Many people go through life without so much as a thought of their scalp—until they experience the pain, itchiness, and discomfort of an unhealthy one. Just like the rest of your skin, your scalp needs a little TLC to feel healthy and pain-free.
Without this care, not only can it lead to scalp conditions, but it may also lead to hair problems as well. You can’t have healthy hair without a healthy scalp.
Treat Your Scalp from the Inside Out
Your skin is a reflection of your overall health, and if you’re not eating well or staying hydrated, it could reflect in your scalp. A healthy diet should include plenty of unprocessed foods, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and protein sources such as lean meats or soy.
Drinking adequate amounts of water is also very important. Your skin needs to stay hydrated to be healthy and is often the first part of your body to suffer when you are in a dehydrated state.
In particular, foods or supplements that contain Omega-3 are particularly good for the skin, including the scalp.
Avoid Harsh Chemicals
Your shampoo comes into contact with your scalp, and while it may be doing a good job of getting your hair clean, the wrong chemicals could be harming your skin. Avoid shampoos with sulfates or alcohol in them. If you’re particularly sensitive, you may need to skip out on fragrances too.
These chemicals can suck moisture out of your scalp, leaving you feeling dry and itchy.
Dyes and bleach can also be hard on your scalp, so if you’re trying to achieve a healthier scalp you may want to avoid these chemicals as well.
Wash Only as Often as Your Scalp Needs
Your scalp has natural oils that benefit both your hair and your scalp. The sebaceous glands that create the oil that benefits our scalp may create too much oil and affect your scalp. Improper washing is a common problem. Many people avoid washing often enough to control the scalp oils. While others wash too often.
An expert opinion from a trichologist practitioner is very valuable to determine if your scalp is oily and requires frequent washing. New look has trichologist practitioners to help you get back your healthy scalp.
Massage, Don’t Scrub Your Hair
When you do wash your hair, consider gently massaging rather than scrubbing your scalp with your fingers. Scrubbing your scalp can injure it, while a gentle massage may promote blood circulation and benefit your scalp.
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
Your scalp can also be damaged by UV rays, and can be subject to sunburns. Wear a hat when you go out in the sun, or apply a hair friendly sunscreen.
Your scalp is an important part of your body. Taking good care of it can help you achieve healthier hair, can offer relief from problems such as dandruff or itching, and can make you feel better about yourself. These tips can all help you achieve those goals for a happier, healthier scalp.
At New Look Institute, the scalp treatments we provide are ultimately designed to provide you with a scalp that provides ideal conditions for healthy hair growth. Through our trichology program, we seek to provide each client with a healthy scalp and, thus, with healthy hair.
For more information, contact New Look Institute today for a complimentary consultation in our San Jose, California location.
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