Why You Should Take Care of Your Scalp
Are you paying attention to the most important aspect of your hair’s health? If not taken care of properly, an unhealthy scalp can interfere with hair growth, mess up your hair's appearance, create dandruff, and become itchy or dry.
Your scalp is also responsible for the health of your hair follicles, the holes your hair strands grow out of. Use the following scalp and follicle treatment tips to keep your hair in tip top shape.
Show Your Grays
Color treating your hair can cause irreparable damage to your hair follicles on the scalp. Every time you dye your hair, you’re burning and severely drying out your follicles.
A hair follicle can only be burned so many times before it starts to die. Very often, women start coloring their hair from a young age and realize during mid-life they need to keep coloring their hair forever as it’s been destroyed beyond repair.
If you do color your hair, do it as infrequently as possible and try more natural solutions.
Love a piping hot shower, especially on a cold day? Maybe, but hot water dries out your scalp and - depending on the water temperature - can burn it too.
Opt for cooler showers, or only put your hair under the shower directly when shampooing it.
Work hair conditioner into your scalp and hair strands two to three times a week. This is important because it delivers nutrients to your scalp and hair. Since the scalp has similar properties much like the skin on your body, keeping it moisturized is paramount.
Don’t Pull the Roots
Avoid wearing tight hats as they can cause "traction alopecia," a condition where hair is pulled out of the scalp. Once a hair root has been permanently ripped out of a follicle, it will never grow another hair strand again.
Take It Easy When Drying
This is one of the easiest preventative hair loss solutions for men. When your hair is wet, it is highly susceptible to breaking and having the root pulled out of the scalp.
So avoid drying your hair vigorously with a towel. It’s best to let hair air dry as much as possible. If towel drying is necessary, do it gently.
Avoid Harmful Hair Tools
Don't use a brush on wet hair; that's when it is most vulnerable to breaking. When combing through wet hair, use a wide-toothed comb and gently work out any tangles if you have longer hair.
Blow dryers should also be avoided for the same reasons as a hot shower; they’ll dry out and potentially burn the scalp. If your hair style depends on a blow dryer but you're also concerned about scalp damage, maybe it's time to consider a new look.
If You Have Short Hair, Exfoliate Your Scalp Weekly
This one's only for guys with short or fine hair. Once a week, you can remove dead skin cells and build up from clogging your hair follicles with an exfoliating scrub. You don't have to get aggressive here - just apply the product gently and let the ingredients do their work, no elbow grease necessary.
Longer and thicker hair will be too thick to allow the scrubbing particles to reach the scalp effectively, so if that's your hair situation you can skip this tip.
Get a Scalp Massage
Ask your barber for a scalp massage (or find a place that offers them) as it promotes blood flow to the scalp, stimulating the delivery of nutrients to the scalp, as well as hair growth. On top of it, a scalp massage feels damn good. It's win-win.