Your hair is an extension of your scalp; so it only makes sense that a healthy scalp is the first step towards healthier-looking hair. Not taking preventative steps to maintain your scalp can lead to dandruff, excessive oil, hair loss, psoriasis, or even long-term acne. Luckily, there are a few easy ways to keep everything healthy up there – all it takes is a few minutes out of your regular grooming routine.
Wash your hair regularly
But don’t overdo it! We recommend keeping it to two or three times a week; this keeps the scalp from becoming too oily but also doesn’t dry it out (which can happen with excessive shampoo and blowdrying). Washing it every day will prevent your hair’s natural oils from forming and prevent an itchy scalp, which are essential for keeping the scalp and hair balanced and healthy. Another common issue is seborrheic dermatitis, which usually causes a red, itchy scalp; it’s a common skin disease that looks similar to psoriasis, eczema, or an allergic reaction. If you suspect this may be the cause, see your dermatologist right away to get some topical relief.
Exfoliate once a week
Exfoliating is incredibly important for keeping a healthy scalp. It clears away dead skin and bacteria, and keeps the hair follicles clean and clear from any excess debris or oil buildup. One problem with letting that oil buildup happen is scalp acne, which is a chronic inflammatory disease of the oil glands. When the hair follicle is filled with oil and dirt, a blackhead forms and causes a blockage at the follicle. This causes irritation and often leads to the development of pus-filled pimples.
Regular exfoliation can combat this problem, even when it happens on your scalp. A gentle, exfoliating facial scrub containing Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid will do the trick (and works just as well on your head as it would on your face). If the problem persists or becomes more severe, check in with a dermatologist.
Scalp massage is beneficial because it helps promote good blood flow to the scalp, increases circulation, soothes nerves, and relaxes muscles. Scalp massage also promotes hair growth and luster. It feels great, too. One each week, massage the scalp with the fingertips using a firm pressure in a circular motion. Place the fingers under the hair to avoid pulling. Perform this exercise for three or four minutes.
Incorporate tea tree oil
Tea tree oil (and other essential oils) is a miracle worker for dry scalp issues. Its antimicrobial properties are great for attacking dandruff, and overall it promotes healthy, happy skin on the scalp. Use a drop or two every time you shampoo – you’ll be surprised by the results! Of course, it isn’t for everyone; if you start to notice any irritation or redness discontinue use immediately. You can find it in most grocery stores and vitamin shops.
Invest in a good shampoo & conditioner
This is probably the most basic but essential tip for a healthy scalp and healthy hair. But not just any shampoo — avoid anything that says ‘sulfate’ on the ingredient list. Look for natural, organic ingredients (think peppermint or tea tree oil). We love Griff’s Scalp Cleanser and Scalp Conditioner; they’re formulated to cleanse and moisturize simultaneously thanks to a perfect combination of natural vitamins and ingredients.
Get started on your healthy scalp/healthy hair routine and come in for a scalp treatment or an Executive Haircut – which includes a scalp massage! Give us a call at (858) 914-5418 or book online.