Imagine your scalp to be a garden in which your hair is the flowers which have their roots in the soil i.e. scalp. How healthy and beautiful would you like this garden to look? Think about giving it adequate moisture and air and keeping its roots and soil healthy. Would you not love to see the flowers blossoming lustrously? Giving attention to this garden for a couple of minutes on a regular basis will make it very beautiful. Trust me and try it!
Have a look at the tips to have a healthy scalp:
1. Healthy Diet gives Healthy Scalp
Just like your body needs nutrition to keep going, healthy scalp and hair call for protein and vitamin-rich food. Half of the scalp problems can be solved by having a healthy diet.
• Nutrition like zinc and iron are necessary for the scalp as they strengthen the hair roots and keep your scalp safe from dandruff. Nuts, dairy products, beef, and broccoli are some of the products which contain zinc and iron.
• Foods rich in protein are beef, eggs, pumpkin, salmon etc. While vitamin B is also an important ingredient for keeping your scalp healthy, Vitamin A and C help in circulating oxygen to your scalp.
• Eating carrots, spinach, sweet potatoes, walnuts and other foods rich in vitamins will help you get a healthy scalp.
2. Oiling and Moisturising
To have a healthy scalp, it is important for your scalp to retain some moisture for nourishment. You must apply oils like jojoba, olive, almonds or coconut to keep your scalp moisturised and have a good hair growth. Also, you must eat foods rich in Omega-3s and fish oils to keep your scalp moisturised. Massaging the scalp also helps in helping the hair roots get some oxygen. Half of the scalp problems are solved if the scalp is moisturised properly.
3. Handle with care
Never be harsh on your hair. You must handle your garden with love and care. Brush your hair daily as it helps in circulation and also evenly distributes the oil. Try using a wooden comb instead of a plastic one so that your hair is not charged. Wash your hair twice a week and do not forget to condition them after washing. Make sure that you use a silicone-free and sulphate-free shampoo and conditioner which is dermatologically tested and has clinically proven actives so that no residue of chemicals like silicone or sulphate are left on your scalp and you have a healthy scalp.
4. pH Balance
Just like your skin has a pH balance, the natural pH balance of a healthy scalp is generally 4 or 5. In order to retain moisture in your hair, it is important for the scalp to be acidic in order to protect the cuticle. The cuticle is the topmost layer of the hair strand which protects the hair from being damaged. The cuticle opens up due to the basic nature of scalp which causes damage to the hair. Maintaining pH balance also helps in preventing bacterial and fungal growth. Make sure that the shampoo and conditioner which you use maintain a basic pH balance. High pH will disrupt the scalp balance whereas, lower pH will degrade your hair and skin.
5. Sun Damage
We all are well aware of the fact that the Sun emits rays which are harmful to our skin and body. Just like the skin, the rays are also harmful to our hair. The UV rays make your hair thinner. The thinner the hair is, greater the will the harm be. To have a healthy scalp, make it a point that whenever you expose yourself to the Sun for a longer duration, try to cover your head and you can also prefer to use a sunscreen specially formulated for scalp application.
Recommendation for a Healthy Scalp
If you have dry and damaged hair, and you wish to know about dry scalp remedies, go through the article How to Repair Damaged Hair to know about some good home remedies.