It seems not much attention is paid to the care of scalps but, from our perspective, the scalp is the first and most important element in determining the health of your hair. If you don’t have a healthy scalp environment, you can rest assured that you also won’t have healthy hair.
That’s why it is so important that you learn to understand and care for your scalp.
Here are some things we think you should know to help you get started.
Let’s Talk Scalp and Natural Hair
Many Hair Issues Originate In Your Scalp
Things like limp, greasy hair and hair that is frizzy and easily broken may be due to an either an oily or a dry scalp. If you’re struggling to figure out why your hair isn’t bouncy, why your curls are lifeless and dull, or why you might not be able to get your hair moisturized even after using a deep conditioner you may want to take a closer look at your scalp.
Oily vs. Dry Scalps
Oily scalps are most often a result of the overproduction of sebum, the natural oil produced by your scalp. Those with oily scalps will likely experience dandruff, a condition many associate with only dry scalps. Also, your hair will likely be greasy, limp, and lacking in body.
To help, think about shampooing less. Despite the fact that your hair feels dirty and heavy, shampooing encourages your scalp to produce more oils –exactly the thing you’re trying to combat. Also, consider an apple cider vinegar rinse. It helps cleanse build-up from your hair and leaves your hair feeling lighter and looking shiny.
Dry scalps can occur for many reasons. Things like diet, weather, medical conditions, and products can play a role in drying out your scalp and causing you to experience discomfort and dandruff. It can also impact your hair making it dry and brittle.
To fight it, start with your products. Try a moisturizing deep conditioner like our Deep Moisturizing and Softening Mayonnaise Conditioner. Another great option to relieve itchiness and irritation is our Jamaican Black Castor Oil Scalp Ointment. It helps soothe scalps and moisturize them to prevent dryness and the conditions it causes.
Your Diet and Your Scalp
Having a healthy diet has a major impact on your hair and skin, and that includes the skin that covers your scalp. Ensure that you are eating a diet that is high in omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and B-Vitamin. These nutrients are known to help maintain a healthy scalp and hair. Don’t forget to drink a lot of water!
Consider using a supplement to help you meet these dietary needs as many are unable to do so with diet alone.
See Your Medical Professional
If you can’t seem to get your scalp issues under control or if you note significant pain, discomfort, or hair loss, it may be time to visit your medical professional. Your scalp, just like the rest of your body, is covered with skin and, as such, it can fall prey to any number of skin conditions that may require more than just a great moisturizer. If you and your hair stylist are unsuccessful in creating a healthy scalp environment, a dermatologist or your primary care doctor may be your best hope.
Struggling with your natural hair? Feel free to comment here and our texture specialist will gladly address your concerns!