A healthy scalp will always lead to healthy hair, meaning it is essential that you look after your scalp in order to get the best-looking locks.
Whether you are struggling with thinning hair, you want to promote hair growth in certain areas, or you simply want to get rid of the itchy, dry scalp that you have been experiencing, there are a number of tips below which can help.
Here, we’re taking a closer look at how you can promote hair growth and scalp health.
Maintain A Healthy Diet
No matter your dietary requirements, it is important to be aware of the impact that the food that you eat can have on your hair.
A lack of the right nutrition can be a significant factor in hair loss and can slow down growth over time, and whether you’re struggling with male or female-pattern baldness or you’re recovering from having hair implants abroad, maintaining the right levels of nutrition at all times is imperative.
For the most part, many people remain unaware for their entire lifetime that they are lacking in certain nutrients and vitamins, instead pinpointing thinning hair on another factor.
Maintaining a healthy diet is paramount for your overall health, and it can also impact your scalp health.
Make sure that you are absorbing all the right levels of vitamin A, C, D and E zinc, iron and protein.
If you are vegan, then you may want to consider taking supplements, or ensuring that your protein levels are boosted with your existing diet in order to maintain healthy hair.
Some Forms Of Birth Control Can Reduce Hair Thinning
While some women can experience hair loss with some forms of contraception, other women can actually find that their hair thinning is reduced by switching their contraception method.
High levels of testosterone can lead to hair loss in women, so switching to a new type of contraceptive can help stop hair thinning as it can help to regulate hormones.
However, if you are suffering from female-pattern baldness, it is unlikely that contraception will make an impact.
Tingly Scalp When Bleaching
We all know that hair colouring can be damaging on the natural health of your hair, with bleaching often being the main culprit in drying out and thinning the hair.
It is common knowledge to ensure that you should only bleach your hair occasionally in order to prevent breakage and the awful drying effects that it can lead to, but did you know that the tingly feeling you can have on your scalp when it is bleached should not occur?
The tingly sensation could be a sign that your scalp is really dry, and a dry scalp can help to reduce growth levels.
Use Clarifying Shampoos
If you use hair products such as gel, wax or hairspray on a regular basis, the product can build up on the scalp creating a protective coating that most regular shampoos are unable to break through.
Clarifying shampoo contains citric acid helping to cut through this protective layer, allowing you to reach and properly cleanse the scalp and hair follicles underneath.
However, you shouldn’t use a clarifying shampoo more than once per month, as the citric acid can have drying effects on the scalp which can end up doing more damage than good.
It is important to remember that the treatment can strip away hair colour, too. Use this the night before your next colour appointment in order to help the hair to absorb the new colour.
Exfoliating your face and body is second-nature to many men and women, helping to remove dead skin cells in order to unclog pores and lead to a fresh and healthy appearance.
However, few individuals encompass the scalp into their weekly or monthly exfoliation routine.
Exfoliating the scalp can have a number of benefits – removing dead skin cells that can build up and clog the follicles therefore restricting hair growth, and also helping to get rid of any dry flakes which may occur as dandruff in your hair.
Scalp exfoliation needs to be gentle however, as the scalp is a very delicate part of the body.
Using a natural exfoliant such as sugar is advised and using gentle circular motions can help to ensure that your scalp does not become damaged which can lead to unintended scabbing.
Condition Your Scalp
Using conditioner in your hair can be a regular part of your hair washing routine, particularly for women, but many will only use conditioner on the ends of their hair instead of working it into the scalp, too.
This is due to the fear that conditioner in the scalp can leave thin hair looking and feeling heavy, while also appearing as if the hair remains unwashed if it is not removed properly.
Nevertheless, conditioning the scalp can have a number of advantages, helping to ensure it remains healthy at all times.
Your scalp is another part of your body that requires some form of hydration, and this is particularly important if your hair is coloured.
Implementing a deep conditioning routine to your scalp once a month can leave your hair feeling silky, while keeping your scalp hydrated and healthy.
Brushing Hair Daily
Brushing your hair on a daily basis is a great technique to help stimulate hair growth as a result of improved circulation.
This can help to promote new growth from the follicles while keeping your hair neat and tidy.
It is important to remember to brush your hair when it is dry and not when it is wet, as wet hair is far more susceptible to breakage than dry hair and is far more fragile.
Further to this, brushing your hair can help to bring excess oil from the scalp down to the ends of the hair, better distributing this and helping to make the rest of the hair healthier.
Choosing the right hair brush is also important, as a natural bristle brush is far more effective at hair oil distribution than what a plastic bristle brush is.
Apply Essential Oils
If your scalp is exceptionally dry and your hair is brittle and prone to breakage, then you’re likely to be missing the essential oils that your scalp should naturally produce.
In order to maximise hair growth in a healthy, natural way, while combatting dryness in the scalp, consider using natural oils such as lavender or tea tree in order to stimulate hair follicle growth.
For the best results, you should consider massaging the oils into your scalp before bed, in order to allow the scalp to absorb the oils overnight, allowing your scalp and hair to feel rejuvenated.
As you can see, there are great number of things that you can implement into your everyday routine in order to promote healthier hair and a rejuvenated scalp.
Thinning hair can now be a thing of the past, with help from the tips above.