Everyone wants healthy, shiny and beautiful hair but few realize that this means investing in so much more than just hair products. A beautiful mane also means a beautiful scalp—the invisible and living part of the hair that, just like the skin, is also filled with a myriad of blood vessels. As ‘ew!’ as this may sound, these vessels are responsible for transporting all the nutrients your hair needs for growth, protection, shine, and suppleness. In other words, the condition of your hair directly depends on the health of your scalp.
As explained by hair expert, Chiara Mariottini (general manager of Sisley Paris): “If the scalp is well treated, your strands will be silky and hydrated. The fat produced naturally by your body is also distributed throughout your hair fibers so, when that region is healthy, your hair is too. When your scalp is unhealthy, however, you’ll experience excessive oiliness, hair loss, and dryness—not to mention more serious problems like itching and peeling.” Sisley has just launched a collection completely dedicated to the scalp called Hair Rituel by Sisley, while other brands like O Boticario (with its Purifying Clay Pre-Shampoo) and Kérastase (with its Soin Gommage Rénovateur) are investing in skin and root care. That being said, good care also extends to your daily ritual and there are several things that you can do to help maintain a healthy scalp.
Discover four essential scalp care tips, below.
No. 1: Don’t take very hot showers.
Hot water damages the scalp and causes it to become irritated and scaly. These symptoms can also be exacerbated by stress and anxiety which, unfortunately, are pretty much an inevitable part of daily life. So, if you can avoid hot showers then do it.
No. 2: Comb your hair delicately.
Combing your hair might seem like a harmless act, but the habit does have a big effect on the scalp. In addition to leaving your strands brittle, aggressive combing can form small bruises on your head.
No. 3: Practice daily hygiene.
As previously mentioned, our day-to-day’s are usually filled to the brim so it’s easy to spend the bare minimum amount of time on activities like hair care. Nonetheless, taking the time to wash your hair calmly and smoothly is necessary. Work your way down the hair, making small movements and using a little shampoo.
No. 4: Choose your hair products well.
The products you use on the sensitive area of your head are very important and should thus be chosen carefully. Try to avoid products with dyes, salts, and detergents because they damage your skin in a gradual way. Instead, opt for products specially formulated for your hair’s wellbeing rather than appearance – think natural ingredients, vitamins, minerals and essential oils.
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