Basic Scalp Care
A healthy scalp is essential to great looking hair. Below are tips on maintaining scalp health and preventing common problems. KEEP YOUR SCALP CLEAN!
Know What's In Your Shampoo
The scalp should be cleansed using a shampoo that is mild as possible. Try to find a shampoo that is acid based, rather than alkaline based. Acid based shampoos are more mild to the skin (and hair). Look for shampoos that have a pH of 4.5 to 5.5. Also, look at the ingredients in your shampoo. The key cleanser used in many shampoos is Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Look for shampoos which contain Sodium Myreth Sulfate instead. The larger molecular structure of Sodium Myreth prevents penetration into the hair shaft or skin, is exceptionally gentle, and won't strip moisture from the hair and skin. Kenra makes an excellent line of shampoos formulated with Sodium Myreth Sulfate as the key cleanser.
Once or twice per week, remove dead skin and dirt from the scalp with an exfoliating scrub made for use on the face or scalp.
Use of a good moisturizing conditioner (such as Paul Mitchell's Daily Conditioner) not only helps keep the hair looking good, but it's also great for helping the scalp maintain moisture.
A good scalp massage promotes blood flow to the scalp, soothes nerves, relaxes muscles, keeps the scalp flexible, and promotes hair growth and luster. Oh, and it feels great, too. Once per week, massage the scalp using firm pressure on upward strokes. Fingers should be placed under the hair (to avoid pulling) and massage should be performed using the balls of the fingertips in a circular motion. Massage the entire scalp for three or four minutes.