When we think about caring for our hair, we think about the hair we can see and feel. But we don’t always stop to think about where it’s coming from. Or the importance of scalp care for healthy hair.
Don’t forget your roots!
It’s so easy to focus on the ends of our hair when we’re eager to see how long it’s grown. And because of that, it’s also easy to forget to get to the scalp and roots when washing, oiling or moisturising the rest of our hair. But the scalp needs attention because it’s where new hair comes from. And if it’s too dry or too clogged up with products, your hair won’t be as healthy as it should be. So take care of the ends, but don’t forget your roots!
Why is it so important to have a healthy scalp?
We asked leading dermatologist, Dr. Martin Wade of the London Skin and Hair clinic, how to recognise how healthy your scalp really is and why it’s important. He says: “It is now thought that any degree of inflammation on the scalp, even low-grade, inhibits the growth of the hair follicle. This is why I always recommend that we treat Dandruff and Seborrhoeic Dermatitis on the scalp to allow the hair to regrow as well as it can. The most common symptom of an unhealthy scalp is itching. Other signs of inflammation include redness of the scalp and flaking and if the inflammation is more severe pustules may also be present. Any of these symptoms are signs it should be taken seriously and discussed with a dermatologist.
A little self-love goes a long way
Making a gentle scalp massage part of any hair care routine helps increase the activity of oxygen and nutrients in the hair follicles. And we know what that means…healthier hair.
External factors can impact on scalp health
Our scalp can be affected by external factors. Anything from the type of foods we eat, periods of stress, changes in hormones like just before and during menstruation and even pollution. These can make it become flaky and itchy with dry skin leading to blocked pores.
A recent article on Vogue.co.uk shares some excellent advice for scalp care for healthy hair. They say: ‘If you feel like you’re the only one suffering from dryness, sensitivity, redness, flaking and even hair loss, you’re not.’
That’s why Google.co.uk is awash with users searching for ‘scalp treatments’ and ‘scalp problems’.
Time for a scalp serum
Vogue goes on to explain: ‘Just like the serums in your skincare regimen, a scalp serum contains concentrated active ingredients that go beyond the superficial and instead target specific concerns like dryness, thinning, sensitivity and, of course, pollution. ‘
Our scalp skin can benefit from specific treatments just like the skin on our face and body.
In the article, Vogue recommends Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir in their round up of the best tried-and-tested scalp serums that will restore your suffering scalp to rude health. They say: ‘You may already be familiar with Viviscal for its famed hair growth supplement and this serum is just as cult-worthy. It contains biotin, keratin and zinc to support the hair’s growth phase and slow the rate of hair shedding. Massage a couple of pumps of the serum into your scalp and down into the lengths of your hair after every wash.’