Tips to achieve a healthy scalp to help you attain your goals of thick, shiny hair
There is ample substance to the fact that your scalp is an extension of your skin. Hence, the way you take care of your skin by maintaining a skincare routine, the same efforts should be applied for a healthy scalp as well. Similar to the way your skin glows post your nightly CTM routine, the health, length as well as lustre of your hair depends on how well you treat the skin that covers your head. Not to mention, factors such as pollution, stress, and eating habits have as much effect on your scalp as on your facial skin and rest of the body. Interestingly, an unhealthy scalp is more often than not the root cause of most hair concerns. It is, ultimately, the foundation from where your hair grows. Maintaining a healthy scalp is key to achieving beautiful, long, and shiny tresses that do not get damaged or break easily.
Symptoms of an unhealthy scalp
When it comes to a healthy scalp, the first step to consider is the state of your hair follicles. It is essential to keep your hair follicles well-maintained and clean so that they are not weighed down by sebum or obstructed by dandruff, inflammation, and dead skin. If you notice hair loss, itchiness, dandruff, or a rough hair texture, these are all signs that your scalp isn’t doing well and urgently requires maintenance and care. If the build-up around the hair follicles aren’t regularly cleaned, it can cause the follicles to clog up leading to a host of hair concerns. Keep in mind that daily washing can also harm the hair, stripping it of its natural oils and causing dryness, flaking, and irritation.
The key is to find a balance to determine what suits your hair best. Once you have done that, there are also some simple tips you can follow to take care of your scalp and keep it healthy. Let’s explore a few ways you can achieve and maintain a healthy scalp- both at home and in the clinic.
- DIY scrub
Implementing a scalp scrub or exfoliant into your hair care routine twice a week is an important step in maintaining a healthy scalp. Just like your skin, exfoliation of the scalp will help buff away dead skin cells and build-up. Make sure to use finely ground textures such as sugar and not something too abrasive. The following DIY scalp scrub is a great option for an easy way to exfoliate your scalp at home. Mix 1/2 cup coconut sugar, 1-2 drops tea tree oil, and 1/4 cup coconut oil together, apply to the scalp and massage it for 5 minutes. Leave it on for a couple of minutes then wash your hair with a sulphate and paraben-free shampoo.
- Scalp moisturisation
There is a lot of misconception around hair masks and their supposed ability to weigh your hair down or make it greasy. However, just like your skin needs moisturisation and hydration, your scalp also requires the same to lock in the previous products and stay hydrated and nourished. Opt for a non-comedogenic hair mask post exfoliation twice a week to keep your scalp healthy and hydrated.
- Eat a healthy diet
It goes without saying that what we put into our body and the kind of meals we consume is of primary importance when it comes to the health of any of our body parts. A balanced and nutritious diet with sufficient quantities of iron and protein is essential to maintain a healthy scalp. For dry scalp, opt for fish-oils and omega-3 in your diet. Foods such as yogurt, walnut, berries, and eggs are all great for strengthening your hair and avoiding scalp issues.
- Take supplements
For adding that extra dose of vitamins and minerals for a healthy scalp, try taking supplements that have silica, biotin, vitamins B, C, and E, iron, collagen, and omega-3. All of these nutrients are important in maintaining a healthy scalp and contribute to healthy and strong hair. However, intake of these may not always be possible through consumption of particular foods. Hence, supplements are a great way to incorporate more vitamins into your diet. Just remember to be consistent with supplements to ensure results.
The Platelet-Rich-Plasma treatment (PRP) is an excellent in-clinic option to treat your scalp. The plasma of our blood contains white blood cells and platelets, which promote growth. This treatment helps stimulate activity of hair follicles, keeping the scalp healthy, and in turn, promoting new hair growth. A major benefit of this treatment is that it uses your own blood. This, in fact, contains several growth factors and cytokines which are pivotal in the modulation of tissue repair and regeneration. This blood is then injected into desired areas of your scalp. While it sounds intimidating, it is in reality a very smooth process with zero downtime and discomfort. Consistency is important for best results as this treatment is performed once in a month for the first three to four months.
Another non-surgical, in-clinic treatment for healthy scalp is mesotherapy. It provides the scalp with a boost of vitamins and nutrients to promote blood flow and hair growth. The procedure involves a solution of ingredients being injected into multiple locations in the scalp to stimulate the mesoderm layer. The ingredients used in this mixture include vitamins such as biotin, zinc, amino acids, and other growth factors that encourage the hair’s natural regeneration and regrowth process as well as strengthening the hair follicles. Injection of these vitamins ensure regeneration of your scalp health and help enhance volume of your hair. Similar to all other in-clinic treatments, it is essential to do your research and consult a reputed dermatologist for your scalp treatments. This will not only ensure desired and best results, but also make the entire process smooth and comfortable. Click here to book an appointment.