When most people think about taking care of their skin, the scalp if often forgotten. But the scalp is just as important and it’s the key to healthy, shiny hair, something we all want to achieve. It requires just as much care as the rest of your body in order to stay healthy and that’s why a regular routine to take care of your scalp is important. At Clever Soap, we can help.
The scalp consists of layers of tissue, as does the rest of your skin, with lower layers of tissue being new and healthy, and the upper layers mostly consisting of dead skin tissue which is ready to be removed. To keep your scalp healthy, it’s important to wash it regularly to remove any excess oil produced by your sebaceous glands as well as any nasty bacteria that may form.
How To Take Care Of Your Scalp
There are several things you can do to take care of your scalp to keep it clean and healthy:
Tip #1 – Limit the use of chemicals
While chemicals can create some interesting looks such as colouring your hair, they can cause significant damage to your hair and scalp such as drying it out and causing irritation. The best thing to do is reduce your usage of chemicals as much as possible, but if you insist on using them, be sure to read all instructions and warnings properly. It may be advisable to see a stylist to ensure any treatments are done correctly.
Tip #2 – Use the right shampoo
A good shampoo should clean and nourish both your hair and scalp to create a healthy look without causing any damage. Our 2% Zinc Pyrithione Shampoo is designed to do exactly that, with aloe vera for natural moisturizing and no fragrances which can irritate the scalp. To improve scalp care, massage your scalp whilst washing it. This improves blood circulation which helps deliver essential nutrients and of course oxygen.
Tip #3 – Be careful with heat
Many of us are guilty of blow-drying and straightening our hair on a daily basis, but this can cause a lot of damage. Your hair and scalp need moisture, and excess heat can make it hard for your body to retain this and look after itself. Try to avoid using these types of devices if possible, or at least how often you use them, and your body will no doubt thank you for it.
Tip #4 – Watch out for the Sun
As with your skin, your scalp is susceptible to cancer caused by the Sun’s rays. You may think the hair on your head protects it, but it does very little in this regard. Try to avoid prolonged exposure in the Sun to avoid this, or wear a hat or cap for protection.
Tip #5 – Use the right brush
While using a brush every day can make your hair look better and remove those nasty knots, it can have quite a significant impact on your scalp. The skin on your scalp is delicate and aggressively rubbing and cratching it with a brush can do some serious harm. It’s advisable to avoid hard brushes with metal prongs or bristles. Instead, go for a softer choice and plastic prongs or a natural bristle brush and try to be gentle when brushing your hair or cut down on doing it so much.
If you follow these simple tips, you can have beautiful and natural-looking hair with a healthy scalp that your body will be very thankful for. Remember, wash regularly (3-4 times a week with a good shampoo), limit chemicals and excess heat and protect your scalp from harsh weather.