If your scalp is itchy, flaky, dotted with sores or has its own deforestation referred to as hair loss going on, it can pose a major problem. Your scalp is the source of each strand of hair on your head. Get a better scalp and the quality of your hair increases. Like everywhere else on the body, scalps need love, care and your undivided attention.
1. Get Sun and Heat Protection
Living in the Caribbean, we can boast of having sunshine year round, but the less sun our scalps are exposed to the better it is for us. Our scalp is after all skin, and it can receive sunburns from UVA and UVB rays. These rays can also cause our hair to be dry, brittle and dehydrated. If you know that you will be in the sun for a long period of time, you can protect your scalp and still be fashionable by wrapping up your hair and scalp with a fun piece of fabric. Hot air has the same effect, so keep it to a minimum.
2. Avoid Harmful Products
Pretest hair dyes, and products on your skin by rubbing a bit of product behind your ear or on your elbow before use. This way you can know way in advance if you'll have a reaction. Use products that are organic and free of harsh chemicals like ammonium and also sodium lauryl sulfate.I'd hate to burst your bubble, but not all homemade treatments will work on your hair and scalp, so be realistic.
3. Improve Your Diet
Your scalp needs internal support, which comes by having a diet rich in important nutrients like fatty acids, protein and vitamins. It is unfortunate that your hair does not receive the first share of these when it comes for nourishment. In fact, it is the last thing on your body' mind. Deficiencies in vitamins and minerals can compromise your scalp's overall health. So stock up on salmon, bananas, spinach, and B vitamin foods.
4. Unclog your pores.
Finally, avoid slathering heavy oils and greases onto your scalp; after all, it is not something you would do to your face, I hope. Besides, the scalp already has sebum, its own hair oil. Let nature do its thing and assist it by frequently cleansing/ conditioning to keep your scalp clean and agile. Coat your hair with product and leave your scalp alone. Rinse out the excess salt and sweat from your workouts and chlorine if you frequent the pool.
So, in short, protect your scalp from the sun and heat, keep it clean and eat right.
Use the pads of your fingers and give your scalp a good massage to increase blood flow. It's a great de-stressor and so is exercise.
So ladies...and gentlemen, how do you keep your scalp happy and healthy? Which areas have you kept up or struggle to keep up?
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