Why is moisture important for hair? Without moisture, hair becomes dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. When your hair is moisturized, it's thriving and keeping your scalp happy, too. Scalp moisturizing can help you to control dryness and flakiness, and help your head and scalp in a healthy condition.
Often, we obsess over our skin routines but totally neglect taking care of our scalp. Whatever your hair type; is thick, fine, wavy, or curly, moisturizing your scalp and hair is the key to keeping it healthy. As a rule of thumb: moisture to the scalp is like water to the soil. If you ignore moisturization, it will more likely take a toll on your hair. Some women avoid moisturizing their scalp because they have a misconception that moisturization equals greasiness, or that moisturization only belongs to hair. But moisturizing your scalp is just as important, and if you are doing it the right way, with the right products; your scalp should not be greasy - It should feel fresh. If you are one of these women, let me take you on a tour to show you the bad side of dehydration, the benefits of moisturizing the scalp and the products you need to get it right.
Have you ever felt that your scalp is annoyingly tight? Or that you want to scratch it so bad? It can be embarrassing and extremely uncomfortable! But don’t ignore such symptoms as they might imply that you have poor hair hydration. If you don’t moisturize your scalp, it will probably get very dry, itchy, and flaky. And this will reflect on your hair health too! So, it will start appearing dull and more prone to breakage, damage and fall.
Many of us take the health of our scalp for granted and don’t give the skin on our head much consideration. Instead, when we pick out shampoo, conditioner, and hair products, we tend to focus on how they will benefit our hair. But it’s different for those with scalp issues. For many, constantly feeling the need to scratch can be distracting, dandruff flakes falling onto clothing can be embarrassing, and finding bumps can be alarming. Learning how to take care of your scalp can improve its health, give you peace of mind, and maybe even boost your confidence.
If you do not moisturize, the hair will eventually split and break. Causing a pause in noticeable hair growth. Your hair will never grow passed the length it's at when it breaks off. Not only this, but it'll look and feel disgusting. Don’t underestimate the power of moisture on the scalp to prevent dermatological issues, in addition to maintaining healthy hair strands. Keep reading to discover the product that can make your hair look 10 years younger with its new moisturizing technology!
Sometimes we forget that the scalp is similar to the skin, in the sense that both need hydration to avoid the feeling of roughness. One of the most important benefits of moisture is that it gets rid of scalp dryness, and replaces it with a soothing and fresh sensation. When the scalp is clean from dandruff-causing fungus, it won’t itch and put you in embarrassing situations, especially in outings or business meetings. Additionally, your hair will start to breathe and feel light on your head. No more tightness and irritation. A clean scalp will also promote good cell turnover and promote a healthy environment for optimal hair growth. Just like anti-aging skin care, exfoliation of the scalp is important to remove dead skin cells from around the follicle and promote a healthy follicle.
As for the hair, moisturization can do magic! It solves the problem of frizz, giving you more control over your hair. Further, it will reduce the possibility of breakage and damage caused by styling, while increasing the hair strength, softness, and elasticity. The best tip I can give you is: When you’re looking to improve the health of your hair, make sure you include a shampoo and conditioner in your routine that moisturizes both your hair and your scalp. Hydrated hair is happy hair and having moisturized locks is even more important when it comes to color. When your hair is dry, your color will look dull, faded, and lacking in vibrancy. Moisturizing frequently ensures that your color is radiant day-in and day-out.
Keeping your scalp healthy is pretty easy, however it does take good quality products to use based on the hair style you have (thin, thick, fizzy etc). Some simple changes to your hair care regimen can make a big difference for the health of your scalp. Sometimes, it’s as easy as being more gentle while shampooing or only straightening your waves on occasion. If none of the following options help, see a dermatologist for advice.
Use Gentle Hair Products
Avoiding products that contain sulfates, alcohols, or fragrances may help improve your scalp health. Sulfates strip away natural oils in your hair and remove dead skin cells, which makes the scalp dry and prone to irritation. And since your skin and scalp are already sensitive, using products that contain alcohol and fragrances suck the moisture out of your hair. This will have your hair feeling frizzy, dry, and damaged and will result in inflammation that leaves you with a dry, itchy, irritated scalp. Also, avoid any hair care products that contain harsh chemicals and hair treatments such as dye and bleach. These may cause damage to the hair shaft and scalp skin. I love using natural, organic and vegan friendly products for my scalp and hair. My personal favorite is VIRTUE LABS (UK) https://www.virtuelabs.com and PUMP HAIRCARE (Australian) https://pumphaircare.com
Rinse Thoroughly & Shampoo Gently
Make sure that you rinse your hair thoroughly with water before shampooing. Shampoo lathers better on wet hair and spreads evenly. You’ll also notice requiring lesser shampoo to wash your hair if you wet your hair properly beforehand. Use lukewarm water to rinse your hair. The warm water will help open the cuticles of the hair so that the shampoo can penetrate deeper and remove dirt and oil from the hair. The open cuticles will also be able to absorb the oil and moisturizing effects of the conditioner better.
