Caring for our crowning glory by Verona White

We know that healthy gums support healthy teeth, and great calcium levels protect your bones. Likewise, a healthy scalp supports healthy hair. It‘s vital that we take care of our scalp, as it is the root cause of our hair challenges. As we detox our bodies when we sit in a sauna to get rid of all the toxins, this is how we should be treating our scalp. The treatment required all depends on the condition of the scalp.

Scalp Therapy

When your hair follicles are constantly blocked, this can lead to a lot of problems. When the duct at the root of the hair becomes inflamed, it results in an itchy scalp, and subsequently leads to hair breakage (and, in some cases, hair loss). 

Curly, coily hair types should not be washed every day, which means you’re unable to get rid of the different toxins that are building up on your scalp on a daily basis. It’s a difficult balance, because we have to use products to keep our natural hair moist but, at the same time, we are fighting to keep the scalp as clean as possible. Training our scalp to rely on its natural moisture is key. When we produce natural moisture, our scalp will adapt and get used to producing its own sebum. So for the first ¼ inch of your hair, your healthy scalp oil will look after itself.

Scalp Detox

The aim of detoxing the scalp is to get rid of all the build-up around the follicles and the scalp. The hair needs to be free to grow, because if you microscopically look at your hair, the toxins from the air and conditioners, etc., all get trapped on your hair and scalp.

There are different ways you can detox your scalp, and that includes using organic products that will draw everything out of the places
your shampoo can’t. Products that will be very effective include: AHGC Scalp Cleanser – dry cleansing agents that will stop the shampoo from stripping your hair; Aloe Vera is a moisturising mild-to-medium cleanser, and Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) will cleanse the scalp and regulate its pH.

When you use these detox products on your hair, it is important that you rebalance the scalp’s natural pH, or you will have a dry scalp. You can rebalance it by rinsing with diluted Apple Cider Vinegar (1 part ACV to 2 parts water), and then adding a few drops of argan oil or jojoba oil. 

The great thing about these products is that they are gentle enough to preserve the integrity of your scalp and hair; they help reduce inflammation and ease dry and itchy scalp symptoms. 

Detoxing the scalp is important, because the process absorbs all the impurities and harmful substances from your scalp. It will also clean the pores without harsh scrubs or chemicals, removing the dead skin cells, excess oils and product build-up. Your scalp will feel refreshed and renewed, and the pores on your scalp will be free from toxins. You should avoid putting conditioner on your scalp, though, or it will clog up your pores again.

Your scalp should be detoxed at least four times a year, or every two months if your scalp needs it. Learning how to master keeping your scalp clean is key, as many times the scalp is one of the first indicators of a multiple of issues that can happen to your hair. For example, the scalp can develop psoriasis or eczema, which indicates an imbalance of the immune system. If you think about the scalp as the top layer of the root to your hair, then you will realise how necessary detoxing is. The scalp is very sensitive, and itching and even using the wrong combs can have an adverse effect on what you want to achieve with your scalp. 

Scalp Stimulation

Scalp stimulation or massage is very good for the hair, because it stretches the cells of the hair follicles, creating a healthy environment for growth. This treatment promotes blood circulation to the hair follicles, which means healthier, rejuvenated and thicker hair growth.

There are different ways you can massage your scalp. The best time to do it is last thing at night, because not only will the red blood cells circulate, but your body regenerates while you are sleeping. Scalp massage also relaxes you. Apart from massaging at night, massage as often as you can during the day.

Massaging with oils on your scalp before you shampoo your hair is also very good, because you can use oils and essential oils to help stimulate the follicles. You will see and feel a significant difference. Adding Rosemary Peppermint Tea Tree into the oils or into your ‘pre-poo’ will activate the follicles and encourage blood circulation.

Stimulating your scalp can also cause your scalp to be supple. Sometimes our scalp can be very hard, and the pinching method of scalp stimulation is very good for it, as it creates a beautiful environment in which the hair can grow.  

The traditional scalp massage involves using your fingertips to apply eight medium pressure contacts. Moving in small circles, work your way all across your scalp, using your fingertips. Do this for at least five minutes at a time, several times a day. You can also massage your scalp by tapping your fingers all around your scalp, and also while shampooing. 

If you use a combination of these massage methods, along with a balanced nutritional diet and plant-based supplements, you will definitely see a change in your hair behaviour.

Your hair is our passion, so please look after your crowning glory.

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