It's time to spring clean your scalp. Your scalp is essentially where your hair lives so it's just as important as spring cleaning, well, your actual home!
Sometimes the root of your hair troubles can be traced back to the way you treat your scalp. Scalp care is crucial to your hair's overall health but a surprising majority of people neglect the scalp altogether and aren't aware of the steps needed to keep it healthy. The consequences of not taking good care of your scalp? Oil and dirt buildup, flakiness, and itchiness, just to name a few.
Why Should I Take Care of My Scalp?
If you think about it, your scalp is just an extension of your skin. Our skin is such a delicate organ and it's our biggest one, so taking care of it not only nourishes it but it makes us feel good too! Compared to the rest of the skin on our bodies, our scalp has a lower barrier function, meaning it’s all the more vulnerable to toxic elements. When you forget to clean and care for your scalp, you'll start to notice bothersome scalp issues such as dandruff and you'll begin to see it in your hair, roughness, more breakage, and reduced hair shine. And the most horrific consequence of all, poor scalp health may also lead to premature hair loss.
How Do I Start Prioritizing My Scalp Health?
Don't you worry, if you already have a skincare regimen in place it won't be hard to include new steps to give extra love for your scalp. Remember: just like the skin on your face and your body, everyone's scalp is different! Our scalps constitute a microbiome of bacteria, fungus, and oils. People who experience a dry scalp and people who have an oily scalp will need fundamentally different scalp care routines. So don't be afraid to try new products and test out what works for you.
Twentyseven Tip: Bacteria breeds on damp surfaces which is a main cause for dandruff. We like to compare you tying your hair up in a wet bun all day, to leaving your clothes in the washing machine for 2+ days. That musty damp smell is essentially whats happing on your scalp. We understand everyone is pressed for time so at the very least rough dry your scalp before putting your hair up wet to avoid dandruff!
Just like on our faces, our scalps trap excess dirt, oil, and other free radicals that come into contact with our hair. This is what causes the buildup of irritants which we don't want! Exfoliate your scalp once or twice a week, depending on your scalp's needs, by gently massaging a scrub in with your fingers.
Our Picks for Scalp Exfoliants:
Some other treatments we reccomend: The Act + Acre Scalp Renew or Act + Acre Scalp Detox, the spa like treatment will leave your scalp feeling clean, fresh and nourished!
For those with a dandruff buildup on their scalp use this treatment with salicylic acid to remove the buildup and reset your scalp.
We love this treatment for all types of hair, and compare it to the feeling of putting on moisturizer after the shower. Your scalp can feel tight but after this treatment its nice and relaxed and soothed. Once a week, apply this onto dry hair, leave it on for 20 minutes do a double cleanse with shampoo and conditioner.
Remember when you are shampooing your 'hair' you should actually be focusing on cleansing your scalp. Focus your shampoo on your scalp and as the shampoo rinses through your hair it will cleanse your hair. We like a double cleanse with shampoo to really make sure our scalp is squeaky clean, this is especially for those that only cleanse once a week.
Last but not least, after removing all that buildup the scalp might be in a very vulnerable state so don't forget to bring back that moisture. For this step, we recommend the Act + Acre Apple Stem Cell Serum and the Davines Purity Circle Mask. The Apple Stem Cell Serum soothes and hydrates the scalp and you can use it as many times as needed after washing your hair. The Davines Purity Circle Mask is designed to purify and deeply condition the scalp and hair, but only use it once a week.
Twentyseven tip: Simply think of your scalp the same way you think about your face's essential skincare steps: exfoliate, cleanse and moisturize.
Our Final Thoughts
We hope you learned a thing or two about scalp health because we can't stress enough that healthy hair comes hand in hand with a well-cared scalp. Skincare isn't skincare if you're forgetting your scalp! If you need more help or want to ask any questions feel free send us a shout on Instagram or Email Us!