When it comes to hair care, many of us focus primarily on the health and appearance of our hair strands, but often overlook the foundation of healthy hair: the scalp.
The scalp is the skin on the top of our head that contains hair follicles and oil glands. It plays a crucial role in the health of our hair, as it provides the nutrients and moisture needed for hair growth and strength. Neglecting the scalp can lead to a range of problems, from dandruff and itchiness to hair thinning and loss.
Here are some tips for maintaining a healthy scalp:
Keep it clean: Regularly washing your hair and scalp is essential for removing dirt, oil, and buildup that can clog pores and lead to scalp irritation. However, be careful not to over-wash, as this can strip the scalp of its natural oils and cause dryness and flakiness. We recommend using CG approved products like these and also clarifying every 4th wash. Our favourite clarifying shampoo & conditioner is here.
Exfoliate: Just like the rest of our skin, the scalp can benefit from gentle exfoliation to remove dead skin cells and promote cell turnover. Use a scalp scrub or brush to massage the scalp and stimulate circulation. See our recommendation here.
Moisturize: Dryness is a common scalp issue that can lead to itching, flaking, and hair breakage. Use a moisturizing conditioner or hair mask to keep the scalp and hair hydrated, and avoid using hot water when washing, as this can further dry out the scalp. Hydration is key - see our favourites here.
Protect from the sun: The scalp is just as susceptible to sun damage as the rest of our skin. Wear a hat or use a hair product with SPF to protect the scalp from UV rays.
Avoid harsh chemicals: Chemicals in hair products such as sulfates, parabens, and silicones can strip the scalp of its natural oils and cause irritation. We have you covered here. Also avoid using too much heat when styling, as this can also damage the scalp and hair.
By following these tips, you can help keep your scalp healthy and promote strong, shiny, and beautiful hair. Remember, a healthy scalp is the foundation of healthy hair!