Tips to Getting a Healthy Scalp

by Coco + Creme

Who doesn’t want to have gorgeous looking hair? If you want your hair to look and feel good, it all starts with the way you take care of your scalp.

Without a well-kept scalp, your hair will not be able to grow and thrive as we all desire. Healthy scalps consist of skin that is toned and stimulated. You want your scalp to allow circulation to your hair follicles and be able to seal in moisture.

Don’t Slather the Oil onto the Scalp

For generations and generations, we have been told that you have to keep your hair oiled. When you allow the oil based products to build up on your scalp, it will lead to more problems not to the perfect scalp.

Your scalp actually produces its own oil. If you are constantly getting flakes within your scalp, your scalp will produce less of its natural oil. This will cause the scalp to get a bit off balance and you do not want to apply more oil to even it out.

To moisturize the scalp and to get rid of products, simply wash and condition.

Use the Right Products and Rinse

Proper use of products and rinsing is a critical part of getting your scalp in a better condition. You want to avoid shampoos that consist of sulfate and ammonium. You want to wash your hair around once or twice a month.

When using conditioning products, you should rinse your hair thoroughly. Dandruff can develop when conditioner is left in the hair.

Stay Away from Extreme Heat

Blowdryers and hooded dryers give off extreme heat that could ultimately damage your scalp. You want to avoid exposing the scalp to extreme temperatures.

You are What You Eat

Healthy diet equals a great looking scalp. There is no such thing as a “Scalp Diet”, but there are a few things you can eat to improve the way you take care of your scalp. A diet consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and unsaturated fat will lead to a better functioning scalp.

- Paulette Wilson

  • marloweovershakespeare

    I moisture my scalp and locs now with a rosemary oil, Shea butter, and aloe sap mix – melted. So far so good, but I only use it every other day to avoid buildup.

    I’d also say leave your hair COMPLETELY alone for a day or two.Of course, I’d you need to, do moisturize, but leave your creativity/styling to the side and don’t touch your hair at all. I found that when I did this, loc’d and loose, my hair grew much faster, scalp was less dry, and a bit healthier after a break from my hands:-)

  • HairOfTheDay

    Useful tips, thanks for sharing. I know I will be!

  • Shelly

    I could have misunderstood something, but I thought I read that we should only wash our hair once or twice a month. My family wash our hair everyday or atleast every other day and have no problems with hair growth. Dirty hair begins to itch and stink. Please wash your hair more than once or twice a month.

  • ChaCha1

    Yeah, I get dryness if I do a *real* wash every day, but I can’t go without a wash for less than 7 days, and even then, I’ll rinse with conditioner, tea, or water in between. If I don’t, my hair stinks because I sweat during workouts. I know everyone does different things or whatever works for them, but let me say this: Nobody has a magical scalp that after a whole month won’t smell at least a little sour to a stranger on a bus or a lover.

  • J. Nicole

    “Don’t Slather the Oil onto the Scalp”

    This actually depends on the oils you use. I massage natural oils into my scalp daily (coconut oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil) which stimulates hair follicles and can produce hair growth. Its always a good idea to add the caveats so that way people arent just walking around with dry scalps hoping they’ll just produce oils magically. The problem isn’t about applying them-its doing nothing about build up that can have no so great effects.

    I also only wash my hair with shampoo maybe every 3 months. I wash my hair with conditioner only.

  • ChaCha1

    meant to say: *after a whole month without a wash won’t smell…

  • Deb

    Oh yeah, relaxed or natural, our hair thrives when manipulation is kept to a minimum.

  • kelly

    oil is good, grease is what you should stay away from

  • honestly

    relax or natural, do what works for you. no two heads of hair are the same.AMEN!!!

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