When you think about healthy hair, you probably think of your actual hair strands. It’s a natural thought to have, and you’re definitely not alone. However, the truth is that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. It’s been found that without a healthy scalp, it’s nearly impossible to have truly healthy hair. Pretty crazy, right? If you’ve been focusing on your hair strands to get that gorgeously, healthy hair, it’s time to switch your approach to really focusing on your scalp. It’s easy to almost forget about your scalp, and the fact that it’s truly where our hair STARTS because it’s hidden under our hair. Fortunately, it’s not going to be a lot of added work to your hair care routine to focus on a healthy scalp.
Massage Your Scalp
When washing your hair, and really applying any sort of products to your hair most of us tend to really just focus on our actual hair. During the hair washing process, it’s the best time to start massaging your scalp. Since you’re already massaging product into your hair, it’s pretty simple to add some focus to really massaging your scalp. Plus, your hair and skin are wet which tends to make them softer and much easier to massage. This helps to increase blood circulation in your scalp, which has been found to work wonders on creating a healthier scalp. In addition to increasing blood circulation in your scalp, spending some additional time massaging the scalp also assists in removing any excess product you may have from your hair styling and routine.
You’ve probably heard experts (and us!) talk about the importance of adding moisture to our hair to keep it healthy. Our hair strands aren’t the only things that need moisture though! Our scalp needs moisture just like our hair strands do. Using shampoo products that are formulated with moisturizing benefits can be a tremendous help with giving your scalp a healthy boost. Since you’re going to be spending more time focusing on massaging your scalp while washing, your scalp is going to get a lot of the moisturizing benefits from the products.
Turn Down the Heat
We love taking a hot, relaxing shower after a long day just as much as you do. The problem with that habit is our skin, especially our scalp doesn’t love it quite as much as we do. In fact, taking a hot shower can do a lot of damage to our hair and scalp. So as tempting and great as it may feel to turn the heat up when taking a shower, resist the urge and turn the temperature down. Using warm water will aid in softening your scalp to allow the massaging and moisturizing benefits to fully penetrate the scalp without causing too much stress. Heat tends to put a lot of stress on our skin (scalp included) and cause a lot of dryness-we obviously want to avoid both of these.