As you start your journey to maintaining healthy hair, it’s important to remember how important it is to care for your scalp. Your scalp is the birthplace and foundation of your where and how your hair will grow. Think of your scalp as the “fertile ground” from which your hair will sprout from and grow. How you take care of your scalp affects how your hair will grow from it. If your scalp properly tended to, your hair will thrive. Maintaining a healthy scalp is ESSENTIAL for healthy hair growth.
Your scalp consists of a network of connective tissue, nourishing blood vessels, layers of skin, and large oil glands that produces sebum to moisturize the hair.
Below are 6 tips to help keep your scalp healthy and encourage hair growth.
Avoid product build up
Think of your scalp as your face. Just like pores can become clogged on the face, the follicles of the hair can experience the same type of obstruction if products are placed directly on it. Keep your haircare regimen simple. Applying too many heavy products over a long period of time (without cleansing) can cause your follicles to clog up and prevent your scalp from getting the nutrients it needs to stimulate hair growth.
Cleanse the scalp
This goes without saying. It’s important to keep your scalp free of debris that may irritate it. HOWEVER, do so without stripping all your natural oils. That’s why it’s important that you stay away from shampoos and cleansers with sulfates as they strip your hair and scalp therefore causing dryness, irritation, and/or flaking.
Increase scalp blood circulation
Doing scalp massages is a good way to increase blood circulation to the scalp therefore stimulating the follicles to produce thicker hair and encourage hair new hair growth.
Keep direct heat & chemicals away from the scalp
To avoid damage, it’s best to refrain from applying direct heat such as flat ironing and blow drying directly to the scalp. Chemical treatments like relaxers, texturizers, perms, color dyes, and more should be used at a minimum to avoid damaging your scalp and hair follicles.
Maintain a healthy diet
Maintaining a healthy diet is crucial for proper scalp care and hair nourishment. Your hair and nails are the last parts of your body to receive nutrition. Vitamins and minerals are essential for hair growth and your overall health in general.
Apply an oil a 3-4 times a week directly to scalp
If you are one to suffer from dry hair caused by a naturally dry scalp, you may benefit from using an oil blend to help moisturize your scalp and reduce flaking. Oiling the scalp works extremely well for those with type 4 hair. Because of how kinky type 4 hair is, the oils our scalp naturally produces has a harder time traveling down our hair shaft versus those with looser textured hair.