Healthy Scalp = Healthy Hair, How Ignoring Your Scalp Might Be the Root of all Your Hair Problems

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If there’s one universal thing that we all want, (well outside money, the respect of our peers, a great career, the perfect spouse, more followers on Instagram – whew that’s a lot!) its great shiny (not greasy) healthy hair.

However, one mistake that I think everyone makes is focusing on the external part, while blatantly ignoring the actual root of all our problems.

To drive in my point on the importance of scalp care, I’ll use the most basic of all examples I could find. Now I know we all had a few classes of Agricultural Science, so this shouldn’t be tasking. First off, picture a farm where crops are meant to grow, in this scenario, the soil is your scalp while the corn happens to be your hair. For the crop to grow effectively what do you do? Cater to the soil? Or water and apply manure to the top most part of the plant? If you picked the later, it just proves that some of you were not smart in school, and it shows.

What function does your scalp serve?

Have you ever shaved off your hair completely? If you’ve seen a bald head, then you’d know that the scalp is just like the skin on your body, better still, an extension of the skin on your forehead. It has the same structure as your skin and has 5 different layers to it.

Now if you think you sweat a lot in your pits, think again, because the scalp probably has more sweat glands and oil, than other parts of your body. Just like other skin cells, it dies (dandruff) and regenerates. But most importantly it serves as the fertile ground that develops and supports the over 150,000 strands of hair that grows on your head.

Care for your scalp the way you care for your face

It’s funny how a lot of people focus on the products meant to give their hair a temporary shine, often times ignoring their scalp simply because they shampoo their every time 2face drops a new album.

I hate to break it to you, but shampooing your hair is not enough. The scalp, just like the skin on your face requires more effort. Just how weird would it be, if we simply used a facial cleanser without toning or moisturizing (oh I forgot, some of you do that – whew chile, the ghetto).

Remember I mentioned it produces a lot of oil? Well sebum which causes pimples on your face comes into play, coupled with accumulated dirt and hair products, simply shampooing your mane won’t do the magic trick.

In essence what I’m trying to say is, your scalp needs the same tender loving care you give your face. Search for other scalp targeted products from exfoliants, (you read that right!) to conditioners and moisturizing oil. All this is needed to ward away dandruff and imbalanced scalp, which in turn results in unhealthy hair.

How will I know if my scalp is turnionown?

While it might not be as easy as noticing a spot or discoloration on your face, you can still tell when your scalp goes on an autopilot trip to disasterville.

There are several signs even though they might be ignorable, that show that something has gone wrong somewhere, from constant irritation and itching, to flaking and actual breakouts.

So keep an eye or hand out, for any of these things because if you’re still fighting dandruff at 21, then sis, something is definitely wrong.

Helpful tips to get your hair back in the game?

Now that we’ve touched base on the importance of scalp treatment, and you’ve promised to change, here are some helpful nuggets to help set you on the right path.

Invest in hair and scalp products that target specific things, not those 15 in one shampoos; watch your diet, because what you take in could actually affect your exterior appearance; just like your face, your scalp needs sunscreen too, or maybe a scarf;  to avoid excess sebum production, exercise and focus on your general wellness and finally, let your head breath dear, not every time wig or weave, kindly let some fresh air in.

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