Wednesday, November 12, 2014

All that hair: Healthy Hair Starts at the scalp





Maintaining a healthy scalp is essential to the overall health of growing natural hair. To often I meet women who are more concerned with their hair than where it is growing from. Your scalp is responsible for sending sebum (natural hair oil) and nutrients along the strands of our hair. This will allow your hair to be healthy, moisturize and nourish.





Recently I came across the process of exfoliating the scalp, I will be honestly, I have never heard of it. I too am guilty of getting lazy sometimes and skipping straight to conditioner. However our scalp is clarified by using shampoos, mud washes, or apple cider vinegar, what about the dead skin cells? 

Removing dead skin cells allows product buildup to be removed, excess sebum, itchy and flaky scalp, prevents hair loss and inflammation of the scalp. Preventing any of these will prevent your scalp from being sealed and trapping bacteria, dead skin cells, and perspiration.




Exfoliant for your scalp

 2 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
 5 tablespoons of Jojoba Oil
 2 drops of Tea Tree Oil in a small bowl.


Tips for Massaging Exfoliant 

*Remember to use the balls of your fingers to massage your scalp.
*Be gentle with your scalp
*Try this 1 a week for best results. 

When I first went on healthy hair journey, I quickly came to realize that my scalp was where my hair was growing from, so would it not makes sense to care for it. My go to as of late as been ACV (apple cider vinegar).


Where do I start? 

Pre-shampoo can be made using natural oils, conditioner, or a combination of both. The greatest benefits of a pre-shampoo treatment is this method allows you the chance to thoroughly detangle your hair, this will prevent fairy knots and tangles. If you have hair in the 4 ranges this method helps alot.

Pre-shampoo

Pre-shampoo is great for soften the hair, removing sebum, toxins and other ailments that may be preventing your hair from growing to its full potential.

This method should be done weekly, and use oils that can penetrate your hair shaft and nourish the hair follicle.

*coconut oil
*jojoba oil
*argan oil

More on Scalp Massages: 

Recently I have began to do this almost every night for at least 5 minutes, you certainly don't need to do this but it has made a difference in my hair growth. 

* Try using Essential Oils: Enrich  your oil mixture 

Tips:

Remember to store all products formulated with a large amount of essential oils in dark bottles. Light can damage the essential oils

How I mix my oil:

You can choose one carrier oil such as Jojoba oil: add 5 drops of rosemary oil, tea tree oil

* You can choose to mix this formulation any way you'd like.

Jojoba oil

* This essential oil closely resembles the skin's sebum. It helps to prevent inflammation, removes buildup, excess sebum and aids in hair growth

Tea Tree Oil

* This essential  oil prevents skim inflammation, keeping bacteria at bay. This oils is praised as being anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal essential oil.

Rosemary Oil

*This essential oil nourishes the scalp, slows down premature hair loss, imparts mega-shine, and also helps eliminate and prevent skin inflammations. 


What are your scalp remedies? What works best for you? what are your favourite essential oils?

Please feel free to leave your comments below