A tree has roots, so as your hair. A tree has branches, so as your hair and we call it strands. A tree needs soil as its foundation, so as your hair and that is the scalp. And yet, when it comes to hair care, we focus only on those strands of hair. We feel brittle hair, damaged hair, thinning of hair and we go for treatments ‘on-hair’. It is time to think again! We don’t water the branches or the trunk; we water the soil so that the roots get the strength to hold the tree.
Often in hair care, we fall for treatments on hair. We try to make it look straight, shiny, smooth outwards and don’t even care to think about the inside. When we do treatments on brittle, thinned or damaged hair, it is actually doubling the effect. The hair gets more damaged, more fragile and more thinned. Instead of painting it on the outside, why don’t we water the roots and let it blossom? Scalp care is equally important to that of hair care when we face hair issues. Let us discuss how to handle a healthy scalp.
Myths about hair washing
Hair washing is indeed a myth. Some people say that we need to wash it every day and some others say that it should not be done quite often. The real answer lies in between. Yes, you should not wash it often, but it needed to be washed thrice in a week. Better be alternate days in a week, so it feels a consistency. Scalp produce sebum, and it clogs the pores. To avoid this, hair washing is the best solution. Wash a week thrice and save your scalp form dirt. Now, talking about benefits, this will help you solve the problem regarding brittle hair.
Head is the topmost position in our body, and it is quite hard for the veins to circulate blood over the distance. Blood circulation around the scalp is a bit slow and to activate better flow, scalp massages can help. With the help of carrier oil such as coconut oil or argan oil, massages can be done. This will regulate the blood circulation, and additionally, it will condition the scalp. Massages will also help in strengthening the roots of the hair.
The shampoo is a cleanser when it comes to the scalp. Like you cleanse your skin, your hair needs it too. Cleansing is one of the essential parts of scalp care, but what you shampoo with is just as important as how often you do it. Rather than shopping for a shampoo at random, look for labels that have their basis in natural ingredients or those geared toward your specific scalp problems. Try sulphate-free shampoos for better care.
Most of us prefer hot or lukewarm water while having a bath. And we use the same water for our hair too. This should not be done. While washing the hair, cold water should be used. Cold water closes the pores and prevents dirt from entering and accumulating on the scalp. Coldwater wash will let the hair stay shiny, healthy and frizz-free for a longer time.
Exfoliate once a week
Exfoliating is necessary if you are suffering from dandruff or itchy scalp. To remove dead skin cells from the scalp, exfoliation is adequate. You could either try a shampoo with exfoliating ingredients or can even use a pre-shampoo exfoliator for your scalp. Exfoliating once in a week is, but if you are having psoriasis or itchy scalp, you should at least exfoliate your scalp three times a week.
Say no to chemical treatments
Chemical treatments can improve your look, and will add that extra slay factor to your hair. But the chemicals used in these treatments can dry out and irritate your scalp. Always limit chemical treatments but if it is necessary, do go for professional support. Don’t ever try to do it on your own as it could do significant damage to your scalp.
Don’t forget, the way to happy hair is healthy scalp!