You can’t have healthy hair without having a healthy scalp. Consider that your scalp is the environment where your hair grows—that any abnormality in your scalp health can impair the work of the follicles, and keep your hair from growing as long and as lustrous as it might otherwise. This is why we place such a heavy emphasis on trichology, which is the science of scalp health; without taking care of the skin on your head, you simply can’t expect your hair to look its best. In this post, we’ll offer a few New Look Institute-approved tips for scalp maintenance.
Brush Your Hair Every Day—Right Before You Shower
Here’s why: Over the course of the day, your hair and scalp inevitably become littered with dandruff and dead skin cells. Over time, this dead skin can clog your pores, and impede healthy hair growth. When you brush your hair, you essentially shake it all loose—and when you shower, you rinse it all out. Just a couple of words of caution: Be gentle in your brushing. And, invest in a good, natural-bristle brush. If your brush grows old and warped—which it will, over time—get a new one!
Use Conditioner—Every Time You Shampoo
Sometimes conditioner gets a bad rap, so here’s our assessment: It’s vital for improving the health of your hair and scalp, especially if you tend toward dryness. Basically, conditioner replenishes the moisture that is removed when you wash your hair, so it’s an important post-shampoo ritual. There are a lot of great, effective conditioners made with all natural ingredients. If you need a recommendation for one, we encourage you to come see us at New Look.
Wash Your Hair—Gently, and Not Every Day
In a perfect world, you’d shampoo just every three days or so. Daily shampooing has a dehydrating effect on both skin and hair. If you tend to get sweaty and fear that your scalp is accumulating dirt and grease, you may need to up your shampooing frequency—but make sure you do so with a good, gentle shampoo. Again, we’re happy to recommend a product for you.
Protect Your Scalp from the Elements
This is primarily a summer concern. If you’re going to be out in the sun for any length of time, make sure you prevent your scalp from getting burned. There are a couple of smart ways to do this. One, you can just wrap a scarf around your head. Two, you can get a leave-in conditioner that’s made with integrated, SPF sunblock. We’ll add a note for winter here, too: Make sure you don’t step out into cold weather with your hair still wet. Let it air dry completely before you leave home—and if you must leave with hair still damp, we’d again recommend the scarf.
Watch Out for Signs of an Unhealthy Scalp
Usually, if there are issues with your scalp, the signs and symptoms are visible. You may see redness, dandruff, or flakes. In some cases, a rash may appear. Anything unusual with your scalp is cause for concern; don’t just dismiss it out of hand! First, try different, all natural shampoos and conditioners. If that doesn’t help, you may benefit from a trichological evaluation, which we can offer here at New Look Institute. You don’t want to ignore scalp problems, because when untreated they can become worse and worse—and the end result may be hair loss.
Take Care of Your Scalp—and Your Hair
We meet a lot of people who are zealous about hair health, but not necessarily concerned with the scalp. This is backwards thinking. Tending to your scalp is one of the very best things you can do for your hair—and if you need help preserving the health of your scalp, we can help you.
Get a full evaluation, then learn more about the best solutions to address your needs. We can offer you all this and more here at New Look Institute. To start putting your scalp health first, we invite you to come see us today.
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