As our Chemical expert Fern Wong says “Healthy scalp, beautiful hair”. To have a healthy head of hair, it’s important to have a scalp care routine. Just like most important things in life, starting with the foundation ensures that your hair will be nourished from root to tip.
Minimize sun exposure
- Just like how being in the sun for too long can cause a sunburn, being in the sun for too long can damage your hair and scalp, especially if there are any hair thinning issues. Hair can become dry and brittle and the scalp can suffer from irreversible damage! If you know that you’ll be under the sun for an extended period of time, wearing a hat is your best bet.
Only have trusted professionals dye and treat your hair
- The reason for this is because many dyes and products used for perming, straightening and coloring hair can cause damage and may even burn your scalp, especially at low cost salons. A trusted professional will be able to apply the product while avoiding direct application to your scalp, and will also be able to do a patch test to ensure you are not allergic to it. The products we use at Hairloom have been tested extensively by our team, and are always of the highest quality – no exceptions.
Your scalp needs pampering too
- Have you heard of scalp treatments? Our scalp treatment revitalizes hair follicles and promotes healthy hair growth. There are also natural treatments you can try at home, like using sweet almond oil, or Moroccan oil. These may be a little messy to apply at home for a first-timer, but it will not be difficult to get the hang of. However, coming in periodically for professional scalp treatments at least once or twice a year will make sure that your scalp gets the nourishment it needs.
Head massages – not just for relaxation, but also for scalp care
- Did you know that before each hair cut, we make sure to give each customer a good shampoo and head massage? Other than just being heavenly experiences, the massage we give helps to increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage in the head, both of which can stimulate hair follicles in the scalp. So the next time you wash your hair, giving your head a good massage by rubbing your fingers in a circular motion will create the same effect. Spend at least 5 minutes pampering yourself in the shower before rinsing off.
You are what you eat
- If you have an oily scalp, your diet may have a big part to play in that. It’s important to cut down on deep fried and processed foods, as they may be contributing to the excess sebum on your scalp. Eating a diet full of rich omega 3 fatty acids and lean protein, like salmon, can provide a lot of good nutrients for your scalp.
- To strengthen your hair cuticle, which is the outer layer of your hair, vitamins A, B12 and biotin can help. These can be found in foods like eggs, bananas and spinach.
- Losing hair? Hair loss has been associated with deficiencies in selenium and zinc. Eating foods like brazil nuts and oysters can be helpful!
Finally, it’s important to not wash your hair with water that’s too hot, as it may strip away excess moisture and important oils from your scalp. Try using lukewarm water or as cool a temperature as you can tolerate. Taking these steps will ensure a healthy scalp for a beautiful head of hair.