While brushing my hair last night, I started thinking about our scalp, wondering how the layers of skin differ than those on our face. Thoughts of the skin care regimen I do for my face came to mind, wondering what I do to promote a healthy scalp, and how I can better care for it.
Here are two images- our “basic” skin, and skin layers of our scalp. Surrounding the hair follicle, we can see blood vessels, sebaceous glands, muscles, and sensory nerve fibers. In the scalp image, you can see areas surrounding the hair shaft where it comes through the top layers of skin, with openings for the hair shaft to move and also, where dead skin cells might build up, blocking the sebaceous glands from excreting the natural oils produced or moving down the hair shaft.
With this in mind, you can see where we can do a few things, like we do for the rest of our skin, to help nature keep our hair and scalp healthy.
- Brush your hair from scalp to tips once or twice a week, gently moving your brush along the scalp to carry your natural oils down the whole hair shaft.
- Wash your hair and scalp with natural oil based Hair Therapy Shampoo. Use warm, not hot water, to keep your layer of natural oils from drying out.
- Take time to gently massage your scalp while washing.
- Use a sugar scrub to lightly exfoliate the scalp of the old skin cells.
- Make sure you rinse the shampoo and scrub thoroughly from your scalp and hair.
- Apply a Hair Therapy Conditioner, with ingredients that nourish and protect the skin on your scalp and the hair shaft.
- IF your hair is very dry, you may want to apply a Hair Treatment Oil while your hair is still damp.
- Use your blow dryer on warm, rather than hot, temperature, and hold the dryer 8 – 12 inches from your hair while drying.
- If you use a curling or flat iron, try to use the lowest temperature that gives you results, and run the iron through quickly.
- Use Gels and Sprays liberally, and only on the hair shafts so as to keep the follicle open.
How does your hair look and feel now? I think with the brushing and exfoliation, your natural oils will do their job better, and the natural ingredients from your shampoo and conditioner will help your hair stay healthy and look fabulous all year long!
Don’t forget a hair trim every 6 weeks or so to keep your ends healthy.