What is Scalp Health and How It May Be Affecting You
Have you been thinking about stepping up your hair care routine? Maybe you feel you have been neglecting your hair or you have noticed a change in your scalp such as flaking or itching. We will teach you about maintaining a healthy scalp and what you need to address your issue!
First, scalp health is important because it plays a significant factor in achieving our desired hair style. The scalp is extremely sensitive and is constantly adapting, shedding, and growing new skin cells. Due to its heightened sensitivity, your scalp will constantly change and is attributed to the pH level of our skin. Our skin’s optimal pH level is between 4.2 to 6.5 but can change due to age, lifestyle, environmental factors, or hormones. For clarification, women often show greater variation in pH levels than men, which increases the necessity of scalp health for women and creating good habits to maintain a healthy scalp.
How to identify signs of an unhealthy scalp:
Hair loss Itchy and/or flaky scalp
Limp, greasy hair
Change in hair texture or hair loss
Common faults that do not promote a healthy scalp:
Limit chemical treatments
Limit high heat from blow dryer
Protect or limit time in the sun
Not cleansing well enough after using hair styling products such as gel, mousse, or hairspray.
Limit unhealthy fatty foods such as fried foods, fatty meats, or sugar
Healthy habits to maintain a healthy scalp:
1. Use a scalp brush and massage while you shampoo
This is not only a great method of cleansing but it also promotes blood flow to the scalp to encourage hair growth!
2. Use a clarifying shampoo 1x or 2x per month
Implementing clarifying shampoo once or twice per month into your hair care routine is essential. This deep cleansing shampoo get rids of build up left over from styling products or natural hair oil to promote healthier hair follicles that allows each hair shaft to grow to its optimal texture and thickness. This is extremely important for those with thinning hair and oily hair!
Han’s Beauty Stor top picks for Clarifying Shampoo
Redken Detox Hair Cleansing Cream
Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Triple Detox Shampoo
3. Use the right daily shampoo!
If suffering from signs of unhealthy scalp, try changing your shampoo to fit your scalp and hair type, whether oily or dry. If you are already doing so, sometimes just a change in shampoo is necessary!
Han’s Beauty Stor top picks for Oily Scalp or Hair
L'ANZA Healing Remedy Scalp Balancing Cleanser
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