Get to the root of you hair issues

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Thursday, October 25, 2012


Kendra Aarhus, About.com Guide

TO EXPECT the hair to be full of life on an ill kept scalp is like expecting a tree to flourish in loose soil. While people search and stick to useful steps of nourishing their frills, many keep missing the idea that the scalp is actually the root of many hair problems—thinning hair, itchy or tight scalp, styles that go limp, void of shine, lack of body, dullness, etc.

The solution is simply changing the way you treat your scalp. You might want to address the following issues to improve your scalp’s condition, thus, improving your hair’s state.

Not using the right shampoo / conditioner

Switching to scalp nourishing shampoo and conditioner with natural ingredients is the first step in turning hair problems around. Remember to give your new shampoo and conditioner six to eight weeks to notice dramatic improvements.

Learn to properly shampoo your hair

Removing excess oil and hair products from your scalp can clear the way to a better hair day, while getting rid of the gunk frees up your follicles. We should not forget to take the time for a scalp massage, one of the first steps in a proper shampoo.

Your scalp needs to be conditioned

Stylists suggest skipping conditioners for better volume, but it does not mean it is totally unforgivable. Try conditioners with eucalyptus or peppermint for a refreshing scalp treatment that locks in essential moisture, but helps keep oil production under control.

Invest in a great brush

A great way to stimulate the scalp, move oils through the hair and keep it tangle free is regular hair brushing. So invest in a nice brush with a boar bristles incorporated.

The heat is on

For the nth time, heat is not hair or scalp friendly. Let your hair air dry naturally for as long as possible to reduce frizz and promote healthy scalp.

Degunk your tresses

The products we put on our hair make their way to our scalp and, with existing hair problems, will likely cause pores and follicles to clog.

Protect scalp from the sun

Repeated exposure to the UV rays of the sun damages the scalp. Protection is an absolute must, especially if the hair is thin, thinning or irritated.

You are what you eat
Hair is highly effected by food, vitamins and medications taken. If your hair is in a rut, it may be time to put your hair on a healthy diet or try vitamins that are specifically formulated to promote healthy scalp and hair.

Seek medical advice

If the tips above are not enough to mend scalp problems, limp thinning hair or a dry, itchy, flaky scalp may be the cause of bigger medical concerns.

Talk to a doctor and ask for a blood panel if you haven’t had one done in recent months to rule out any underlying medical conditions.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 26, 2012.

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