Physical Health, Tips & Techniques, Wellness / Self-Care

Tips for a healthy Scalp

Three things to do.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
May 19, 2021

If you’re trying to have a healthier scalp (because that is actually very important for your hair health, fyi) and have followed our scalp care routine, you should also get to know trichology.

 

Trichology

Trichology is the branch of medical and cosmetic study and practice concerned with the hair and scalp. Trichology is actually the bridge between dermatology and cosmetology. And if you have problems with your scalp, then you should absolutely be seeing trichologists.

 

Hair loss is universal, but it is also unique to every individual. Many elements factor in, such as: gender, age, medical history, location, climate, lifestyle, and habits. When you go to see a trichologist, they will ask you a series of questions to determine the source of issues arising with your scalp that could be leading to hair loss or generally unhealthy hair.

 

We’ve gathered some tips from trichologists to help with maintaining a healthy scalp (even though you should consider visiting them if you’re experiencing scalp health issues).

 

Scalp care tips from Trichologists 

Here’s how to care for your scalp:

1. Don’t blow dry on the hottest setting.

The heat from a blow dryer can not only damage your hair, but it can also wilt the follicles. You can’t undo that kind of frying, so keep the dryer on cool if you have to, and invest in an ionic dryer, which is less damaging to hair. Another thing to keep in mind is the temperature of your showers. If you normally take really (and we mean really) hot showers, then that could be causing damage to your scalp.

 

2. Eat with purpose. Know which nutrients you need.

More companies are developing herbal, plant-based supplements to strengthen the scalp and follicles. Prose, the custom haircare brand, for example, is aimed to reduce dependence on medications by providing consumers with precisely the amount of nutrients they need.

 

A healthy diet rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E (leafy greens, nuts, and berries), fatty acids (such as fish), and proteins (like beans and eggs), among other fresh, whole foods, can also be prioritized and will help you tremendously in maintaining a healthy scalp.

 

3. Start implementing a weekly scalp treatment.

There are many at-home scalp treatments that vary from leave-on masks to rinse-away ointments, but they all have the same goal: to keep your scalp healthy. They remove bacterial and fungal buildup from the scalp and hair follicles, as well as provide a high concentration of nourishment, often while encouraging circulation. Some may place a higher priority on dry-scalp restoration, while others may seek to reduce excessive oil production. We suggest incorporating some argan oil into your scalp treatment since it benefits both hair and skin.

 

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