4 Simple Tips for a Healthy Scalp This Summer
To me, a good hair day is equivalent to those moments when I walk out of my house and the voice in my head goes, “Please step aside for the superstar model (cue hair whip).” Yes, I’m proud of the time I spend and the effort I make to maintain healthy and beautiful hair.
But many of us don’t realize the importance of caring for the scalp in order to truly get glowing hair that lasts. In fact, it was only a few years ago, when I learnt that although hair care is essential, scalp care is the key (to radiance)! After all, if our scalps are unwell, how could we expect hair growing from it to be well?
Here, I’ve gathered some simple tips you can easily incorporate into your daily routine:
Rub, don’t scratch!
Our scalp is really more delicate than we think. The first step to scalp care is knowing how to treat it with a gentle touch! You would never scratch your face viciously, so why do that to your scalp? When washing your hair, massage your head with the tips of your fingers, and never with your nails. Our nails can be too harsh for the scalp, scraping away the protective layer, hurting the skin.
When itchiness strikes during the day, my trick is to press down on the irritated spots with my hand knuckles.
Avoid washing your hair every day
Washing your hair every other day or once every three days is actually better for the scalp than washing it every single day. Using too much shampoo, or too often, can be overwhelming for your scalp.
If you wash your hair every day because you find it oily when you don’t, just suck it up for a few days and try spacing it out! I promise you will see a difference in how your hair shines after just a week or two. You can try using dry shampoo for the days you take a break from regular shampoo.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Yes – you’ve read it right. My hair stylist is to thank for this tip. She was the one who told me that although my scalp can be oily in the summer, it is very dry at the same time. Often times, our scalp becomes oily because it is trying to safeguard itself by the dryness. So people with oily hair can easily be suffering from dandruff concerns, too.
On a daily basis, I would spray a toner-like scalp water directly on my scalp in the morning before I leave the house. The one I’m currently using is from Taiwan, by a hair care brand called Renata. The spray contains peppermint oil and Aloe Vera gel concentration; both ingredients are great for nourishing the scalp, so any product that features the combination of those two would be a good choice.
Protect it from the sun
We apply sunscreen all over our face and entire body, yet we neglect our scalp, where we get the most direct sunshine! Not sure about you, but I have several times realized that my scalp is itchier, more irritated after a long day out in the sun. And because it is not always visible, we forget that our scalp can also get sunburnt.
My personal favorite is Shiseido’s Refreshing Sun Protection Spray for Body and Hair, although it is only SPF 16. I tend to only use this on my hair because SPF 16 is too low for the rest of my body. I love that the formula is water-resistant so it doesn’t flatten my hair.
If you think that is too much hassle, however, then simply wear a hat! A beautiful floppy hat or a never-out-of-trend straw hat instantly makes any outfit more chic, anyway!