Healthy hair begins with a healthy scalp. Implementing a scalp care routine is about more than just rinsing out the day’s gunk and re-styling. Scalp care is important because it’s where the hair follicles are and where hair grows from. The healthier the scalp, the healthier the hair will be.
How Does an Unhealthy Scalp Look
A scalp that is itchy or burning is normally an indication that it’s not at its healthiest. An itchy scalp is a symptom of chemical irritation and can even be a sign of an allergic reaction. In addition to itching and burning sensations, be mindful of excess oil just like you would with your regular skin care regimen. An excessively oily scalp usually means the scalp is trying to compensate for oil which was stripped after using products which remove the natural oils of the scalp.
What a Healthy Scalp Looks Like
A healthy scalp is normally flake free. That said, flakes don’t necessarily mean dandruff. It could be an indication that the scalp is very dry or irritated. In addition take a closer look at your scalp’s oil production, too. A scalp that “does not look oily” is what you’re looking for.
How to Treat an Unhealthy Scalp
If your scalp leans towards the unhealthy side of the spectrum, don’t panic. Treating an unhealthy scalp begins with shampoo care. Use shampoos that are free of sulfates and synthetic fragrances. In addition, if you have a dry flaky scalp, you can use an anti-dandruff shampoo. When shopping for an anti-dandruff shampoo, reach for formulas that contain tar, zinc, pyrithione, or selenium sulfide.
Things to Avoid
Knowing how to get a healthy scalp is one thing, but knowing what to avoid for a healthy scalp is another. For a healthy-looking scalp, avoid sulfates in hair products as they can dry the skin. In addition, don’t dye your hair too frequently, especially if the dye has bleach, as dye and bleach can irritate your scalp.
Similar to that of skincare, synthetic fragrances in products and treatments can also impact scalp health. Avoid synthetic fragrances, as they can irritate and cause an itchy scalp.
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Taking care of your scalp is a very important part of having healthy hair, but it does not end there. Things such as properly moisturizing and trimming your hair are important as well. Check back here for more tips on keeping your hair healthy, or book an appointment with us and let one of our experts take care of your hair for you.