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If I had a dollar for every time I told someone, in order to have the healthiest hair possible, you must have a healthy scalp, and they looked at me cross-eyed…I’d have a lot of dollars right now. It’s funny how people generally think that hair is alive. It’s not the hair that’s alive, it’s the root of the hair. Think about it…it hurts to get your hair pulled, because the root is being tugged, but it doesn’t hurt to get your hair cut. If the shaft of the hair was “alive”, hair cuts would hurt…and those screaming kids would have a reason to fear their first hair cut. Amazing how people come up with their own myths. My favorite one: “Oh, we shaved his head when he was a baby, so his hair would grow back thicker and darker.” Don’t even get me started on that one…even though I brought it up. Bottom line: Healthy Scalp=Healthy Hair.
All the products we use can build up over time and leave unseen residue on your scalp, blocking your hair follicle from breathing. When this happens, your hair can become weaker, it can start falling out, and it can stop growing because your scalp isn’t getting the proper nourishment. Remember when Neutrogena came out with their clarifying shampoo years ago? The concept was to use it for a week, once every month or so, and after the week was up, your scalp and your hair would be shiny and new…a blank canvas. Clarifying shampoos are a great way to get rid of build-up, but sometimes we need a little something extra. Scalp treatments are a great way to feed your follicles. You can buy them already mixed together, or you can make them at home.
Phyto makes a great scalp treatment oil, they call it Universal Elixir. It contains Rosemary, Lemon, and Eucalyptus, and it is a really good product that offers many benefits. It’s suggested for any unbalanced scalp, whether it’s oily, dry, itchy, or irritated. It offers nourishment and helps clarify the hair follicles. It’s also expensive! It’s $32.00, and it’s in a very small bottle. As amazing as I think it is, it’s definitely an investment.
Clarifying shampoo has come a long way. Just a few days ago, I wrote about Feed The Root shampoo and conditioner by Tara Smith. This is a great duo that offers many of the same benefits as the Phyto treatment, but without the sticker shock. Use Feed The Root shampoo and conditioner to keep your scalp healthy.
Then, there are the fun homemade recipes that you can customize for your own needs. I didn’t want to spend $32.00 on Phyto, so I made my own scalp treatment! Vitamin Cottage is probably the most affordable place to get essential oils. So, I headed there and got Rosemary oil, Peppermint oil, Lemon essential oil, and Lavender oil. Oils are expensive, and I probably ended up paying more than $32.00, but with the amount you get, I probably have enough to make 5 bottles of the Phyto treatment. I put a little bit of each oil into a bottle with a dropper, then I took the dropper and added small drops of the treatment onto my scalp. This process can get kind of messy, so put your hair up after you’ve applied all the oil. If your hair is too short, wear a shower cap until it’s time to rinse. Leave it on for 10-20 minutes and then shampoo and condition as you normally do.
I wrote about a homemade scalp treatment in one of my posts, not too long ago, but I’ll share it again. Take about 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and one tablespoon of olive oil and mix them together. Apply directly to your scalp after shampooing, working the mixture in circular motions. Rinse out the mixture when you’re done styling, your scalp will feel so good!
With all these treatments, and shampoos, it’s important to massage the products into the scalp. A good scalp massage not only feels good, but it increases circulation, and circulation can promote hair growth.
What are your thoughts on a healthy scalp? Is it something you pay attention to, or have you never really thought it was important?
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