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Healthy Hair Starts at the Roots

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Ever heard the saying, “Don’t hate the player, hate the game?” There is no such thing as “bad hair,” only unhealthy hair.  If you want  to have a head of hair that anyone would envy, you should start working on it today. And it is a  life-long commitment, not a once-a-month afterthought.

Healthy hair starts at the roots and an unhealthy scalp that is either too dry or too oily can cause unhealthy hair growth. An oily scalp reflects natural oil glands run amok.  The hair follicles are producing too much oil. This creates a haven for bacteria to breed. Dandruff can also mean you have a dry scalp, it’s also caused by an over growth of bacteria.  Dry scalp can also be caused by products leaving a buildup on the scalp.  One ingredient can be effective at combating the growth of bacteria is Tea Tree Oil. Adding products that contains this natural healer will be help

It is important to remember, that each person’s hair naturally grows at different rates, so if you are comparing your hair growth to someone else’s, you are setting yourself up for a big disappointment. In general, curly hair types grow at a slower rate than naturally straight hair types.  But in order to keep your hair looking the best it can be you really have to treat your scalp with care.  Here are a few tips for maintaining a healthy scalp.

  • Brush your hair daily. Gently brushing your hair and scalp before you hop in the shower removes dead skin cells that can clog hair follicles and inhibit new hair growth.
  • Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo every 2 to 3 days. Wash more often than that and you’ll strip away the scalp’s natural oils, which condition the hair follicle and strands. Wait longer  to preserve a blowout.  If you’re prone to greasy roots,  a daily shampoo is good as long as you use a gentle, sulfate-free shampoo so it won’t dry out your scalp.
  • Condition up top every time you wash. Contrary to what you’ve heard, putting conditioner on your scalp can actually improve your hair’s looks, particularly if your scalp is on the dry side. Conditioner does for your scalp what moisturizer does for your face.Rinsing well after the fact will keep your roots from drying limp.
  • Use a clarifying shampoo monthly. Styling products that stiffen hair, such as hair spray and hair gel, can create a coating on your scalp daily shampoos can’t effectively cut through. That product buildup can irritate the skin, setting off a your body’s immune responses that can slow hair growth and even make your hair shed.  Once a month, use a clarifying shampoo that contains citric acid, which strips away any residue left on your hair and scalp. Let it sit on your scalp for 3 minutes before rinsing, then shampoo and condition as usual.
  • Exfoliate monthly. Like the skin on your face and body, the skin on your scalp will benefit from regular exfoliation, especially if you don’t wash very frequently or use a lot of product. An exfoliating scalp mask will thoroughly cleanse the scalp and lift any unwanted build-up and flakes.  Whatever product you choose, massage the mix on your scalp with circular motions for 3 minutes and shampoo clean.
  • A flaking scalp is a call for help. An itchy, flaking scalp isn’t just irritating or embarrassing; it’s a sign your scalp is in distress.  And not cleansing enough will contribute to dandruff, a fungal infection on the skin. The inflammation and scratching from severe dandruff can weaken the hair follicle and cause strands to shed prematurely. If you notice itchiness or flakes, wash hair twice a week with an anti-dandruff shampoo and alternate with your regular hair cleanser on the other days.

So, if you want great hair, quit focusing on your styling products, the solution may be a little closer to the root. Hair follicles need natural oils from the glands that surround them to work properly. If you have a dry, irritated, or unhealthy scalp, the hair your follicles produced will likely be drier and less manageable. If you take care of your scalp it will take care of your hair and you will promote the healthiest hair possible.

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