We do so much for our skin and hair…but our scalps need love too!
Our scalp is also skin…it is just an extension of your face. It is actually more delicate than your face and has more sebaceous and sweat glands. If not taking care of properly, it can get dry and flaky, pores clogged, oily, etc. Your scalp care regiment should be just as importance as the skincare for your face.
And when you think about the health/look of your hair…scalp care is hair care, period! Think about it, your hair grows out of you scalp. If it’s clogged or dry, your hair can’t thrive.
Here are four things you can do to practice good scalp care:
1. Wash your hair! I know we’ve been told, don’t wash your hair too much because it will dry our hair out. No, we don’t need to wash our hair everyday but some of ya’ll going weeks or months without a wash.
I wash my hair/scalp once a week…at minimum every other week. I use a shampoo formulated for our hair textures, like GreenSistah’s Healthy Scalp Shampoo. It is made with ingredients that clean my scalp/hair, but also moisturize. It’s not watered down like so many products we see on the shelf marketed for African American hair textures.
After workouts, because I have a natural style, I also spray my scalp with GreenSistah’s BLT Spray made with Apple Cider Vinegar.
2. Don’t scratch your scalp! It’s probably itching because you aren’t doing #1,. Our scalp is an extension of our face and you wouldn’t scratch your face because it could cause a flare-up or more irritation...the same goes for your scalp.
If you are experiencing a lot of itching, you need to figure out what is causing it. Your scalp could need cleaning, it could be dry or infected. If you have added hair to accomplish a hairstyle, you could be experiencing an allergic reaction to the type of hair you used.
3. Oil your scalp! Every few days, pull out that hair grease and oil your scalp. Our beautiful curly hair texture needs moisture to thrive. Our hair grows from our scalp…so if you oil your scalp, your hair will benefit.
GreenSistah’s Sheajoba hair food is plant based hair “grease” formulated for our hair textures (natural/chemically treated hair). It will not only give your scalp the moisture it needs, but it could also have you hair touching your back.
4. Drink water! I know I sound like a broken record…but it’s so important for scalp care that you are drinking enough water every day.
It is recommended that you drink 50% of your body weight in ounces of water every day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, you need 75 ounces of water every day. I have a water bottle that has the ounces listed on it, this way I know I’m getting enough.