Does Bad Hair Mean a Bad Scalp?

Ways To Improving Your Scalp Health

Let’s face it. If we don’t take care of our scalps, let us not expect perfect hair. We might have itchy and flaky scalps, but these are often the results of skin conditions, such as dandruff, scalp eczema and psoriasis. On the other hand, external factors also play a role – air pollution, UV rays, hard water and general grime – to irritate and clog the follicles of our hair. Since we take good care of our face, we ought to do the same to our hair and scalp, since they are also exposed to the same pollutants. So what can you do to achieve optimal scalp condition?

Do shampoo regularly, but avoid shampoo products with silicone. Silicones are harsh cleansers such as sodium lauryl sulfate, which dries out the hair and scalp. In extreme cases of scalp scaling, follicles can temporarily ‘switch off’, and stop growing hairs; hence, you’ll notice thinning hair. It is recommended to shampoo daily (without the silicone) in such cases to avoid buildup. At the most, three days between shampoos is alright; longer than that will cause more itching and flaking, leading to hair loss.

Use a toner. Your scalp will benefit from it with daily use. After towel-drying your hair, apply the toner to your scalp in one -inch partings from eat-to-ear. This will help to stimulate the scalp and ward off flaking and oiliness throughout the day.

Use a good exfoliant. For those with a dry and flaky scalp, use it at least once a week to remove dead skin cells, as well as old products, dirt and bacteria build-up. The debris can gather on the scalp and around the base of the hair follicle and may restrict growth.

Brushing can improve blood circulation in the scalp that promotes hair strength and repair. The scalp is nourished enough to regenerate hair cells and strengthen the hair structure. Premature thinning or hair loss happens if blood circulation is reduced leading to weakening and decline of cells. A good brushing allows oxygen, nutrients and minerals to enter the hair follicles to be able to grow.

Diet and lifestyle are also important, so one must eat right. Avoid foods high in unhealthy oils, rich or greasy foods, and fatty foods can result in scalp issues. Psoriasis and dandruff-causing conditions can be exacerbated by these foods. Dandruff and eczema may be exacerbated by dairy, especially cheese, and also white wine and champagne. Also try supplements, like Vitamin D3, Selenium, Collagen, Silica, Co-Enzyme Q10 and anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fatty acids. Also, avoid stress; it can show on your hair.

Connecting Scalp Health to Your Hair in Bellevue

Is your hair distressing you? No matter what you do with it – cleaning and treating and others – you are not getting the hair you want. Come by Geena Moon’s hair salon in Bellevue and have a look at your scalp.