If you want thicker, healthier hair, a good place to start is with a healthy scalp. Why? Because hair grows from the hair follicles located on your scalp. If you have a healthy scalp, you’ll provide those hair follicles with the ideal conditions to grow healthy hair. So, how do you get a healthy scalp? Keep reading to find out!
Giving your scalp a good scrubbing is one of the easiest ways to get a healthy scalp. Just like how your face needs exfoliation, so too does your scalp. Scalp exfoliation has two main benefits:
Exfoliating the scalp improves blood flow to the scalp. Improved blood circulation brings more vitamins, minerals and other vital nutrients to hair follicles, via the bloodstream, to nourish healthy hair growth.
It’s also important to exfoliate the scalp in order to remove dirt, debris, sebum and the buildup of dead skin cells. This buildup can block pores, making the skin on the scalp less healthy and more prone to breakouts, or even skin conditions such as non-infectious scalp folliculitis.
Thus, a healthy, clean scalp is the optimal environment for healthy hair growth. To exfoliate your scalp, make sure to cleanse your hair and scalp regularly with a gentle shampoo such as Thickening Shampoo. Use your fingers to gently exfoliate the scalp as you cleanse your hair.
To bump up the exfoliating power of your shampoo, mix two tablespoons of shampoo with two tablespoons of brown sugar. Apply to the scalp, then gently scrub with your fingertips to exfoliate. Rinse thoroughly before conditioning hair as usual.
If you’re looking for extra volume at the roots, try Viviscal Hair Thickening Serum. This leave-in treatment adds body and volume to hair without any added weight, so hair looks thicker and fuller.
You can also make your own DIY scalp treatment with essential oils. But watch out: some essential oils actually irritate the skin rather than soothe it. Make sure to perform a patch test before applying a healthy scalp treatment to your entire head.
Adding a supplement with a hair-healthy balance of nutrients for ideal scalp health can also help you to get a healthy scalp. Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements are formulated with Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C, Horsetail Plant Extract, Iron, and Niacin, all of which help to support healthy hair growth from the inside out. Plus, Viviscal contains AminoMarTM, a proprietary marine complex that nourishes hair with protein.*
If you have a dry, itchy scalp, it’s also important to moisturize. Many people skip conditioner on their scalp because they are worried that the conditioner will weigh down their hair. However, if your scalp is dry, a little conditioner will only help your hair!
A good compromise for people with fine or thinning hair is to choose a lightweight conditioner like Viviscal Strengthening Conditioner and apply it to your scalp once per week. Let the conditioner sit for at least one minute, then rinse thoroughly will lukewarm water. For other hair washes in the week, just apply conditioner to the ends as usual. This will provide your scalp with ample hydration without weighing hair down.
If at-home treatments fail to improve your scalp’s health, it might be time to call in the professionals. A dermatologist can examine your scalp for signs of certain conditions and recommend a course of treatment.
Do you have any tips on how to get a healthy scalp? Share your tips with other readers in the comment section below.