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It is important to remember that a beautiful head of hair starts at the scalp. But, unfortunately, because it hides out of sight, we often forget to take care of our scalp – until problems become noticeable – and then it’s simply too late for early prevention. Men and women wishing to achieve the most beautiful head of hair possible, as well as those who are experiencing a “symptomatic scalp” (dry, itchy, flaky or oily scalp, shedding, thinning, damaged/dull hair or hair breakage) should consider scheduling a trichology evaluation, also known as a scientific hair and scalp exam. These conditions, while incredibly common, are oftentimes not easily treated with at-home remedies or over-the-counter products, and could be holding you back from healthy hair. 

Answer: It is important to remember that a beautiful head of hair starts at the scalp. But, unfortunately, because it hides out of sight, we often forget to take care of our scalp – until problems become noticeable – and then it’s simply too late for early prevention. Men and women wishing to achieve the most beautiful head of hair possible, as well as those who are experiencing a “symptomatic scalp” (dry, itchy, flaky or oily scalp, shedding, thinning, damaged/dull hair or hair breakage) should consider scheduling a trichology evaluation, also known as a scientific hair and scalp exam. These conditions, while incredibly common, are oftentimes not easily treated with at-home remedies or over-the-counter products, and could be holding you back from healthy hair. 

Q: How Can I Keep My Hair Clean?

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A key part of keeping your scalp and your hair in optimal health is to shampoo your hair regularly, but not overdo it. This balance can vary, depending on the individual, but most hair care experts actually do not recommend shampooing your hair every single day because it can dry out your scalp by removing the beneficial oils, called sebum, that your scalp naturally produces. Everyone is different, but for optimal hair and scalp health, we recommend shampooing and conditioning your hair two to three times per week, as a way to ensure you are keeping your scalp from becoming too oily, but still allowing it to go through its natural process. Hair and scalp naturally build up oils, dead skin cells, dandruff, as well as styling products. The buildup of oils, dead skin, and styling product residue can provide an environment for unhealthy overgrowth of the microorganisms that inhabit our scalp, causing irritation and inflammation that’s been scientifically proven to cause poor hair follicle function.  

Treatments To Keep Your Scalp Healthy

Today, there is a wide variety of trichological therapies to boost the underlying health of the scalp and follicles, effectively treating a wide range of conditions – from frizz to limp/lackluster hair, excessive shedding or thinning, dandruff and flaking, irritated or oily scalp, fungal infections, etc. 

One of the easiest ways to take care of your scalp is to exfoliate it, at least once a week. Most of us are already aware of the benefits of exfoliating the skin on our face and body, but we forget about the skin on our head because it often isn’t as visible. There are several products out there for exfoliating your scalp, and all you need to do is massage the product into your scalp and leave it five to 10 minutes then rinse. Additionally, the massage itself will help promote optimal scalp health, which can aid hair growth, increase circulation, relax your muscles, and soothe your scalp.

How Does Diet Affect Your Scalp? 

Just like the rest of your skin, your diet also affects the skin on your scalp. Strict diets (e.g., incorrect vegan/vegetarian diets) can be deficient in calories and nutrients like protein, iron, etc. which literally starves the follicles and impairs hair production. Those who lack these key vitamins are more at risk of thinning and unhealthy hair – biotin, antioxidants, zinc, iron, Vitamin B, and protein. Steep drops in these essential nutrients can force the hair follicles to shed their hair strands and go into a prolonged resting phase during which time no new hairs are grown. To ensure your scalp stays healthy, or to give it a boost, make you’re your diet is packed full of “superfoods,” which include: lean red meat, fish, berries, pomegranate juice, beans, artichokes, and nuts. Furthermore, if you have a particularly dry scalp then you may need to supplement your diets such as with fish oil or collagen. Also, when it comes to scalp health, hydration is very important, so be sure you are consistently drinking enough water.

*Each individual's treatment and/or results may vary

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