To grow a healthy head of hair, it’s important to lay the framework. Your hair is a symbolic crown provided by God in Heaven (1 Corinthians 11:15). The ground work needed to have healthy hair is scalp care.
Since your hair grows from your scalp, for obvious reasons your scalp needs to be healthy. If your scalp suffers from being congested or dehydrated, it will be impossible to grow or maintain healthy hair.
In previous articles, I’ve been sharing steps to rebooting your hair. The last step was on the need to clarify your hair. Today’s step in the process provides some direction on giving attention to caring for your scalp. But, first let’s take a look at some common scalp conditions not necessarily tied to a medical condition:
- Dryness caused by a loss off moisture in the skin’s barrier of the scalp
- Itchy scalp caused by dryness, allergies or other irritation
- Soreness caused by chemical irritation or pulling the hair too tightly
- Dandruff (not the same as dryness) caused by excess oil production or seborrheic dermatitis
There are other scalp conditions that are related to a disorder of the immune system (ex: alopecia, psoriasis) but those require the care of a doctor so we won’t discuss those conditions here.
Attention to Scalp Care: How to Have a Healthy Scalp
The following actions will help provide your scalp with a 360 degree level of care, thereby helping to alleviate some of the common scalp conditions:
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water (1/2 your body weight in ounces of water). Having a healthy scalp starts from within.
- Thoroughly cleanse your scalp on wash day. Co-washing alone does not thoroughly cleanse the scalp. You can still co-wash your hair but shampoo your scalp to get it completely clean.
- Add tea tree oil to your shampoo to kill bacteria on the scalp.
- Exfoliate your scalp once a week with an exfoliating shampoo brush and/or exfoliating scalp scrub to remove dead skin cells. This will make room for healthier cells that will help birth healthier hair. Exfoliating also helps remove product build up from the scalp.
- Massage your scalp 2-3 times a week to improve circulation in the scalp. Use a lightweight blend of essential oils mixed with a non-comedogenic carrier oil to boost the effectiveness of your scalp massage. A blend of Jojoba/Rosemary/Lavender is a great nourishing oil blend for the scalp.
- Avoid hair products with harsh chemicals which can severely throw off the pH balance of the scalp.
- Do an occasional Apple Cider Vinegar (“ACV”) Rinse (1 part ACV, 2 parts water) to help keep the scalp pH balanced and aid in product build up. ACV is especially helpful for removing product build up if you aren’t keen on using shampoo. ACV rinses should be done no more than once a month.
- Keep your hair tools clean. This includes your combs, brushes, scarves and even your pillowcases.
By giving attention to your scalp, you’ll pave the way to successfully rebooting your hair. A healthier head of hair awaits you!
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