Monday, June 23, 2008

Look After Your Scalp

scalpWe talk about haircare routines, haircut styles and new 'dos on a daily basis, but we often forget that in all things hair-related, the scalp is where it all begins - and ends. And yet, this essential part of our looks stays hidden, and most of us don't get to see our own scalps but in exceptional circumstances. We should never forget that everything from the color to
the amount and type of hair we have - whether we're talking thick and coarse or thin and wispy - is conditioned by the state of our scalp. The fact is, the scalp's among the most abused regions of our body, and we should pay it the proper amount of attention.

"The scalp has a relatively hard time. But apart from the balls of the feet, the heels and back, it's the thickest part of the skin," one London Clinic dermatologist explains in an interview with the Daily Mail. "The top layer - or epidermis - is of average thickness but the dermis, which is the stronger layer of skin underneath, is thicker. Whereas facial skin may measure 1mm, the skin on the scalp is about 2mm," he adds. Which means that the scalp can successfully put up with most of the things we throw at it - be it chemicals, dyes, bleaches, sprays, gels and other styling products, extreme heat and so on - as long as we pay it the proper amount of consideration and we never forget to protect it.

Looking after our scalp is not the hardest thing in the world. Simple things are extremely important - such as applying shampoo and various conditioners using the pads of the fingers (not the nails) and massaging them into your scalp with gentle rubbing motions. Also, before you color your hair (especially if you're thinking of bleaching it or dying it black) make sure to test the dye or bleach on a small portion of the scalp in order to ensure you're not allergic to any of its components. Don't brush your hair too energetically while it's still moist, and remember to use a soothing and regenerating hair mask at least once a week (coconut oil is a great idea). Don't overdo the styling, and give your scalp time to recover - and you'll be sure to enjoy all the benefits of a healthy scalp for a very long time.

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