A healthy scalp is the key to shiny hair!
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I used to underrate the significance of a good scalp care routine, but during the past few years, I came to recognize what difference a healthy scalp can really make.
This blog post is sponsored by Natura Brasil; all opinions are 100% my own.
It was when I moved from Taipei to Boston about 6 years ago when I went through a period of “hair trouble.” My hair would become really oily and flat the day after I’ve just washed my hair, yet my scalp would be dry and flaky; I noticed slightly more severe hair loss, too. I tried various shampoos, conditioners and hair masks, but nothing was really helping the situation. And then I realized it was because I’ve neglected the “root” cause of the issue, quite literally. Later, I learned from a hair stylist that I was dealing with a scalp imbalance.
So then my journey of discovering a good scalp care routine for myself started.
In this post, I’m sharing some of my favorite ways to care for my scalp, as well as tips I’ve gathered through trial and error.
I Use a Hair Tonic
One of the things that really made a big difference back then was applying tonic water directly to my scalp. I tested several out and found a few I liked.
Recently, I discovered Natura Brasil’s Patauá Strengthening Hair Tonic, a new product that features a light formula using Patauá oil, and started using it regularly. The oil is rich in omega-9 and fatty acids and great for strengthening the internal structure of the hair fiber and promoting hair health, from roots to ends. It nourishes and soothes the scalp, too.
I apply the product to my scalp with the dropper 2 to 3 times a week on nights before I wash my hair the following morning.
It’s been about 5 weeks since I started using the hair tonic, and I know I cannot stop using it! Not only do I see less hair on the floor of my apartment, my hair has gotten smoother, too. In photos, I can tell that my hair has gotten shinier, too!
Personally, I think this hair tonic is one of the best kept secrets for fuller, healthier hair. I highly recommend it to those dealing with hair loss or hair breakage!
I Massage My Scalp Regularly
A few times a day, whether I’m working on my laptop at my desk or just watching tv, I would use a rose quartz comb and gently massage my scalp using a pressing motion. The massage helps with stimulating your scalp, and it is actually also a great way to de-stress, too. In fact, this is now an important step of my self-care routine; I find it really calming.
I Don’t Scratch My Scalp
Treat your scalp like you would with your face! You wouldn’t scratch your face aggressively, so why do it to your scalp?
Because I have combination skin with sensitive cheeks, I believe that’s why my scalp is a bit sensitive, too. When I wash my hair, I avoid using the tip of my nails, but only with the pulp of my fingers so I don’t scrape my scalp in the process. If your scalp is hurt, it naturally won’t be performing its best to keep your hair healthy and shiny.
I Exfoliate Once a Month
Once a month, I use an exfoliator to exfoliate my scalp. I don’t use it that often because although it helps with removing the build-up on your scalp, using it too often may strip your scalp of natural oils. Plus, I have color-treated hair and it can strip away some of the color, too.
I Hold My Hair Dryer 3 Inches Away
When blow drying my hair, I always hold the hair dryer at least 2 to 3 inches away from the scalp to avoid overheating or burning the skin. I also always make sure that I don’t use the curler too close to my roots for the same reason.
I Apply Hair Oil on My Scalp Sometimes
My scalp is really dry in the winter sometimes so I like to apply a little bit of Natura Brasil’s Patauá Restorative Hair Oil to my scalp, as well as the strands of my hair, before blow drying or curling. I think it also prevents my scalp from being flaky and itchy, which is a big plus to me. And this isn’t related to my scalp, but sometimes I like to add a few pumps of the hair oil to the hair mask I use weekly for an extra boost of shine!
I Protect My Scalp from the Sun
As warmer weather approaches, one thing people often neglect to do when it comes to scalp care is to protect it from the sun! Just like how we need to use sunscreen on our face and body, we need to make sure our scalp is being shield from the UV rays, too. The easiest way is to wear a hat, but you shouldn’t wear a hat for too long either, to avoid the build-up of oil and sweat. Try hair mists with SPF in them and be sure to use waterproof products if you’ll be in the water!
I hope you’ll find this blog post useful! Do you have any scalp care tips? Please share them with me by leaving a comment below!
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Tricia Chen is co-founder of Key To Radiance. She loves having fresh flowers in her apartment, putting on face masks, savoring cupcakes and a daily cup of grande almond latte. She works in PR and Marketing, and is currently based in New York.
Skin Type: Combination skin with an oily T-zone area (forehead and nose). Changes in climate, diet and/or lack of sleep irritates skin and causes inflammation, which then leads to large pores. High moisture level required on dry cheeks.