Scalp and hair health should be a part of your self-care routine. Knowing how to self-care in these departments can make all the difference in what makes or breaks your hair!
Everything you need to know for daily care!
Brush The Dust:
You should brush your hair before shampooing to remove dust and dirt. This will also evenly distribute oils throughout your hair. When hair is wet it becomes flexible and brushing can stretch hair and cause breakage in the process. This is why it is recommended to use a detangler brush that is suitable for wet and dry hair. Once fully dried, make a conscious effort to brush your hair thoroughly. Avoid over-brushing because it may cause breakage to hair strands that are damaged and in need of additional care.
Remember: First, start by brushing hair from the bottom up to detangle fully and prevent breakage. Once detangled, brush hair from the root down to style accordingly.
Wash, Rinse, Repeat And Dry:
Are you waiting until hair is oily to wash or are you over-washing unintentionally?! Washing your hair once you see an excessive amount of oil is the ideal time to wash. This oil is healthy and necessary because it replenishes the oils hair is made of. Hair is also made up of keratin, a protein also found in skin and nails- and over-washing disrupts the repair of keratin.
Hot showers are nice but your hair doesn't like them! Hot showers work against hair by opening the hair follicle and creating breakage. Shampoo with warm water and condition with cool or cold water to close the cuticle. Dry with a microfiber towel to avoid pulling and breakage of split-ends. Now, controlled heat can be good to open follicles and allow a deep conditioning treatment to penetrate. Heat treatment should end with a cold rinse to close follicles and lock in the treatment.
Bye, Bye, Build-Up:
We’ve all heard of clogged pores but have you heard of clogged hair follicles? Well, there is such a thing and this can be one of the causes for stagnant hair growth, dandruff, irritation, and itchy scalp. You can clog your hair follicle from chlorine chemicals, everyday products, and inconsistent washing. Before enjoying hours in the pool wet your hair with non-chlorinated water (mineral water is the best), this will coat your hair and lessen the chlorine absorbance. Combat build-up with a scalp massager to relieve the hair follicle and promote healthy scalp and hair growth. A scalp massager should be used during shampooing in a circular motion to stimulate circulation to the hair follicle and promote hair growth.
Shade From The Heat:
Heat is one of the main causes of hair damage with the daily use of blowouts, flat irons, curling irons, and other heating tools. To prevent damage it is ideal to use a heat protectant before the use of heating tools. Sun damage is also a daily contributor to hair damage especially for women with grey, blonde, or thinning hair. Women with gray and blonder hair already have brittle hair and additional heat can make the difference in breakage. Thinning hair may also cause the scalp to burn from prolonged exposure to the sun. Use a UV protectant to counteract sun damage.
Remember damaged hair is thirsty hair and requires nourishment from proteins, iron, B12 and omega-3 and benefits from fatty acids such as almond, argan, and coconut oil.
Every hair journey starts with you and ends with you!