Why Scalp Health Matters

By  April 11, 2013

Believe it or not, shiny hair and a flake-free scalp are two indications of overall health. They’re key signs that everything in your body is balanced and functioning properly and that you’re consuming the right amount of nutrients, maintaining a proper diet, staying hydrated, and getting rest.

Remember: Hair health starts at the scalp. If your locks lack luster, chances are the problem begins at the root of your follicles. Take a look. A dry scalp can indicate that your body is lacking necessary supplements, such as zinc, omega-3 fatty acids, or iron. Alter your diet to include such nutrients.

You may also be having an allergic reaction to your shampoo or conditioner or are suffering from a pH imbalance. Use a gentler, less irritating product designed especially for this issue that will moisturize without causing excess oil buildup. Unilever Clear Ultra Shea shampoo, for example, nourishes the scalp and hydrates from root to tip while cleansing. Though it’s tempting to simply add oily, heavy products to combat the dryness, a common misconception in African-American hair care, this will lead to greater problems down the road. The scalp already produces its own natural oil, called sebum. So adding extra oil will cut back on its organic production and cause dryness to return with a vengeance.

Lastly, an oily scalp and dry tresses may be a cause of clogged pores or a hormonal imbalance. Clogged pores occur when there’s too much product buildup on the hair and scalp. It’s important to be careful to rinse out any product in the hair thoroughly to allow the scalp to breathe. Regular washing with a shampoo that aims to remove this excess is key. If that doesn’t seem to be the problem, seek help from a medical professional about a possible change in hormones. A physician can help pinpoint the problem and how to fix it.