Hair Care 2.0 (All About The Scalp)
I once wrote an article about easy changes you can make to get healthier, stronger hair. While I still do all of those things and use all of those products, I have done a lot of research recently on the root (no pun intended) of the issue. Most of you probably take great care of your skin – spending loads of money on creams, serums, moisturizers, masks, and whatever the latest charcoal trend is. Some of you probably invest in your hair, buying the best shampoos, deep conditioners and dry shampoos. What many people don’t know, is that scalp health is one of the most important ingredients in strong, healthy, thick, luscious hair.
I think it’s safe to say that most of us have a beauty product best friend and her name is dry shampoo. I have an arsenal of dry shampoos for prolonging blowouts, wearing second day curls and one that even hides all evidence of my morning workout. What I didn’t realize until recently is that all of that dry shampoo is building-up on my scalp over time, producing yeast and actually clogging the follicles in my scalp – causing dandruff, hair thinning and even slowing growth.
I’m not suggesting you ditch the dry shampoo. But, adding a scalp exfoliator to your weekly routine could make all the difference. It will help put the shine back in dull hair and give you the growth you’re looking for. Check out this SELF article that also explains the benefits and exactly how to exfoliate your scalp. Marie Claire also published and article on the five best exfoliators here.
Another great product to add to your arsenal for fabulous hair is a new treatment mask from R+Co. I recently discovered this product after getting a free sample and felt the difference after one wash. Basically what it does is put essential oils back into your hair that are stripped from all of the chemicals and heat that we subject our strands to. R+Co Palm Springs adds shine and strength into hair with oils, butters and extracts. It’s a pre-shampoo shampoo. You put it in for ten minutes on dry hair before you get in the shower to wash your hair. This is my current hair product OBSESSION.
My last piece of advice is to make sure you’re shampooing correctly. It sounds silly, I know. It goes hand-in-hand with the scalp care. If you’re applying the shampoo onto your hair, you’re only washing your hair. Make sure you’re applying the shampoo directly to your scalp and working it down throughout the top half of your hair. If you have super thick hair, you may have to separate your hair into sections to get a good scalp wash in.
If you already do any of these things, have any other tips that I should try out, or if you try any of these after reading this article, be sure to leave a comment and let me know your experience 🙂