Hair Care Tips for a Healthy Scalp

Whether your scalp is dry, oily or even normal, it is important to maintain the scalp.

Having a healthy scalp promotes better hair growth, keeps dirt and excess oils away, helps damaged hair and prevents dandruff.

Hair problems such as thinning, premature greying, breakage, dandruff and flaking could be symptoms that indicate an unhealthy scalp.

They are basically warning signs to start taking care of your scalp.

 Know your Scalp Type

Much like skin, the scalp can be divided into three types — normal, oily and dry.
Here are some tips to determine which scalp type you are:  


Oily at the end of day three
Oily in same evening
Oily after a week
Hair Ends
Normal or dry, sometimes with split ends
No split ends
Dry, fragile, with split ends
Hair Shine
Greasy at the end of second-third day
Greasy in the middle of first day
Mild shine just after shampooing, soon disappears
How does hair hold when styling
Holds Well
Holds Well but only for a short time
Does not hold well, very poorly

Normal Scalp

A normal scalp has the right balance of sebaceous glands and is generally not prone to problems like dandruff or excessive oil.

What to do:
Shampoo and condition your hair twice a week with a shampoo meant for normal hair. Use a light conditioner after, to avoid frizz and fly-aways.

Use a warm oil treatment once a month so that the oil glands are stimulated.

Keep the oil treatment on for about an hour and shampoo off.

If you don’t want to an oil treatment, massage the scalp regularly. The pressures applied in massaging helps to improve blood circulation.

Treat your hair to an Avocado and Olive oil mask once a month to help seal in moisture and keep a luscious shine.

Avocado Olive Oil Hair Mask

- Mash one ripe avocado and add one to three teaspoons of olive oil and whisk well.
- Apply this mixture to dry hair and leave it on for 30 minutes. Shampoo and condition your hair as you would do usually.

Oily scalp

An oily scalp is most prone to dandruff and flaking. The excess oil in the scalp tends to accumulate around the roots, clogging the pores. The hair is usually limp and flat.

What to do:
Shampoo your hair every day with a deep cleansing shampoo. If you suffer from dandruff, choose an anti-dandruff shampoo.

If you use conditioner, do not leave the conditioner on for long periods of time. Avoid using leave-in conditioners.

Avoid brushing your hair too much as that stimulates secretion of oil.

To control secretion of excess oil, you can use ingredients you already have in your home!

 Lemon and egg whites are great for maintaining silky strong hair.

Lemon Egg White Hair Mask

- Make a mixture of juice from 1 lemon and one egg white, you can add a tablespoon of salt for some grit as well. Stir all ingredients into a smooth paste.
- Apply it on your hair like a mask. Cover the hair with a shower cap or towel. Leave on for about 30 minutes, and then shampoo hair.

Dry scalp

A dry scalp can be constantly itching and flaking, leaving the hair rough, dull and frizzy. Because the oil secreted by the sebaceous glands is insufficient, you will need to apply oil externally to keep hair nourished.

What to do:
Shampoo once a week with a product that contains natural oils for moisture. Choose a thick cream-based conditioner and leave it on for about 10 minutes.

Use a warm oil treatment every week to stimulate the sebaceous glands. Massage your scalp thoroughly to stimulate oil secretion.

Lemon Hair Treatment

To moisturize the scalp and stimulate oil secretion, cut a lemon in half.

After shampooing, rub the lemon in circular motions all over wet hair and scalp, this will help exfoliate dry skin off the hair and scalps surface.

Let the lemon juice soak in the hair for about 30 minutes and rinse with water.

Scalp Care Tips

- (This is a hard one for me) Avoid using too many products. Make sure your hair is free of products at least once a week to ensure the scalp can “breathe”

- Invest in a massaging hairbrush to stimulate the scalp, strengthening hair

- Never brush your hair in a hurry as friction causes split ends

- Avoid brushing when the scalp is wet

- Always wash your hair in lukewarm water so that it is not too harsh on your scalp

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