By Geniece of Beau­ti­ful­ly Made

When my hair was first relaxed at the age of twelve I nev­er wor­ried about the health of my scalp. As a child and ear­ly in my ado­les­cence hair wash­ing was mat­ter of gen­er­al hygiene but I actu­al­ly didn’t expe­ri­ence build up or dan­druff that neces­si­tat­ed the reg­u­lar hair wash­ing I must main­tain as an adult. I believe that relax­ing my hair and lat­er changes in my body chem­istry that came with age made my scalp more prone to dry­ness and flak­ing. I hoped that going nat­u­ral would rem­e­dy some issues and while I no longer had to deal scabs, left by relax­ers, main­tain­ing the a healthy scalp has remained an ongo­ing chal­lenge.

There are sev­er­al things that I’ve prac­ticed that have been use­ful in help­ing me improve the health of my scalp over the past few years. Please keep in mind that the­se tips may not work for every­one. I am bas­ing my rec­om­men­da­tions on per­son­al expe­ri­ence.

Oils

If you were like me as a child you can prob­a­bly remem­ber your hair being part­ed and greased. I con­tin­ued this prac­tice, using the heavy petro­le­um based prod­ucts my mom used on me for a few months after I went nat­u­ral. It then dawned on me that the scalp build up I accu­mu­lat­ed from those prod­ucts only led to itch­i­ness and clogged pores. I wasn’t going to for­sake all oils but I need­ed to find some­thing that helped with dry­ness with­out the neg­a­tive aspects of heav­ier oils. I have found that jojoba oil works best for my scalp because it is light and mim­ics the nat­u­ral oils my scalp pro­duces with­out cre­at­ing unnec­es­sary build up.

Supplements*

Ear­ly in my healthy hair growth jour­ney I explored the pos­si­bil­i­ty of speed­ing up my hair growth by using sup­ple­ments. After six months of exper­i­men­ta­tion I real­ized that sim­ply car­ing for my hair was good enough. For scalp health, how­ev­er, I was curi­ous to learn what impact sup­ple­ments like fish oil might have on my hair. Espe­cial­ly because fish oil has oth­er ben­e­fits , like pos­si­bly pro­mot­ing heart health, I fig­ured tak­ing it could have both inter­nal and exter­nal health ben­e­fits. After about ten months of use I have found that fish oil has in fact helped with the over­all health of my skin and scalp.

Cleansing

Wash­ing your hair reg­u­lar­ly is a nec­es­sary part of hygiene. The prod­ucts you use can both help or exac­er­bate any scalp issues that you may be expe­ri­enc­ing. I have found by dilut­ing some sham­poos can allow me to prop­er­ly clean my scalp with­out build up. I rec­om­mend using two parts sham­poo to one part water for most over the coun­ter sham­poos.

*Please exer­cise cau­tion before tak­ing sup­ple­ments. Con­tact your health care provider for advice.

How have you improved your scalp health?

Gen

Island girl raised in the most roy­al of NYC’s bor­oughs. Proud nerd, social sci­en­tist, edu­ca­tor and recov­er­ing awk­ward black girl. When not lis­ten­ing to NPR, try­ing to grow spir­i­tu­al­ly, or detan­gling my fro, I’m search­ing for the best shrimp and grits in the Queen City.

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11 Comments on "3 Things that Improve Scalp Health"

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Michele

Great ideas ! Thanky­ou very much . I will have a go at mak­ing it . Keep up the excel­lent work

mangomadness

For scalp health, l:
-sham­poo w/ a nat­u­ral sham­poo that is designed for scalp con­di­tions (Shea Mois­ture African Black Soap Deep Cleans­ing Sham­poo)
-sham­poo w/ dilut­ed sham­poo via a col­or appli­ca­tor bot­tle
-do ACV rins­es (water, ACV, hon­ey, tea tree essen­tial oil & pep­per­mint essen­tial oil)
— keep pro­duct (oils, but­ters, mois­tur­iz­ers, con­di­tion­ers, etc.) off my scalp

Crist

the good ol’ part and grease…the most (only) sooth­ing part about get­ting my hur did as a child :)

tapiwa

Braids or sene­gale­se twists or twist exten­sions that r not too tight are great for rock­ing hair that does not have the length for mini twists

Kortnee
For years, ive worn weaves (quick weaves). My scalp was always itchy from the lack of mois­ture, dirt, and being unkept. I recent­ly stopped wear­ing weaves to repair my hair. I was shocked at how much my scalp said “thank you”. I wash my hair with Nioxn and con­di­tion with a com­bi­na­tion of Nixon Con­di­tion­er & Hair boost­ing spray, JBCO and shea but­ter. I can already see growth to my bad­ly dam­aged edges. I’m search­ing for pro­tec­tive styles that will look great, but most impor­tant­ly, will help my hair. (Any sug­ges­tions?) The dam­age heal­ing process is slow, but thanks to… Read more »
Love JAH

My favorite pro­tec­tive style is mini twist, they are full and boun­cy and most impor­tant­ly not scalpy, they are so cute! They look like sis­ter locks and last 3 weeks! I wish I could upload a pic but I’m on my iPad…:-/

Jaslene

Glad to see that you are the road to scalp recov­ery.

TTTTo

I thought mas­sag­ing might be part of the list, I feel it can be impor­tant espe­cial­ly around edges.

Katya

*what if you just add (more) fish in your diet?

merry

should prob­a­bly be wild caught fish that is high in omega 3 oil which is anti-inflam­ma­to­ry. mack­erel, salmon, her­ring, sar­di­nes, etc. basi­cal­ly, oily fish.

farmed fish is inflam­ma­to­ry and doesn’t have the health ben­e­fits of wild caught fish.

oth­er­wise, if you eat a diet rich in fruits, veg­eta­bles, nuts and whole grains, and also exer­cise and cleanse your scalp reg­u­lar­ly, you should not have scalp health prob­lems unless there’s some under­ly­ing con­di­tion present.

that’s just my opin­ion.

Katya

Oh. I did­nt know that. Thanks for the info :)

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