5 Tips for a Healthier Scalp
At the Huetiful Salon - Atlanta, we focus on 4 Healthy Hair Pillars. The pillars are cleansing, hydrating, conditioning, and strengthening. The "Cleansing" phase includes both scalp health and hair health. Unfortunately, some clients and salons don't focus as much on scalp health as they need to. The simple fact of the matter is that healthy hair grows from the scalp. So, to maintain healthy hair or to get more length, you need to focus as much on scalp health as you do on maintaining the hair strands.
Huetiful Salon Creative Director, Nina Christmas, shares how you can keep your scalp well-nourished by following these tips straight from the Huetiful Salon - Atlanta:
- Shampoo: Your scalp produces natural oils that protect and condition it. Use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo that removes dirt, but won’t completely strip out these oils while still protecting hair color.
- Massage: When you shampoo your hair, massage your scalp with the balls of your fingers. This stimulates your scalp, increases circulation, and helps remove dead skin cells that could be clogging the pores.
- Moisturize: A very dry, itchy scalp can potentially cause your hair to grow thinner and sparser. Give it an extra dose of moisture by using a rich, moisturizing shampoo and follow with a hot oil treatment once a week. You can also apply an oil to your scalp at night, then wash it out in the morning. Huetiful now offers de la Moringa Oil; a healthy hair elixir consisting of moringa oil and certified organic coconut oil. This hair and scalp oil contains hair strengthening biotin as well as 40 anti-oxidants.
- Clarify: Products such as dry shampoo, hairspray, and more can build up on your scalp, because shampoo doesn’t completely remove them. This buildup can cause oily, greasy roots and clog the scalp’s pores, which affects hair growth and appearance. If you're a product junkie and have a lot of scalp and hair product buildup, consider a clarifying shampoo from time to time to ensure that your scalp and hair strands are sufficiently clean. Use a gentle clarifying shampoo to remove buildup and exfoliate the scalp. Another option is mixing a few drops of tea tree oil with your shampoo, for extra cleansing.
- Nourish: Make sure to consume plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A, selenium, and zinc – nutrients that contribute to the health of your scalp and hair. Biotin (Vitamin B7) is also a fantastic vitamin that has been proven to help strengthen hair and promote hair growth.
One other thing that I am very passionate about. Hair Brushing. Your scalp naturally secretes oil. The curlier and more textured that your hair is, the harder it is for that oil to naturally make its way down to the ends of your hair strand. Make sure that you're brushing your hair so that you can promote moisture down to the ends. In a future blog, I'll provide my tips, secrets, and recommendations for hair brushing.