Healthy hair starts at the scalp. It might sound cliché, but it's true - and it's so easy to forget about our scalps whilst we're on our quest for healthy, thriving curls and fros.
At Big Hair our focus has always been on holistic health - which is why we created our plant powered haircare range, as not only does it promote healthy hair and scalp, its also toxin free which means it's good for your whole being too (as well as the planet, because, sustainability and low carbon footprint - but that's another blog post).
Here are 4 ways to maintain a healthy scalp:
Don’t wash your hair too often
So, we're not saying to go waaaay back to relaxer or straightening days when you washed your hair once a month so it didn't revert (were you guilty of this?). But. Even with a gentle SLS free shampoo like CLEAN, combined with hard water and the mineral deposits in our H2O, washing your hair too often can strip your scalp of the natural oils it needs.
If you want to get a little scientific, your scalp produces sebum, a natural oil that lubricates the hair as it grows and is essential for healthy hair, so washing too often strips your scalp of its sebum which can lead to a dry scalp and dryer hair. Once a week is usually enough, but if you feel like your hair needs a mid-week wash opt for our co-wash SOFT, which will keep your sebum intact and add moisture too.
Deep Condition Regularly
We know, we know, we say this a lot! But deep conditioning your hair really is essential for a healthy scalp. Whilst you're applying, give your scalp a good ol' massage to get your circulation going - it helps bring oxygen to your scalp, which can also boost hair growth. So, when's that next massage session with your fave DEEP then?
Don't Grease Your Scalp
I know some of you may be reading that like "What!? No. I've been doing this since I was young and I'll never stop." Well, we're sorry to be the ones to break this to you BHabe, but greasing or oiling your scalp can clog hair follicles, cause build up on the scalp, and worsen scalp conditions. Actually, a lot of dry or flaky scalps are the result of an imbalance due to a dysfunction of the sebaceous glands i.e. the glands that produce your natural sebum.
Eat a Balanced Diet
We don't want to get all "Eat your vegetables so you can grow big and strong" on you, but it's hard to ignore the impact diet has on our scalps, hair, skin and body as a whole. Including leafy green veg, beans and fish in your diet makes a huge impact on your scalp health. It’s also good to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants because they help to improve blood circulation, check out our post on foods that help boost hair health.
Got any other tips to share with our BHabes? Drop them in the comments below!
Want to start a change.org on to stop other BHabes greasing their scalps? We support you BHabe! Find your tribe in the comments and lets start a no scalp greasing movement!
No scalp greasing!! Oomph, that’s a big ask!
HOWEVER I will try this in a couple months time. I have friends who haven’t greased their scalp in years and others (like myself) grease regularly.
On reading your post about foods to boost hair health, I’ll need to find the right supplements/vitamins as I have many severe food allergies leading to a real lack in omega-3.
Thank you for your work and knowledge.