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You Reap What You Sow – Caring For The Scalp

by Good Hair Diaries

You reap what you sow, and if this is completely true, then I hope you are sowing on fertile ground. What am I talking about? Your scalp of course! A healthy scalp is the origins of healthy hair journey and it’s extremely important for optimal hair growth.

Define A Healthy Scalp
A healthy scalp is a clean and stimulated scalp. Skin that is toned, pliable and stimulated much like the skin on your face is also a indication of a healthy scalp.
A toned and flexible scalp indicates a healthy arrangement of connective tissue and nourishing blood vessels.
A pliable scalp skin allows for better circulation to the hair follicles.

How Do I Maintain A Healthy Scalp?

Maintain A Balanced Diet
Did you know that your hair and nails are the last parts of your body to receive nourishment? Once the major organs of the body such as the brain, heart and kidney have received their nutrition, then and only then is the hair given some love. So maintaining a healthy well balanced diet is imperative for a healthy scalp since the hair will be leaving the follicles. The follicle supplies your hair with all of the nutrients available from the left over storage in your blood stream. Once your hair leaves the follicle, it is no longer living, and no longer continues to receive any benefit from a late change to a healthy diet. Without the continued nourishment from the follicle and scalp, the hair is on its own at this point. If your diet is lacking in one or two areas, consider adding supplements such as biotin, msm and a b-complex.

Avoid Extreme Heat
The heat from blow dryers and even hooded dryers can deplete the moisture from the scalp and hair. Proper use of the blow dryer is key to avoiding major damage. Be sure to point the blow dryers heat down the hair shaft and not directly towards the scalp. This technique will avoid the roughing of the hair cuticle.

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Keep Products Gentle
Avoid shampoos with ammonium and sodium lauryl sulfate for your weekly shampooing session. Sulfate and paraben free shampoos get the hair very clean without stripping and irritating the scalp. Clarifying shampoos should be reserved to once to twice a month at the very most, and they should always be followed by a moisturizing conditioner. If you are a swimmer, all traces of chlorine should be removed from the scalp and hair with a chelating shampoo. Those who work out and sweat heavily should take care to rinse their scalps with warm water to remove all drying salts from the sweat. Co-washing conditioners and deep conditioners should be rinsed thoroughly from the scalp. They can cause irritation and itchiness, and little bits of dried up conditioner on the hair is plain unsightly.

How do you care for your scalp?

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • pretty.science

    Swimmers could also try a chlorine-neutralizing rinse like Swimspray
    for removing chlorine residue from hair. Chlorine chemically binds to
    skin/hair, so shampoo doesn’t get it all out. You’d have to neutralize the bonds and make it possible to actually rinse the chlorine off completely. Swimspray is pretty gentle… it uses vitamin C and you just spray it on after you swim and then rinse it out.

  • https://www.facebook.com/yasmine.amaya Yasmine Amaya

    How often should you use ACV monthly?

    • Teri Howell

      I use ACV every two weeks

      • Amanda

        What does ACV stand for?

        • Christa

          Apple cider vinegar. You rinse with it to clarify instead of using shampoo.

        • https://www.facebook.com/yasmine.amaya Yasmine Amaya

          You should try it! You will feel a difference after the first try!

        • Teri

          Apple cider vinegar

      • https://www.facebook.com/yasmine.amaya Yasmine Amaya

        Thanks for the help!