Healthy Scalp, Healthy Hair, Happy You

Splurge and get a scalp massage at your favorite spa or give one to yourself. It’s the beginning of beautiful hair.

Beyond such a massage feeling good and relieving stress, a scalp massage gets the nerves and blood vessels on your head revved up, which in turn drives oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles.

Good scalp care rewards you with healthier hair follicles and hair shafts, which in turn promote better hair growth.

Place your fingertips (not your nails) on the top of your head, apply light pressure and move them around in small circular motions. Do this across your entire head for up to five minutes; can be done multiple times a day.

Pamper your scalp further by:

  • Avoiding products with harsh irritants such as sulfates, parabens and allergens.
  • Reducing buildup by using silicone-free hair products.
  • Using a nourishing scalp serum.
  • Incorporating omega-3 and fish oils into your diet to combat a dry scalp.
  • Effectively cleansing.

Let’s delve deeper into the proper way to clean your hair.

Make sure your hair is completely wet before adding shampoo to ensure it works better.

Don’t wash with hot water, stick to lukewarm because hot water can dry hair; and if you color your hair, can promote fading.

Time matters, so shampoo with circular motions all over your scalp for two to three minutes.

Concentrate shampoo on the scalp, rather than concentrating on the entire length of your hair. (As you rinse, your strands will be taken care of.)

Rinse shampoo thoroughly (three minutes) or conditioner won’t be effective.

Always use conditioner, concentrating on the bottom half/tips of your hair. Rinse with cold water.

Use a shampoo and conditioner specific to your hair type.

Wash oily hair more frequently.

Protect hair when swimming. Wet and condition your hair beforehand, wear a tight-fitting swim cap and/or use a shampoo and deep conditioner made for swim care once you’re out of the pool.

Wrap your shampooed hair in a towel to absorb water; let hair air dry.

Brush and comb to style; no need for 100 strokes. (Use a wide-toothed comb.)

Apply dry shampoo between shampoos, but just use enough to soak up oil. Too much dries out your hair.

Use styling tools sparingly for short periods of time on dry hair, low heat setting — aim for once a week. Use a heat protection spray.

Take hair supplements that contain biotin, folic acid and vitamin D.