Avoid using shampoo directly on your scalp, instead mix it with some water. This will ensure that the shampoo spread evenly throughout your scalp. Secondly, you end up using much lesser shampoo than you would had you applied it directly. Rather than scrubbing your scalp when shampooing your hair, massage it. This will increase circulation and avoid causing abrasions on the scalp. Whether you're washing, brushing, styling, or scratching your head, it's important to be extra gentle. Irritating your scalp can actually overstimulate it and cause your oil glands to produce even more oil.
It’s the scalp that needs the most attention while shampooing because the roots are often the oiliest. The ends of the hair are comparatively older and dry and thus end up getting more dehydrated after being washed with shampoo. So focus more on cleaning the scalp rather than the ends of your hair. Rinse out the shampoo with warm water.
You should lather from the roots onto the ends of your hair, all the while gently washing your hair with your fingers and palms. Never scrub the scalp with your nails as that can cause abrasions and attract infections. Hair is at its most vulnerable when it’s wet; therefore using back and forth or circular action to wash your scalp can cause tangles, breakage or weaken the follicles.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no need to shampoo twice before conditioning. Washing twice will strip your hair of its natural oil which will adversely affect the growth of your hair and trigger damage. Unless you’ve oiled your hair beforehand and feel like the oil isn’t washing off, there’s no need to wash twice.
Remember never to apply a conditioner on your scalp, as that’ll make the roots oilier than they naturally are. It’s your hair that needs the most hydration and thus, should be conditioned from the mid until the ends of your hair. The ends of the hair are the driest and need additional moisturizing, therefore, apply more conditioner at the ends and leave it on for longer. Continue with your shower while you allow the conditioner to work its magic.
Wash your hair under cool running water to wash off the conditioner. The cold water will help close the cuticles and retain moisture. This will ensure that your hair doesn’t absorb more moisture from the environment and turn frizzy.
Do not rub your hair with a towel to dry it. Instead, gently pat to blot dry your hair. Thereafter, allow your hair to dry naturally.
Wash Less Often
It’s natural to think that in order to avoid oily hair, you should wash your tresses more often. However, this may backfire. Shampooing your hair too frequently strips away the natural oils. In turn, your scalp may produce more oils in order to keep it hydrated, resulting in oily-looking hair. Those who already struggle with a dry or itchy scalp would benefit from increasing time between washes to balance out the oil production. As a general rule of thumb, I would recommend washing your hair two to three times a week, tops. Including doing your scalp and hair masks maximum twice a week.
Your hair gets greasy for the same reason your face gets oily: Glands in the skin produce an oily substance called sebum. Sebum is what moistens hair and keeps it from drying out. The glands that produce sebum (called sebaceous glands) are located next to hair roots in the layer of skin called the dermis. Channels from the sebaceous glands lead to the hair follicle — that's how sebum gets out of the skin and onto your scalp. Things like genetics and hormones affect how much sebum we produce at any given time. The hormones responsible for extra sebum production spike during puberty, which is what causes so many of us to have extra greasy hair and acne during those lovely years.
No one should need to wash his or her hair every day!
Know Your Hair
Here are the things to keep in mind when trying to determine the right amount of washing for you. The three main factors are:
#1 Skin type - If your skin and hair are anywhere from normal (not super oily and not super dry) to dry, you probably only need to wash it once or twice a week. If you have a greasy scalp, you probably need to wash your hair more often.
#2 Hair texture - Texture matters because it affects how quickly sebum works its way from your roots through the length of your hair. Coarse or curly hair slows down sebum's spread, so if you have hair like this you may only need to shampoo once a week. On the other hand, people with fine, straight hair will likely need to shampoo twice a week or more. Personally, I wash my hair twice a week and I follow all the above mentioned steps while I shampoo and condition my hair. After, I apply the scalp mask and hair moisture mask (which I will discuss a bit more in detail in the below chapter).
#3 Styling - Another thing to consider is the paces you put your hair through by styling and treating it. If your hair is processed or damaged by styling, you should wash it less frequently.
