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Heathy scalp: Healthy hair. Why scalp care matters

Scalp care is experiencing a surge in popularity, with an influx of new and tailored scalp care products. We do agree that a well-nourished scalp sets the stage for healthy, beautiful hair. However, the challenge lies in discerning what truly constitutes effective scalp care amidst all the new products and advice available.

 

So why is scalp care important?

Your scalp is the home to hair follicles that surround the root and strand of each of your hairs. A well-maintained scalp ensures proper blood circulation, delivering essential nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicles, which are vital for promoting strong, vibrant hair growth.

Just like your skin, your scalp has a microbiome which is a diverse community of microorganisms that play a crucial role in scalp health. Imbalances in the microbiome can lead to issues such as inflammation, dry or flaky scalp, itching and dandruff all of which are uncomfortable and can negatively impact hair growth. It’s your scalps way of telling you something is not quite right. Of course, if you have ongoing issues with your scalp, you should visit a professional – your GP or a trichologist.

Hair care routines such as regular washing and brushing help remove build up of sebum (a.k.a. oil), dead skin cells, and environmental pollutants, preventing clogged follicles and promoting a clean, clear scalp environment conducive to healthy hair.

 

How to take good care of your scalp

Here’s a few tips for optimal scalp health that won't break the bank.

 

1. Find the right shampoo and conditioner:

First off, it’s important to use a shampoo that gently cleanses without stripping the scalp of its natural oils. Look for plant-based oils and nourishing ingredients like Pro-Vitamin B5, which help your hair retain moisture by sealing the cuticle. And pH balance is important for a healthy scalp.

If you are not sure which KIND2 Shampoo and Conditioner Bar combination is right for you, take our quiz and we’ll provide you with tailored recommendations.

 

2. Proper hair washing technique:

Hair experts recommend gently rubbing shampoo with your palms over your hair (or in the case of shampoo bars applying the bar directly to the hair), then massage your scalp with your fingertips in a gentle kneading motion. Continue the massaging action for approximately 30 seconds before finishing. It is not necessary or healthy for you to vigorously rub your scalp, as this can sometimes lead to breakage and scalp irritation. The proper massaging technique not only feels great, it can promote scalp health without the need for additional products like scalp exfoliators or massagers. Why purchase more unnecessary plastic or products when you can rely on your just as effective hands?

 

3. Protect your scalp from environmental stressors:

UV rays and harsh weather conditions can have a great effect on the health of your scalp.  Wearing a hat can shield your scalp from damage and maintain its health.

 

4. Scalp oils and serums:

Do you really need them? In our opinion, probably not. If you are using a quality shampoo and conditioner that isn’t too harsh or stripping your natural oils and you don’t have medical issues that may impact scalp health, the occasional hair mask should be enough. Here’s some great DIY hair masks with plant based oils. And definitely avoid products containing silicones!

 

5. Maintaining a healthy diet:

Eating foods rich in nutrients like vitamins A, C, and E, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, can support scalp health from the inside out. A healthy and balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and healthy fats will provide the essential nutrients needed for optimal scalp health and hair growth.

 

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Is over washing your hair bad for your scalp?

Whether it's harmful to wash your hair daily remains a popular question without a definitive answer. According to dermatologists, the ideal frequency of shampooing and conditioning depends on an individual’s scalp and hair type, plus any products used such as styling or dry shampoo - but for most people, it is not necessary every day and washing every 2 - 3 days is sufficient.

Take our quiz to discover the ideal shampoo and conditioner bar tailored to your hair and scalp's needs.

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