Have you ever wished that you had an owner’s manual for your body? Sometimes, it’s difficult to know how to handle even everyday needs, like properly caring for your hair. A lot of things can factor into your scalp’s condition, and sometimes the logical remedy actually makes the problem worse. If your scalp is crying out for help, here are some quick tips to give it the love and attention it deserves.
1. Avoid Washing Your Hair Too Often
When your hair is oily, you may be inclined to wash it frequently. Instinctively, it sounds like a good idea, but just like over-washing oily skin can strip away moisture and stimulate the sebaceous glands, excessive shampooing can kick the scalp’s oil production into overdrive. Try to limit shampooing to three times a week.
2. Use the Correct Shampoo to Soothe the Itch
Start your day off right by choosing a shampoo that does more than just cleanse. You need a product designed to soothe your scalp while gently removing surface debris and yesterday’s styling products. Burdock root extract, also known as Arctium Lappa, is rich in tannic acid. Since it has natural astringent properties, it reduces itchiness and irritation by balancing the scalp. Research has also shown that it improves scalp circulation and reduces the itch associated with seborrheic dermatitis, eczema, dandruff, and psoriasis.
3. Use a Clarifying Shampoo for a Deeper Clean
If your scalp feels itchy, it may be because dead skin cells have built up on the surface. Clarifying shampoos are designed to break up residual oil, skin cells, and everyday dirt, so that the scalp feels cleaner and more refreshed. Shampoo that contains a combination of nourishing and clarifying ingredients will keep the scalp balanced and the hair in good condition. Look for a gentle product that includes Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice and Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract to nourish hair as well as Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf Extract and Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract to balance sebum production. Note: Remember that clarifying shampoos aren’t daily shampoos, so alternate them with your favorite product to avoid stripping your hair.
4. Choose Products that Balance Your Scalp’s Oil Production
One of the most popular ingredients in skin care and hair care is ginseng. Its anti-inflammatory properties fight off environmental free radicals that can damage the skin. Ginseng also regulates oil production in the scalp. Choosing a properly formulated shampoo that includes Panax Ginseng Root Extract may keep your scalp’s oils under control while also nourishing your hair and its follicles. Keeping all three in check means healthier hair and renewed hair growth as well.
5. Use a Scalp Exfoliator Twice Weekly
Taking good care of your scalp will prevent itchy flakes and excessive oil. Twice a week, treat your tresses to a refreshing, balancing treatment that includes calming, clarifying, and hydrating ingredients. Propolis is a resinous material that bees use to build hives. In haircare products, it heals wounds and scalp irritation while also balancing sebum production. When combined with rosemary extract and a mild exfoliant, like lactic acid, you can ditch the itch and eliminate oil simultaneously.
6. Use a Toning Product to Improve Follicle Health
If you’ve never used a toning spray for your hair, this tip may be a game-changer. Facial toners can hydrate or balance the skin’s pH, and hair toners refresh the scalp and balance its oil levels. Using a follicle-tightening spray not only makes the scalp feel better; it also constricts hair follicles, which can prevent premature hair loss. St. John’s Wort oil reduces oil production, and horseradish root increases blood circulation while encouraging hair growth. Simply spritz the toning spray on your wet hair and style as usual.
7. Buy a Better Brush
You didn’t think we’d forget to mention the importance of a quality hairbrush, did you? Excessive brushing can encourage sebum production, but you still need to gently redistribute your natural scalp oils along the strands to keep them in good shape. A boar’s bristle brush makes quick work of this process and provides a scalp-stimulating massage simultaneously.