Have you ever considered how scalp care is skin care? The skin on our scalp needs special attention just like the skin on our face to maintain optimal health and avoid scalp issues such as dryness, oiliness, itchiness, and more. If you’ve never had issues with your scalp, it’s likely balanced and healthy. Knowing what it needs and how to build a regime can be confusing. With certain treatments and practices, you can optimise your scalp health for your hair to thrive.
Why scalp health is important
A healthy scalp supports healthy hair. Just like our skin, our scalp has a natural microbiome that regulates itself. Certain internal and environmental factors can interfere with our scalp’s microbiome causing it to become imbalanced. You may notice flakes, itchiness, tightness, or excess oil if your scalp is imbalanced. The scalp also rejuvenates skin cells, shedding the dead skin cells on the surface of the scalp and producing fresh new ones.
However, the scalp is unique in that it is connected to more of our body’s vascular system, which feeds our hair follicles vital nutrients to support hair growth and strength. It also contains many sebaceous glands that produce sebum, which keeps the hair nourished and prevents it from becoming dry.
Not properly caring for your scalp can result in a myriad of issues and skin conditions.
Buildup from products, dead skin cells, the environment, and natural sebum can accumulate on the scalp and lead to itchiness, weighed down hair, and even clogged hair follicles which can lead to hair shedding and hair loss.
Dandruff is one of the most common scalp conditions, and appears as white oily flakes. Dandruff occurs when oil from the scalp and dead skin cells accumulate. This can be caused by many factors including an overgrowth of naturally-occurring fungus on the scalp, seborrheic dermatitis, or eczema. See a doctor for these scalp conditions to ensure proper care.
Dry skin can also occur on the scalp and appear as flakes and become itchy, tight feeling, and uncomfortable. Those with dry skin throughout their body and face are likely to also have a dry scalp that needs extra care. You may also notice a dry scalp in the cold winter months or if you live in a dry climate.
How to maintain a healthy scalp
Fortunately there are treatments and practices that can help to foster a healthy scalp to prevent these common issues. Maintaining a healthy scalp is vital to your overall hair’s health.
Just like the skin on our face and body, our scalp sheds dead skin cells naturally. However some people may notice excessive buildup of dead skin cells. Hair products and sebum can also accumulate on the scalp if not properly removed. Gentle exfoliation can help remove a buildup of dead skin cells and certain cleansers can lift away product buildup.
The Curlsmith Detox Kit is a 3-step system that is designed to remove buildup from both the scalp and the hair without stripping away moisture. The products included in the kit contain pre-biotics, probiotics, and post-biotics that strengthen and protect the skin's protective barrier, the microbiome. The clarifying shampoo contains perlite, a very fine natural scrub that gently exfoliates away dead skin cells without leaving a residue. The conditioner included in the kit is also safe to apply to the roots of the hair, and contains scalp soothing ingredients such as peppermint and tea tree essential oils. It also helps to rebalance pH and moisture levels after thoroughly detoxing the scalp and hair.
Stimulate The Scalp
Did you know you can improve circulation to your scalp? The vascular system delivers vital nutrition and oxygen to the scalp that our hair follicles need to produce healthy hairs. Simply massaging your scalp using the Curlsmith Scalp Massager every day is a great way to encourage blood circulation and can be relaxing.
You can also stimulate your scalp by applying a serum when massaging your scalp. The Curlsmith Scalp Stimulating Booster is a morning scalp serum that helps to create an environment for a healthy scalp, with a blend of natural ingredients such as nettle, ginger, guarana extract, and dragon fruit. It contains two activities that are clinically proven to support denser, thicker and fuller hair called Anagain and Baicapil. Anagain is based on pea sprout and contributes to fuller and thicker-looking hair. Baicapil contains soybean, wheat germ, and Chinese Skullcap which are known to improve follicle conditions.
Once a day, apply the Booster directly to the scalp using the concentrator nozzle and massage until fully absorbed. It’s best applied in the morning, and is a great addition to your refresh routine because it also has a slight foaming reaction when massaged into the scalp that leaves a clean feeling and boosts volume once dried.
The Booster is most effective when used consistently as part of a daily scalp skincare routine with the Full Lengths Density Elixir for at least 12 weeks.
Named “best hair growth serum for curly hair for 2022” by Cosmopolitan, the Booster was put to the test in an 8-week trial. This trial looked to measure hair growth serums’ impact on thickening, strengthening, regrowth, and overall changes in the condition of the scalp. The Booster scored a 75/100, and most of the panel of testers noticed less hair fall, ramp up in volume, and an improvement in the thickness and hydration of their hair. One tester noted their hair is now “so soft and shiny and feels much fuller and stronger."
Nourish The Scalp
Fostering a healthy environment on the scalp can help prevent excessive shedding and thinning. Topical serums can help stimulate blood flow and provide nutrients to the skin. The Curlsmith Full Lengths Density Elixir is a night scalp serum that contains a blend of stimulating ingredients and five hair support actives. Ingredients include Resdensyl, which is derived from green tea and targets hair follicles, and Procapil, a blend of castor oil and biotin that helps prevent hair follicle aging. The Elixir also contains both Baicapil and Anagain actives. This powerful combination balances the scalp and promotes healthier, thicker, longer looking hair when used consistently. It’s most effective when used in combination with the Scalp Stimulating Booster for at least 12 weeks.
Apply it once a day directly on the scalp, ideally before bed. Massage thoroughly until the serum is absorbed into your scalp. The Elixir will not leave a greasy residue or cause your roots to become oily.
Ultimately, long, strong, and lustrous hair starts from within and from a healthy scalp. Properly nourishing your body, drinking plenty of water, and reducing stress are imperative. There is no miracle topical product or magic pill that will promise healthy hair. Dedicating attention to caring for your scalp will help prevent conditions from arising. Stay consistent with your routine by regularly clarifying to remove buildup, stimulate your hair follicles, and nourish your scalp with the naturally-derived ingredients found in Curlsmith's Scalp Recipe to maintain a healthy scalp.