When it comes to having gorgeous hair, scalp health must come first. The natural oils from your glands are critical to healthy follicular growth. The better your hair follicles function, the more manageable your strands will be. Follow these seven tips for your healthiest, most beautiful hair ever!
- Get After Flakes Right Away
Aside from being super annoying, a flaky scalp can indicate serious health issues and should be addressed with care. These issues includes abnormally high levels of stress, insufficient nutritional intake, infection, hormonal changes, or poor cleansing habits. Take care to pin point the leading cause so that you and your scalp can stay in good health. As soon as you start to have flakes or itchiness, begin alternating between a dandruff shampoo like Kenra's Dandruff Shampoo and your regular formula to quickly help get a handle on the problem.
- Brush Before Showering
Here’s an interesting (and kind of scary) fact: hair follicles can get clogged by dead skin cells, preventing hair growth. By taking a natural bristle brush (meaning no plastic!) and gently running it through your strands pre-shower, you help eliminate dead skin cells as well as transfer oils to other areas of your hair for moisture. It’s an easy task that pays off big in the long run.
- Limit Your Shampooing
Washing your hair too much is very bad news for your strands as it eliminates your scalp’s vital oils, drying out both your hair and your hair follicles. Take a look at our article, “How Often Should You Really Wash Your Hair?” to learn which frequency is best for your hair type.
- Always Condition
Don’t fear conditioner if you have fine hair. Conditioning after washing is important for your scalp in the same way that moisturizer is important for your skin after you wipe away your makeup. You need it to add back in any moisture that was lost from cleansing. If you do have fine hair, just be sure to use a light weight conditioner like Pureology's Pure Volume Hair Conditioner, and stick to products that are formulated to add volume.
- Use a Clarifying Shampoo
Overtime, the products you use build up on your strands and can’t be eliminated with a normal shampoo. This can cause a host of problems for your hair, from stunted growth to shedding. This is why it is very important to use a clarifying shampoo every now and again (once a month should suffice). We recommend Kenra's Professional Clarifying Shampoo which is free of harsh ingredients like parabens and sulfates.
This is another way to help rid your scalp of dangerous built-up materials. You can either purchase an exfoliating mask for your scalp like Kenra's Nourishing Masque, or make your own. For the DIY version, just mix a few drops of peppermint oil, three tablespoons of olive oil, and two tablespoons of ground-up sugar or almonds. Work the mixture into your scalp for a few minutes, then wash it away with a normal shampoo.
- Use Essential Oils
Applying essential oils to your scalp a couple of nights per week can vastly improve your hair growth. Rosemary oil in particular can help stimulate your scalp’s circulation, and tea tree oil fights dandruff. All you have to do is take a bit of a moisturizing oil, like jojoba or olive oil, and combine it with a few drops of an essential oil. Work it into your scalp and allow it to work its magic overnight, then rinse in the morning. Try Kenra's Daily Defense Oil.
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