In the quest for healthy hair, we can get caught up on just… well, our hair!
But, achieving healthy hair goes beyond the strands and into the root, that is, the very scalp.
If the scalp is unhealthy, that means our hair can’t grow to its full potential.
So how do we ensure our scalp is healthy?
Read on, beauty, read on!
Signs of an unhealthy scalp (and what you can do to fix it!)
Head into the bathroom for some good lighting and a big mirror. Peer closely at your scalp, and if you see any of the following signs, it’s time for a little scalp TLC.
A dry, flakey scalp is usually caused by clogged hair follicles that are plugged with dirt, dead skin cells and other debris. Not only can this cause dandruff, discomfort and itchiness, but it can also lead to improper hair growth.
SOLUTION: Exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate! Whether physical or chemical, exfoliating your scalp will gently unclog your delicate hair follicles, allowing healthy new hair to grow unimpeded, and rejuvenating your skin in the process.
-> Use our Deep Conditioning & Scalp Treatment Bundle to gently exfoliate and soothe your scalp.
Nothing makes us shudder faster than when we spy an oily scalp in the mirror. It’s extra frustrating when oiliness strikes in what feels like moments after you wash your hair. But, it’s that very washing that could be part of the problem.
SOLUTION: Wash your hair less often to avoid stripping it of its natural oils (which can cause your hair to over-produce oil in the effort to keep up!). Avoid using too many products or touching your hair throughout the day, and, to treat oiliness, apply a natural dry shampoo. Only use dry shampoo for two days maximum before washing your hair however, as dry shampoo can also irritate your scalp.
-> Read more about correctly using dry shampoo here.
Itchiness, irritation or sensitively
Familiar itchy tingles on your scalp that just won’t go away? Stubborn flakes and scaly patches that seem to appear out of nowhere? Ultra-sensitive skin that feels like you scorch it every time you touch it? You may have seborrheic dermatitis, a common scalp condition that causes scaly patches, inflamed skin and very stubborn dandruff.
SOLUTION: Stop using all hair products, especially dry shampoo, as these could be irritating your scalp. You can try an over-the-counter medicated shampoo or other product to help treat it (or it may very well go away on its own!). At the end of the day, it’s a good idea to get a professional opinion – so make an appointment with your family doctor to determine what this malady is and how to treat it.
-> For relief, try some at-home remedies like this homemade Aloe Vera + Apple Cider Vinegar Scalp Treatment.
Inflammation, sores, scabbing or hair loss
These can be triggered by a number of things, including, an allergic reaction, damage from the sun, or even an adverse reaction to products you’re using. They can also be caused by stress, hormonal changes and more, so it’s best to get the advice from a professional.
SOLUTION: After seeking medical advice from your family doctor, it’s essential to take care of yourself. Eat a diet full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, exercise regularly and practice stress management techniques to keep your mind and body healthy and thriving. When we’re our healthiest, we can grow the healthiest hair!
-> Try our Growth Complex to supercharge your body with hair-growing nutrients and to help with excess shedding.