How often do you think about the health of your scalp and hair?
It’s not something that generally comes to mind, but scalp and hair hygiene is crucial to ensuring luscious locks. Healthy hair starts with solid habits, and the key to these habits is consistency.
In this post, we’ll cover the basics of scalp and hair hygiene so you can maintain a healthy head of hair. We’ll discuss the importance of (proper) shampooing, the benefits of using a conditioner, and the dos and don’ts of scalp care. Join us on this hair care journey as we delve into how to keep your scalp healthy and your hair looking fabulous!
Avoid washing your hair too frequently. Washing your hair too often can strip away natural oils and damage the hair, especially sulfate-based shampoos that are strong cleansers and can do the most damage. (Check out our wide selection of sulfate-free shampoos.)
For dry hair, try a scalp wash only. Dry hair only needs to be washed a few times a week. Get a squirt bottle, mix some shampoo and water, and direct the mixture onto your scalp, then massage. This way you’re only washing the scalp and not stripping hair that is already dry.
Rinse your hair (more thoroughly than you do). At our salon, we see a lot of scalp problems caused by product build-up. Many are simply not rinsing their strands and scalp thoroughly enough to rinse the residue off. When that gunk remains, it can be a breeding ground for bacteria that results in scalp issues, like seborrhea or dandruff.
Spend two to three minutes rinsing your hair completely. For an added treat, use filtered water as a final rinse so chemicals from tap water don’t do any scalp damage.
Take time to massage your scalp. Your scalp is often overlooked (as we tend to focus on pretty hair instead) but it needs some love too! Scalp massages can be done on a dry head using your (clean) fingertips in circular motions. You’ll know you did it right when you feel a mild tingle. Consider using a shampoo brush to help exfoliate the scalp and stimulate blood circulation.
Clean your hair brushes. This can’t be stressed enough. Dirty, old hair brushes will cause you serious scalp problems! First, remove any hair strands and excess product build-up from your hairbrush. Next, fill a bowl with warm water and add some shampoo to it. Use a toothbrush to scrub the bristles gently.
It’s this simple: beautiful hair starts with good habits, and scalp and hair hygiene are no exception. Make sure you follow the basic tips and tricks mentioned in this article for healthy, shiny hair.
If you need a Spring Cleaning for your hair and scalp, stop by our salon. We’ll set you up with the right cleansing shampoo, conditioner and hairbrushes. We also perform luxurious scalp treatments if you want to take your hair health to the next level.