Use Hair Moisturizing Mask & Scalp Treatment Mask & Healing Oil
Hair masks can help moisturize and nourish your hair. They're especially beneficial for dry, damaged, or frizzy hair. Some hair masks may even improve the health of your scalp and boost the strength of your hair. Intensely moisturizes - extremely rich in naturally hydrating oils, hair masks reach deep into the fibers of the hair to restore moisture levels and keep hair looking fuller. This helps to make hair less prone to damage and banishes frizz caused by dryness.
Just like a scrub you’d use on your face, a scalp scrub is a way to exfoliate the skin on your head. Scrubs contain physical or chemical exfoliants and help remove excess skin cells, oil, and dandruff, and may dilate the blood vessels under your skin, potentially boosting hair growth. They can also simply feel very relaxing and help you de-stress.
Using healing oil helps to have fatty acids replace lipids in the hair. They help maintain the shine and gloss of hair, oil helps strengthen the hair shaft, especially in case of frizzy and dry hair. It's most beneficial when the oil is left in the hair overnight.
Below I have listed the products that I currently use to keep my scalp and hair healthy:
#1 VIRTUE RESTORATIVE TREATMENT MASK Rebuilds | Strengthens | Silkens
Virtue® Labs Restorative Treatment Mask deeply hydrates and repairs hair without weighing it down. This lightweight formula works on all hair types, adding shine, moisture, and smoothing hair in under 3 minutes. Infused with our proprietary Alpha Keratin 60ku®, this product delivers an immediate and intense hydrating and conditioning boost for silky soft hair that’s immediately reinvigorated with health and nourishment. Color-safe, paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan.
How To Use: After cleansing hair, remove excess water and apply a generous amount, distributing evenly through hair. Leave on for 2-3 minutes. Rinse well. For best results, use once a week (or as needed) as an intensive treatment after shampooing.
#2 VIRTUE EXFOLIATING SCALP TREATMENT Detoxifies | Rebalances | Conditions
A light, dual-action whipped crème that detoxifies scalp of build-up and impurities while providing residue-free hair conditioning and scalp balancing. Our scalp is a catchall for accumulated dirt, sebum, and product debris. Virtue® Exfoliating Scalp Treatment is a light, whipped crème that gently lifts dry aged cells from follicles, balances, and conditions without adding residue. Rice beads and fruit enzymes provide dual-action exfoliation; Kalahari melon oil and jojoba oil provide moisture balance; and Alpha Keratin 60ku® repairs hair with each use. Color-safe, paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan.
How To Use: After shampooing and rinsing hair, apply Exfoliating Scalp Treatment to scalp and hair, massaging thoroughly with fingertips for approximately 2–3 minutes. Smooth through to the ends and rinse thoroughly; a double rinse is recommended. This is the last step in your scalp health routine, eliminating the need for washing and conditioning after use. Use once or twice a week in place of conditioner or mask.
#3 VIRTUE HEALING OIL Protects | Shines | Mends
Virtue® Healing Oil is a first-of-its-kind blend of pure, hydrating oils and our powerful, reparative Alpha Keratin 60ku® protein in one bottle. Created with all hair types in mind, it’s the ultimate multi-tasker, delivering the shine, softness, and moisturizing you’d expect from a hair oil and the damage repair, strengthening, and environmental protection that only our human protein can provide. Healing Oil is formulated with clear oils, never yellow, so it glides on light and clean for a glossy finish that won’t alter your color or weigh down your hair. Color-safe, paraben-free, gluten-free, vegan.
How To Use: Shake well before each use to mix key ingredients and activate the formula. Shake a few drops into hands and work throughout damp and/or dry hair. Style as desired.
Try Massaging Your Sculp
One easy way to start mellowing out right this instant is by massaging your scalp. Forget all that “increasing blood flow to the scalp” rhetoric — it’s actually the self-care part that helps with hair growth. Scalp massage can boost mood and relieve the stress that has a negative impact on the hair-growth cycle. The two most common methods are called effleurage (circular stroking movements) and petrissage (gentle kneading and lifting of the scalp). I would advise you start at the front of your scalp and work your way back with “gentle yet firm and consistent pressure.” Investing in a scalp massager can help turn this into a special little ritual, like when you roll your face.
A healthy scalp leads to healthy hair, so it’s important to pay attention to your scalp. If you notice any itching, redness, flakiness, irritation, pain, or excessive hair loss and these symptoms bother you, see a dermatologist. They can help determine if there is an underlying health problem or if you should change your hair care routine. You can also support a healthy scalp through everyday habits. This includes using gentle products and being kind to your hair. Don’t wash your hair every day, if you can. When you do wash it, gently massage your scalp rather than rubbing it. A diet rich in vegetables and fruit also supports a healthy scalp. Taking a fish oil supplement and probiotic may also be beneficial.