A good hair day should begin with a good scalp. You need to pay special attention in how to take care for your scalp. Many of us neglect to think about scalp health until there’s a reason to. Let’s get real, the scalp is more important than you may think. Turns out your scalp needs as much TLC as the skin on your face does. The scalp contains layers of tissue, the lower layers are the healthiest, newest skin produced by your body. While, the outermost layer consists of cells that are mostly dead tissue and ready to be shed to reveal the newer layers of skin. The skin on your scalp contains sebaceous glands, which produce the oil necessary to keep the skin on your scalp lubricated.
A healthy scalp care routine is regular cleansing to remove bacteria from the skin, hydration and nourishment.
Here are helpful scalp care tips:
• Don’t forget to exfoliate: Exfoliate once a week to boost the skin cell turnover process. If you suffer from dry skin, you may need to exfoliate two-three times a week.
• Preserve moisture: Avoid exposing your scalp to hot water when rinsing your hair in the shower. Hot water dehydrates the skin and problems arise from dry skin. Instead, use lukewarm water to allow the natural sebum to moisturize the tissue.
• Massage: The scalp is a network of blood vessels that carry oxygen and vital nutrients to the tissue. In order to keep the circulation moving, massage your scalp for five to ten minutes, using gentle circulation motions in the shower.
• Limit chemical treatments: Chemical exposure can dry out and irritate your scalp. Try to limit how many chemical treatments done. Have chemical treatments performed by a professional to limit damage and follow any recommendations made by them. If you notice any burning sensation, itchiness and irritation feeling, notify your stylist immediately.
• Protect your scalp from the sun: No need to scare anyone, but skin cancer is the most diagnosed form of cancer in North America. It’s easy for this to occur because the scalp is nearly always exposed to the sun during your day-to-day activities. Wearing a hat can protect your scalp from harmful UVA/UVB rays from the sun.
• Eat right: A balanced diet should include vital nutrients. Green leafy vegetables, beans, and nuts are a source of protein that assists the health of your scalp. Foods rich in antioxidants boost your metabolism and improves blood circulation that is necessary for a healthy scalp.
Moving on to scalp conditions, there are a variety of scalp conditions that everyone should be aware of. Awareness of these conditions will give you a better understanding in order to seek proper treatment.
• Dandruff: Dandruff is a common chronic scalp condition that starts with flaking of the skin. Dandruff is not contagious and is harmless. However, dandruff can be embarrassing, due to flakes falling off when you touch your hair, and landing on your clothing. This is caused by an overproduction of yeast.
• Scalp eczema: Scalp eczema is a type of eczema that causes inflamed, itchy, and dry skin to form on your scalp. The most common type of scalp eczema is known as “seborrheic dermatitis.” The symptom of scalp eczema is dandruff.
• Scalp psoriasis: Scalp Psoriasis causes scaly red patches that may spread beyond the scalp to the forehead, back of the ears or neck. Scalp psoriasis occurs when your body fails to shed skin cells at a normal rate, causing a buildup of cells that forms the red patches. This is due to a malfunction in the immune system.
• Impetigo: Impetigo is a skin infection that is highly contagious marked by red sores that burst and then form an orange or yellow crust. Typically, very itchy. If you suspect you have an impetigo infection, see your doctor as soon as possible. Antibiotics is the best way to deal with this.
• Folliculitis: Folliculitis is an inflammatory disorder of the hair follicles in the scalp. Also known as: “acne necrotic miliaris.” Characterized by small, itchy pustules on the scalp, usually more troublesome on the frontal hairline.
Neuma Reneu Scalp Therapy
The professionals at Clique Organic Hair Salons highly recommend the Neuma Reneu Scalp Therapy Product. It is a blend of plant extracts such as bay laurel leaf extract, lavender stem extract, pea sprout extract and bamboo stem powder.
This product helps:
• Gentle exfoliates dead skin cells
• Removes build-up of excess oil
• Reduces scalp irritation and flaking caused by dandruff and dry scalp
• Calms scalp and reduces itching
• Stimulates both scalp and hair
Overall, the blend of plant nutrients protect colour from UVA/UVB oxidation. It can be used once a week, or as needed to help protect healthy scalp and hair.