3 Ways to a Healthier Scalp
Keeping a clean, hydrated, and nourished scalp is the foundation for healthy hair growth. When your scalp is dirty, itchy, and flaking, it can become very uncomfortable really quick. Try these 3 tips below to give your scalp a little T.L.C.
Massage Conditioner or Moisturizer Into Your Scalp
What?! Yes, girl. Massaging conditioner or moisturizer onto your scalp does wonders. I know that we’ve heard time and time again to keep product away from the scalp and to just shampoo it. However, putting hydrating products on your scalp will help to keep it hydrated and decrease any flaking or itching. Your scalp is skin just like the rest of your body. Will you let the rest of your skin go without lotion (hydration) for days at a time? Neither should your scalp.
A great way to hydrate your scalp externally is by massaging your deep conditioner into your scalp on wash day and rinsing it out. This will moisturize the scalp, but keep build up to a minimum. A few times in between wash day, I like to massage a light amount of leave-in conditioner into my scalp. This cuts down on any itching that I am experiencing and is a lot more effective than rubbing oil on my scalp.
If you’re one to use products with plasticizing ingredients like non-water soluble silicones, then I would suggest not using those on your scalp as they can easily build up on the scalp.
Massaging the scalp is not only relaxing, but it helps to promote hair growth through stimulation of the scalp. Another great thing about massaging the scalp is that it helps to evenly spread the scalp’s natural oil (sebum) to help keep the scalp balanced and keep moisture in the skin. Take 5 minutes 2-3 times a week to give your scalp a therapeutic massage.
Just like the rest of your body, the skin on your scalp sheds as well. Sometimes, the shed skin don’t wash away during the wash process and needs to be scrubbed off. If you’re one to suffer from dandruff, a good scalp exfoliation can definitely get rid of any flaking that you’re experiencing. There are many homemade scrubs that one can find online that utilizes ingredients like brown sugar and baking soda. However, you can find scalp scrubs at your local beauty supply or department store. A few scrubs that are great to use are ORS Scalp Scrub and Kiehl’s Deep Micro-Exfoliating Scalp Treatment.
Ammina Rose is a hair and beauty enthusiast from Chicago, Illinois. She created Lovin’ Our Textures on the belief that all hair is beautiful no matter the texture or style preference. Follow her hair journey from Relaxed to Natural on Youtube and Instagram.