The skin on your head has a delicate bacterial balance, just like the skin on your face does. Your hair strands are regularly affected by pollution, chlorine, sun, dye, and the weather. And just like your face, if you're not cleansing your scalp properly the hair follicles can become clogged with bacteria/sweat and excess oil and irritate your scalp, leading to hair thinning.
Many of our life routines and daily habits can also make our scalps become unhealthy leading to dry, itchy, and flaky scalps. Stress and poor eating patterns can lead to poor scalp health. Ultimately for you to have healthy hair you must first have a fresh and healthy scalp!
Healthy scalp = healthy hair
With that in mind, here are our top tips for natural, and healthy scalp care:
1.Scalp care is skincare
Treating your scalp like your skin is the attitude to have. Just like your skin, your scalp needs a weekly if not twice weekly exfoliation and mask to cleanse the skin and follicles. One of the biggest scalp suffocations is product build up and congestion of the hair follicles, this can be from overuse of items such as dry shampoo, not cleaning your hair frequently enough or believe it or not over washing your hair!
So set aside some time to really focus your scalp, our Pink Salt Shampoo is packed full of Himalayan salts that gently exfoliate the scalp breaking down excessive oil secretion and product build up. Follow up with the soothing and hydrating 3 seaweed scalp mud for a treat your scalp will thank you for.
2. Avoid scalp stresses and strains
Hair bands and top knots may be the go-to hair style of teens, busy mums and working professionals alike, but unfortunately our scalp does not love this easy updo style, it puts stress and strain on the follicle whilst pulling the hair constantly. Try swap a top knot for a loose plait, use a loose and soft tie, or even let those tresses flow!
3. Soothe that Scalp!!
Scalp massage has a huge number of benefits such as relaxation, easing headaches and stimulating follicles to aid healthy happy hair growth. It can be easily added into daily routines whilst washing or conditioning hair or ultimately apply an oil or hair mask to dry hair and perform a pre sleep scalp ritual consisting of gentle finger raking through the hair, light thumb pressures from the forehead moving to the crown and finish up with some soothing strokes from the parting downwards.
4. Scalps love seaweed
Seaweed will always hold a special place in our hearts, as a key ingredient in so many of our mineral rich gorgeous products. We also implore you to get it in your diet, it is jam packed full of antioxidants such Vitamin A, C & E, as well as Iodine and Vitamin B12. All essential nutrients to get your scalp glowing!
5. Carefree mind = Cared for scalp
It is not news to any of us the negative impact stress can have on our emotional and physical health. Stress can manifest itself in several ways and it commonly showcases this through the skin as psoriasis, eczema, and extremely dry sensitive skin. The nape of the neck, and the back of the scalp are particularly prone to stress related breakouts.
Stress busters are different for everyone some people love to yoga away the tension, some like to soak it off – check out of Magnesium Spa Salts, for others a spin class helps them smash that stress! Just know when you feel an itchy scalp attack coming – use your go to de-stressor and make sure you prioritise your self-care.