A clean, healthy scalp is the key to healthy, luscious hair. If you fall in the category of 40% of women who suffer from an unhealthy scalp or female hair loss and are considering hair replacement in Toronto, pay attention to your scalp. Do you have scabs on your scalp or notice an increasing amount of dandruff on your favorite black sweater? Taking a closer look at your scalp can explain some of the hair loss issues you may be facing.
Scalp problems can be detected by a range of symptoms, some of the most common include dryness, a tight scalp, itchiness, dandruff or an excessively oily scalp. Over 50% of men and women experience dandruff at some point in their life, but when you don’t deal with it, it can negatively impact not just your scalp health but your hair growth. Remember, the two go hand in hand so if you’re noticing female hair loss or worried about hair thinning, get to the root of the cause: your scalp.
Stop focusing on treating your hair loss or scalp issues with hair products and start focusing on your roots. You’re not alone in this struggle and we’re here to help, which is why we’ve identified 7 tips on maintaining a healthy scalp. While some of these tips may already be part of your daily beauty regimen, try these new ones before you consider hair systems in Toronto as an alternative to your hair loss woes.
Use shampoos and oils that suit your scalp condition.
If you’ve got excessive build-up or an oily scalp, it’s important to buy products and shampoos that will compliment your scalps natural tendencies. Therefore, clarifying shampoos work really well, specifically for oily scalps. They’re also great to use if you use hair products like hair spray, mousse or gel on a regular basis. Because these products create a coat on your hair strands and scalp, your ordinary shampoo doesn’t always break through the product.
The buildup of excessive product and chemicals can irritate the skin, causing female hair loss. By using a clarifying shampoo, which contains citric acid, you’re letting your scalp breathe freely again. By removing the buildup, you’re striping your scalp and hair strands of any unwanted residue. You only need to use a clarifying shampoo once a week at most.
Alternatively, for those who have a dry scalp or dandruff, it’s important to buy shampoos accordingly so that you’re addressing the dryness. Dandruff shampoos are great to use to address dryness, but essential oil massages 2 to 3 times a week with rosemary, lavender, tea-tree, jojoba or neem tree oil helps replenish your scalp’s natural oils.
TIP: While you’re using a clarifying shampoo once a week, be sure to use your regular shampoo every 2 to 3 days, depending on how frequently you wash your hair. A clean scalp is a healthy scalp so it is important to wash your hair when it demands it.
Treat yourself with an exfoliating scalp massage.
Much like your face or skin on your body, your scalp needs to be exfoliated on a regular basis to eliminate any dirt or buildup on your scalp or your hair follicles. This is normally why we wash our hair, but shampoo doesn’t have the same exfoliating texture that exfoliating scalp masks have. Using these masks is especially important if you don’t shampoo your hair regularly or use self-clean methods, which aren’t always suited for all scalp conditions.
Whipping together an exfoliating scalp mask is easy and you can use ingredients found in your home.
Take some peppermint or coconut oil and add it to a few tablespoons of olive oil. You can add in a few crushed up almonds, brown sugar or cornmeal to the liquid and apply the mixture to your scalp. Lather it on and use the tips of your fingers to massage all over your scalp for 5 to 10 minutes.
Because this mixture includes all natural ingredients, you can leave it on your hair for up to 2 hours but if you’re using a store-bought exfoliating treatment, be sure and leave it in only for the time allotted on the product guide. It’s good to exfoliate your scalp at least once a month to combat female hair loss but don’t over do it and limit it to every 2 weeks.
TIP: Be sure to use an exfoliating scalp massage or treatment once a month. If you don’t find the time to use the treatment and find you haven’t done so in some time, adding brown sugar to your shampoo a few times a week also helps exfoliate your scalp and can be an easy solution when you shower.
Brush your hair everyday, with 100 strokes.
Of course, most women do brush their hair on a regular basis but when you’re brushing your locks, it’s important to focus on your scalp. Sounds simple enough but it’s an easy way to ensure that your scalp is getting good blood circulation and that the natural oil from your scalp is being transferred from your roots to the ends of the hair.
For healthy growth, it’s important that the natural oils released by your scalp moisturizes your hair strands. Gently brush your scalp with 100 strokes a day to remove dead skin cells that clog your hair follicles. This averages to 3 to 4 minutes of brushing, so take your time and give your scalp a nice massage while you do it.
TIP: Invest in a natural bristle brush and avoid plastic brushes since they don’t redistribute the natural oil as well as a boar bristle brush does.
An itchy, flaking scalp can be irritating but it’s a simple sign that your scalp needs work, love and care. Rather than scratching away, try exfoliating and nurture your scalp back to life. Unfortunately, for some women, an unhealthy scalp doesn’t necessarily get resolved on it’s own, no matter what regimen they use.
Since in some cases, scalp issues can be a sign of female hair loss or pattern baldness, it’s important to consult with a professional. If you’ve tried to combat your scalp issues or hair loss and haven’t found a solution, get in touch with our expert stylists at 3rd Dimension. With over a decade of experience with hair systems in Toronto and healthy hair solutions, our experts will work with you to find a solution specific to your requirements.