With many focusing on hair health, it can be easy to forget about the important role scalp health plays in achieving long, thick, strong, and shiny hair that is easy to style and manage. We all know that the health of our scalp and caring for our scalp needs are vital because this is where all the new hair growth takes place. But there is so much more to learn about our scalp. We must take the time to understand our needs if we want to effectively care for our scalp to ultimately achieve our best hair. So let’s break down some of the basics you need to know to help you soothe, condition and nourish your scalp – especially if you have thin, unhealthy hair or dry scalp problems and irritations – in order for you to achieve a healthy scalp naturally.
1. Your scalp has a rich vascular supply
Being the thickest skin on our body, our scalp is very unique and contains a large amount of blood vessels that are connected to and are essential for nourishing hair follicles. Because the rich vascular supply of our scalp plays a significant role on the health of our hair, a lack of blood supply can result in and contribute to hair loss problems that many of us experience. This is why, if you are trying to support and encourage thick, healthy hair growth, you will often hear about the importance of regularly massaging your scalp. Taking the time to massage your scalp for a couple of minutes every day is known to help encourage blood flow to the hair follicles, with the goal of ultimately promoting healthy hair growth.
Massaging your scalp is such a quick, simple and easy scalp care tip that you can implement immediately without needing to spend any money or purchase any new products for your haircare routine. So be sure to create a habit of regular scalp massages every day. It is important to note, however, that you must massage gently, focusing on the skin of your scalp, as opposed massaging in a way that causes stress to the hair, knotting or even potential hair breakage.
If you are wanting to set yourself up for your very best chance at enhanced hair growth results, you can also massage hair oils into your scalp. Our Sozo Scalp & Hair Health Serum has been formulated as a lightweight, hydrating hair oil that provides heat protection when styling. Plus, it also reduces frizz and increases shine. But it is also a hair serum that should be used as a pre-wash scalp and hair oil treatment as it contains ingredients like rosemary oil. Rosemary oil is known to help increase the circulation and blood flow to your scalp to help encourage hair growth, making it the perfect scalp care oil treatment to use when massaging.
2. Your hair isn’t oily… you have active sebaceous glands
For those of us who have naturally oilier hair types, we understand the pain that can come with hair that feels and looks oily even with regular washes. But have you ever taken the time to think about how or why some of us have oily hair while others don’t? Well, the first thing we must all understand about oily hair types is that oil, known as sebum, is actually produced by sebaceous glands on our scalp that are connected to our hair follicles, which then make our hair feel oily. Just like we all have unique skin and hair needs, some people have more active sebaceous glands than others, due to a variety of reasons, which is why some have hair that feels oilier. Our hormones, physical health and diet are all known to contribute to increased amounts of sebum production.
Although there is the common belief that washing your hair too frequently will dry out your scalp and hair, it is essential that you wash according to the amount of sebum your specific scalp produces. If you are prone to an oily scalp, meaning you have more active sebaceous glands, it is essential you wash regularly to remove that oil build up. Effectively cleaning your scalp and removing the build up is vital if you want to avoid any potential scalp problems, irritations or conditions like dandruff.
If you are having to wash regularly to remove your oil build up but you don’t want the health of your hair to suffer and you don’t want to risk drying out your scalp, ensure you’re using an all-natural, sulphate free shampoo like our Sozo Hair Health Shampoo. Our chemical free shampoo and Australian hair products are formulated to clean and nourish, while remaining lightweight for a healthy scalp that is conditioned and for hair that is strengthened, shiny, repaired and protected. Investing in a high quality, natural shampoo is essential to achieving an effective clean, but conditioners and hair masks also play an important role in nourishing your scalp to regulate oil. So, if you’re looking for a dry scalp treatment, our Sozo Hair Health Mask is the product that can be applied after shampooing to soothe your scalp as well as deeply condition your hair. Each and every haircare product in your routine will have a positive or negative impact on the health of your scalp, so always be intentional with what you’re using both in and out of the shower.
3. Environmental pollutants can build up on your scalp and hair
Even if you don’t struggle with an oily scalp, don’t forget about all the environmental pollutants we are exposed to on a daily basis that can accumulated in your scalp and hair between washes. Dirt and dust, in addition to our natural oil, sweat, and hair styling products, can all build up on our scalp, ultimately impacting the health of our scalp and hair. This is why, once again, it is important to wash regularly to ensure your scalp remains as clean as possible. Maintaining a clean scalp and regularly using a dry scalp treatment like our Sozo Hair Health Mask will allow you to manage and prevent dry, irritated scalp conditions and problems.
There is so much to learn and understand about our scalps and how to create your most effective scalp care routine. However, you absolutely don’t need to be an expert in scalp and hair care to achieve your best results. Simply by understanding the basics of how to care for your scalp, you can effectively maintain a clean, healthy, nourished scalp and, ultimately support healthy hair growth.