I get lots of questions about shedding, scalp irritation and growth, all of which are related to your scalp health. In this tutorial, I break down the most common themes around scalp health and present a more efficient way of covering parts of that process.
NOTE: If you have a persistent problem such as burning, excessive flaking, itching or rashes, you should see a dermatologist for diagnosis and help. However, for this tutorial, I am focusing on scalp health assuming you do not have a diagnosed or undiagnosed scalp disease or condition.
Based on what I’ve learned over the years through my own research and experiences, there seems to be three categories of activity that impact scalp health the most.
What you consume can positively or negatively impact what happens in the stage of growth where your follicles are producing hair. There are certain vitamins and nutrients that can have a greater impact during your growth cycle than others:
- Omega-3 fatty acids are key to strong hair
- Vitamin A helps your scalp secrete natural oil, that lubes it and keeps it from getting dried out
- Biotin can help increase elasticity and prevent premature shedding of new hair
- Zinc supports your immune system, which keeps you from getting sick and experiencing unnecessary hair loss
- Iron helps your cells carry oxygen to your scalp
- Folic acid and Vitamin C increase the rate of flow of oxygen to the scalp
There is value in many other vitamins and nutrients, but if you’re looking for a starting point to add or modify your diet, this is a good place to begin. See more about foods for healthy hair and scalp!
Your scalp is designed to secrete oil, called sebum, that keeps it hydrated and allows for normal shedding of dead cells in each stage of growth. However, products, prescription drugs, diagnosed illnesses, stress, sweating, even free radicals in the air can interfere with your scalp’s natural hydration and ability to shed the dead cells.
Exfoliation can give your scalp a helping hand in the natural dead cell shedding process. Depending on your scalp, you may need to exfoliate each washday or just once in a while.
There are formulated products like Carol’s Daughter Lisa’s Elixir Fortifying Scalp Spray that you can use for exfoliation or, you can make one. There are many recipes for this, so I will reference the more common mixtures I am aware of:
- Brown sugar – mixed with either tea tree oil, coconut oil, or olive oil (you can add an essential oil, such as peppermint, if you like). In this case, you want the unrefined/virgin/organic versions of both items.
- Baking soda – mixed with castile soap
- Baking soda – mixed with water and an essential oil, such as lavender or rosemary
NOTE: If you use baking soda, know that it has a very high pH and can cause the cuticle to open too much leaving hair susceptible to breakage. You will need to follow baking soda with an apple cider vinegar rinse to bring your pH back to normal. Pay close attention to your hair, if it seems dry, brittle or breaking/shedding after use of baking soda, discontinue use immediately.
With any of these homemade treatments, you will want to mix equal parts of each item together. If you are not certain about the homemade scrubs, and you’re making the “I’m not so sure” face, opt for a formulated scalp exfoliator.
Circulation determines the flow of oxygen into the scalp, which your follicles need for healthy, steady hair growth. Sometimes our bodies do this well, and sometimes they don’t. You can give your scalp a boost in circulation by massaging it.
Scalp massaging increases blood circulation by warming the vessels. This makes the roots stronger, which helps slow or stop excessive shedding beyond the normal or average hundred strands a day. (The average person has around 100,000 follicles, or more if you have high density, that are constantly in different phases of the growth cycle.)
Massaging also reduces stress hormones that interfere with the growth cycle. When your stress hormones are raging, your body compensates and doesn’t run as efficiently. This means your body will use the water and food you consume to keep your vital organs operating; your hair, skin and nails are last on your body’s priority list of nutrient distribution.
THE SCALP INVIGORATOR
The Scalp Invigorator is a vibrating, hand-held, waterproof tool designed to make the exfoliation and massage process more efficient and enjoyable. What I liked most is that it’s easy to travel with, lightweight and relatively quiet. The Scalp Invigorator comes with a two-year warranty, batteries and screw driver for easy install, and the cover is removable to make cleaning simple.
Overall, I loved how this tool performed! My exfoliation and massage process time was cut in half; I am definitely making this tool a part of my hair care regimen.
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