Are you all too familiar with hair that never seems to look its best? Chances are it’s down to overlooking your scalp as part of your beauty routine. A healthy scalp is essential for having great hair, and for this, you need to give your strands the best base from which to grow.
Whether it’s redness, itchiness, irritation or flakiness, scalps that require some extra TLC are more common than you’d think. The good news, though, is that you have options. So, if you’re struggling with hair care concerns, don’t worry, The Perfume Shop has got you covered with our top tips for a healthier scalp.
Not shampooing your hair properly can cause general build-up, resulting in congested, unhappy scalps. When it’s time to cleanse your hair, you’ll want to make sure that you’re washing and rinsing thoroughly. This will help clear away dead skin cells and sebum from your hair follicles to help new hair grow and stimulate the blood flow, so essential nutrients are brought to the root. Another tip? Brush your hair before you get in the shower to help loosen debris and rinse it away with ease.
Think of your scalp like you do your skin
While a good shampoo is important for any scalp, there are some differences in caring for it, depending on the concern. After all, we love cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturising our face, so why not apply the same concept to our scalp? Just like skincare, creating an effective routine will help improve your scalp’s overall condition. If yours tends to be dry, then go for moisture replenishing products to refresh and revive your tresses. More on the oily side? Then cleanse more frequently, but avoid clarifying shampoo.
Use gentle hair care
To prevent your scalp from getting irritated, do not use any harsh or stripping ingredients in your hair products. Instead, use a sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner. Once your scalp has been gently cleansed, smooth on a deeply hydrating mask like the To The Rescue Mask from Noughty, which is formulated with a blend of sweet almond and black oats to rejuvenate and restore the thirstiest, most over-processed hair. You can then banish tangles with their lightweight Thirst Aid Conditioning and Detangling Spray before taming frizz with their silicone-free, 97% natural To The Rescue Serum.
Massage your scalp
If you are trying to encourage hair growth, then we suggest massaging the scalp twice a day. To start your scalp massage, use both hands and apply a gentle, but steady, amount of pressure (you don’t want to feel discomfort) at the nape of the neck. Next, work your fingers up the head and then knead from ear to ear. This will help lift debris and oil. Not to mention, it’s also great for relaxing and de-stressing!
Use a scalp brush
As well as massaging your head and using gentle hair care, you can also try using a scalp brush when in the shower. We’d recommend using one with flexible bristles and to begin brushing at the nape of your neck before working around the other areas of your head. This action could help stimulate blood flow to the scalp while removing dead skin cells and product build-up.
But don’t be too rigorous with your brushing, as overstimulating your scalp can have the opposite effect and cause irritation, so it’s important not to overdo it in one sitting.
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