How To Get a Healthy Scalp - with expert tips from Lisa Shepherd
It’s a fact that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp. It’s an area that lots of people forget to take care of until there’s a problem, but it’s essential for hair health and growth.
Your scalp is filled with hair follicles (around 100,000), and has its own microbiome. If this becomes unbalanced, it can lead to issues like dandruff, seborrheic dermatitis and eczema so it’s important that you work with your scalp’s natural ecosystem to keep it healthy.
How to Take Care of Your Scalp
A healthy scalp will help your hair to grow in its best condition and will reduce breakage, rough hair, loss of shine and could reduce premature hair loss.
Here are Lisa’s top tips and personal recommendations for keeping your scalp healthy and in great condition:
Use a Scalp Scrub
Like the skin on your face, your scalp benefits from an exfoliating scalp scrub at least once a week to remove dead skin cells, dandruff, dirt and grime. It can also help to increase blood flow to your scalp as you massage, and make you feel relaxed.
Lisa Recommends: The Scalp Scrub
“The Hair Boss Scalp Scrub is perfect for removing dirt, oil and build-up from the hair follicle. Use it weekly and let the Tea-Tree oil and Rosebay extract remove dandruff and encourage the scalp’s natural ecosystem.”
Avoid Using Water That’s Too Hot
Lots of us love a hot bath or shower, but these can actually dry out your skin and hair, stripping it of natural oils. Turn the temperature down when you rinse your hair to keep your scalp balanced, healthy and in check.
Keep Your Scalp Clean
As well as an exfoliating treatment, you need to keep your scalp clean. How often you wash your hair will completely depend on your hair type, your preferences and your lifestyle, but your scalp does need to be cleansed regularly. Otherwise you can start getting dandruff, product build-up or blocked pores.
Lisa Recommends: The Virgin Hair Shampoo
“The Virgin Hair Shampoo is great for purifying the hair without weighing it down. Micellar Technology helps to remove dirt and build-up to keep the hair fresh and healthy, especially hair that’s natural or uncoloured. You should avoid harsh, drying products as these can strip the hair of its natural oils.”
Follow A Healthy Diet
A balanced diet rich in omega-3, antioxidants and prebiotics can work wonders for your scalp, hair and skin. Oily fish, nuts and seeds are filled with omega-3, whilst you’ll get a great dose of antioxidants from healthy foods like fruit, vegetables and nuts.
Nourish Your Scalp
If your scalp is feeling dry or itchy, it’s a sign that you need to restore your scalp’s natural microbiome. A healthy scalp won’t feel like something you need to think about, it just stays in balance helping your hair to grow and stay healthy. Treat and nourish your scalp with the right products to keep it in balance.
Lisa Recommends: The Scalp Soothing Tonic
“This cooling, refreshing formula contains Tea-Tree oil and Rosebay extract to
help to rebalance the scalp’s natural pH and banish flakes and dryness. Use overnight for a scalp soothing boost.”
Hair and scalp health is really important. As with most things, it’s easier to prevent problems from happening than treating them so keep an eye on your routine if you notice any changes with your scalp or hair. Make taking care of your hair part of your self-care routine so you can develop healthy habits and relax at the same time.
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