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The Beginner’s Guide to Scalp Care

by Hairgredients

If you're anything like us, you're probably always on the lookout for ways to improve how your hair looks and feels. This can be in the form of new washing methods, treatments, and products. Treating your hair is beneficial, but in reality, hair health starts at the scalp.

Did you know that you should be exfoliating your scalp? And that you should be washing your hair at least twice a week?  

There are many reasons why you may have issues with your scalp. In most cases it's usually nothing serious; you probably just need to pay more attention to it. 

What Causes an Unhealthy Scalp?

We’ve narrowed down 3 reasons as to why your scalp may be uncomfortably itchy, and what you can do to help it. 

What causes an unhealthy scalp?

Issue 1: Dandruff 

Many people think that dandruff is just dry skin, but it’s actually caused by an overgrowth of a type of yeast naturally found on the scalp. 

It's also extremely common, with 1 in 5 people suffering from this condition. If you’re one of them - don’t worry. Depending on severity, dandruff is usually treatable (more on this soon). 

Issue 2: Dryness 

An itchy scalp can also be down to dryness. If you use harsh products on your hair, or over-wash it, you could be stripping away natural oils that would usually hydrate the skin. 

You may also experience seasonal dryness. Just like the rest of your skin, your scalp is more likely to be dry in winter. 

Issue 3: Product Buildup  

We love a good hair product. But if you frequently use gels, hairspray, dry shampoo and other styling products in your routine, then you've probably got product build up. 

This is another reason why finding the right hair washing schedule is key. Over washing strips your scalp of natural oils, but under-washing can lead to a build up of oils and product that leads to discomfort. You want to find a happy medium. 

How to Take Care of Your Scalp

Before you can maintain healthy hair growth, you need to make sure you have a healthy scalp first. So how do you take care of your scalp? It’s all in the way you wash, exfoliate, and treat your scalp. 

What products should I use on my scalp?

What Is the Proper Way to Clean Your Scalp?

Aim to wash your hair 2-3 times a week to avoid dirt and bacteria build-up. Opt for a gentle shampoo that is free of harsh chemicals and sulphates to avoid stripping your scalp of its natural oils. 

How Do I Exfoliate My Scalp?

Exfoliation is another great way to promote healthy hair growth. We recommend starting with a micro needle Derma Roller, designed to exfoliate the scalp, penetrate the hair follicles and increase product absorption. Take a few minutes each week to roll over the scalp in different directions to stimulate your hair follicles. 

How do I exfoliate my scalp?

What Products Should I Use On My Scalp?

Your skincare regime shouldn’t stop at your face. You should take the same care with your scalp and hair, too. Make sure you’re using safe, gentle products that promote scalp health. 

After you have micro-needled your scalp, lock in moisture with a hair oil. Leaving the oil in for at least 1–4  hours before showering will help your scalp to retain vital nutrients and moisture. Our Oil Hair Mask is supercharged with 12 natural oils to give you stronger, fuller hair, and to help regain a healthy scalp. 

Best ingredients for scalp health

Best Ingredients for Scalp Health

When you’re looking for the best products for your scalp, the ingredients list is your best friend. At Hairgredients, we focus on providing the best ingredients to help you feed your hair. Here are some of our favorite scalp-friendly heroes: 

  • Garlic extract - keeps your scalp clean and free of bacteria
  • Jojoba oil - reduces dandruff build up 
  • Coconut and almond oil - nourish the scalp and hair
  • Castor oil - prevents hair follicle inflammation, 
  • Argon oil and biotin - contribute to general scalp and hair health, and promote hair growth.

With its 100% natural ingredients, Hairgredients Oil Hair Mask is enriched with active oils and vitamins to nourish every strand, for all hair types. 

When you give your scalp a little love, you can boost your hair’s lustre and promote hair growth. Try adding scalp care into your self-care routine.