Who doesn’t want a lustrous mane? That is why you take good care of your tresses – getting regular trims, booking hair spa sessions, and using hair care products from reputed brands. But are you giving your scalp the same attention? Poor scalp health can result in dull and lifeless hair. If it’s too oily, it can make your hair stick and lead to buildup, while a dry one can lead to itchiness and dandruff.
For a healthy scalp, it is essential to keep it clean and well-moisturized. A healthy scalp means healthy follicles that prevent your hair from thinning out. Regular scalp spa treatments can help keep it in good shape. If you don’t have the time to run to the salon for treatments, opt for a DIY scalp spa at home. Here’s how you can do this:
Brush Your Hair
Brush and detangle your hair gently before you start your home spa treatment. This helps make the scalp more receptive to the products you use and ensure your hair stays manageable afterwards. Section your hair, beginning from the nape of the neck, to give easy access to the scalp.
Detoxify and Purify
Apply an organic scrub or mask suitable for your head type. If you have an oily one, choose a product with a lemon base, aloe vera, or tea tree oil. They can help absorb the excess oil and kill bacteria while conditioning your hair at the same time. Alternatively, you can make a mask at home using fuller’s earth or lemon juice mixed with yogurt.
Products with tea tree oil and aloe vera are also suitable if its dry or itchy given their anti-inflammatory properties. Masks with jojoba oil or olive oil can also serve the purpose. If you want a quick home remedy, then warm some coconut oil and apply it with a cotton ball. A mixture of avocado paste and olive oil is also effective when dealing with a dry head.
After applying the mask or scrub, wrap your hair and scalp in a heated towel. If you have a steamer at home, use it to steam your scalp carefully.
Follow up the steam session with an invigorating scalp massage to improve blood circulation and help relieve tension. With the tips of your fingers, exert light to medium pressure all over the scalp and the neck area. Keep moving your fingers in circles for at least 10 to 15 minutes. You could also buy yourself a handheld massager. Someone else at home could also massage your scalp while you sit back and relax!
Wash it Off
Wash off the mask or scrub using a shampoo with scalp-soothing ingredients. If you have a sensitive scalp, use a product containing oatmeal or castor oil. Shampoos containing charcoal and those free of parabens and sulfates are excellent for all hair and scalp types.
The Finishing Touch
Apply a nourishing serum with Vitamin C or probiotics. These can safeguard your scalp from environmental pollution, soothe itchiness, prevent dandruff, and control oil secretions.
To keep it healthy, give your scalp regular spa treatments. Other ways to maintain its health include reducing the use of heat styling tools and eating a nutritious diet. Protect it from UV radiation when you step out in the sun by using a cap or scarf. Steer clear of harsh chemical hair treatments, and do not use very hot water to wash your hair. These simple steps and a regular hair care routine can help keep your scalp healthy and home to some beautiful tresses.