You Reap What You Sow - Caring For The Scalp

You reap what you sow, and if this is completely true, then I hope you are sowing on fertile ground. What am I talking about? Your scalp of course! A healthy scalp is the origins of healthy hair journey and it's extremely important for optimal hair growth. 

Define A Healthy Scalp
A healthy scalp is a clean and stimulated scalp. Skin that  is toned, pliable and stimulated much like the skin on your face is also a indication of a healthy scalp. 
  • A toned and flexible scalp indicates a healthy arrangement of connective tissue and nourishing blood vessels.
  • A pliable scalp skin allows for better circulation to the hair follicles. 

How Do I Maintain A Healthy Scalp? 


Maintain A Balanced Diet
Did you know that your hair and nails are the last parts of your body to receive nourishment? Once the major organs of the body such as the brain, heart and kidney have received their nutrition, then and only then is the hair given some love. So maintaining a healthy well balanced diet is imperative for a healthy scalp since the hair will be leaving the follicles. The follicle supplies your hair with all of the nutrients available from the left over storage in your blood stream. Once your hair leaves the follicle, it is no longer living, and no longer continues to receive any benefit from a late change to a healthy diet. Without the continued nourishment from the follicle and scalp, the hair is on its own at this point. If your diet is lacking in one or two areas, consider adding supplements such as biotin, msm and a b-complex.

Avoid Extreme Heat
The heat from blow dryers and even hooded dryers can deplete the moisture from the scalp and hair. Proper use of the blow dryer is key to avoiding major damage. Be sure to point the blow dryers heat down the hair shaft and not directly towards the scalp. This technique will avoid the roughing of the hair cuticle.   

Keep Products Gentle
Avoid shampoos with ammonium and sodium lauryl sulfate for your weekly shampooing session. Sulfate and paraben free shampoos get the hair very clean without stripping and irritating the scalp. Clarifying shampoos should be reserved to once to twice a month at the very most, and they should always be followed by a moisturizing conditioner. If you are a swimmer, all traces of chlorine should be removed from the scalp and hair with a chelating shampoo. Those who work out and sweat heavily should take care to rinse their scalps with warm water to remove all drying salts from the sweat. Some find it necessary to thoroughly rinse co-washing conditioners and deep conditioners from the scalp as they can cause irritation and itchiness. 

How do you care for your scalp? Let me know in the comment section below.

13 Weigh in!:
Davina916 said...

I try to do regular scalp massages.

CurvyCurly said...

I drink about 7-8 glasses of water a day along with one veggie or fruit smoothie a day which has helped increase my fruit and veggie intake to about 7-8 servings a day. I have fish 2x a week, poultry the rest of the week, and definitely get those wholesome grains in daily. Limit sugars and no soda. A balanced diet is a must for healthy skin (including scalp) and hair.
Also, I only use sulfate-free shampoos and as a pre-poo I sometimes do a scalp massage with a combo of jojoba oil with a few drops of tea tree, peppermint, and rosemary essential oils.
I agree with the hooded dryer comment. Whenever I use the hooded dryer I notice my scalp in crown area is always dry and itchy afterwards. I combat this by rubbing a little jojoba oil on the scalp prior to get under there.

CurvyCurly said...

I love regular scalp massages. They increase circulation and stimulate oil production. I just hate how tangly my roots get afterwards when my hubby does it. Well, guess I shouldn't complain!

Davina916 said...

I like this!

Davina916 said...

I love it when the Hubby does it!

fmasuhr said...

i try to stay as healthy as i can with my diet and drink as much water as i can. i dont use any sulfates cones etc. i wash my hair twice a week with an extremaly gentle low poo and do regular herbal vinegar rinses and message this in my scalp. at night i message my scalp with an oil mixture of argan, evening primrose, rosemary peppermint and vit E, this also aids in my growth.

Malagasy girl said...

I find that scalp oil treatments with tea tree, Rosemary lavender helps me keep a healthy scalp. I try to drink plenty of water and healthy diet with good amount of green veggie and not too much sugar foods

CurvyCurly said...

You just reminded me to pick up some lavender oil. My friend uses a mixture of jojoba with a few drops of rosemary and lavender oils on her scalp and swears by this combo.

Miss Anne said...

I generally go for healthier food options and also drink a lot of water and pure fruit juices. I only shampoo twice a month and try to dilute my shampoo. I also follow with a very moisturizing conditioner like Tresemme Naturals.

Heat wise: I blow dry very rarely... and only when I crave a fuller twist out or bantu kont out.

thank you for the great tips! x

Derika said...

I maintain a healthy scalp by drinking lots of water and trying to eat healthy. Maybe I'll get better with the healthy food. I make sure to use sulfate-free shampoos and use ACV on my scalp to get rid of buildup on my scalp. My hair gets buildup easily so I can't use oils on my scalp.

Ashley Roberts said...

Drinking alot of water.
When wearing tight braids, be sure to moisturize. if that doesnt work, wash braids and massage scalp.
Instead of scratching scalp, massage with pads of fingers.
Scalp oiling.
When using petroleum based products, for sealing and styling, avoid all contact with scalp.
Completely washing conditioner out of hair. Left in conditioner can make scalp itchy, and can tempt you to scratch and irritate your scalp.

Shashou said...

This is something I need to work on consistently. When I'm doing well with my routine, it def starts at wash day. Every day after is a reflection of how well I first moisturized my hair after I have washed it. Whether it was a co-wash or a sulfate free shampoo. I like to do most of my work in the shower, that it the wash, conditioner and moisturizer. In some cases I will do a pre poo to make sure my scalp is nice and supple. Deep condition once a week takes care of any scalp obscenities that may occur.

Megan M. said...

I eat my green veggies my fruits three servings drink 2 liters of water and excersise on most days brisk walking and protein fish salmon tuna etc. Chicken grilled and Turkey.

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