5 Steps that Can Help You Take Care Of Your Scalp and Hair
Experiencing dry and rough hair and unhealthy scalp? You should look into how you are treating your scalp. Beneath your hair there is sensitive skin of your scalp that is usually ignored while grooming hair. If you want your hair to grow and stay healthy taking care of your scalp is necessary. Oiling and washing your hairs with drugstore shampoo is probably your hair care haul. However, the proper hair care routine is beyond these two steps.
Just like rest of the skin of your body, the skin of your scalp is also consisted of different layers. The inner layer is the healthiest whereas the outer layer contains dead cells. In addition to this, your scalp also contains hair follicles and sebaceous glands that release natural oil that helps to keep your scalp lubricated. Therefore, leave the styling products because solution to healthy hair lies somewhere near roots.
Moreover, if you want your hair to grow faster and scalp to stay healthy, they require regular grooming to remove bacteria, sweat, and excess oil and to avoid over drying and boost the cells turnover. Therefore, we have compiled a list of few hair care steps that you must add to your hair care routine.
Washing your hair
For many people washing their hair once a day is okay and if you have greasy roots daily cleansing is a must. But if you are suffering from hair damage do not wash your hair frequently and shampoo them twice to thrice a week. In addition to this, selecting a shampoo is an important decision. Do not go for a random drugstore shampoo, always try to find a gentle and sulfate free formula that will keep your scalp from drying out further.
Whether it is be winter or summer, warm showers and comforting and soothing but they are not good for your hair and skin. The glands in your scalp releases oil that keeps your scalp moisturized and when you take a hot shower, it strips off the oil and leaves your scalp and hair dry. In winters try to use lukewarm water to wash your hair and you can even turn to cold water in summers as they allow the natural sebum to stay in place and provide the necessary moisture to your hairs.
In addition to this, if your scalp is on dryer side or your hairs turn dull and dry after cleansing you must use a conditioner on it. It does what moisturizer does for your skin. You can use ceramide rich conditioners as they mimic the naturally occurring lipids on your scalp.
Exfoliate Your Scalp
As mentioned prior, the outer layer of the scalp contains dead tissues that affect the growth of hair. The natural life of skin cell is 28 days therefore you should exfoliate your scalp once in a month but if you are suffering from dry skin or proasis you should exfoliate your scalp more frequent at least thrice a month that will help to remove dead skin cells and clear the surface of your scalp. A wide variety of exfoliating shampoos are available in the market. You can also use rolled oats powder and olive oil to make an exfoliating mask. Apply the mask to your roots, message gently and wash.
Essential Oil Treatment
Essential oil such as lavender, rosemary, tea tree oil and chamomile oil possess antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that helps to fight against bacteria and minimizes any microbial issues such as dandruff or fungus. It is recommended to use few drops of essential oils with carrier oil. Coconut oil is an amazing option to use with essential oil for hair treatment. Where the essential oil will fight against bacteria, the fatty acids in coconut will absorb in hair shafts and works against protein loss from your hair that keep them healthy. In addition to this, massaging oil into your hair increases blood circulation that assures the supply of nutrients to the hair.
Nourishing Inside Out
Watering plant nourishes it from inside and we can see beautiful growing healthy leaves outside. Similarly, if we eat healthy and provide our body with essential nutrients it will evident from our appearance, skin and hair. Your hair requires protein, minerals and vitamins for better growth. Following are few food items that you can add in your daily diet to make your hair healthier from inside and they will look fabulous from outside.
1. Egg: I have noticed many of the dermatologists advising people with hair issues to add egg into their diet because it contains protein in abundance that is building block of hairs.
2. Green leafy vegetables: All green leafy vegetables contain iron that is another essential mineral for healthy hair cells. The deficiency of iron causes hair fall because the oxygen and other nutrients are not transmitted successfully to hair roots.
3. Foods with Omega 3: Human body is unable to produce omega 3 fatty acid therefore you have to drive them from your diet. Omega 3 fatty acid nourishes your hair and adds volume. Flax seeds, soybeans, walnuts and chia seeds are easy source of obtaining omega 3 fatty-acid. In addition to this, sea food like salmon, Mackerel and sardines are good source of omega 3.
4. Whole Grain Foods: Whole grain foods contain biotin that plays an important role in production of amino acid. Not only this, biotin is required for cell proliferation. Whole grain foods also contain iron, zinc and B vitamins.
5. Avocado: Eating avocado improves blood circulation and improves hair health. It contains vitamin E that makes follicles efficient. Avocado helps to maintain oil and balances PH value that further avoids clogged follicles and promotes new hair growth.
Jane Scott is currently working as a nutritionist at a renowned firm. With an experience of more than a decade, she is considered as a go-to person in her field of work. She also writes blogs for her website Home Remedies for Life.