Hair can add to our unique personality and sense of style. After all, it’s also known as our crowning glory. Good hairstyles can make us stand out in a crowd and instantly boost self-confidence. So, it’s no surprise that everybody wants healthy and gorgeous hair.
But how do we achieve and maintain healthy and beautiful hair?
Short answer: pay attention to your scalp.
In a way, the scalp is like skin, in that it has layers. It has small pores where the hair follicles are located. The scalp contains more sweat and lipid glands that make it more prone to acquire dirt, sebum, and sweat. And like the skin, the scalp can be damaged due to many reasons like poor lifestyle.
Maintaining a healthy and nourished scalp can save you from many hair problems. These aren’t simply typical ‘bad hair day’ issues, but more serious ones like seborrheic dermatitis (dandruff), folliculitis (small red bumps on your scalp), or hair loss.
We’ve listed the 4 major signs of an unhealthy scalp to help you avoid these unpleasant hair conditions.
The scalp produces oil (sebum) naturally and serves as protection for your hair. But excessive oil production can cause clogging of pores and makes the dirt accumulate easily on your scalp. This usually happens when you use shampoos with sulfate and parabens. These ingredients strip the natural oils in your scalp which trigger them to produce more oil to compensate.
In some cases, hair loss could be due to an underlying medical condition like thyroid problems. So, if you feel that too much hair is falling out, then it’s recommended to consult your health practitioner about this. Usually, when the underlying problem with your scalp is treated, the hair will grow back. But this doesn’t mean you should let the situation reach this point.
A healthy scalp reflects healthy hair. So, keeping your scalp healthy must be just as essential as maintaining beautiful hair.
Make sure you eat a healthy and balanced diet and drink a lot of water. Use hair products with natural ingredients and avoid harsh ingredients like sulfate, paraben, and alcohol because they cause damage to your scalp and hair.
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