Scalp Care 101: Myth Busters!

Today is the first day of Spring and with the change of season comes a change in skin care and hair care routines. One of the most important and most neglected parts of that routine is our scalp. Today, we hope to dispel some myths that we were told about our scalps and help to provide ways to improve scalp health and hair growth. So let's get to it!

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Myth #1: "My scalp needs “grease” or oil daily." False. Our scalps are dry, flaky, and itchy for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, it is harmful scalp buildup that should be treated with a detoxifying shampoo – not one with silicone or heavy oils. Although some scalps are naturally dry, heavy oils such as coconut, olive, shea will not penetrate well enough, thus creating a moisture blocking barrier. 

Myth #2: The less we shampoo, the faster the hair grows. False. The less we shampoo, the more build up and irritation there will be on our scalp, and this can cause clogged follicles, inflammation, and ultimately hair loss. Our scalp skin has a rapid cell turnover, especially when inflamed or wounded (reepithelization), and those skin layers need regular exfoliation every 3-7 days – just like on our faces. If not, we will create issues down the road. 

Myth #3: Keeping my hair braided will make it grow. Partially true. With proper hair care between extension installs and protective styling, this will help the hair retain length; however, the scalp must also be treated and properly balanced. Also, when receiving a hair extension service or using a wig, the install must be well ventilated so moisture can properly escape and be absorbed.

De-Stress! 

Any stress related issue can cause an over secretion of cortisol in our bodies, leading to a destructive immune system. Stress affects: 

Protein metabolism (hair is mostly protein, so if your body doesn’t consume enough and metabolize it, hair will break)

Challenges in carbohydrate and lipid digestion (also key in hair growth and retention)

Increased Inflammation (the root of many scalp and hair loss issues)

The most important foundation for hair growth is a healthy scalp. A healthy scalp is one that is breathable and balanced. The most common hindrance to hair growth with those regularly wearing hair extensions is excessive harmful scalp buildup, which comes from infrequent and improper shampooing. Recommending our Indique Essential Moisturizing Shampoo will aid in infusing lightweight moisture in the hair while balancing the moisture on the scalp.