Conditioners! Hair masks! Oils and creams! We spend lots of time and energy caring for and styling our hair, but what about our scalp?
Even though the scalp is mostly hidden, it plays a huge role in supporting the growth of our hair. In fact, the scalp has a delicate microbiome that’s home to a diverse array of microorganisms and healthy bacteria, that all work together to grow and maintain our curls.
The scalp is literally the root (pun intended) of all that luscious hair. Incorporating scalp care into our hair routine not only can have a big visual payoff, but can also prevent issues like dandruff and excess oil buildup, as well as more serious concerns like hair loss, so it’s definitely worth the extra step.
Read on for 3 tips to keep your scalp in tip-top shape:
Keep things clean by scheduling regular wash days and choosing moisturizing products that are good for both your hair and scalp. Every head of hair has different needs as to how often you should be sudsing up, but one thing is universal - hydration is key! Start by washing with a good sulfate-free shampoo like the Chébé Hydrating Shampoo to gently cleanse, while not overstripping your hair of moisture.
Scalp buildup can be caused by environmental factors, excess sebum production, or most commonly, an accumulation of products like silicone-heavy stylers. But have no fear! You can help break up existing buildup on wash day by gently massaging your scalp with your fingertips (not your fingernails), or a scalp brush while shampooing. Prevent future buildup by opting for sulfate and silicone-free stylers like our Chébé Curls Gelée that adds shine without creating more buildup.
Balance The Biome
When the microbiome is out of whack, your scalp can either underproduce or overproduce oil, leaving your hair dry and lackluster, or greasy-looking and weighed down. So, it’s important to balance that delicate system by keeping your scalp nourished and properly hydrated. After shampooing, follow up with our Chébé + Hyaluronic Acid Conditioner to pack more moisture into those strands before moving on to the new superstar of your wash day, our Chébiotic Hair Mask. Working section by section, massage a small amount of the mask from root to tip, allowing the mask’s growth-enhancing postbiotics to work their magic on your scalp’s microbiome.
Taking care of your scalp not only helps combat problems like dryness and itchiness, it also can help you grow thicker, healthier hair. And who doesn’t want that? Follow our tips, and you’ll be on your way to a more nourished scalp in no time. And be sure to shout us out @salwapetersen to show us your healthy locks!
Happy scalp, happy hair!