Our scalp is to our hair as soil is to a thriving plant. Everyone speaks of keeping your hair healthy but what about the scalp? Below our scalp is where our strands are formed in the follicle, within the follicle is what is called the ‘bulb’ which gives each strand its nutrients. Here are 5 steps to making sure we keep our scalps as healthy as possible!
**If you have a diagnosed scalp condition please consult your dermatologist before you follow any of the tips given below.**
1. Drink Water
H20 is responsible for majority of our bodies health. Many times, if your scalp or hair are feeling dry it has to do with lack of internal moisture (water). Most people struggle with drinking the recommended 64oz a day (I know I do), I buy reusable water bottles so often in hopes that it will help me consume what I need to. My favorite so far is a 64oz iron flask that keeps my water cold all day and even has a straw which makes drinking so much easier!
2. Exfoliate your scalp
Just shampooing in the shower is not enough to exfoliate the build up that may be on the scalp. Here is an easy and cheap at home process to keeping your scalp flake and buildup free:
- Before getting into the shower, massage Head and Shoulders shampoo into your scalp. The best way to do this is to part your hair in small sections and rub the shampoo on the direct partings.
- Use a Denman brush to brush your scalp thoroughly, making sure to concentrate on the itchy areas
- After 5 minutes, get into the shower and shampoo and condition as normal.
3. Watch your bread and sugar intake
Bread that is made of yeast can contribute to yeast build up in our bodies and many times it can come through the pores of the scalp. If your a person who eats a lot of sugar, this can be contributing to the dandruff or build up of your scalp. Try and get in as much of the fruit and veggies as you can, this will help keep your hair and scalp strong and thriving!
4. Be careful not to let sweat sit on your scalp for too long
Sweat is salt, and salt causes erosion especially in our bodies. Those of us who workout often, we have to be cautious to not let the sweat sit or build up on our scalps for days on end. If you have a texture of hair that doesn’t allow you to shampoo more than once a week, try using an oil on your scalp after the sweat has dried, it will help keep your skin in tact and prevent flaking. Check out my favorite scalp oil HERE!
5. Take your allergy medicine
Allergy season is torture to the sinuses of 90% of americans-but did you know allergies can effect your scalp too? Pay attention to your scalp throughout different seasons, typically in the winter our scalps are more dry, fall and summer usually balances out, bur spring can cause flair up in a different way! If you notice a change in the scalp during allergy season, try keeping an antihistamine in your system and see if you notice a change!
Thank you so much for reading! Let me know in the comments below any other tips that help you keep your scalp thriving!