Everyone wants to find the secret to a head full of gorgeous, shiny. healthy hair. They prove it every year by spending thousands of dollars on special products and treatments to improve the health of their mane. Men and women, young and aged, the goal is the same. If you’ve tried product after product and treatment after treatment and still have not achieved the results you want, there may be something crucial that you’ve been overlooking- your scalp. If you want to achieve truly healthy hair you have to keep your scalp healthy first. Here’s how.
Use Quality pH Balanced Products
Cheap shampoos and conditioners aren’t always properly pH balanced and can be harsh on your scalp. To be healthy your scalp needs to be maintained at a pH level of 4-5. When the pH balance is disrupted by poor-quality products it can cause your pores and hair follicles to open resulting in a loss of moisture and nutrients. High-quality products focus on maintaining the proper pH balance to keep your hair follicles happy and healthy and give you smoother, softer hair. Ask your stylist to recommend the right scalp-nourishing products for your hair type.
Maintain Proper Hydration
Without the proper hydration, none of your skin can be healthy, but dehydration is especially hard on your scalp and hair. Your body views hair growth as non-essential to life, so when your body starts to become dehydrated, even a little, moisture is channeled away from your scalp and hair follicles to conserve it for more important body processes. And just like a plant that hasn’t been watered stops growing, hair follicles without adequate hydration will stop growing hair. To keep your scalp hydrated and your hair growing strong give your scalp an extra dose of moisture with a weekly hydrating scalp oil treatment and combat dehydration from within by drinking the recommended amount of water throughout your day.
Let Your Natural Oils Do Their Job
The oils your scalp produces have a special job to do. Their purpose is to moisturize and protect your scalp and hair, sealing in much-needed moisture. Shampoo strips these oils away, and when you shampoo daily these natural oils don’t get the chance to fulfill their purpose. You can make the best use of your scalp’s natural oils by reducing the frequency of shampoos to only what is necessary to keep your hair from looking and feeling greasy. Most people do well with a schedule of one or two shampoos per week.
Keep Buildup At Bay With Weekly Exfoliation
Yes, that’s right. Your scalp needs to be exfoliated regularly just like the rest of your skin. Your scalp not only experiences the buildup of dead skin cells and oils, but it also has to cope with styling product residue blocking the pores and follicles. When the buildup gets too bad it can cause flaking, dryness, and itching, and it can even interfere with hair growth. Adding a gentle scalp exfoliant to your weekly hair care routine will remove existing buildup and prevent future problems to keep your scalp super clean and healthy.
Treat Your Scalp To A Daily Massage
Massaging your scalp has benefits far beyond feeling incredible and relaxing your entire body. Studies have shown that a daily scalp massage invigorates your scalp and hair follicles with increased blood flow and with it more oxygen and nutrients being delivered to your hair’s roots. It’s easy to add a massage to your daily routine. Before you style your hair in the morning, or before brushing your hair at night simply rub your scalp all over with the pads of your fingers using gentle pressure in a circular motion. Do this for 3-5 minutes every day, every time you shampoo, and once a week with scalp oil about a half hour before you shampoo
Protect Your Delicate Scalp From The Elements
Extreme temperatures, drying winds, UV rays from the sun- your scalp is bombarded daily with exposure to damaging environmental conditions. Offer this delicate skin some protection by wearing a hat or scarf to shelter it from the elements and keep it from getting dried out or damaged by the sun.
Taking good care of your scalp is crucial in your quest to achieve healthy hair and the hair care professionals here at 209 Salon can help with expert product recommendations and salon conditioning treatments to keep your scalp and your hair in excellent health. Give us a call at 972.548.2815 to schedule your appointment today. You can also book an appointment online or download our free mobile app from iTunes or Google Play to book your appointments, get appointment reminders, specials, and more. You can find us at 5801 Virginia Parkway, Suite #204 in McKinney.