Taking care of your scalp is vital when improving your overall hair health. If you want to grow long, healthy natural hair, it all begins at your roots. A healthy scalp-care routine involves regular cleansing to remove excess oil, product build-up, and bacteria from your skin.
Those suffering from a flaky/itchy scalp may take additional steps to prevent over-drying and boost skin cell turnover.
At Milk+Blush we have shared our 5 top steps to detoxing your scalp and keeping your hair revitalised at home.
1. Use a Clarifying Shampoo
A clarifying shampoo will help strip your hair of impurities; if your hair has lost its natural shine or feels too heavy, you may need to use a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying shampoo helps by cutting through stubborn product build-up and hair oils; leaving hair refreshed and rejuvenated.
We recommend using a clarifying shampoo no more than once a week; using too often can have an adverse effect on your roots and dry-out hair.
Clarifying shampoos also prevent bacterial growth on the scalp and are great post-swim to get rid of chlorine. Professionally used to also prepare your hair for colouring and permanent extension application.
2. Introduce a Scalp Treatment to your Routine
Boosting stimulation from the roots is often an unfamiliar process when encouraging hair health and faster hair growth.
Scalp treatments improve blood circulation through your entire head and strengthen your hair follicles. They are specially designed to nourish your scalp and encourage healthy hair growth from the root.
OUAI Scalp & Body Scrub is our ultimate weekly detox product. This gentle exfoliator is infused with natural Sugar Crystals to buff away any impurities, and Probiotics to create a defensive barrier from environmental aggressors. Perfect for removing product build-up on the scalp and clearing out blocked hair follicles to promote healthy hair growth. Also great for those who suffer from a dry/itchy scalp or dandruff.
3. Take a Break from Permanent Hair Extensions
Occasional use of hair extensions, when applied correctly, will not cause much damage to your natural hair. However, permanent extensions can put a strain on your roots when worn continuously.
Your hair goes through consistent daily pressures from tying up, styling, washing, and even sleeping; permanent extensions are multiplying the strain to your roots on a continuous cycle. The constant wearing of permanent extensions can result in extreme hair loss and thinning.
Give your roots a break from the permanent methods and experiment with clip-in extensions; a low commitment and damage-free alternative to instantly longer, thicker hair.
4. Ditch the Dry Shampoo
We constantly strive for unclogged pores in our skincare routine, your hair pores are no different. Whilst dry shampoos are good for styling hair to add volume and texture; frequent use of dry shampoos can have a negative impact on your overall hair health and can result in an itchy, dry scalp.
We’ve all reached for the dry shampoo when wanting an extra hour in bed. However, overuse of dry shampoos can clog your hair follicles and reduce the rate of hair growth. Dry shampoos absorb all moisture at the root of your hair; they are created to disguise dirt and grease. When used too frequently or left on the scalp for too long, dry shampoos can dry-our your hair and further problems can ensue.
If you rely on dry shampoo for your hair care routine; with less damaging ingredients and free from parabens and silicones, Living Proof Dry Shampoo would be our recommended choice of styling product.
5. Give Yourself a Scalp Massage
Scalp massagers help to increase the blood flow to your head, in turn bringing more nutrients to the hair follicle.
A scalp massager is like a fancy hairbrush. They tend to have soft silicone or synthetic bristles that help massage the roots and buff away dry, flaky skin. They are key to boosting circulation and stimulating blood flow to your head. Increased blood circulation ensures your scalp soaks up all essential nutrients and oxygen to grow healthy hair; improved blood flow has also been scientifically linked to decreased hair loss.
Pair up your scalp massager with some nourishing scalp oil for more intense hair treatment; a deeply relaxing and practical remedy from the comfort of your home!