I've been thinking about my hair a lot lately. Not in the sense that it's keeping me up at night, but I've been trying to figure out how to make it look as great with as little effort as possible. (Such is the struggle with most areas of beauty, I suppose.)
One of the biggest haircare struggles I've faced is an unhappy scalp. Flaky, dry scalp. Dandruff, itching, redness. You name it. Ugh. It took me years of trial and error to finally figure out why—for a long time I was focusing on products that added volume to my actual hair, but didn't do my dry scalp any favors. And therein lies my biggest haircare mistake (and the lesson I learned):
Hair health starts from the scalp, so pay attention to it! Taking care of your scalp first will benefit your hair in the long run—and you can always use styling products to add volume or texture later.
Maybe that will sound painfully obvious to some of you, but hey, it took me a while to figure it out! Think of it this way: You probably go out of your way to choose a special cleanser for your face, so why wouldn't you do the same for the skin on top of your head? Fine hair or not, my scalp needed some moisture. Since I've been paying more attention to keeping my hair hydrated, I seem to be experiencing less irritation and my locks look smoother and more nourished.
I'm a big fan of CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ because the focus of the brand is on having a healthy scalp—caring for hair from the root, not just the tips. But they're not too shabby in the lustrous locks department either—I've been using CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Nourishing Shampoo and Nourishing Daily Conditioner for the past month and my hair feels really soft and manageable. This particular duo is formulated with Nutrium 10™, an advanced moisture complex of vitamins and nutrients including vitamins B5, C & E, sunflower, almond, soybean & coconut oils, glycerin & aloe vera. Like a moisture cocktail for your head.
I think as we transition from summer into fall, it becomes even more important to pay attention to this stuff—cold weather and indoor heating always make the skin on my body and face dry and flaky, so it stands to reason that the same might happen to your scalp. So here are a couple of tips to help you prepare for the impending cold season:
- Consider doing a pre-wash conditioning treatment. You don't necessarily need to run out and buy an extra product for this—I used CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ Intense Hydration Nourishing Daily Conditioner before the shampoo and once again after, and it worked well for those purposes.
- Ditch the ponytails, or be careful not to pull them too tight. Too-tight ponytails can pull the hair at the front of your scalp, resulting in scalp irritation or sometimes even hair being yanked out. Not good! Luckily wearing your hair loose is a bit more comfortable once the weather cools down.
- Choose the right products for your scalp type. My biggest issue right now seems to be a dryness in the scalp region, but maybe you're different—perhaps you have excessive sebum in that area. Or maybe you're trying to preserve colored hair. CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ makes a variety of nourishing shampoos and conditioners that are designed to address various hair and scalp needs, so it helps to experiment if you're not sure what you need. (I also tried their Anti-Dandruff Shampoo with Pyrithione Zinc for a while over the summer, and it worked well for me.)
CLEAR SCALP & HAIR™ products can be found at Target.com an Walgreens.com with a suggested retail price of $4.99-$5.99.
Do you pay attention to the condition of your scalp? Do you have any special tips and tricks for keeping it healthy? Let me know in the comments!
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