a week with at-home or salon treatments that you’ve been putting off over the week. Here are some methods to incorporate optimal haircare into your routine:
- Oil massages are great to nourish your hair while also de-stressing your head. Add a few drops of your favorite hair-friendly essential oil to make the experience more relaxing.
- Hair masks can be made at home using ingredients present in your kitchen such as eggs, mayonnaise, and apple cider vinegar.
- Opt for store-bought masks for hair exfoliation and conditioning once or twice a month.
May you have a hairy good day! (#punintended)
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