Hair care advice usually focuses on nourishing your strands and maintaining soft, shiny lengths with body and volume. Little emphasis is placed on caring for the scalp – the foundation of hair growth! Neglecting your scalp can undermine even the best hair care regimen, so investing in its health is essential.
- Assess the Damage: An unhealthy scalp can seriously compromise the structural and functional integrity of your hair, leading to dry, limp or brittle locks – or, at worst, hair loss. If your scalp feels dry, itchy, tight or irritated, or you’re experiencing light dandruff or flaking, it might be time to re-assess your scalp care routine.
- De-Clutter Your Hair Care Regimen: Your scalp is an extension of the rest of your skin, with a larger concentration of hair follicles. A build-up of hair care products can clog the scalp surface, no different from the skin on your face. Excess product build-up can seriously inhibit your scalp from functioning properly, affecting sebum levels and hydration. Eliminate any un-necessary steps and use as few styling products as possible to achieve your desired look each day. Make sure to avoid the root area when applying styling products and treatments, keeping the product to the lengths of your hair.
- Use Targeted Products to Detox: Kevin.Murphy’s botanical inspired products often boast an array of benefits for scalp health. The Maxi.Wash detoxifying shampoo contains AHA’s (fruit acids) that break down fatty acids to to clean and clarify your scalp. Apply the shampoo to your hair and work it in gently, giving yourself a mini head-massage to stimulate your scalp. Using a detoxing shampoo once a week works wonders to eliminate product build-up and clarify the scalp. Finish up with the Kevin.Murphy Born.Again essential treatment, which contains biotin to prevent hair loss and improve scalp health. Apply it to freshly washed hair and distribute it to your scalp and through from your roots and lengths. Leave the treatment in your hair for 10-20 minutes before rinsing to repair scalp damage at a cellular level.
- Protect: It’s advised that you slather your skin with sunscreen before stepping out on a scorching hot day to prevent sun-damage – the same principle applies to your scalp . Sun-damage can seriously compromise follicle growth, so protect your scalp from UV rays with a hat. When it comes to heat-styling, be careful of depleting moisture from a dry or flaking scalp. Avoid blasting hot air directly onto your scalp when blowdrying and minimise exposure to extreme temperatures when using styling tools.